What seemed like was just yesterday, was actually two years ago at this very same time–I was visiting Paris and London on a Study Abroad trip. It was two years ago I had finally left the U.S. for the first time, and experienced memories that I’d remember forever. On the eve of the Royal Wedding, I thought I’d take time to reflect on my trip to London.
To be in London and even Paris, was like taking a breath of fresh air for the first time. For as long as I could remember, I had always loved the sense of adventure; the ability to experience something new gives me an adrenaline rush like nothing else. London was not only a beautiful place to be, but it taught me so much about its people as well. The people of London were incredibly friendly, and always helpful when it was needed.
I remember the day we visited Windsor Castle, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be married. The small road in front of the Castle with all the souvenir shops, and the busy rush of residents and tourists filled the streets. The sun was shining bright as my class walked towards Windsor Castle; the atmosphere really looked like a picture from Princess Diaries.
One of my favorite stories from visiting Windsor Castle was an incident with my leggings. As we’re about to start our walk through, a worker stopped me. She wasn’t going to let me in because my leggings were “inappropriate to enter the Queens home.” My entire trip my teachers told us to dress comfortable for all the traveling we’d be doing–which I did. In order to be able to go inside, I had to wear a poncho that my teacher had around my waist. At first, I was embarrassed and annoyed, but of course I listened to the workers request, and it is a story I laugh about now.
We weren’t allowed to take photos inside the Castle, but we could outside (obviously by the photos above). The Castle grounds were very private, but made you feel like you were in your own world at the same time. The entire time I had wondered to myself, what it was like to actually reside at Windsor Castle–what a typical thought for a tourist, right?
After we had left Windsor, there was spare time to look at some of the shops. I was surprised at how much of the merchandise included faces of the Royal Family; you name it, there was a face on it. I remember thinking, “Imagine being two years old (referring to Prince George) and having your face everywhere!” It was this realization that taught me something about London and its people. There is such pride in tradition and their leaders. Unlike America, where we’re constantly in arguments about our President, London honors the face of their home. They hold onto what makes them historical, and their culture with a firm grip. I will always admire that about London.
I miss London and the sense of adventure it gave me. Since it was the anniversary of my trip and the Royal Wedding is in a few hours, I wanted to reflect on an amazing place. I hope one day I get to return, and experience more of what London and its people have to offer. I also hope that London has an amazing time witnessing yet another historical event, the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.