Well, my mom and I are safely stowed away with our Cardiff friends in a little seaside town in Southern England. Which means that the first leg of our journey is officially over and the second has begun. I’ve been dreaming and planning this trip for so long, seeing all these names and ideas on papers, to be here is incredible.
Started the journey with an unexpected delay. We were stuck in DC instead of flying through Iceland. At first I was pretty devastated, but then I realized that I would get a chance to see two things in DC that I’ve only ever dreamed of: the library of congress and the national archives. We had a great tour guide and had a lowly slow paced afternoon exploring those places.
Just pulled an all nighter on the plane and way too excited about landing to be at all tired. When I realized all efforts to snooze were futile, I sated myself with Dr. Who and cooking shows instead of sleep.
I know this is totally a cliche plane wing photo but I just cannot get over the fact that mankind has taught himself how to fly. That just amazes me to no end. My favorite part was the night as we flew above the clouds and amongst the stars.
Descending into London with a sunrise and a cup of tea.
Once we got our bearings, Oxford was a gorgeous place to explore.
Libraries will probably be a theme of this trip.
Tea time in Oxford.
Along the waterway are quaint little houseboats all lined in a row. My mom took a breather while I hiked this peaceful path. Bells rung, boats mozzied by, people greeted me with perfect accents and I had to remind myself that I was in fact living real life.
We walked down a random lil alleyway and HELLO a castle. Wow I love England.
After a lovely day in Oxford we took a loong bus ride to Cardiff Wales to visit my fav fam the Higgins and my friend Rebecca.
This morning I got to your Cardiff University, my potential future home. The best part was that I got to do it in typical Welsh drizzle with some people I LOVE.
Then it was time for a long but lovely road trip to the sea squished between these two lovely girls:
I am talking car games, evil stuffed animals, and wannabe barber shop quartet practice for three and a half hours : ) I cannot wait to see what tomorrow will bring.
(Please excuse spelling errors or other annoying mistakes, I am writing fromy phone and I’m not too keen about it.)
In my next post I want to rant about some of the surprises I’ve run into over here. Think accents, vocab differences, and of course, the toilets.