London Adventures – April 10

Happy Monday, friends and family!

It’s a beautiful day here in London today, and yet again I’m stuck in class for 7 hours. As difficult as that may be, I’m trying to make the most of it seeing as though I only have 12 more days here in this lovely city. How crazy is that? I feel like time has flown by so fast. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was standing on the deck in my backyard calling my dad to tell him that I got accepted to study here for the semester, and now it’s nearly over.

That beings said, we are definitely trying to make the most out of the short amount of time that we have left here.

Yesterday we went to the beloved Warner Bros Studios to do the Harry Potter Studio Tour. Everyone hold your breath for a moment as I tell you that I have never really been the biggest fan of Harry Potter…. SHOCKING I know. I have seen a few of the movies and know enough about it to get by if I were to have a conversation with someone about it, but I guess I just never really got into the hype as much as other people, which is really surprising considering how much my mom enjoys it, and the fact that she used to read the books to Tyler as his nightly bedtime stories growing up. I was just never really into it. Until now.

This studio tour was seriously one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. Even if you’re not a Harry Potter fan, this tour will completely change that. Take it from someone with experience…

The self-guided tour has all of the original props, costumes, and sets that were used for all 8 films, so I was able to look at costumes worn by Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint… SO COOL. I got to walk through the train cars, sit at Hagrid’s table, and walk through Dumbledore’s office. All the while having the three main stars of the films giving video descriptions of each part of the set.

I think the most interesting part for me was just seeing what an actual studio set looked like. I’ve always had the thought of trying to work in the film industry in the back of my mind as far as cinematography and producing goes, and this tour really clinched that for me. I pictured myself walking through film sets, working with all of the actors and other members of the crew and being able to be a part of something so big and so valued by so many people. Obviously the Harry Potter studio is on a completely different scale than most films, but if I could work on a set that’s 1/20 as cool as this one, I will be more than content with my career.

In other London news, Harry Styles released his first single as a solo artist last Friday and people are absolutely buzzing about it. I, myself am obviously a huge fan… anyone who knows me knows that. I woke up on Friday morning and of course listened to the 2 hour radio interview he had with Nick Grimshaw on BBC Radio 1 and had a bit of a fangirl moment before returning back to the real world.

This weekend was my dad’s birthday and I celebrated by getting a new ear piercing. I know, usually when it’s someone else’s birthday you give them the gift and not yourself… My gift to him was calling him as I was sitting in the chair waiting for the woman to do the piercing. Happy birthday dad!!

Speaking of birthdays…. I turn 21 in 8 days. I think I’m getting old…

I have my last week of class this week before I have loads of finals and papers due next week. My roommates and I are trying to do as much as we can in these next few days just so that we can make sure we’ve done as much as possible while being here. We’ll see if our homework allows for that…

I attached some pictures from Harry Potter for those of you who are interested in taking a look.

12 more days, America. 12 more days.

Until next time,

Cheers, ya’ll.

#jengland2017

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