Saturday, August 31, 2013

Piccadilly Circus and Lady Gaga

Day two in London was a bit all over the place. We wanted to get out of our little South Kennington bubble. So we made our way to Piccadilly Circus via the Tube which was actually my first time using the Tube so that was an experience!! It is really easy to use and weird but I am still getting used to not talking on the Tube unless you want to spotted as a foreigner immediately. 

We walked around and popped in and out of shops just taking in all the sights and smells of London. I have to say it is a very clean city for the amount of foot traffic it gets daily. We found this amazing toy store that reminded us all of FAO Schwarz so naturally we had to go in and of course I had to take a picture with the pirates at the entrance. 

I realize I am a kid a heart but hey I couldn't help it. We kept wandering into multiple stores and random streets until finally we found this church. 

It was a beautiful more modern catholic church. As we were inspecting the building we saw this random crowd across the street at this hotel. We knew that the iTunes festival was going on in London and so one of my flat mates said, "Oh I bet there waiting for Lady Gaga." So we walk across the street to see what the fuss is all about and they actually were waiting for Lady Gaga!!!! So we stuck it out and waited for about an hour, made some friends with a funny mother and her two adorable children, chatted with a really hot paparazzi and...

She is teeny tiny!!! But she is such a great lady as my lovely Andrew (boy I have been babysitting since he was a baby) would say. Before she came out her head of security talked to us and said she would like to meet as many of us as she could but if things got 'out of hand' they would have to whisk her away. I have also loved Lady Gaga's music but I like her even more now that she took the time to stop and meet her fans. 

Yes, her hair is that massive but it smelled good! I would know I was stuck in that mess for about a minute while she was talking pictures with people next to me. I'm not gonna lie I did get a little star stuck and might have screamed a little bit when she walked out the hotel...

Waiting was totally worth it! The experience and the atmosphere of the crowd was such a rush. One thing I am quickly learning about London is that anything can happen and one corner is always different than the last. Cheers! 

Friday, August 30, 2013

Settling In

I made it! I crossed the pond successfully and from much demand (mostly from my lovely mother) I am finally posting! The first half day was full of getting from the airport to my new flat and unpacking. The first night I had dinner with girls in my flat and went to sleep since I was majorly jet lagged! The next couple of days were mainly orientation for my program and getting soap, detergent, food, towels and other household goodies! So far I am loving it and have no idea how I will ever want to leave come December 15th!

 So this is the street that I live on. I am unfortunately living in South Kennington which is a really posh area! Literally no one lives here except really important people plus Prince Will and Kate plus baby George will be moving in Kenningston palace soon which is in the same area as me! Hopefully a royal sighting will be in my future!!! 

This is the Natural History Museum which is two blocks away from my flat! I told you I live in the coolest area! 

The area is fantastic and I cannot wait to keep exploring and finding new places! So far everything is great! I made it here without a scratch, I have a place to live with great girls, my program is all ready to go and school starts on Monday! This weekend is going to really fun and hopefully no rain! Cheers!!!