From day one, I fell in love with London. The sights, sounds and big city atmosphere hooked me right away, and I knew this would be an adventure I’ll always remember.
I could opt for the cliché and say I’ve loved absolutely everything, but however truthful that may be, everyone has their favorite attractions. Being human, I’m no exception to that rule.
Ironically enough, however, two of the greatest sights I’ve seen lie outside the city limits of Londontown.
Cambridge: following in the footsteps of scholars
A beautiful day to explore the town outside the university.
We spent an entire day in the beautiful city of Cambridge, home, of course, to the University of Cambridge.
I can say with complete sincerity it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited in my life. The ancient halls standing stable amid the verdant greens and even the ornate iron gates preventing tourists like myself from getting as close as we might have liked were truly sights to behold. Following lunch, our afternoon continued with a punting trip down the river where our guides enlightened us with some of the history of the colleges. There were plenty of opportunities for photos, and I believe I speak for everyone when I say we took full advantage of them.
Greenwich: the town where time begins
A few friends and I spent an entire day exploring the town of Greenwich.
Across the river from the actual city of London, setting foot in Greenwich is like crossing into a totally different England. Home to gorgeous gardens and immaculate architecture, the “land where time begins” almost feels as if it has remained untouched by time. Similar to Cambridge, we were met with beautiful museums and monuments to explore. As we climbed the hills leading to the Royal Observatory, we also witnessed some spectacular vistas that allowed us to see London from an entirely different perspective.
My international family
Perhaps the greatest thing I’ve experienced on this journey is the friendship I’ve cultivated with my classmates as we’ve explored this city together. The photos and messages we’ve exchanged with one another as we’ve all worked to document our experiences illustrate an almost uncomfortable closeness we’ve established with one another. We’ve shared some very special moments together, and I’ve decided to share those moments with you.
Not sure what to do on your own trip to London? Take some quick notes from us…