It Doesn’t Always Rain In London

Hello All,

Last time I left you, my sister was headed on a plane home…. with a very important, very new, ring on her finger. I’m still just as, if not more, excited than she is, and our Skype calls have been filled with discussions about dates, venues, color palettes, and, of course, dress shopping. Honestly, I’m not sure any of these blog posts will be able to live up to that one, but let’s give it a try. So, once again, two (plus) weeks have passed since my last post, and a lot has happened.

The Sunday that I last left you on, was a very monumental part of my trip in London. Finally, it was the day that I got to go to the Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour. And, yes, it was as wonderful, fantastic, and magical as you could imagine. From costumes, to full parts of the set, the behind the scenes of theses movies was so extensive and impressive that it’s hard to describe in a way that truly encompasses all of my emotions. There are a few notable parts of the tour. One, the trio were a lot smaller than I had imagined in my head. Like, so much shorter than I thought, even for the end of the film series, they were just not as tall as the movie makes it seem…. Granted they are twenty feet tall when in the cinemas. Secondly, the model of the castle that was used for filming scenes was absolutely incredible. I guess my naïve childhood mind didn’t process, or didn’t want to acknowledge, that there wasn’t a real castle. Regardless, the model was absolutely incredible, and with the movie score playing in the background, I literally had tears in my eyes. If you’re a Harry Potter nerd like me, or you just liked the movies, if you’re ever in the London area, do try to check out the tour.

The weekdays have been pretty filled with classes and internship, and some (read: most) days when I get home I just want to collapse in bed. Apparently, I’ve been told that this is what it’s like working a real person job, and being an “Adult”. I think, for now, I’m absolutely ok with being a fake adult—like one who can cook and do laundry, and have a part time job, but still has her parents do her taxes (Thanks, Dad). My internship has been going well. Assisting the kids is still my favorite part; I cannot get over their adorable accents. Also, my accent has come in handy quite a few times, as I often help the agency represented clients practice their American accent for auditions. All in all, while I am tired during the week, most of the exciting stuff happens on the weekend anyway!

The following weekend, I finally achieved my dream, the main reason I came to London… I met One Direction. OK, so I will admit that that entire sentence was a lie. One Direction was not the only reason I chose London (though I admit that it did cross my mind), and I also didn’t really meet them. I did; however, go to Madame Tussauds, which is a wax museum filled with all the big name celebrities. From Shrek, to One Direction, from Prince, to the Royal family, I “met” them all. Also, this place had a disney-esque ride, similar to the Haunted Mansion, that took you through the history of London. While some think seeing wax people is a waste of time, it definitely makes my list of top things to do in London.

This then brings me to this past week, which has been absolutely amazing. I have been lucky enough to see two more shows since being here. Les Miserables, and Lion King were both incredible in their own right. While I have to admit, I did enjoy Lion King more (nothing can compare to the costumes and movement), I definitely don’t regret going to either. As I’m sure you can tell from the amount of shows I’ve gone to, theater is definitely something that I’m going to miss back in the states. Unless I move to New York City, I don’t think I’ll ever have as easy access to some of the most popular shows in the world.

Also making my week, I had the last of my family come through London! As my family has been using my being here as an incentive to travel to Europe, and my Dad travels for work, I’ve definitely been lucky to have so many visitors during my time here. While I already wrote a blog post about being a tour-guide, not just a tourist, I just want to reiterate that there is something unique and special about taking your family around a foreign city that, crazily enough, has been my home the last couple of months. Unfortunately, with class and internship, I didn’t get to see my Aunt, Uncle, and Cousin as much as I would have liked. In fact, we didn’t even get any pictures together. But that’s ok, because I know I won’t forget seeing my cousin’s face at the Lion King, or watching my family try Duck for the first time. For now, however, I’m not sure if I’m more bummed because I wont see family for the rest of my program, or because I only have three weeks left. That’s right folks, I only have three more weeks left in London, and I can’t believe so much time has already passed. I know that, in the future, I’ll be coming back, but the thought of leaving is still upsetting. Let’s not dwell on that, though, because I still do have three full more weeks!

Aside from my American family, I saw more family this past week! Hannah, Ben and I went to dinner and then to the movies. The place we went for dinner was delicious, and we all ate our weight in milk shakes. Seriously, they were huge and three days later, I can’t even think about eating ice cream for the foreseeable future. (Gelato, however, is different ). After dinner we went to go see the new Beauty and the Beast.  This was my second time seeing the movie, and I’ll probably go see it in theaters again! Emma Watson is one of my all time favorite actresses, and she definitely played the role of Belle spectacularly. While nothing will ever be quite as good as the original animated version, I can tell that this will still be one of my favorite movies. After all, you’re never too old for Disney!

Finally, the icing on the cake, what made London so special this week was that…. IT WAS SUNNY AND WARM. While it definitely hasn’t rained here nearly as much as I thought it would, actually it has been mostly pleasant this whole trip, having blue skies and the sun come out truly made me excited for warmer weather. In fact, yesterday it was 70 DEGREES! While I was inside at my internship all day yesterday (boo real world adulting), the whole of this week has been amazing. Nothing can quite beat post class sun bathing in Hyde Park, or watching the sunset over South Kensington.

Ok, so I know I said “finally,” but there is one thing that I haven’t touched on, which I’m sure anyone reading this, and recognizing that I have been in London, might expect me to. That is, the Attacks on Westminster that happened last week Wednesday. To be completely honest, I didn’t even realize what was happing until my sister texted me asking if I was ok. Even though this event happened only a few miles from where I live, I felt disconnected. I had been at my internship when it happened, almost an hour tube ride away from the event. While I still checked in on Facebook, and texted all of my family, part of me didn’t feel like it was real. All I know for sure is that even in the midst of all the heartache, London is, and will continue to be, standing strong.