Each time I’ve visited London, I’ve been short on two things; time and cash.
In researching what to visit on my trips, I often saw posts stating the obvious. “Stop at Big Ben! Ride the Eye,” they’ll exclaim. But for me, it’s less about the grandeur of a site and more about it’s atmosphere. Not only will this help with cost, but it also makes for a more memorable experience. So today, I’d like to share my personal recommendations for a proper experience in London. Hope ya’ll enjoy! Read more
The day began with a spread of meats, cheeses, pastries, and juice and a journey cross town that brought us to Lloyd’s of London. I’m sure many of you have heard the stories about eccentric celebrities getting their toes, wrists, arms, and voice insured? Well, this is where they come to do it. Lloyd’s is an insurance market complete with a rich history and unique stories. The oddest thing I saw insured in our short visit to the premise was a pink elephant. Yep, you heard right. Now although this business visit was fun and all, we were rearing to get out and discovering more of the huge town that was London. There was still so much to see and experience and a quote still resonated with me from our tour guide the day before. “If you take all of the parks in London and put them together, you can fit the entirety of Paris inside.” Damn, this city was no joke. Read more
Our bus weaved through the streets in a fashion that I was unacquainted to. Everything was slightly off and unfamiliar. Cars drove on the left side and not the right; our driver’s seat too, was on the “wrong” side. Signs were of odd design and license plates were significantly smaller. It was such a surreal experience to be exposed to two unique cultures in the span of a day. While The US and Britain are similar, so many slight changes will make you stop to take notice!
We had now passed countryside now and the beauty and history of the city was now in full. The sites beckoned us to visit them and the sidewalks begged to be explored! I wanted nothing more than to throw myself off the bus and run about this grand new city. After threading through London, we arrived to the Copthorne Tara Hotel no later than 10 AM. It was situated on the East Side of Town near the bustling Kensington area, rife with high end shopping, wealthy estates, and couture. Read more
As I mentioned in an earlier entry, I will begin recollecting my first journey overseas in a series of posts. This trip was the spark that started it all for me. In the 21 days that I spent exploring Western Europe, my soul was captured by beauty, history, and people I met along the way. This trip ignited the flame within me to follow my passions and it set in motion a chain of events that led me to where I am today. Without it, I would never have realized my love for travel and you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog as you are right now. So come follow me on my journey across Europe and see it all unfold from the very beginning…. Read more
Upon arriving to Northern Illinois University, I sought ways to further explore my interests and broaden my horizons. In my search, I stumbled upon The Outing Centre which connected students to the outdoors with activities like rock climbing, kayaking, and backpacking. I always had a keen interest in backpacking and when I saw their Thanksgiving trip to the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, I pounced at the opportunity. The $200 price tag for food, transportation, and most of the major gear wasn’t too bad either! Read more
Now and again, I find myself reminiscing on the single greatest experience of my young adult life; rather, my entire life. For three weeks in college, I had the incredible opportunity to explore Eastern Europe as part of a study abroad program. I had no idea what to expect and while I was nervous to leave my home country, it was hard to turn down an opportunity as grand as this. Little did I know, these 21 days would forever change my perspective, and without this experience, I wouldn’t be anywhere close to the person I am today. Read more
In early May, my father and I visited the North Georgia/Tennessee area to hike, relax, and spend some final moments together before I graduated, moved out, and went about my business in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.