Hey guys! Two weeks ago I landed in London, and today I want to tell you guys a bit about what my life has been like since then. It’s so weird to think back on my first day – when I stepped off of the plane onto British soil, when I rode the tube for the first time, when I had my first Primark experience – and to realise that two whole weeks have passed since then. It’s crazy to think how much can happen in two weeks. Normally when we think of two weeks, it doesn’t seem very long; after all, what’s two weeks when compared to a year, or 5 years, or a lifetime? But so much has happened and I’ve had so many new experiences in the past two weeks that it’s felt like a lifetime.
First of all: London. I still have moments when I’ll be doing something normal like walking down the street, or eating breakfast, and suddenly it’ll hit me that I’m in London and I’ll have a mini freak out. I’ve never been to London before this trip, and it’s one of those places that I’ve heard about so much on the television or in movies or from other people that it kind of stopped being a real place in my mind. If that makes any sense. London just always seemed so far away and abstract and unobtainable, that it’s taking me a while to wrap my head around the fact that the city I’m in is the same city that people are talking about when they talk about London. Just today Ed Sheeran was tweeting about how he’s doing some shows in London, and it took me a while to realise that he wasn’t referring to some far away city in another country – that he was actually referring to the city that I’m in right now. It kind of blew my mind.
London is also incredibly vast and fascinating and beautiful. You could spend years living in London and still not have explored every part of it. I love that every new area that I go to is so different from everywhere else I’ve been before. Until I moved into my flat yesterday, I’d been staying in hostels in various parts of the city, and I loved getting to discover a new part of the city every few days. First there was Hammersmith, with its abundance of shops, then Caledonian Road with its gorgeous park, and finally Earl’s Court with its rows of incredibly beautiful townhouses. I’ll admit that I haven’t done a ton of sightseeing, but I’ve been down around the Trafalgar Square area and there are just so many large, impressive buildings around there. In Canada we don’t really have that many buildings that are actually old, so it’s really cool to be somewhere that has old buildings everywhere. Also I get a little bit of that ‘pinch me’ kind of feeling every time I see Big Ben or the London Eye because those buildings are in London and oh my goodness I’m in London. Which is slightly insane.
Now that I’ve moved into a flat and finally unpacked my suitcase for the first time in two weeks I’m sure that things will start to be different, but up until now it’s kind of felt like I’m on holiday. I haven’t had to do much cooking or cleaning, I’ve spent far too much money on unhealthy foods (cupcakes, cheesecake, macarons… the list goes on), and I haven’t pressed myself too hard to do anything very productive (this blog being a prime example). I’m not going to lie, it’s been pretty great. Most days I’ve stayed up late and then slept in, I’ve spent a lot of time reading and watching movies, and, for the first time since I was 4, I haven’t had to worry about school. Pretty soon I’m going to have to start worrying about a job though, which might even be less fun than school, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.
For now though, I’m going to continue to marvel at the fact that I’m in London, and that I actually live here now. To end off this post I’m going to share with you some of the memorable parts of the past two weeks:
- Starbucks. Is really freaking expensive here. I mean, Starbucks is overpriced to begin with, but the prices are straight up ridiculous here in London. My go-to drink at Starbucks is a tall chai tea latte, which in Canada costs maybe like $2-3. Imagine my surprise when I ordered one in London and it cost £2.75, which is $5. Literally $5 for a small cup of chai tea latte. I think I’m going to have to say goodbye to my Starbucks addiction while I’m living in London. :(
- The London Zoo! A friend and I went up to the zoo in Regents Park the other day, and it was really fun! Despite the weather being a bit rainy and miserable, we still ended up having a good time looking at all of the animals. The monkeys were absolutely adorable, and I saw an aardvark for the first time and wow it was not what I expected it to look like. I don’t really know what I thought aardvarks looked like, but it was definitely nowhere near what they actually look like. If you’ve never seen an aardvark before, I dare you to go google it right now but be warned that they look really, really strange. We then ended the evening by going to Pizza Hut where I ordered a delicious pizza (the stuffed crust is amazing omg) and then couldn’t eat it all so I got to enjoy it’s deliciousness the next morning too. Overall a pretty great day.
- Shopping. Oh my goodness the shopping. I’ve managed to not buy very many things so far (mostly because I didn’t have any extra room in my suitcase) but I don’t think that’s going to last very long. One day I needed to buy a specific piece of clothing (a longsleeved black cotton button down shirt) but no clothing stores seemed to carry them, so I ended up spending about 4-5 hours on Oxford street, going into almost every woman’s clothing store trying to find one. And although many stores didn’t have what I was looking for, they all seemed to have other gorgeous pieces of clothing that I very much want in my closet. I can see my closet soon being populated with clothes from the likes of Topshop, Miss Selfridge, River Island, and Primark.
- Macarons. Somehow, until yesterday, I had not tried macarons. I don’t know how this happened or why, but it was a situation that needed to be fixed. So yesterday when I was meeting up with someone in Covent Garden and we decided to get some tea at the Ladurée café there, I knew that I had to get some macarons. I ended up getting two caramel ones and one chocolate one (all mini sized) and ohmygoodness they were amazing. I can’t even tell you how absolutely delicious they were. I’m getting chills just thinking about it. The only downside of them being so amazing is that now anytime I eat a macaron I’m worried that it won’t live up to how good the ones from Ladurée were. *sigh*
So those are my thoughts on London after being here for two weeks! Thanks so much for reading :)