London #9: Harry Potter, London Eye, Hyde Park (Reprise), Abbey Road, Farewells

Alright, ladies and gentlemen, this one shouldn't be terribly long. I just want to catch y'all up on this week before we plunge headfirst into Rome. Speaking of, I'm going to the beach tomorrow in Italy. We'll talk about that later, though.

So after Scotland, we went to the Warner Bros. Studio for our Harry Potter tour. I have to say, this was one of the most incredible experiences that I've had on this trip and in my life. It doesn't sound all that incredible, but I promise you, it was. They had all sorts of props, costumes, and set pieces from the films. It was so amazing to see everything right there in front of me. For those of you who don't me know very well, I am a huge Potter fan and always have been, so this was seriously significant for me. There was an enormous scale model of Hogwarts right at the end, and I nearly cried it was so incredible. I must say, if you find yourself in London for any extended period of time, you must do this tour! I don't even care if you're a Harry Potter fan, it's worth it!

On Tuesday, we had classes, then we had some time to kill. We weren't doing anything until the evening. We spent the day laying about, doing homework, y'know, the usual? Eventually, we got a group together and headed out to the London Eye. If you're unfamiliar with the Eye, the allow me to explain! It's a big-ass Ferris Wheel that provides awesome views of London. We had an excellent time. On the way back to the Tube station, we got some awesome shots of Big Ben at night and even heard it chime at 10:00. That was really awesome for our last week in London.

Wednesday was mostly a relaxing day, but we had a picnic at the Peter Pan statue at Hyde Park and checked out the Italian fountains. It was a really nice little outing, but I don't have any pictures of it. The only thing I really have to say is: One pigeon coming after your bread crust is funny, thirty-seven pigeons coming after your crust is terrifying. Also, Hyde Park is home to the world's bravest squirrels.

Thursday, we finally made our way to the world-famous Abbey Road for some photographs. I must admit, I was surprised at how crowded it was. I thought that we could just walk out in the crosswalk and take as many photos as we pleased. This was not the case. I think some people forget that Abbey Road is, in fact, a road. There were lots of cars coming through. Also, we weren't the only people who had the idea, surprisingly (heavy sarcasm...). I wanted to be Paul in our pictures, so now I can say that I've had my bare feet where Paul McCartney's have been, which is cool, I guess.

After Abbey Road, Brandon and I went to Covent Garden and had some burgers from the UK's first Five Guys Burgers and Fries. It tasted just like home. It was delicious. We went back to the flat and hung out for a bit. Brandon and I prepared for that night's talent show. Yep, a talent show. We decided since it would be our last night all together in London, we should do something special. Some of the girls prepared a dinner for us all and then we showcased various talents. It turns out that there are a lot of freaking talented people on this trip. (We're actually forming a band, A Broad Study. Keep an eye out for our first studio album.)

That night, which was last night, was our last one in London. Tayler, Brandon, and I woke up at 3:30 this morning, got on a plane, and made our way to Rome. The rest of the group will be here on Sunday, but we wanted to take a trip to the beach. I have to say, leaving London was much more difficult that I ever expected it to be. I love my home in South Jordan, but I had grown used to being in London. I will miss that city, but I'm happy to have all of my memories that I made there.

Today in Rome, we got off of the plane, made our way to our B&B, which is incredible, and settled in. We got some pizza for lunch, took a nap, and got some pizza for dinner. Yep, twice in one day. We decided that we should all get different flavors and trade around so that we could try as many as possible. In our first ten hours in Rome, we had:

Funghi and pomodora- Mushroom and tomato
Diavola with salame piccante- Tomato and pepperoni
Quattroformaggi- Four cheese
Wurstel- hot-dog style sausage

Oh, and a side of focaccia.

They have all been delicious! I'm very excited for our week in Rome.

Until next time,


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