I can’t believe I’ve been on this continent for over a week! This last week in London has been so nice; I’ve been able to relax and get ready for France while also getting out to do some new things in London. A few highlights:
Last week Tuesday my Uncle Robert and I went up to Greenwich. I had never ventured that far, but there are many great things to see up there. We took a boat along the River Thames, which was super pretty (my uncle said people commute every day on these boats, can you imagine?) and I was able to learn so much about what we were passing. Uncle Robert is British and has lived in London for a long time, so he has lots of knowledge on history; it was almost like having a tour guide with me all the time! I like learning new things.
We got off the boat and went right away to the National Maritime Museum, where went to a special exhibition about Samuel Pepys. He lived in London in the 1660s, witnessed just about every major event in that half century, and kept a journal about it. I really enjoyed that and then a section of the museum dedicated to the history of the Dutch East India Trading Company, which was so fascinating.
We also walked up the hill to the Royal Observatory where the prime meridian and big clock are, so that was amazing. There was a great view of all of the building down below, too. The buildings Old Royal Naval College were also right around that area, so we popped our heads into a beautiful chapel and painted hall before getting back on the boat.
Another highlight of the week was being able to see Mamma Mia! in the West End on Saturday afternoon. The movie has always been one of my favorites, but it was so amazing to see it live on stage! So many upbeat [Abba] songs and big dance numbers.
Yesterday we went to the Museum of Natural History to see the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, which were so good! I think the the younger photographers’ photos were my favorite because there was much less technical editing and more moments captured (This one was my favorite).
Today is my last day with my Aunt and Uncle, so after walking around Covent Garden, I’m just packing and putting all of my ducks in a row for Paris tomorrow! I take the Eurostar early in the morning and my program orientation will begin tomorrow afternoon. I have a rough itinerary, but I’m not exactly sure what’s going to happen with that. I’ll meet lots of new people, that’s for sure. I’m definitely excited to finally see where I’ll be living and get settled in with my host.
Thanks for reading and more to come!
P.S. I also have my address in case anyone wants it:
12 Allee Georges Recipon