I was one of those teenagers who, upon high school graduation, wanted to “get out of this small town.” I wanted to live in a big city where I could walk to work and always have something fun to do or new to try.
I enjoyed just walking around the main strip of each city to which my family would go on a day trip. When I went to London, I loved walking all over and finding hidden gems in the city.
Why can’t I feel that way in my hometown?
Maybe it’s because I wasn’t giving thanks for it.
One of my summer goals is to learn a new recipe every week and make dinner for my family. My first meal was a little spontaneous–my mom said that we had a ton of pasta that we could use up, so I had the idea to make pesto.
My third year of college is over. It’s weird. This will be my last real “summer” before I work a full-time job. I only have one more year of what people say are the “best four years of your life.”
Literally 10 minutes ago, one of my good friends sent me a link to an article that I think everyone needs to read. As a college student, seeing all of the different relationships and the strength of each is very disconcerting. The blog “My Marriage Wasn’t Meant To Be” by Matt Walsh describes why many relationships fail nowadays–our relationships are a choice, not a destiny. I encourage you to check out the blog. It’s worth the read.
Click here to read “My Marriage Wasn’t Meant To Be.”
Okay, I know that as of late I haven’t been updating my blog as frequently as I should. As final exams and the end of the semester are approaching, I once again found my free time being eaten away by 30 page papers and group presentations. Realizing that I needed to be more productive, I tried a social media experiment.
Although I would say that London isn’t too different from the United States, here are some fun differences that I found/things that people do in London and not as much in the U.S.:
- baked beans on toast is normal to eat for breakfast
- you can find tea almost anywhere and a lot of people put milk in their tea
- trash cans are difficult to find
- all of the branded cafes are extremely similar and offered a lot of sandwiches that are stored in a cooler and that you would take to the counter to get pressed
- toilets look different; there is a button on the wall to flush the toilet
- I first tried/heard of elderflower cordial
- people keep to themselves
- “take-away” is actually takeout
- car and taxi drivers can have an attitude
- it doesn’t always rain
- weird (and delicious!) potato chip/crisp flavors: paprika, balsamic vinegar, red onion/cheddar
- many bars do not ID
- “sorry” instead of “excuse me”
- the exit signs in buildings are pictures of stick people running
- “way out” instead of “exit”
- when you are crossing the street, the pavement will tell you to “look left” or “look right”
- street signs would be placed on the walls of corner buildings
- restaurant service/pay before eating/order at bar
- many Europeans and foreigners in England
- eye-catching advertisements in the underground
I just wanted to provide you a quick list–if you want any further explanations, please leave a question in the comments!
(I apologize for the bad grammar. I just wrote like 5 blog posts and am hungry haha).
It was our last full day in London!
A small group of us went to see Big Ben, Parliament and West Minster. We ate lunch at a burger place in Piccadilly and bought last-minute tickets to Phantom of the Opera.