I made it! I arrived in London late afternoon yesterday and have been anxious to see what this beautiful city has in store for me. Saying goodbye to my family was beyond difficult, but being able to Skype will make my adventure that much more appealing. As you can imagine, the 9.5 hour flight was brutal. In addition to the fact that the Air condition didn’t quite kick on until 8 hours in… Unless you enjoy being crammed in a seat for long periods of time and are very limited to how many times you can get up, walk around, and stretch your legs. If you do, I will refrain from making any judgements.
Other than the miserable plane ride, everything else has been going very smoothly. All of the students on this trip are lively and ready to explore the world. It’s so exciting! Our flat is in Kensington, which is absolutely beautiful. I might never come back. My roommate’s name is Ali, and she is awesome. Our personalities are identical – and we all know the world isn’t ready for two Bri’s. Our flat is two stories, and includes a bathroom and mini kitchen. It is adorable, and like I said…I could definitely live here. After we all got organized, we went to a near by grocery market, got some food and snacks for a few days and headed back to our flat. Even the markets are so much different than a Fry’s or Sprouts. Needless to say, it took us roughly 30 minutes to find the cereal section.
Ali and I decided that the best way to become adjusted to the British life and culture was to get some authentic Fish n’ Chips. We did some research and finally found this little hole in the wall known as Bailey’s Fish n’ Chips. Apparently, it was the best in the city. About 10 of us hopped on the tube and navigated our way through another section of Kensington and arrived at Bailey’s. This place couldn’t have had more than 11 seats, and was a little smaller than a 2 car garage. So, we all ordered their famous Cod and chips.
Believe it. After having airplane food for dinner and breakfast, traveling, and walking…I can say I almost ate it all. I don’t regret it, either. It was delicious and hands down the BEST fish n’ chips I have ever had. It was well worth taking the tube the wrong way a couple times. All part of the experience. There are plenty of other places I will be getting to later today.
Thank you for checking in, and I will keep you posted.