the best banana bread!

Chicken & Waffles at Sunday

Let’s start this blog post at Sunday, a café in the quiet neighborhood of Barnsbury. While the neighborhood itself is not particularly known for its good eats, everyone knows about Sunday. Seriously, on a weekday afternoon, every seat was occupied. The menu is full of brunch classics, so I got the chicken and waffles, topped with a carrot and corn slaw. The chicken was some of the best I’ve ever had, crispy on the outside and tender inside. I also got an iced tea, which was a mix of earl grey, berry rooibos, and lemonade. It was a cool and refreshing farewell to summer.

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“I feel like I’m about to be eaten by a carnivorous plant!”

Hintze Hall Natural History Museum

If you can guess by the title, I went to the Natural History Museum! I thought it would be fun to make each new blog post a quote of either something I’ve said or heard here, and this one comes directly from me. You’ll understand why in a hot second. Before I delve into what I saw at the museum, I just wanted to say the architecture was absolutely incredible. The cover photo was taken inside Hintze Hall, which has multiple levels with case after case of artifacts: animals, gems, books, the whole shebang. I seriously think it looks like a church with a giant fossil hanging from the ceiling.

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I feel like I’ve lived here my whole life!

London Tube Station

These past few days I have really started to settle in here. I think a big part of this is because I finally switched my SIM card and now have cell service everywhere, making it much easier to navigate and relax. I’ve also been trying to get lost a bit more now that I can always Google Maps my location, because I’ve found that some of the coolest parts of cities are ones you run into by accident.

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feeling sporty!

Image of 2017 Wimbledon Champions

When I was six years old, I played tennis for the first time. It was a total accident, a trip to the park turned into a basic lesson from a family friend, and now today it is my favorite sport both to play and watch. Thus, a trip to Wimbledon was on the agenda while in London. Even waiting for the tour of the grounds to begin, it was incredible to see the draw boards, still intact from the last tournament in July. I made sure to find Venus Williams’ name and track her matches all the way to the finals. Also, I saw a gorgeous poster of all the 2017 winners. Special props to Claire Liu (second row second from the right) for winning the junior girls singles. Always great to see an American come out on top!

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the quest for a cronut!

image of a cronut

When the cronut (croissant/donut hybrid) craze hit its peak a few years ago, I shrugged my shoulders. Sure, I’ll wait in the Doughnut Vault line for an hour for a chestnut glazed, but I just did not get the appeal. Part of the reason why was that we don’t have a Dominique Ansel Bakery in Chicago so, if I was going to try one, it would have to be some knockoff instead of the original creation. However, there is one in London, so I caved and journeyed to find out why this little dessert has such a cult following.

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hello, London!

Image of the Thames River and St. Paul's Cathedral

Let’s do this! I am so thrilled to be studying in London for the next few months! Chicago is great, and I can’t wait to start sharing some of my favorite spots from back home, but, for now, I’m actually enjoying living in a city that I haven’t quite mastered yet (not even close.) If you’ve just stumbled across EE by accident, you might want to read a bit about me here. Don’t worry, I’ll wait for you to get back!

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