It’s Over!!

Notting Hill

Did you miss me? Apologies for the lack of posting, but you didn’t miss much anyway. To get you caught up, study abroad is now over, and I am writing this from my bed back home in Chicago. This was a good experience that I think will seem even better with time, but I was quite homesick especially these last few weeks with seeing the finish line in sight. Thus, not enough was accomplished to write a new post every few days, but I did want to write one final piece to wrap things up. I’m not missing London, but I do wish its colorful homes in Notting Hill came with me!

Oxford

Oxford

Oxford

Oxford

I did get a chance to visit Oxford’s campus to see a friend from Northwestern who’s studying there this year, which is something I am so happy I did. The campus was absolutely breathtaking and it was awesome to have a personal tour guide to show me around for an afternoon. Fun fact: this is the only part of the U.K. (excluding London, obviously) I visited during study abroad. I really had no desire to see Scotland or Wales, and I think Stonehenge is something I could just google to get the same experience.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

I also took a last minute day trip to Amsterdam, just to check off one more city I had never been to before. The weather was abysmal, slightly above freezing and raining, and the ground was icy everywhere (low point of the day: taking a spill in a crowded public square) but the city was charming and I enjoyed walking around. However, if you were to show me a random city street and ask if it was in Amsterdam or Copenhagen I really would have no idea.

Foam

Stedelijk

Stedelijk

I visited two museums while in Amsterdam and loved them both! The Foam (picture #1) was a modern photography museum, and the Stedelijk (pictures #2/3) was a modern art museum that had the coolest exhibition about art from the 80s/90s. Every artist got their own huge room, and it was so easy to walk seamlessly between them. Definitely one of the best exhibits I’ve ever seen.

Rosetta Stone

I also got my obligatory pic of the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum. Now whenever anyone wants proof that I actually studied abroad in London I can just whip this out for the kill.

Camberwell Arms

Marcella

The two standout dishes of my final few weeks? I finally got a Sunday roast my last Sunday in London at Camberwell Arms and actually loved it! Also, the squash pasta at Marcella was absolutely sublime.

That is all! I told myself I could maybe start a tradition of London/Europe being my trip when I enter new decades (I’m 20 now!) but I have ten years to make that call I guess. Hope you enjoyed my travels & stay tuned for Chicago restaurant reviews and foodie insight coming up soon on EE. The first review should be up tomorrow (because I’m extra and booked a restaurant reservation for two hours after my flight landed!)

Ta-ta for now,

James

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