I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.
A week ago today, I hit the road to the Prague airport and flew off to London by myself and it was one of my favorite trips so far. I highly suggest to anyone studying abroad, or even living in the states, to take a trip by yourself. The whole trip was stress-free, I got to do everything that I wanted to do and there wasn’t anyone, or anything holding me back. It was just me and the city. And we made a great pair! However, I was lucky enough to have a place to stay with some family friends. With our busy schedules, we did not see each other too frequently, but the time we did spend together was welcoming, comforting and a little taste of home. And delicious home-cooked meals. You can’t beat that!
Day one was full of me wandering around and getting to know the city a little bit. I, of course, had to take pictures of the red telephone booths, the double-decker buses and all that other good stuff. On a mission to find Chipotle (low point in my life…) I stumbled across Trafalgar Square, which I didn’t plan on seeing until later in the week. It was full of energy, street performers, fountains, you name it. It was so high-energy and I loved just mindlessly strolling around and listening to everyone playing music.
After meandering around the square, it was time to find that Chipotle. I knew it was hiding in the city somewhere, and nothing was going to stop me from devouring a delicious burrito. So off I went. And I found it! Great success. I even documented this precious moment in my life. I do not joke about Chipotle.
After this delicious meal, I gave myself a little pat on the back because it is only the second time that I have been able to finish an entire Chipotle barbacoa burrito. Heaven on Earth. But anyway – back to London. Seeing as though I am a huge Harry Potter nerd, I absolutely had to make a stop at Platform 9 and 3/4. It wasn’t there the last time I visited the city over 10 years ago, so that was my next stop on the list.
King’s Cross Station was both beautiful and confusing. I walked to Platform 9 and 3/4 and it wasn’t there. For a hot second, all my hopes and dreams were crushed with the realization that I was a muggle. How could this be? I’ve been training all my life to be an amazing wizard and I can’t even board the train to Hogwarts? Then, I found myself going up to the staff and going, “I can’t believe I am asking this… But do you know where I could find Platform 9 and 3/4”. Long story short, I ended up finding it – the silly people had moved it. Thank goodness I found it and could catch my train to the most magical place in the world. (nerd alert!)
I don’t care how dorky this makes me, but that was one of the many highlights of my trip. And what perfect timing with the last film being released last week – it was meant to be. Me and Hogwarts. Hogwarts and I. Anyway, that’s it for now. There is still a lot more coming, so stay tuned the next couple of days!