england-dreams asked: Hello dear, how're you doing? ❤️ I loved your description of your last day in London, Christmas markets are simply wonderful! When are you going to return to London?
I’m great, thank you! & aren’t christmas markets the best?! I probably should have been more clear in saying that, it was my last day in London of 2013. I’m originally from Washington, DC and went back to visit my parents/family over the holiday vacation and returned in the second week of January when classes started back up again. My time line is a little out of sorts because I had wanted to include older pictures when I first started the blog, but I hope it isn’t too confusing.
So long story short, I’m already back! Thanks again for your lovely comment.
Christmas Market! South Bank. London, UK
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Waterloo Bridge. South Bank. London, UK
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view from the Tate III. South Bank. London, UK
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view from the Tate II. South Bank. London, UK
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Tate Modern. South Bank. London, UK.
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'Shard at a distance'. Millennium Bridge. London, UK
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My last day in London in 2013, was not actually meant to be my last day in London. Actually, It was suppose to be me first day back in the US for holiday. See what had happened was, I had brought the wrong passport to the airport and missed my original flight. Wrong Passport? you ask. I wish I could give you a good reason as to why i brought both my expired and valid passport with me to study abroad, but I really can’t. In the past few months of hindsight I have deemed that moment as an official “Shit Happens” moment; nothing more, nothing less. But seeing as I had the extra day, I decided to go on a run along the river bank. Okay, well first I cried, then I went running.
It was 12pm, constantly in and out of rain, and completely and utterly foggy. Despite all that I had the best time, just zoning out and breathing in the Thames. After my run, I walked over the Millennium Bridge and spent about an hour and a half in the Tate Modern. At one point, while I was quietly minding mine own business, analyzing the art, I felt an arm wrap around shoulders and a light kiss on my head. My first though was, I didn’t come with anyone and I don’t anyone well enough in the entire whole of fucking london, to let them randomly come kiss me on the forehead. Well enough, it was an older man who, based on his surprised expression and the endless amount of “I’m so sorry’s”, had confused me with his wife/girlfriend. To top it all off, I look pretty young, so I’m pretty certain all he was thinking was “Oh my God, I just sexually violated a teenager”. It’s funny when I look on it now, but I’m pretty sure I was stunned. I mean if a day could get any worse, that’s how.
Immediately, I did the only thing I knew that would make me feel better… I went to Christmas market. For all who have never experienced Christmas market (mostly those in the states), I must relay to you that this is what they meant by the true spirit of Christmas… (the birth of jesus christ is a close second). So many smells and lights and beautiful ornaments. Six words: mulled wine and bailey’s hot chocolate.
Anyways, this may not have been the most descriptive story about the architecture and ambiance of the South Bank, but I figure the pictures will do the talking. What I do hope is that it was entertaining enough for you to visit the South Bank for more of the quirky life experiences rather than the cultural ones, cause sometimes that’s what we really need. That and Christmas market*. Christmas Market over everything.
*P.S. I got so caught in experiencing Christmas market, that I barely took pictures of it, which makes this mildly ironic. Don’t know whether that is a good thing or bad.
London Eye. South Bank. London, UK
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descent. London Eye. South Bank. London, UK
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