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Four Years Later

Four years ago this month, I visited London for the first time whilst studying abroad. I stayed with family friends (shout out to Heather and David for an amazing weekend!) and as soon as we got off the train at Waterloo station to explore the city, I instantly knew: I would live here someday. The energy, the history, the accents… I knew I’d be back.


Almost exactly four years later to the day, I walked across the stage to commemorate obtaining my Masters. I spent the past week in London, soaking up my last days I could legally call myself an English resident, and got to make some great mems with some of my dearest humans. How is this real life!?

Things seen / done / visited:  A History of Magic at the British Library, Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre, Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, The London Sightseeing Tour around town on the cheesy double decker buses, Camden Market, Portobello Market, St. Paul’s Cathedral, strolling South Bank, visiting Vauxhall City Farm, sunsets at Primrose Hill, bird’s eye view of London from the observation floor at Sky Garden, a trip to the world’s largest Lush on Oxford Street, followed by a few trips to Primark, Christmas lights on Oxford and Regent Street…

Things eaten: Korean at Bibimbap, birthday cupcakes from Hummingbird Cafe, on-the-go Asian at Wok to Walk, Sunday roast at The Elgin Pub, Indian at Coriander (I literally dream of Coriander when I’m away from London…), afternoon tea at The Ritz, Chinatown eats and pastries at Chinatown Bakery, English breakfasts at Mike’s Cafe, burgers from Honest, one too many trips to Pret… not to mention our wanders into Six Storeys, Waxy’s, Electric Diner, Buddha Bar, Paxton’s Head

Neighborhood Tube Stop
Harrods at Christmastime
Angel Bby Áine
Hayyy, London Shard
Afternoon Tea on Thanksgiving
Dreamin’ ’bout nuggets

I even did a day trip to Wales- bringing my country count to 28!! I spent a half day exploring St. Fagan’s National Museum just outside of Cardiff, which I was told was just an outdoor museum but it’s so much more than that! It’s got structures and homes transported from all over Wales and it’s honestly one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. #Holla David in St. Teilo’s for the sesh on Catholicism in England! I rounded the day with cream tea with traditional Welsh pastries at Pettigrew Tea Rooms before heading back to my cozy lil flat in London.

Moral of the story: where there’s a will, there’s a way, and the journey is filled with wonderful ups and downs and great souls so enjoy the ride!






One thought on “Four Years Later

  1. What a beautiful journey you were given. I can only imagine the wonderful places that you were able to walk through, sit and sip tea at, enjoy the new smells and hear the unique sounds, of each place. I am sure that you learned a lot and that you are so happy that you were able to study and travel abroad. What a beautiful time to return home, Christmas time. Welcome home Monique!

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