I have decided to start a new ongoing series on here called Thoughts and Feelings. I have gone on many travels prior to starting this blog but don’t always have specific tips or stories as I was not thinking that way while traveling. So I thought it would be great to start a series focused on my impressions of a place accompanied by some of pictures I took while there, since photos have always been a priority! To start this series, in wake of the events this past weekend, I thought I would start this series with London.
London is a city I had put off visiting for a long time, part of it was the price and part of it was that it was an English speaking city and I already was living in New York City, at the time. I finally decided to make my long overdue visit last October, at the end of my month in Europe. My final destination on my trip was to be Paris where my sister was living at the time and since an Australian friend of mine had just moved to London I figured there was no better time than the present to make the trip.
When I arrived in London it was the early evening and I was so tired from an activity packed few days in Sofia Bulgaria. I decided to grab a sandwich from Pret a Manger (a happy sight after eating very heavy but good food for the weeks prior) and turn in early at my hostel (Clink78, which is in a good location and nice and clean).
My initial impression of London, when I started to explore the next day, was that it was just a British version of NYC which was very welcome after a very busy few weeks traveling around Europe. Since my month long trip was nearing its end, I was pretty beat and I took it easy on the sight seeing. I wandered around aimlessly, took some photos but not nearly as much as I had in previous destinations, visited a few museums, and saw a few friends who live in London.
While there is still so much I didn’t see or do, I was so happy I had saved London for this trip. Because other than the driving on the opposite side of the road ( I almost got hit so many times! 😬) it felt so familiar which was a bit of a welcome reprieve after having to manage a new non native english speaking country every few days for the weeks prior. I will say though since it felt so much like New York City I did not explore the local cuisine as much as I would have liked but Whole Foods was calling and I just really wanted a salad! Overall London was better than I expected and I look forward to returning, hopefully as a starting place for a UK road trip, and exploring the city properly!