One of the things I loved the most about my semester abroad is the fact that I was a mere 20-minute train ride away from one of the biggest cities in the world – London. That means that I got to go and visit it a couple of times in the last three months. It was my first time in this wonderful European city (or in Europe altogether, for that matter), and I was a bit overwhelmed at first because there is just SO much to see! London has a lot of must-see spots and so depending on how much time you are spending there, you probably won’t be able to see everything (it’s totally okay – I didn’t get to see as much as I wanted to, too). So I narrowed down the touristy spots you absolutely MUST see if you’re a first timer in London! Here are the top 10 things you must do in London, especially if it’s your first time!
I have to admit that I almost ended up not writing this post, simply because I have around 10,000 words to write for all my assignments combine and about 7 days left to complete them all before I leave for Edinburgh, but I really wanted to write it because so many of you have requested it.
As you already know, I am currently spending the semester abroad in England, and I’m situated 20 minutes outside of London (by train). And being a complete die-hard Harry Potter fan, I just could not come to England and not visit the Harry Potter studios. So on November 27, I headed to Watford to visit The Making of Harry Potter at the Warner Bros studios. True Potterhead, I was wearing my Ravenclaw scarf (#RavenclawPride) that I bought at Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross for my birthday. As you can imagine, the excitement was real and my expectations were high. View Post
I just couldn’t come to England and not visit the Beatles’ city. I mean, that would be crazy, right? I may not be the Beatles’ biggest fan, but I would have felt like I was missing on an important part of England if I hadn’t been to Liverpool. (It’s as if saying that you visited all of England except for London – that’s just silly!)
We almost didn’t make it to Liverpool because we were hesitating between that and York, but I’m so glad we decided against it! (Though I do hope that I’ll get to visit York too!) Liverpool ended up being one of my favorite cities we’ve been to so far. Sadly, we didn’t get to spend that much time there (we were only there for a couple of hours), but we were still able to see everything we wanted to see.
So, how do you spend a day in Liverpool?
When I came to England, I expected every corner of every street to feel like I was straight out of a Harry Potter movie. I mean, what else is there to see in England? (answer: a LOT.) But I soon realized that England is not simply Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes, and Jane Austen (though they are very important). England goes way back. As far back as the Roman Empire! And Bath is the perfect example of what England must have looked like back in the Roman days. Here’s my full travel guide to Bath and how you can spend a weekend exploring this beautiful city!
When I moved abroad to England, I knew my weekends would mostly consist of traveling. I mean, one of the reasons why I decided to go abroad for a semester was because I wanted to explore the world, and particularly Europe. Having never traveled in the past (except to the States a couple of times), I was always eager to see what the world had to offer. I wanted to see what all the hype was about. And well, let me tell you that so far, I have not been disappointed. Not only have I been out every weekend since I’ve been here, but I also have travel plans made for the months ahead! I couldn’t be more excited.
For our first weekend on ourselves in England, my friend and I were looking for a destination that was not too far away, but that we would both enjoy. We were already planning on going to Cambridge for a day (more on that soon), so we decided to get all “university” cities out of the way and threw in Oxford for a weekend (that ended up being the wrong time to do it, scroll to the bottom of the post to see why!).
I ended up loving this city so much! I think a weekend is plenty of time to get a “feel” of the city and see all of its highlights. So here’s how to spend a weekend in Oxford.