October has been a whirlwind of a month! Between mid-term exams, visitors from home, and still so much of London to see, time is officially flying. I can't believe my journey here is halfway over and soon I will be back in CT.
The past few weeks have been incredible. I was able to attend the London film festival, go see 2 shows in the theater district-- Memphis and Speed the Plow (Lindsay Lohan was in it!)-- went to 2 concerts-- Atmosphere and Ed Sheeran-- and have been exploring new boroughs of London on the weekends where I've discovered some great cafes, vintage stores, and outdoor food markets. Thank goodness for all of the walking or I would have surely put on the "Study Abroad 15" by now.
However, the best times this month have been with my friend Steve and my parents visiting London. It is so nice to have a taste of home right in the middle of the semester. I'm not one to get too homesick, but sometimes the feeling hits and you really do crave friends and family.
I booked tickets to go on the London Eye about a month ago, so I'm so happy the time finally came. We were able to go on a 30 minute rotation at sunset and take in the entire London skyline with a guided tour and champagne. I could see the same sights of London every day and never get tired of it.
We also went on a great day trip to some new parts of England: Windsor, Stonehenge, and Bath. It was awesome being able to finally see some of the sights I've had on my bucket lists for years and to experience them with Steve. Our favorite part of the day trip though had to be the city of Bath. A mini-Italy, the streets were very European-esque and the Roman Bath hot spring was astounding. Can't believe something from 60 AD is still in such great condition.
My parents arrived last week and are staying in a flat in the West End. Besides having somewhere to sleep other than my dorm, I'm having such a great time showing them my new stomping grounds. As I'm touring them around, I feel as though I really am growing and changing into a more independent and mature person on this trip. (They also are convinced I am making them crippled by all the walking I'm making them do.)
My whole family are such Beatles fans, so it was a necessity to take my parents to Liverpool, England! It was about a 3 hour train ride there, but the city itself was really cool and had a neat charm to it. We walked around, had a classic Fish and Chips lunch, and of course ended our day on The Beatles Magical Mystery tour. Seeing the fab four's original homes and the streets and restuarants and landmarks that inspired their music was so interesting.