Sunday, December 21, 2014
Very late Thanksgiving/London Update!
Here I am again with many apologies for how much time has passed since my last update! I cannot even begin to try to explain just how chaotic and crazy things have been this last month. This blog will be all about my Thanksgiving break in London! Because everything after that up until now (the start of my winter break) has been work, work, work! Between elementary counseling responsibilities and my adviser position for the high school yearbook, things really kicked into high gear for all of December. I've never felt so desperate for a break than I just have. I am so relieved to have some down time to relax and recharge.
But anyways, back to my London adventures!!
For Thanksgiving, I went to London to explore and visit my friend Alice! I hadn't seen Alice in person in close to 5 years, because she came as a foreign exchange student to my high school when I was a senior, then she went back to Italy then the UK for schooling while I went to college in Boston. When I was officially accepted to go to Greece for this amazing experience, one of the first things Alice said was that I HAD to go so we could finally see each other again!
And that is exactly what we did this break, and it was SO cool. It was as if we had never been a part. We picked up right where we left off 5 years ago. She showed me all around London, and I could not be more grateful for such an amazing tour guide to show me everything.
My final comments about my London trip are about the strange/relieving experience I had being able to read, understand, and speak the local language again. It began subtly at my gate in Athens, and then quickly increased as the plane ride began with announcements being given in English, and reached its peak upon landing and being able to read every single sign, and understand every single conversation I heard again! It was just as nice as I thought it would be. I also got a small bit of happiness at being able to flush toilet paper again... I know that may make me sound weird, but I realized it really was the little things that were a big deal to me this trip! Haha.
I could write about the entire experience day by day/sight by sight, but I think I'm going to let my pictures speak for themselves. :) Please feel free to leave a comment/ask a question if you'd like! And if we are Facebook friends, check out my London album on there for better night time photos.
I'll be writing again soon with updates about my solo adventures/trips to two temples outside of Athens, so stay tuned!