Endless Rain Into A Paper Cup

My name is Jessica. I'm studying abroad in London for three months. This is the story of my adventure.

23. April 2013

If you haven’t seen that Youtube video from a while back where they use a terrible Nickelback song (aren’t they all terrible?) to poke fun at Instagram, then you need to search for it. Last night I was looking through my Instagram feed and saw someone post a picture of the most deliciously decadent looking Starbucks caramel macchiato ever. I don’t think you realize how badly I am missing my daily coffee, because though I tried to resist the myriad of American chains in the greater London area, I am currently typing this from a Starbucks comforted by, yes, a caramel macchiato. The past two weeks have been mostly focused on classes, though through these classes I have been to a ton of amazing places. We took a walk through Hyde Park and saw the Princess Diana memorial, along with the Underground bombings of 2005 memorial. There was also an ambassador meeting that day, so traffic was constantly being interrupted by flashing motorcycles chauffeuring embassy officials through the roundabouts. That week we also went on a class pub crawl, which was interesting to say the least. The rest of the week and continuing into last week included trips to Hampton Court, Stonehenge, Avebury, and Stourhead Gardens. I was not expecting how expansive the grounds of Stourhead would be. It took about two hours to walk through the grottos, gardens, and up to the Temple of Apollo, where the rain scene in Pride and Prejudice was filmed! Of course I had to take Keira Knightley-esque pictures standing by the columns. If only Mr. Darcy could be there. After class, Lanie and I visited a few markets and the British Museum. My favorite market so far is in Camden, where we found an awesome vintage mall. We only conquered a small portion of the British Museum, but part of our visit included the Egypt exhibit. It might have to do with the fact that I probably saw The Mummy at too young an age, but I have always known that mummies and Egyptian things tend to give me the creeps. To further support my theory of the harmful effects that Brendan Fraser movies can have on young children, there were two mummies unwrapped in a case, which left me no choice but to run out the opposite door taking in deep breaths and wishing I had a paper bag. In Soho yesterday, Lanie and I went to kill time and found an awesome record shop where I bought one of my favorite whispery albums Bookends by Simon and Garfunkel (I’m still saving for a record player so the songs on my ipod will have to suffice for now). I feel like I’ve seen more than I ever envisioned before coming here. Sunday we leave for spring break though. Lanie and I are spending the first half in Albufeira, Portugal and the later half in Seville, Spain. It hasn’t really hit me that I’m going yet, but all I can say is thank you Mrs. Brickley for making me pay attention in high school Spanish. It is finally coming in handy, even though you were the most maniacal teacher at Kamiak, or better yet all of Mukilteo.

Skate park on the bank of the Thames
Borough Market flower shop
The Shard
Old couple walking through Stourhead Gardens
Temple of Apollo. Pride and Prejudice rain scene!
Stourhead Gardens
Such a fun group
Stonehenge sorority pic
Professor lighting his pipe mid-lecture
Princess Diana Memorial
2005 London Underground Bombings Memorial
Hyde Park
Hampton Court Gardens