On Friday, after my morning ecology class, Hayley, Sheneka, and I headed to St. Martin in the Fields Church for a free performance as part of their Lunchtime Concert Series. We saw James Sherlock perform on the piano, and it was wonderful. Afterwards, we went to St. James’s Park, Green Park, and Harrods!
Our first stop after the concert was St. James’s Park. The walk to St. Jame's was so nice; we got to stroll down "The Mall" (the road running from Trafalgar Square to Buckingham Palace) and enjoy the wonderful weather!
St. James's Park was absolutely beautiful; there were loads of ducks and other birds and a huge pond! I totally recommend brining a good book and a bag of bread (for the birds!) if you ever visit London. There's also a black swan in residence (and no, it's not Natalie Portman).
After walking around the park and the pond, we headed past Buckingham Palace into Green Park. Although Green Park was much less exciting (it’s basically a huge tree lined lawn), it was still really pretty, and we got to see a really cool fountain monument/memorial to Canada!
After Green Park, we wandered around the city for a while, looking at some of the beautiful houses and exploring little side streets!
Eventually, we ended up on Piccadilly Road and stumbled upon Harrods, the famous department store! Even though you aren’t supposed to take pictures, I snuck a few (shhh, don’t tell!): it was way too beautiful not too! There were loads of massively expensive clothing; I touched a 10,000 pound dress! Yikes!
My favorite part of Harrods was the beautiful market with fresh foods, baked goods, and sweets! I apologize for the slightly trippy angle of the pictures; being sneaky has its drawbacks.
At Harrods, Hayley, Sheneka, and I all got scones, which we took across the street to Starbucks to enjoy before making the walk back to campus. Mine was chocolate and hazelnut and it was absolutely delicious!
They don't tell you this before you go abroad, but getting into the "school" mentality when you're in a foreign country is nearly impossible! It was nice knowing you, GPA. (just kidding, I hope!)