Hello from some thousand miles in the European sky! I am currently typing up this entry as I am flying home to Florence from London.
I am gradually growing more and more aware of the little time I have left here. I am starting to think about preparing for my departure on the 20th of December. Without realizing it, I had already planned trips for all of my weekends up until then. In other words, I have no more Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in Florence- a thought that is both heart-wrenching and thrilling at the same time, because I will have no more lazy weekends to enjoy, but more traveling means more adventures! This past weekend I went to London, next week I will be going to Rome, then southern Italy for an Italian Christian conference, and I will be in Munich three days before I head back to the states. It's going to be a crazy month and I find myself hoping that I will somehow survive this crazy schedule in the midst of finals/packing. But I am also so, so excited! Maybe its the go hard or go home mentality that I picked up from USC :)
London was an amazing city, and I'm so glad that I decided to travel here with my friend Ruth Le and Alex Lopez when I did. Out of all the cities I had been to, London was most similar to the United States culturally, so it was a good beginning transition to prepare myself for home. It was strange to see so many familiar stores and chains again, such as chipotle, KFC, and my personal favorite, Starbucks! Another shocker that I had was realizing that I could understand what everyone said and had no trouble at all communicating because you know, everybody speaks English in the UK. It's an obvious statement but having close to no language barriers was like taking a gulp of fresh air after speaking broken Italian/Spanish/sign language for three months! I kept going into museums or metro stations expecting to find street signs and information plaques written in a foreign language.
|Bringing holiday cheer from Londra! (Note the starbucks)|
|Call me maybe?|
|Big Ben and Parliament!|
|Stumbled into the world's oldest mystic and occult bookshop- I probably could have been shopping for Hogwarts|
|I couldn't leave London without visiting platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross!|
|Post-Les Miserables in the Queen's Theatre|
|"To love another person is to see the face of God." - Victor Hugo|
|High tea/Christmas tea|
|had to have my share of scones and clotted cream|
|because I am the princess of Buckingham palace|
|goodbye, magical London!|
Con tanto amore,