I realized that while I've been rather diligent when it comes to blogging about my travels, I've been negligent at reporting on the happens of London between my travels. So, here is an update!
London began decorating for Christmas as soon as November began and each of the boroughs and main streets have their own separate light up nights. So far, I've gone to light up nights at Oxford Circus and Regent's Street.
There are also a number of outdoor ice rinks around London, so I went skating for the first time since my arrival. I didn't bring my skates, so I had to use rental skates (which also happened to be hockey skates!) for the first time. It was so strange not having toe picks and I felt so restricted not being able to jump or spin!
When I first visited London with EFCollegeBreak last year, I stayed in Watford, a smaller borough an hour from the city center of London. It took an hour to reach Watford by the tube, but on Wednesday I returned via a fifteen minute train ride to visit the Making of Harry Potter, a tour of the sets and props used in the movies. I felt like I was actually walking through Hogwarts!
One of the items on my London bucket list was to see a musical. White Christmas is one of my favorite Christmas movies, that I've seen too many times to count, so I went to see the musical. It was great! It strayed a bit from the movie, but I liked the changes. We went to a discount ticket office early in the day and were able to get half-price tickets and front row seats. I think we lucked out!
I also visited ZSL London Zoo. It's a really nice zoo with a rainforest room, aquarium, butterfly conservatory, and penguin beach.
These two clown fish reminded me of Marlin and Nemo during the part of Finding Nemo when Marlin says, "and then we go out and back in...and then we go out and back in...and, sometimes, if you want to do it a third time..."
I've been slowly visiting the many markets that London has to offer. Last Sunday I finally checked out the Columbia Flower Market. There were more varieties of flowers than I realized existed! When I saw blue-dyed roses, I had to get them!
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Hi, I’m Crystal! I love to travel and am currently a graduate student in Scotland. You’ll get all the best tips and insights from my experiences as a former ice-skating coach in Iceland and former study abroad student. Of the 27 countries I have visited, a type 1 diabetes diagnosis has been the strangest land yet. Type 1 has not slowed down my travels and you'll learn how to take type 1 with you on the road! You can connect with me further on Instagram @CrystalChilcott, or send me ideas of where I should travel next via email: firstname.lastname@example.orgHappy Travels, Crystal
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