What's up everybody! The program is going way too fast and somehow we are already in Week 8! Posted below is an assortment of pictures from some of my recent adventures.
I think something I have noticed lately is that London is just so huge. We have taken a 45 minute tube ride to a market and we weren't even on the outskirts of London. And the greatest part is the difference in all the boroughs that make up the city. Some of these pictures were taken in Shoreditch in East London, which is drastically different than a borough like Notting Hill in West London. The architecture, the people, the restaurants, the parks: all different. And that's something that really intrigues me because I can walk 30 minutes in any direction and find another unique area that I barely recognize.
I have also discovered that Vans are not the most formidable sneaker for walking around London on the daily. I have completely destroyed the two pairs of Vans sneakers that I brought on the trip. The creme ones now have a massive rip on the back, and I have obliterated the heel of the black ones to the point where they might as well function as slip-ons with no backing. But, this might actually work in my favor. On the plane ride over here, I thought I would be sneaky and put all my heavy stuff in my carry on, keeping my large suitcase under the weight limit. But of course, the carry on had a weight limit too. So now I am thinking of just donating both of my shoes and leaving more room for souvenirs! What a concept. Oh and don't worry Grandma, I brought 5 pairs of shoes, so I still have three pairs left.
Oh there is one adventure we took recently that I didn't get any good pictures of. While pretending to be productive one day and ended up on google maps and found out that there are three Costco's in London! Yes! Three of them! I was so excited. And as soon as I learned that my roommate was also a big fan, I knew we had to go. So for his birthday, we mapped out a 50 minute tube combined with a 30 minute walk to get there. The journey seemed endless. Sounds dramatic, but the walk was pretty long because we kept making wrong turns. But we finally made it and celebrated like champions by raiding all the samples. And for all of you that are wondering, it really looked like any other Costco that you've been to. A couple of little things were a bit different though. The "jumbo sizes" were honestly laughable because they were so small compared to America. They also had the British equivalent of many American products, like Crunchy Nut instead of Honey Bunches of Oats.
But after snaking through the aisles, we made it to the main attraction: the food court. The British Costco had some interesting choices. They had the classic hot dog for one pound and fifty pence. They had the classic pizza options. But they also had options like the Aberdeen Angus Cottage Pie, Jacket Potatoes, and a Double Chicken Filet Sandwich. We all got our food and sat down, sharing our Costco stories from our hometowns. It all felt like a nice piece of home.
As the weeks wind down, we are drastically attempting to take advantage of London as much as possible. As much as I want to get back home, this place is amazing, and there is so much that I still want to do. It is difficult to feel the freedom to accomplish this with the pressure of finals weighing down on us, but we will try our best, even if sacrifices must be made(sleep). More exciting posts coming soon!