The one day we hoped would never come was finally here. It was the last day of the program. After nine weeks of seeing breathtaking sights, meeting incredible people and taking fascinating courses, it was time to go home. Our bags were packed and waiting to go to the airport. Each suitcase was just a little bit fuller than when they came, as now they were filled with souvenirs for friends, family, and ourselves.
It was quite strange being at the end of the program and thinking about all of the remarkable things we had done. It was the kind of things that only lucky people in the movies get to do.
London is filled to the brim with historical moments. There is the old Roman Wall that dates back to 200 AD. There is the grand and magnificent Tower of London that was home to legendary executions such as that of Anne Boleyn (the second wife of King Henry VIII). Westminster Abbey is where William and Kate said “I do.” Fleet Street is home to the legendary and mythical barber of Fleet Street himself, Sweeney Todd. Buckingham Palace is the royal residence of Queen Elizabeth II. And, St. Paul’s Cathedral is the final resting place of Winston Churchill. Last but not least there is Big Ben, which appears in Peter Pan as the clock Peter likes to go to.
And of course, on our last day in London, we decided we wanted to go to all of these places. For the first time all summer, we experienced the notorious nasty side of London’s weather: it was cold, windy, and pouring down rain. Not letting the weather deter us, we voyaged on a more than three and a half hour walk through the city. Pictures were taken under the shroud of umbrella and our feet sloshed through puddles of water to reach our destinations. We were determined to see it all, and we did.
Most importantly though, we had the best time. It was great to have a day to be an unabashed tourist on our last day of living in London. We got those final snapshots of the city that we all fell in love with, and are dying to find a way to get back as soon as possible. It was a perfect ending to a wonderful summer abroad.