My final flight back to the United States flew out of Heathrow Airport in London. Despite having spent a semester studying here, there were still a few things I knew I absolutely had to see. I gave myself a final four days in London before I had to fly home, and in this time I had the most lovely sights and experiences, topping everything from my semester. If you’re interested in picture-perfect sights and instagram-worthy settings, here are my must do’s.
1. Notting Hill
This neighborhood of London, home to Portobello Market, is worthy of being famous for much more than the movie. Behind the tube station “Notting Hill Gate,” as well as further into the neighborhood towards Portobello Market, the houses are painted in gorgeous pastel hues, with vibrant doors as centerpieces. This is my absolute favorite neighborhood in London for simply walking around.
I have a tendency to live with my head in the clouds on a daily basis; I’ve been known to daydream mid-lecture or class and plan an entire trip during this daydream. Yesterday, one of my daydream trips became real: I ventured into the highlands of Scotland, and it was stunning, so much more than any national geographic photographer can convey in a single shot.
I flew into Inverness (pronounced with an emphasis on the “ness,” breaking it up into Inver-ness), figured out the bus situation (Thank you, Google Maps) and by the grace of God somehow wandered through town and arrived at the cute little B&B, Sandy’s.
I usually try to stay upbeat when things go wrong. The way I see it, everything that goes wrong is just an opportunity for character building. However, I just have to put it out there, that I have met my match: showering in a shower/bathroom that has been infested with first mold and maggots, and now flies, is definitely not my favorite form of character building.
I am quickly becoming convinced that London is home to some of the most creative night club and bar owners ever, and I say that coming from my past two years of clubbing in NYC. I thought I’d share some of the things I have experienced or have on my to-do list for the next few months: