London Adventures – Jan. 22

Hey guys,

This weekend was pretty eventful. Friday was a day off from classes, so my roommate Josie and I went to a small coffee shop and got some homework out of the way. We then went to Chinatown and saw what life is like there the week before the Chinese New Year. We had real Chinese food… because the closest thing we’ve all had is Panda Express. I even tried squid for the first time. (I don’t think I’ll have it again…) We then went back towards our apartment and managed to see a cute little gelato shop, so we went inside and let me tell you… it is for sure going to fulfill my Dairy Queen cravings. First of all, it’s a sit down restaurant for gelato… With a full menu… What?!?! So good. I was still super full from the Chinese food, so I just had vanilla gelato with Nutella on top… I will for sure be going back.

Saturday we went to Stonehenge and Bath. Stonehenge was cool… I mean it was rocks stacked on top of each other from a billion years ago, and no one knows who built them. Going to Bath was super cool though. The city streets were so pretty and the architecture was incredible. The outsides of the buildings were this pretty pearly white color, and had so much detail to them. We went to this little cafe for dinner, which is the known as the most popular cafe in all of Great Britain, called Sally Lunn’s. They’re known for their warm buns that are topped with either savory or sweet things. Of course, being super tourists, we had to get one of each. They were HUGE, but so good. I got one with chocolate butter on it. Yup. Chocolate Butter. You read that right. Chocolate butter on a warm, fluffy big piece of toasted bread. How could it be bad? My mouth is watering just thinking about it… If you ever end up in Bath, you absolutely HAVE to check it out. (FYI… it’s a super popular place… we waited in line for an hour to get a table… but it was totally worth it.)

Today we went to Kensington Palace and hung out with William and Kate!!! Just kidding… I wish… I took a picture of their picture so that’s close enough in my book. It’s absolutely beautiful there. While I was there, standing on the path, blue skies above me, Hyde Park in front of me, Kensington Palace behind me, I thought to myself… In a perfect world, I would sit on one of the park benches near me, with a cup of coffee and a good book, and a cute boy would be walking his dog and come sit next to me, and the rest would be history. Obviously we don’t live in a perfect world, so that didn’t happen… But I did drink a great cup of coffee while standing in the Kensington Gardens today… So if there are any takers out there that want to help make the rest happen, let me know.

I GOT TO FACETIME MY DAD TODAY! And my mom, but I talk to her everyday and have already FaceTimed her a few times since being here. (Shoutout to my Godmother DeAnn for also joining in on the call. Love you and miss you!!) Today was my first time seeing my dad (over a technology screen) since I’ve been here and it was great. We ended the call by doing out signature high-five. Some would think that that includes us high-fiving each other… But really it includes us high-fiving ourselves because we think we’re really funny. He doesn’t know this, but I cried when I hung up the phone because I miss him so much. (Mom, I miss you a ton too. Just wait for your birthday post next week.)

I have a full week of class this week… so unless something crazy happens, you may not hear from me until the weekend.

Thanks to those of you that are reading these long posts and to those of you who have been so supportive and encouraging while I’ve been here! It really makes being halfway across the world, away from my family and friends so much easier. This is the trip of a lifetime and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next few months.

Until next time,

Cheers, Ya’ll.

#jengland2017

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