Exploring London without a set plan means that students are free to go with the flow and discover new experiences. One of our student bloggers, JoEllen Laun, shares her experiences exploring London and describes what she discovered along the way.
Having a plan is always good, but sometimes the best adventures happen when you least expect it. By exploring London with no exact plan, I have been able to spontaneously experience new things and discover new places to eat. I’ve listed a few of these experiences below:
Eating is the key to survival, so obviously I’ve been consuming food (sweets/bread) nonstop upon my arrival. I have always been open to eating new, strange looking foods. Being in a new country, I find it important to try everything. Even if you don’t like it, you have at least experienced it for yourself! I never thought I would drink a cereal ‘cocktail’. However, I can proudly say that I’ve had one. I recently visited the Cereal Killer Cafe and can confirm that they definitely taste as good as they look.
As I always say, ‘if it looks good, eat it!’ However, I don’t think this is always possible. Food Markets are not like the markets back home; it is food galore! I don’t think I would be able to eat everything. For example, I experienced Camden Market for the first time today and it was one of the best things ever. It should be on everybody’s to-do-list when you are exploring London.
My one friend Haley and I didn’t have anything planned one afternoon so we just decided to check out this cool place in Covent Garden called Neil’s Yard. It was such a quaint, relaxed, colorful place that being there just made you smile. The walls on the buildings were so colorful. Just around the corner is a place called Milk Train, and it was absolutely delicious. I ordered a Matcha flavored ice cream. Matcha is a green tea flavored ice cream. I had never tried it before, but it is a lot better than it sounds. They put the ice in a waffle cone and drizzled chocolate sauce on top. To top it off they added Oreo and popcorn pieces. It was like heaven!
Site seeing with no plan
After exploring Covent Garden, my friend and I wandered around and ended up finding ourselves at Kings College. We decided to walk across the bridge where we were able to see the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. This was definitely the icing on the cake. We got to experience all of this because we had no plan and just decided to go with the flow. Sometimes you just need to throw your agenda out of the window and wander.
This content was contributed by JoEllen Laun one of our student bloggers. She is studying abroad this Spring on an AIFS Customized Faculty-Led program in London, England through the London Consortium.