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Pushing Outside Your Comfort Zone While Abroad

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London to Dover: Our Favorite Day Trips | AIFS Customized Faculty-Led Blog

I have never been an “outdoorsy” person. Accordingly, when my friends decided to take a day trip to the Cliffs of Dover, my apprehension was immediately apparent. Regardless, not knowing when I would return next to England, I was determined to see all that the country has to offer. I decided to venture outside of my usual daily routine of shopping and touring museums and tag along.

Around 7:00 on a Sunday morning, we made our way to the station. We took the tube to Victoria Station and transferred to a train- our first train ride in England! The journey to Dover took a little under two hours- a perfect distance for a day trip from London. Our train swept through green pastures and darted past small farms in the English countryside. The hustle and bustle of London seemed like a world away.

We arrived in the quiet, small town of Dover and began making our way to the famous Cliffs.

Immediately, we were blown away by the beauty of the site. The Cliffs were unlike anything I had ever seen before. The water that met the Cliffs was a stunning shade of blue and seemed to stretch until the ends of the earth.

The gorgeous green pastures on top of the Cliffs were just as vast and serene as the water in front of it. We followed the narrow footpath to guide our hike. The path ran through the middle of the greenery as well as alongside the very edge of a cliff. This allowed us to take in all the Cliffs had to offer (and helped conquer my fear of heights).

After an hour of hiking the Cliffs, we were ready to eat our lunch (and also rest). We picked a spot on the edge of a cliff and enjoyed our lunch with a view.

Once we finished lunch, we immediately went back to hiking. We then noticed a building in the distance, almost resembling a lighthouse, and deemed it as our destination. As we continued on the twisted path, we finally arrived to the lighthouse building. The building turned out to be a tea room, serving English tea and scones and cakes, at a cheap price. It was the perfect stopping point to refuel before starting our trek back down the mountain.

The train ride back into London was silent. We were exhausted from the hiking, and swept away by all of the beauty the Cliffs had to offer. I spent the majority of the journey scrolling through the pictures I had taken and gazing out the window at the additionally gorgeous scenery.

To say the Cliffs of Dover exceeded my expectations is an understatement. As I watched the green pastures turn back into urban streets, I was grateful I had said “yes” to this adventure. This short, but sweet escape brought me outside of my comfort zone, and showed me a side of England I would not have otherwise discovered.

Kaleigh, a senior student at the University of Georgia studying Consumer Journalism is studying abroad in London, England through an AIFS Customized Faculty-Led program during the summer of 2018.

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