My solo trip to London was a success! I still can't believe that I was able to just jet over to London for a weekend trip by myself. I love how easy (and cheap) traveling is in Europe!
I got into London late Thursday night and all I did was go to sleep. Friday morning I woke up and got dressed and took the tube into the city. I thought, "I can't believe I'm in London - alone. Shit, I'm alone. Who allowed me to do this? I'm not old enough for this!" I started to get a little (or a lot) worried. But it was a beautiful day and as I walked around London, I felt the worry slip away. I was seeing places that I had only ever seen pictures of or read about in books.
I saw so much while I was in London. But by far my favourite things were taking a tour of the Harry Potter Warner Bros. London studio and seeing Much Ado About Nothing at the Globe Theatre.
The Harry Potter studio tour was amazing! I got to see so many sets from the film, like the Weasley Burrow, 4 Privet Drive, Dumbledore's office, the Gryffindor common room, and so much more. I was absolutely amazed by all the sets and the genuine costumes and props. I am brave enough to admit it: yes, I cried.
Much Ado at the Globe was magical. I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more. The actors were phenomenal, they really brought the characters to life. The director set it in revolutionary Mexico, so the setting and props and costumes were all colourful and there was fabulous music.
And, of course, I went to a few bookstores! My favourite was Persephone Books. It is an independent publisher and bookseller in Bloomsbury, London. They reprint (and sell) neglected fiction and non-fiction by mid-twentieth century (mostly) women writers. I loved it! I bought a few books that I haven't started reading yet, but I am so excited to.
Overall, London was an amazing experience. Traveling alone is definitely something you need to do at least once in your life. It made me feel confident and gave me a sense of pride and accomplishment. It was nice to be able to do what I wanted when I wanted and not have to be on someone else's schedule or timeframe. I did miss having a traveling companion though, especially when it came time to take pictures!
Until next time,