Greetings from sunny London!
My first two weeks here have been incredibly busy to say the least! Each week, I work around 20 hours at my internship and attend two classes. My internship is interesting and my commute is relatively light compared to many of my peers. In the morning, I take the bus to work, which takes anywhere between 30 and 40 minutes. This route is a bit longer than if I were to take the tube, but I find it more relaxing. I usually get onto a double decker bus, so I feel like I’m in a movie! Always a great way to start my day. In the evening, I take the tube, which tends to be fairly busy as I get out of work around 5:30. Nonetheless, it is a straight shot down the central line, a 5-10 minute walk from the station, and I’m back at my flat. My days here are a bit more exhausting than those back at Pitt. This has been undoubtedly my greatest challenge thus far. After working a full day, or having a full day of class, it is difficult to find the time and energy to explore the city– not to mention the difficulty in coordinating schedules with my friends and flatmates. Though, with the six week deadline quickly approaching it is imperative that I manage my time effectively to see everything that I want to see.
My flat is very nice and has great location. We are located between three different tube stops, which provides us with nearly unlimited access to the city itself. We are also located a short 5-10 minute walk from Westfield’s London, which is the largest shopping mall in all of Europe! This is awesome for when we want a quick break from the busy streets of London, but horrible for my bank account. I have four flatmates: Carly, Maggie, Emma, and Molly. Carly and Molly go to Pitt, though I had not met them prior to this trip.
So far I have hit most of the main attractions in London. With that said, it is difficult for anyone to say that they have explored nearly the entire city. My two favorite locations thus far are Camden Market and Covent Gardens. Camden Market is filled with food from all around the world, in addition to vintage shops, cute London souvenirs, and so much more. Covent Gardens is of a similar structure, but a little more upscale and located more so in the heart of London. Camden Market and Covent Gardens are must-see locations without a doubt. We were also fortunate enough to take a trip down to Stonehenge and Bath. Stonehenge was unlike anything I had ever seen before. Located about an hour and a half outside of London, Stonehenge is so much more than what you see in the pictures, and I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to see it. Bath was much different than I had envisioned. It is a small town with ancient Roman baths that were believed to cure the incurable, in addition to being a cute shopping area with outstanding food.
Overall, I am on the trip of a lifetime and I cannot wait to see what the next four weeks bring!