Sorry that I didn’t update last week! Homework has descended upon me! I have 5 essays due in 2 weeks, so my free time has been spent working on them. But, it’s not all homework and no trips that has been taking up my life. Last weekend we got to go to Bowhill and Abbotsford. Bowhill is the Duke’s other estate and it makes Dalkeith look like a hut! Bowhill is beautiful and actually has furniture from Dalkeith. I feel in love with the library and the staircase. The grounds were amazing too. Abbotsford was next. Sir Walter Scott lived there and he basically collected everything that he could get his hands on. So the walls where filled with everything imaginable, from suits of armor to spoons. There was so much to look at that it kind of got to be too much.
This weekend was London. The train took about 4 hours to get there and we arrived at Kings Cross Station. We arrived before noon and went to our hostel. We then took the tube (not as scary as I thought it was going to be!) and went to Trafalgar Square. We saw street performers and navigated our way to the Tower of London. We got to see the Royal Jewels and the Ravens! The Ravens are there to make sure that London doesn’t fall. If any of them disappear then there is a superstition that says that London will fall. So their wings are clipped and they have extras. We also got to see some amazing views of the Tower Bridge. We then crossed the bridge and rode on the London Eye. In case you didn’t know, the Eye doesn’t stop, so we had to walk/hop onto it. The views, of course, were amazing, especially the views of Big Ben. We then walked to Big Ben from the Eye. The last thing for Friday was the 39 Steps. It was a funny play and we sat in the first couple of rows.
On Saturday, we went to Madame Tussands, a wax museum filled with famous people. I got to hug George Clooney, One Direction, and Daniel Craig, along with a bunch of other people. We then went to Camden Market, after getting lost and taking pictures of 221b Baker Street. The market was packed! And it was also a maze. So navigating through the people wasn’t the only difficult thing, we also had to navigate the maze of stalls. There was a lot of cool and interesting things there, and they were pretty cheap. We then made our way to the train station where we waited for the train to Harry Potter studios. Harry Potter studios, if you like Harry Potter, is a must. I had goosebumps for most of the time there. I also flew the Weasley’s car and a broomstick. I can also check drinking butterbeer off my bucket list. It was yummy.
Sunday was a day spent at Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guard. We didn’t know where to stand, but we figured standing by the road would be best if we wanted to see them march into the Palace. There were a couple of police officer that kept people from crossing in the path of the guard. They warned us about possible pick pocketers and asked that we keep our bags in front of us. They also were on top of making sure nothing illegal was going on. A couple of police officers pulled a couple of teenagers out of the line and started to search them. We think that they were either drinking or pick pocketing. After the changing of the guards, we went to find Chipotle and then made our way to the train station. We arrived back at Dalkeith at 8:30 and my roommates and I were in bed by 10:30.
On Wednesday, I will be leaving for Ireland for my extended weekend! I am also going to be working on essays for the next couple of days.
Update next week!