So a couple weeks ago I let ya’ll in on the big news… I am actually factually going to the United Kingdom for the month of March. Every time I set up an appointment or finish arranging something I have to hop out of my seat and jump for joy again while trying to fathom the fact that this trip is really going to happen.
With all the preparation, I could use some help/opinions from ya’ll. Have any of you been to/lived in the UK? Or maybe you just know something about the UK? I want to hear it all.
Here is the embryo stage of my plans. Please feel free to add your two cents in the comments.
We (my mom will be traveling with me for the first week) will arrive in London in the evening and head directly to Cardiff by coach. My mom will spend her whole time in Cardiff.
My mom wants to tour Cardiff university with me because I may or may not have applied to their history degree program and recently found out that I was accepted(!!!). You know, just had to make back-up plans in case I fell head over heels in love with the UK and decide that I can’t return to the U.S… No big deal. Just kidding. VERY BIG DEAL!
Friend Time and sight seeing
A sweet family I know and love lives in Cardiff. So I expect to spend the first full week of my trip with them. Perhaps we can even do some sight seeing. Has anyone been to Wales before? What are the must sees? My head (and pinterest account) is swarming with possibilities!
There is a bible school I am thinking about attending some day located near London. They allow university age kids to come for a week to see what it is like.
Aside from the time at the training center, I may have to give in and just be a full blown typical American tourist for a few days. (I will not be wearing sneakers – see below.)
Here is my list.
Am I missing something blatantly obvious?
Oxford or Cambridge
If I can find someone to go with me, I would absolutely love to take a day trip to Oxford or Cambridge. My mom has been to Cambridge and raves about it. Personally, I have always been more interested in Oxford. Have any of you been to either place?
Edinburgh and/or Dublin
I have a friend who is currently studying abroad in Germany. She is going to meet up with me to do some traveling. She wants to see Ireland. My brother desperately hopes I’ll make it to Scotland (I actually know a family who lives up there and could help host me and my buddy). I think they both sound spectacular. Perhaps we could visit both places for a short bit? If you had to choose one to spend a weekend in, where would you go?
And now for the final problem. SHOES (the usual culprits). At first I was planning to bring my nice new sneakers – but apparently wearing sneakers for anything but excercising is basically the same as wearing a “hi I am an American tourist” sign on your forehead. In the interest of avoiding pickpockets, what shoes should I bring? I will be doing a whole lot of walking, but I don’t want to stand out too much.
If you have any tips for what to pack – I’ll take those too. In short, if you have any comments, ideas, thoughts, or tips for my trip… I NEED YOU AND LOVE YOU!