so i have been in london for almost a week now. there is SO much to do here! i’m staying with my friends laura and joanna … they have been so great! i love their place … i feel very at home. the most at home i have felt on this trip. and i get to sleep in a lot! loving that so much. i wake up and have relaxed mornings in the living room drinking coffee and eating breakfast. then i go out and explore the city for the rest of the day/evening. my first couple of days here i got to hang out with laura and jo quite a bit. went to a party one night and then to a bbq the next day. it was nice to meet some of their friends and see what their life is like here in london. after the bbq on sunday, we went to east london and walked around. it’s a very trendy/hipster part of the city. we went to spitalfields market as well … big market where they sell clothing, art, jewelry, food. i liked east london … it’s very busy and alive. lots of colors and street vendors.
monday, i met up with some friends of mine. sarah was a patient of mine at scottish rite and i really connected with her and her family while they were there. sarah is an incredibly tough girl! and her sense of humor is amazing … she keeps me laughing. her mother, caroline, is also amazing and one of the sweetest people i’ve ever met. i got very close to both of them and we have kept in touch ever since. they were visiting family in both england and wales, and fortunately we were able to meet up and spend a day together! we ate fish and chips and walked around the city. went to trafalgar square, buckingham palace, and walked through hyde park. even though it was raining off and on the whole day, we still had a great time. so glad i got to see them!
yea … rain. it just rains a lot here. apparently this is the worst summer they have had in a long time. oh well. still making the best of it. i think i’d choose this weather over the GA summer though. oh i don’t miss that humidity at all! i’m actually really enjoying london. very diverse city. i also plan on taking some trips outside of the city to see more of england. i wanna see countryside and traditional pubs and things of that nature. it’s nice to be somewhere for more than a few days. i feel like i’m able to settle in a bit and don’t have to be in such a hurry to see everything.
tuesday, i toured the tower of london. really amazing. it’s just so beautiful and there’s so much history there. tower bridge is really neat as well … especially since the bridge is now decorated with the olympic rings i’m glad that i got here before the start of the olympics … it’s going to be absolutely crazy here. there are already lots of areas that are off limits to the general public because they are getting ready for the events.
i did a lot today big ben and the houses of parliament, the london eye, westminster abbey, thames boat ride to greenwich (unfortunately the entire greenwich park was closed off to public), soho … and i walked around the city a lot. transportation is great here … i love the tube system. laura and jo work during the week so i’m on my own most of the time. we did get to have dinner together last night at tortilla … it’s like chipotle or willies. i have been missing my mexican food! we had french toast and sausage tonight. i keep trying to get them to call in sick to work, but they don’t budge. 🙂
party on saturday night at dan’s place (laura’s boyfriend)
sunday bbq … this is dan (he loves to cook and is very good at it)
my day with sarah and caroline
tower of london and tower bridge
big ben and the houses of parliament, the london eye, westminster abbey, thames boat ride, soho
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