My First Week in London


The London Eye is huge and gorgeous from all angles, this is one of my favorite pictures.

After travelling for 12 hours and arriving in London with very little sleep under my belt, the anxiety I was feeling finally calmed down when I landed at Heathrow Airport. That all changed when I got in the wrong line and had to line jump to get my visa stamp to enter the country. Finally everything was coming together- or so I thought. After what felt like sprinting through the airport, I found my group and took a huge sigh of relief.

The sunrise I witnessed when walking to the passport check in desk.

Being a tourist is pretty key when traveling, regardless if you have been there before or not. Immediately after leaving the airport, my new ISA friends and I hopped onto the tube to start our ‘Welcome to London’ tour. We drove down so many different streets that before I knew it, we were outside Buckingham Palace and finished up our tour at the London Eye.

Visiting Buckingham Palace was amazing and quite beautiful. Being named Elizabeth isn’t that bad after all.

The second gate to get into the London that was being protected by guards on either side (guards not featured).

A street we passed by on our way to the London Eye

My flat mates and I went on the Jack the Ripper tour next, which took us around to the spots where his victims were found. It was spooky to learn that the bar where the last victim was seen is still up and running. I can’t wait to learn more by touring around and slowly but surely figuring my way around Harrow and central London!

The Jack the Ripper tour started at a meat market. Our the tour guide thought it would be the most appropriate place to stop, since Jack the Ripper butchered his victims (yikes!).

Elizabeth Farawell is a student at Rowan University  and an ISA Featured Photo Blogger. She is studying abroad with ISA in London, England.

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