By: Emily Lovasz
Our first day in London was exciting but super tiring. Most of us landed around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday but didn’t actually get to our flat until almost 11 a.m. It took us a few hours to get through customs, baggage claim and then to take the train to London Paddington. Once we got to Paddington, we had to walk about a mile to our flat, however we didn’t have cell service. We ended up getting lost, but eventually found our way. We got our keys to our flat, dropped our stuff off and took off to explore. I have been waiting to visit this city for years, so it was pretty cool to finally see everything that I’ve always seen on TV and in the news.
On our second day, after a troubling time of staying awake the day before and then getting a good night’s rest, we started the day on a bus tour that took us around the city and dropped us off at the Tower Bridge on the Thames. After walking around the area a group of us found a really neat spot to eat lunch with pizza for 5 pounds each and spectacular views of the bridge.
After lunch we took the Tube for the first time to Buckingham Palace. I was in awe of the architecture and details of the building, gates and fountain out in front of the palace. Even though the queen wasn’t there, I imagined she was and I wondered what was going on inside. We even got a chance to see the men dressed in red with the tall black hats walk back and forth out front.
After the Palace, we took the Tube back to our flats to get ready to go out for the night. A group of us wanted to grab dinner and walk around to a few pubs in the King’s Cross area. We heard it was an up and coming spot for food and nightlife, so we decided to check it out. Unfortunately, when we got there, we realized that since it was a Sunday night, most places weren’t serving dinner past 10 p.m. We ended up eating at a fast-food burger place in the King’s Cross Station, but it was still better than a lot of burgers I have had back home.
After my first two days of exploring London, I am in awe of how beautiful the city is. There is still so much I want to do and it took me a while (mostly because I was exhausted from traveling) to take everything in and realize that I was actually here. We all kept asking each other, “Are we really here right now? Is this even real?” From riverside lunches to dinner adventures, I can’t wait to continue exploring the next few days that we are here and see what else the city has to offer.