Day 9 – Last Day for Tourist Adventures

Sadly, the day has come and this is our last full day in London before we head out to the airport tomorrow to go back to the United States. It’s a bitter sweet moment, because I would love to stay here for longer. Only having nine days to do all of the adventures we have done is possible, but if we had more time I believe we would of been able to visit more destinations. Also, since being here I have adapted to the culture here in London and believe I have started to fit in with the locals. Before having to think about the disappointing fact that I have to leave tomorrow, I was able to use my time wisely and enjoy my last day here in London. My day started off with going out for breakfast around the corner from the hotel, since my roommate and I caught up on some sleep and just missed the breakfast provided by the hotel. Once we finished, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for the two most important destinations on our trip; Buckingham Palace & The London Eye.

Buckingham Palace was just a few Tube stops away, which wasn’t that bad. When walking around Buckingham palace, it was nice to see the building and how amazing it looked. The statue in front of the building was also beautiful and worth all of the pictures I took. The Buckingham Palace was a short trip, since there wasn’t that much to see because we weren’t allowed into the building. When myself and the group I was with were finished taking pictures, it was time to walk to the London Eye. When walking to the London Eye, we had to walk through a park, where we saw many types of birds such as Pelicans, Pigeons, Ducks, Geese, and Swans. I was amazed at how many birds we saw on such a short trip! After walking through the little park, we were able to find the London Eye and started making our way over the bridge to get in line. Once we had crossed the bridge, we made our way down to get to the gate to get in line. We had bought our ticked before hand so we wouldn’t have to have the hassle of purchasing them on the spot. The line was short, so it didn’t take long for the three of us in the group who had purchased tickets to get right on. The whole London Eye experience took about 25-30 minutes, where we were able to see many beautiful skylines and lots of perfect picture opportunities. I believe that the London Eye was a great experience and I am happy that I chose to partake in this activity since I probably will never have this opportunity again. After the London Eye made its 360-degree loop, it was time to get off and head back to the hotel. It was great to experience these last two things that were on my bucket list for this trip. I now believe I have done mostly everything I have ever wanted to do if I had ever traveled to London, and I can’t thank UML enough for giving me this great opportunity.

Once getting back, my roommate and I started to relax before we had to head to a group dinner at Mattarello to think about all of the great times we had and new friends we made on this trip. To thank Regina & Ingrid for all that they did for us on this trip, we presented them each a present that we thought would mean the most to them. When looking back on this trip, I would say that everything was perfect and I wouldn’t change anything that happened. Having Regina & Ingrid on this trip made this trip a lot better because all of us have had them as professors for so long before this trip. For one last hooray, 95% of us in the group decided to go to a club to finish this trip out with a bang. It was a lot of fun and I’m happy that we were all able to go out together as a group and celebrate the time we had here in London. It ended the night off perfectly and will be able to leave a nice lasting memory when thinking back on this trip. For today, I would give it a 11/10, which would bring the total trip score to 93/90.