After an intense last week of classes, paper, and a dutch final (AHH!), I left the beautiful city of Amsterdam to explore the even crazier city of London. I went with 4 other girls, including my friend Emma from Mount Holyoke. Having been to London on a bus tour before, I knew the major tourist trap and wanted to avoid them. When I visit a city, I (attempt) to immerse myself in their city, and I think I did a wonderful job of that in London!
After only a 45 minute flight from Amsterdam to London, Emma and I hit the ground running. We ate at an incredible Italian restaurant, Briciolo, just a short walk away from the hostel. Following lunch, the group did some shopping at Portobello Road, took a quintessential Abbey Road Photo, and explored Harrods. Although it was a long day, myself and my two friends decided to go to a London nightclub, since it is a top 10 party city in the world!
Saturday was a much for low key day. Emma and I met up with a fellow Moho who was studying in London. Before we met with her though, we got on the wrong train and ended up in Cuffley which is about an hour outside of London in the countryside. It was We grabbed lunch with her and 2 of her classmates at an Indian Restaurant, walked around her neighborhood, and then had dinner at her flat. Oh, one of the girls who we dined with was from England and told me that my English accent was actually pretty good! That was probably the highlight of the day. After a very busy day prior, it was nice to have a relaxing day.
I also go to celebrate Easter in London with my friend Ryan from high school. We went to church at Westminister Chapel, which was absolutely breathtaking and one of the largess churches that I’ve stepped foot in. After church, we went to a pub for lunch, saw the palaces and Parliament, and grabbed coffee at this incredible organic/communal seating cafe. That evening, my friends and I tried to go out again. But, the Tube shut down early, and we were stuck navigating the night bus. This meant I got to sit on top of a double decker bus which just had to happen while I was in London.
On our last full day, Emma and I walked around Hyde Park. It is no Vondelpark, but it was lovely! While in Hyde Park, we rented paddle boats and rode around in the lake for some time. In the evening, a few of us went pub hopping if you will. We went to “our” pub called The Blue Posts where I finished my trip off with an English beer and fish & chips. We then went to World’s End, which I found out a movie is based off of. I had my English Gin and Tonic at this pub, which if you know me, is my favorite drink, and having it in London was perfect!
Although I loved my trip to London, and the city will always have a piece of my heart, I was extremely excited to come back to a much more quiet Amsterdam. These final few weeks in Amsterdam will include many museum trips and explorations around the city. Oh yes, and my ISP!