I’m an American…Get Me Out of Here!

Pedler Peckham

I have only about a month to go here, and, let me say, thank God. This has been fun and all, but I am absolutely aching to get back to Chicago. I would love to travel to London again, maybe in about five years, but I could never live here permanently. I miss my grid. I miss my city of neighborhoods. I really, really miss the CTA. I also miss my food spots. The thing about the Chicago dining scene is that because of both its diversity and high levels of competition, almost every place offers a unique perspective and very few menus are overt copycats. Here in London, it’s the exact opposite, which has been frustrating. Half the brunch menus I’ve seen have the exact same nine things on them.

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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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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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