I woke up to the sunlight streaming into the dorm room and the whistling of the tube trains driving by. Was it 9 a.m. already, I thought. Nope! Apparently in London, the sun rises at about 5 a.m. so that's when I woke up. Jet lag was hitting me and so I fell straight back asleep until 9 a.m. Since it was a free day, we all decided to explore the city. 

We spilt of into groups and all went our on ways. I went to Wembly Park to find groceries. I made the mistake of getting Euros instead of pounds so when I went to check out at the grocery store I had no money because my credit cards didn't work and I had the wrong currency. Thankfully, Austin (another SFA student) loaned me 9 pounds so I could buy groceries. It was interesting because here you have to buy your grocery bag when you check out. So now that I had some essential food I was ready for the rest of the day. 

Once back at the dorms some people decided to stay and catch up on their reading. I did that for about an hour, but I was ready to go do something. So my roommate Kayla and I had lunch in the dorm and took the tube into London. Understanding the tube system is fairly easy; we only got on the wrong train once and after that it was smooth sailing to London. The tube here is way different from the New York subway system. For one thing it has cushion seats and is very clean. As you change railways you start to notice some differences. For example, as you go further underground the more sketchy the station seems to be. But overall the tube is convenient and clean. 

Kayla and I ended up on Kensington Street so we walked Kensington park which was beautiful. On a Sunday, everyone seemed to be at the park biking, picnicking, rollerblading, playing cricket and just relaxing. It was a fun place to be. We saw Princess Diana's memorial fountain and playground. We ventured into Kensington Palace. Then we made our way to Hyde Park and the Natural History Museum (which was free). The museum had so much to look at; we saw dinosaurs and gems, discovered the Earth's rocks and minerals and more. 

At about 5 p.m. we made our way back to the dorms. I cooked spaghetti for dinner (my first meal in the dorms!) and then I just relaxed and read. My body is still not used to the time change so I stayed up till about 1:30 a.m. reading since I was not tired. 

It was a fun first full day in London just exploring the city. I'm looking forward to the upcoming adventures. 
 


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Linda Bond
06/04/2013 7:59am

Kasi, it looks great! Our PR office is sending it out to the newspaper and mySFA so you may have lots of viewers--people who wish they were in London with you!

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