As I’m writing this post, I’m preparing to leave London – my flight is in eight hours. When this post is published, I’ll be mid-air flying back home to the States.
It’s a sad feeling.
A month ago, when I travelled outside of the country by myself for the first time, I didn’t know what to expect. I was nervous, anxious, excited and so much more when I landed in Heathrow five weeks ago. I knew that studying abroad in London was going to be an adventure, and it was just that.
During the last couple of weeks, I was able to fully immerse myself into the London culture from navigating the Tube and night bus routes to exploring parts of London where tourists don’t usually get to visit. I was able to see different parts of England that are rooted in history and prestige and was often left breathless when visiting these sites. I was able to really uncover the beautiful parts in England and it made me even more eager to travel.
Although my time in London was spent wandering around the city and the country, I was also able to experience what it would be like to study in London. Sure, it was stressful, but it taught me a great deal of time management. I might even go as far as saying that studying abroad made me a better student, but who knows?
But most importantly, these five weeks are nothing without the incredible people I met on this journey. I would have never have imagined meeting such interesting, funny and adventurous individuals on this trip, and I’m extremely glad that I was able to meet all of them. We’ve gone through a great deal in these five weeks from running to catch trains, experiencing the British theatre, navigating night buses and uncovering the beauty of London. Truth be told, they made my experience so much better and just for that reason, I will always treasure our friendships. We were able to discover a new country together! If you guys are reading this, which I know you are, I just wanted to say thank you for everything. Thank you for being you and going on this crazy journey together. I know we’ll see each other again when we get back home!
Last, but definitely not least, I gotta give a shoutout to my roommate, my travel buddy and one of my best friends, Phoebe. Going on a month-long adventure with you this was more than I could have imagined. Together we figured out how to live in this country, the beauty of Oreo Cadbury bars and goofed around in the process. I’ll always be glad that I was able to share this experience with you, and hopefully this is just the first of many foreign excursions!
London, you’re beautiful. You taught me so much about the world, myself and traveling. You’ll always hold a special place in my heart because you were my first European experience, my first real adventure. I’ll be back for you, London. I swear. Thanks for being a great host for the last five weeks, I’ll miss you more than you will know.