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Farewell London!

by Dominique Smiley

Today is my last full day in London, as tomorrow I’m headed back to the states.

My time spent in London is something I will never forget. It truly feels like just yesterday I took my first steps on to foreign soil with my heart pounding out of my chest. I had fears of not making the most out of this trip, and hopes that I would make friends that didn’t just last me through the semester, but a lifetime. I can honestly say that I was able to accomplish both of those things.

I am so proud of succeeding in my first trip abroad; I surrounded myself with positive, like-minded people who challenged me to get more involved in the culture.

I’m also be able to say that I experienced a lot of firsts and cultural activities while studying in London:

  • attended my first movie premiere (Catching Fire)
  • ate some great fish and chips
  • had “afternoon tea”
  • travelled to Paris
  • went to the Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral
  • learned how to budget (a life-long lesson!)/ learned the meaning of a dollar… or in this case, a pound!
  • attended 5 plays, including one at the famous Shakespeare’s Globe
  • traveled to Northern Ireland and stayed in a hostel
  • ate a traditional Irish meal (steak and Guinness Pie)
  • went to Abbey Road
  • walked all through Central London (which is HUGE)
  • plus much more!

…and all while remaining on top of my studies! After being here in London for 3 1/2 months, now I want to experience the rest of Europe, and eventually the world!

Ugh, goodbyes are always the hardest, so I’m just going to have to say see you later.. London, I’m going to miss you, but this isn’t the last of me!

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