As promised, I have finished up finals and begun my month-long spring break trip. The trip is still ongoing, and I’m writing to you from the airport now! However, I began in London to visit some familiar faces. My high school friends, Micaela Levesque and Phoebe Whittington are studying in England, so we met up to explore the U.K.
The visit began with a rocky start, as Phoebe got pretty sick on the first day which lasted throughout the duration of our stay in London. The long day walks and hostel living did not provide for the most restful environment, but she powered through, and we were able to make some great memories in between doses of cold medicine.
Micaela played tour guide and showed us many of her favorite haunts, including her campus in central London, Camden Town, and the British Museum. They keep Cleopatra in there! We also became proficient in “tube” travel, a necessity when navigating such a major city.
We hit many of the famous London tourist destinations to get to know the city and take advantage of photo opportunities. We followed Micaela’s favorite jogging route which takes her across the iconic London Bridge. Not everyone can say that!
A pair of guys set up typewriters near the bridge and offered to compose a poem on the subject of our choice for a donation. After careful deliberation, we decided to ask one of them to write a poem about a “spiky sisterhood of seagulls.” In moments, the man was typing away, and he did not pause until the poem was finished. I don’t think his composition skills were half bad!
We went on several additional excursions, including to Westminister Abbey (although it was closed, so we couldn’t go inside) and an ice skating rink.
One of my favorite excursions in London, however, was to see Toast by Nigel Slater. The performance is somewhat autobiographical, and tells the story of an English boy in the 50’s, navigating the challenges and grief of his life through food. The interactive performance included a dynamic set, musical numbers, and most importantly, treats for the audience based on scenes from the play. We truly had a taste of English culture, as we tried what for many audience members were classic childhood sweets.
Our stay in London concluded with no shortage of memorable times. Despite having to balance lingering homework assignments and illness amongst our group, we were able to learn about the city Micaela has called home during her study abroad experience and have a great time! And the tourists that we are, we managed to take some London aesthetic photos to capture the experience in the meantime.