Sunday, March 28, 2010
Last day with these hooligans. Sad goodbye :(
Every time I do something that I've loved about being here, it is becoming "the last time." The end is near for me in London! I want to hit pause on life. I'll never be in the same situation ever again, being young, single, and living in this city for 4 months. It makes me want to live up each moment I have left here. And when I get home, I want to "live every day like a tourist," as CJ would say. Life is a gift and it's way too good to waste a second.
We're going to York tomorrow, then Durham, Hawkshead, and the Lake District. By the end of this week we will have covered every inch of England. PLUS we are riding on the coach for all 5 days of the trip! I love the coach!!
My family is at the beach right now. Without me.
Punks. I hope you're having a wonderful trip!
All my love,
Saturday, March 27, 2010
In calm or stormy weather,
To cheer one on the tedious way,
To fetch one if one goes astray,
I miss you and your Heat jersey. Just PLEASE stop growing up. Happy birthday and see you soon Mary Kate!
P.S. Look what I found written for you on a graffiti wall at Abbey Road!
After a long and fun Friday, I walked through the National Gallery at night listening to my ipod. I love the art there. Afterwards I met up with Jenny and Kellen and we went to Marks and Spencer, bought cereal and ate it as a midnight snack. I LOVE LONDON!
1. At 6 AM, visited Abbey Road before the traffic got bad. There were few cars, but even fewer honking/angry drivers! People from that area are nice to let tourists stand in the middle of the road to take Beatles pictures. That would be the epitome of annoying.
2. 8 AM, got breakfast with Jenny and CJ at a yummy Spanish breakfast place
3. 10 AM- ran from our flat to Big Ben, passing pretty daffodils (the happiest flower) in 3 parks, many monuments, the changing of the guards, the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, and the Thames River. We had a blast and made tour-guide videos.
4. Noon- watched Shakespeare's The Tempest. BBC's rendition of this play involved tons of scantily clad pansies prancing around on an island. It was torture, but fun because I watched it with Rachel and Christina and we couldn't believe what we were seeing.
5. 4 PM- St. Paul's Cathedral for Evensong
Leaving the flat, we had not anticipated the downpour that drenched us and chilled us to the bone on the way to St. Paul's- I had on a silk dress and sandals... freezing and soaking wet in my soggy outfit the whole time at the cathedral. It was still amazing though- I couldn't really hear the music too well, but I realized that it was probably that last time (at least for a long time) that I'll be in my favorite cathedral so I looked around admiring the delicacy of the ornate paintings and carvings and the overall beauty of the building. I love how the floor looks like a black and white checker board. Leaving that place was sad! A memory I hope to keep from Evensong- A man sitting by us was wearing an Albert Einstein wig. Legitimately. He was actually trying to pull it off like real hair.
I hope you did at least 5 fun things today!
Friday, March 26, 2010
"The Lord doesn't expect us to work harder than we are able. He doesn't (nor should we) compare our efforts to those of others. Our Heavenly Father asks only that we do the best we can—that we work according to our full capacity, however great or small that may be."Dieter F. Uchtdorf
These words are a huge comfort to me. I hope they are to you!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
On the way to the University of Cambridge, we stopped at one of my favorite places we've visited in the past 3 months, the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial for American soldiers who died in WWII. It was a sobering experience and I was overwhelmed with gratitude to the soldiers who went overseas to fight and die for the freedoms that I enjoy in America. My great-uncle Dean is one of those soldiers, and I can't imagine what a sacrifice it must have been to leave the comfort of home to be so selfless in serving the country. My cousin, Wesley, is serving in Afghanistan right now, and I was reminded by this experience at the cemetery how hard I need to pray for him and the rest of the soldiers fighting right now.
The memorial served not only as a reinforcement of patriotism, but it was a refreshing taste of home- the monuments all looked just like something you'd see in D.C.
The University was beautiful.
I'm proud to be an American.