It was two days into 2011 when I touched down at London Heathrow. I remember feeling excited, grown up, but not nervous at all. The moment the plane's wheels hit the runway I felt an adventurous sensation and a relief that after all this time, I was finally in London.
I had always wanted to visit England. I had an obsession with it before ever even going to the country. The opportunity to study abroad there is still one of my most fondest memories. From a boat cruise on the Thames to high tea at Kensington Palace, the 5 months I spent abroad were nothing short of beautiful and inspiring.
The trip began with a home-stay in the countryside, a visit to Windsor Castle, and then back to London for dorm move-in. Immediately after move-in the exploration began. I remember feeling as if anything was possible. Some of my favorite places were Oxford street shopping, Marylebone, Westminster, and Piccadilly Circus. There's really too many to count though.
Buckingham Palace was an absolute beauty. The changing of the guard, a memorable experience, one that I would recommend for any tourist of the grand city.
One of my most memorable experiences of the entire trip, and a memory for life, was being outside the Palace during the Royal Wedding! I was able to see the gorgeous Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William en route to Westminster Abbey, and the Royal Family outside on the palace balcony as well. The crowd had an excitement about it that was tangible and infectious! Even the week before the wedding had the city glowing.
I still think of the city sometimes, and what it looks like at this exact moment. If the wind is blowing in a certain direction, what the people look like laughing in the street, if the sun is peaking through in Regents park among the clouds. I definitely feel connected to one of the most amazing cities on earth. And even though I have not returned yet since my stay abroad, I plan to visit in the near future, to re-explore some old stomping grounds.