Did y’all miss me? I’ve had a very eventful first full week in London since my last post! Can’t believe it’s only been a little over a week already cause every day there’s something new and we go do something different. After a rainy week of classes, we went on a school field tip to Fuller’s Griffin Brewery for a tour Friday. Free beer? Sign me up!
We left fairly early to get to our 11am tour. Here are some pictures:
My main girl Ali G and I climbing them ladders
London’s next top models. Hi.
Very authentic British beer and also one of my favorites!
The tour itself was not very impressive. The brewery (this is a very difficult word to type) was very big and complex. However, other than gaining insight on how beer is made and how the brewery mades/decides on making different kinds of beer, like seasonal flavored and such. I’d definitely suggest going just to taste the different kinds of beer and really understand their differences.
After a morning adventure in the brewery with no breakfast and no lunch, we went straight to Borough Market before coming home. It’s a wonderful little piece of heaven on Earth. Whoever said London had no food has definitely never been here before. It’s such a shame that this market isn’t open 24/7, or maybe it’s a good thing ’cause I’d be so fat.
Paige all happy about the food
One of the best grilled cheeses I’ve ever had – but actually. Amazing cheese can really make a difference!! Who knew?
Saturday, we planned on going to see the Stonehenge. I wanted to spend most of the day in Salisbury, a town close to Stonehenge, and explored a nice local English town. However, life hates me. After rushing to the station, we missed the train by 2 minutes, arriving at 7:02am. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA okay now we’ve laughed it off, let’s continue.
We headed to the Buckingham Palace (for me it was the third time. I know it’s my home and all, but I really don’t think I’ll be going back anytime soon).
However, we did get to snap a pic with the armed guards, which is good! They also informed us that the Queen’s birthday parade will be this weekend, but we will be in Belgium! 😦
What kind of guard is he? So interesting! Never knew this before!
and we ran into the parade rehearsal! Magnificent!
We were lucky to change our tickets to 1 11:30 one heading to Salisbury. The English suburbs are absolutely gorgeous. It’s really great to see England from somewhere outside of London! We were also very lucky we went on a great day! Look at our views on our way there:
This is a picture of a town called Amesbury. Technically, this town is closer to Stonehenge than Salisbury, but Salisbury is a bigger town, so people usually go there and take a bus from there. We decided to get off here and walk a 2-mile walk to Stonehenge since we wanted to take advantage of the weather!
Walked pass a farm on our way there
And then we were there! At last!
I’m not a diva.
Why am I so artsy?
Jumping shot. Sho cool.
and this is how we landed
This is Salisbury. Amazing town
Got some beer and dinner at a local pub
Saw some protest of Israel vs Palestine by the National Gallery. Looked intense.
Went out Sunday night. Casual planking at a bus stop
Monday, I had the opportunity to go to Harry Potter Tour. Yes, life, thanks for loving me. I never really realized how big of a Harry Potter fan until I saw everything in there. It made me fall in love with all of that magic world, with every little detail and design and craft and prop to the scale of the set and the production volume, let alone the content itself is purely genius.
Below are some pictures from the tour:
Oh yeah, blog buddies, I forgot to tell you, but I’m the greatest wizard ever.
Oh oh oh! And I got to try out some butter beer. It was kind of a shame that there wasn’t real beer mixed in it, but it was absolutely delicious nonetheless!! I also got to keep the souvenir mug 😀
They also had the set of the castle. It actually wasn’t as big as I expected, but they displayed it so beautifully and had epic songs playing in the background. I couldn’t help it but to drop a few tears. This is my childhood, right here.
Magnificent, isn’t it?
What a wonderful weekend I had here in London. Thank you world for having such an amazing place, and letting me be a part of it. So incredibly grateful for all the opportunities to, literally, live the dream. No worries, no regrets, and no stopping me. This coming weekend, I will be heading to Dublin with a great friend. I am actually very excited because I’ve never really been exposed to the Irish culture too much, but it can’t get more authentic than getting to know the Irish culture than actually visiting Dublin!
Thank you for reading my blog again! Expect the next one to be full of Irish green 🙂 Please keep showing
Oh yeah and don’t mess with me.