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London: Road Trip to Nottingham

Road trip! The whole gang (well, almost) decided to travel with Jake to his house in Nottingham where he was dropping off his car in return for another day of good ole’ memory making. The whole trip went smoothly, besides at the beginning when Jake realized his tire was completely flat. Before arriving at his… Continue reading London: Road Trip to Nottingham

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London: Out and About

It truly amazes me how vast a city London is, from its beautiful architecture to its varied atmospheres. Tuesday I got to experience a little more of what London has to offer with “London Fam” during a sun-filled day with bright blue skies. Olivia lead everyone to one of her favorite places in London via… Continue reading London: Out and About

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London: Street Art

Our second and final tour on Monday (our third tour was cancelled) was a graffiti and street art tour in the Spitafields area of London, which is just North of Whitechapel. Our guide showed us how serious street art really is, which really fascinated me. He explained to us different techniques practiced in street art, etiquette… Continue reading London: Street Art

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London: Soho, Piccadilly and Chinatown

After a lazy Sunday, Monday was a day full of my favorite thing: touring. First on our list: a walking tour of Soho, Piccadilly Circus and Chinatown. Our guide walked us through these areas and pointed out buildings of significance from Her Majesty’s grocery to the last place the Beatles played as a band. Instead… Continue reading London: Soho, Piccadilly and Chinatown

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London: Primrose Hill

After having a very late night out on the town, the whole house had a lazy Sunday full of English television shows. This is a photo taken from Primrose Hill, which is a park that gives a great view of London’s skyline. Jake, Olivia and I visited this sight after our trip to the Camden… Continue reading London: Primrose Hill

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London: Camden Town

Our first weekend in London has arrived! Olivia and I kept our weekends generally open to make sure we got to spend quality time with “London Fam.” We planned to visit Camden Town Saturday, which is one of Olivia’s favorite places in London. Camden Town is the site of the Camden Town markets and the… Continue reading London: Camden Town

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London Day 2: Another Change of Plans

Just like last night, our plans took a huge turn Friday afternoon. After our lunch break from the first half of our tour, Olivia and I were supposed to meet our tour guide right outside the underground station where she let us loose. Well, we got there early, and no one was there. Olivia and… Continue reading London Day 2: Another Change of Plans

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London: A Walk through Westminster

Olivia and I had a fabulous tour of the Westminster area of London today. Here are a few fun facts and places I recall from the two-hour stroll. Constitution Hill: A street that runs by Buckingham palace. In 16th and 17th century London, the elegantly-clad high-class people would walk up and down this hill to… Continue reading London: A Walk through Westminster

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London Day 1: New Plans

It was not peaceful, but after extremely long lines and five and a half hours in the air, I have arrived in London! My friend Olivia and I are here visiting the great friends she made while studying abroad in London a little over a year ago, and of course doing some sight-seeing. We are… Continue reading London Day 1: New Plans

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Human Nature, Mother Nature

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Italy's Umbria region on Wednesday, killing almost 300 people. Tremors awoke people as far as Rome and aftershocks were felt for hours following the quake. The quake may have cost the country billions in damage, as it devastated several towns and shattered thousands of lives. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi promised to rebuild… Continue reading Human Nature, Mother Nature