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It’s Throwback Thursday! One of my best experiences of college was doing a semester abroad during my senior year of school: Fall 2000. Prior to that, my only experience outside of the United States was crossing the bridge from Michigan into Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The study abroad experience helped me think about how the U.S. is perceived across the world and appreciate differences and attributes of other cultures. I was based… Read More

Back in the states after our trip to London. We covered a lot of ground! I superimposed all of the walking we did in central London on to a Google Map. It totals up to over 32 miles!

Out last full day in London. The time has gone by so fast! Today didn’t really have a theme. It was an odd-ands-ends day full of random things we wanted to do. Namely, Greenwich, a River Thames boat ride, a Beatles Walking Tour, Westminster Abbey tour, and some shopping. In the morning we took the tube to Canary Wharf, changed to Docklands Light Railway (the Oyster card for the tube works on… Read More

The sun came out and it stopped raining! We returned to London from Windsor Castle and decided to make the most of it. We went back to some of the major tourists sites again and got some nice photos. Also, some photos of both me and mom–something that we had been neglecting to do! We took the tube from Paddington to our first stop: Earl’s Court tube station. Outside is a police… Read More

It was one of my favorite days: a trip to Windsor Castle–a place I had never been on my earlier visit to London during college. We left our hotel and took the tube to Paddington Station. From there we purchased tickets and boarded a First Great Western train, changed at Slough, and then arrived at Windsor & Eton Central station. The trip takes around 35 minutes. After exiting the station, you’re basically… Read More

We awoke to another cloudy and foggy day–but of course we wouldn’t let that slow us down. The first stop was The Shard – London’s newest skyscraper. Pyramid-shaped, the Shard is 87 stories high and is the tallest building in the European Union. The observation area – The View from the Shard – just opened last month. To get there, we took the tube to the London Bridge station and made our… Read More

We set aside Day 3 as primarily a palace, museum, and library day. Took the tube to the Marble Arch station. We visited the Marble Arch because this is the area of London I stayed in when doing my study abroad. Then we walked to Speakers’ Corner. After that, we walked the length of Hyde Park on the side bordered by Park Lane, enjoying the spring flowers that were already in bloom…. Read More

  Another big walking day for us! My mom is a speedwalker, so it was me trying to keep up. First we took the tube to Mansion House and made the short walk to St. Paul’s Cathedral where took the first tour of the morning. Loved the architecture and we felt like we had the place to ourselves. Then we stepped out into the pesky London rain, made our way back to… Read More

After getting settled into our comfortable and cozy hotel – the Luna Simone in Pimlico in central London, neither of us had jet lag. So we set off to explore the major tourists sites with our own walking tour of London. After a short tube ride, we exited at St. James’s Park and walked to Buckingham Palace.Then we walked through St. James’s Park to Trafalgar Square. After that, we walked down Whitehall,… Read More

My dad passed away last year. He wasn’t much of a traveler (I can still hear him saying, “I did enough traveling in Vietnam.” I won’t argue with that!). But he did encourage the rest of us to travel. In the weeks after his passing, one thing my mom and I did was plan a trip to London. For us, it was something to distract ourselves, but also something to look forward… Read More