The End.

Trip Start Jan 11, 2011
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Trip End Apr 23, 2011


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Saturday, April 23, 2011

And the time has come to an end and oh such a bittersweet ending! I am on my way home; it's an odd anxious feeling, but a nervous feeling as well.  I am excited to land in America, but currently it just feels like another weekend trip!  It will be so awesome to come home on Easter and see both my friends from home and family.  Not to mention I have Spring Jam to look forward to and I can’t wait!  But, after Spring Jam I have a feeling I will want to go back to my home of three months, London! 

To sum it up I go to see 6 different countries my time abroad via Eurostar and airplanes.  Easy Jet is not my favorite service and I have had my ups and downs, but hey I can’t complain…I made it home (well almost). 

This past week has been a whirlwind; I finished my junior year and became a senior, got to see my last minute tourist sites, and hopped on a plane to America. On Friday, I headed to Camden Market to of course get some last minute souvenirs and just hang out in one of my favorite markets for the last time in a long time.  Then I still had some time and wanted to go to Olympic Village by myself…I eventually got there after being lost for TWO hours; needless to say I got to see the Olympic opening and closing ceremony stadium and it was breathtaking.  The village is going to be a town in itself; it’s in East London in an area that is not so beautiful.  The mayor of London only agreed to have the Olympics in this area so it could be restored; they actually tore down 100’sj of buildings, but interestingly enough they recycled them somehow into constructing the new stadium.  So, the stadium is very go green!  Afterwards I went to St. James Park and walked along the pond and then went to see Buckingham Palace for the last time.  Of course I had to go check it out before the Royal Wedding!  Needless to say the garden work and flags were breathtaking; the media stand was huge and half of Green Park was taken up by press boxes.  Went home to pack, which I had a lot of trouble with and had to say goodbye to some friends from the coast! 

So, everything that could go wrong has gone wrong at the very end of my trip of course.  Starting with my bus ticket. I went to go get my ticket at the bus station and unfortunately I signed up for the wrong bus; so afterwards I just asked my friends if I could catch a cab with them and boy oh boy was that a treat.  We literally squished into van cabs with our entire luggage; they barely let us go and wanted to order another cab.  Then we got to the airport and guess whose bag was too heavy…BOTH OF THEM.  He let one go because it was really close, but said I needed to empty some of my bag so I threw out big bottles of lotion and my wrinkle releaser and threw a couple of the small liquid items into my carry on.  Well, then I had too many small liquids in my carry on and had to get my bag searched…Mind you, the Britain culture is very slow.  That took far too long and was completely unnecessary, once again I had to throw some liquids out!  Not done yet…Then we decided to go and eat at a place called Garfunkel’s; they told us we could separately pay…they lied.  It was a huge mess, but somehow with the pounds of change that we have with 9 people we came up with 77 pounds; it was just nuts to say the least.  My last incident was when I looked into my purse and realized that I forgot to put my key back onto the table…. woops, there goes a nice charge to the room.  But, to say the least everything happens for a reason and these types of experiences always help you learn for the next time!  I am on the plane and watching some awesome movies such as The King’s Speech, Black Swan, and I am currently watching Harry Potter 7. 

This experience has been such a surreal experience and something I will never forget for the rest of my life.  These past three months have hands down been the absolute best 3 months of my life and I would not trade them for anything.  It’s hard to describe the experience, but it’s something I am so glad I could fortunately be a part of.  I will miss London greatly, but I am also excited to go back to America!

Until we meet again London…it’s been real.

"You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford."

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Shelly Schmitz on

I'm so glad that you had the best experience ever-we are happy to have you home!

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