A Day in London

So one of my goals for this semester is to travel to as many European cities as possible before I go back to the US and (hopefully) another summer internship and then my last year of school and then (again, hopefully) law school and then (fingers crossed!) a job that requires me to work 80-hour weeks for the rest of my life and never have another chance to travel. Accordingly, I’ll try and document this spring’s mini-trips here so I can look back and reminisce about the good old days when I had free time.

I’m off to a pretty awful start – I was in London two weeks ago and I’m just now posting this. Whoops.

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Got a gorgeous view of the London skyline from Waterloo Bridge at dusk.

Somehow, we lucked out and had absolutely gorgeous weather when we were there, so we had some incredible views of the London Eye, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Globe Theatre, and just about every other sight on our bus tour. Better yet, this meant that once we finished the guided tour, we had a perfect day to wander over to Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, and Big Ben. I’ll shut up and just post the photos, because, you know, they’re worth a thousand words apiece and all that.

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One of our first stops after the bus tour was for lunch at a pub called The Sussex near Covent Garden. I got their vegetarian fish & chips, which was essentially batter-fried cheese. God bless this country.
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This is the best shot of the cathedral I managed from the bus window. I like it because it kind of reminds me of the U.S. Capitol.
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Lovely Trafalgar Square is one of the first sights we saw on foot… aaand a bird photobombed me.
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Seeing Buckingham Palace was on my bucket list, but to really be thorough I need to come back to the palace to see the Changing of the Guard and also to trick Prince Harry into falling in love with me.
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At least I wasn’t alone in taking my obligatory tourist photo.
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The Globe looks rather out of place these days.
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Kind of attacked my bucket list on this trip.
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I was assured that this photo is “very English” because of Big Ben and the weird British license plate and all that.
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This shot from Horse Guards Parade is one of my favorites from the day.

For the most part, my London experience so far has been restricted exclusively to the obvious touristy sightseeing nonsense I’d normally try to minimize. Nope. I lied. It’s been entirely restricted to the touristy stuff. But honestly, this is London. I’ve been dreaming about visiting this city for at least 12 years. If I didn’t go take photos with Big Ben and the Queen’s house, I’d hate myself later. Besides, I’ve got four more months to bum around up there trying to pretend I’m a local (and, ahem, to visit King’s Cross and wait in line for an hour to take a photo at Platform 9 3/4).

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