Why You Should Travel To London

Why You Should Travel To London

A small bit about my trip to London and why I recommend it for everyone.

From a young age, I realized just how much I loved traveling, especially to the bigger cities. As I aged, that love seemed to only grow. However, even with my trips to American cities, nothing could prepare me for the wonders to be found in London, whether they be subtle or more obvious. That week-long trip alone convinced me that everyone should travel to the great city at least once in their lifetime.

The first reason why anyone should travel to London at least once is that you receive the opportunity to observe and admire some of the great historical sites, history, and landmarks of a country. When I went to London, for example, I got to see Stonehenge, the old Roman city of Bath, Westminster Abbey, and so much more. Getting to observe any of these historical sites was a dream of mine. I even saw the Globe Theatre!

Another good reason to travel to London is the experience you receive from the other culture. In the U.K., there were quite a few things that I saw were much different. For example, one of the most obvious differences is the love of soccer (football) compared to our relative indifference for it. Hell, when I went, there were tours of the most famous stadiums in all of London. Another sport, people showed lots of passion for was rugby, whereas here it has much less exposure. Also, slang terms I picked up. Too many, too profane, but many I learned as a result. Many that are very different from anything we have heard here.

Also, food. Maltesers are the BOMB when it comes to candy. Pure, chocolatey goodness that I'm glad is finally in the United States. The fish and chips they serve there are also ten times better than any of the versions I have had here. Walker's Crisps as well. Even tea time with the scones we ate was fantastic. There is such great food to be found in London. However, there were certainly some different things I did not expect. Breakfast? Sausage. Lots of it. Potatoes too. Beans were included sometimes too. It was different. Also. Mushy peas? Yeah.. No.

Overall, London is a wonderful city to experience and immerse yourself in. Food, culture, history abound in this wonderful city. Whether you want to simply partake of the great food, observe the great sites such as Buckingham Palace, or any mixture of what you want, it is a city filled with wonder and delight. It is very much worth the trip.

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To The Girl Who Hasn't Been Herself Lately

Your spark return, and you will shine like you were meant to.

Life gets tough. Life gets too much to handle sometimes, and those times make you stronger. However, right now, it seems like you have lost yourself.

It’s difficult when you catch yourself not being you. When you do something or act a certain way and just wonder, “what did I do to deserve this? Why is this happening? When will it get better?” The way you’re feeling is not so much that you’re unhappy, you just feel weird.

Your day will come. I promise you. This is just a phase.

The day you realize how much you have grown from this point in time will be your reward. It is so hard to see now, and I feel your pain.

Your light will return to you. Your pure bliss moments, they are seeking you. Your laughter where your tummy aches is in your reach.

Our moods change far too often for us as humans to understand why, but the encounters you make every day have this effect on us.

You must remember the pure happiness you experienced before your first heartbreak, before the first friend became someone you thought they weren’t, before you lost your innocence. That was a time of true joy as you had not a care in the world for the things that would harm you. Better yet, you didn’t have the option to experience them because you were just a child.

The world can be an ugly place, and your attitude towards life can change every day. One thing is for certain: you did not lose who you are internally. We all put on a face for the world. For the people who we try to impress. For the life we want to live. For the things we want to achieve.

Your definitive personality is still in the works. Believe it or not, it always will be. Times like this change us for the better even though we can’t see it.

Your happiness will return. You will be a better, stronger version of you. In fact, you will be the best version of you yet.

Once this phase is over, you will be okay. This I promise you.

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If you ever go to Europe, keep in mind that they have a hard time splitting orders. As we were sitting at this table, we asked for separate checks but they made us pay separately on a single check, which was kind of funny watching three American girls pick through their euros.

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