Living Near London

The few blog posts that I’ve made since being here have been about my escapades outside of the U.K., so it’s about time that I give you a taste of what it’s like to live 30 minutes outside of London. First of all, I live in the county of Hertfordshire, which, for any literature geeks is where “Pride and Prejudice” is set, as well as “Bleak House” and “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Quite the place to live! The University of Hertfordshire is located in the town of Hatfield, which is a pretty small quaint town. Hatfield is full of walking paths, which make getting around pretty easy.

London is something else entirely. It’s a short train ride from Hatfield to London, so i’ve been three times thus far, and am going again this weekend.  There’s a quote about London that says:

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.”

-Samuel Johnson.

It’s ridiculously true. It will take some time for me to lose my wonder of London, and it definitely won’t be while i’m here. London really just has unlimited places to go. And thankfully, most of their world famous museums are free! Just yesterday, I spent five hours in the Tate Modern Art Gallery, and still have a few more solid hours to go. Tate Modern has interactive art using hired actors, which was fascinating.  I’ve also been to one wing of the National Portrait Gallery and one floor of the Tate Britain Gallery. There are mounds of more museums and galleries, that i’ll hopefully get to visit during my stay here.

And of course I’ve gotten most of the historic landmarks/tourist must sees out of the way. Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, House of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, the London Eye, etc.

This Sunday the game plan is to attend Hillsong London, then visit the London Sunday street markets, and maybe stroll through some of the parks. If the weather permits. But that’s a whole new blog post in itself :P.

Here are a few of the sights of London:

Love,

Rachel

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