Scenes from today. Le Carrousel. #paris
Paris, je t’aime
A bird ballet.
By Neels Castillon
Last night I went to hear the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in Southbank. I am just amazed by the amount of music events available in London. Just in the past week, I went to hear not only the orchestra, but gigs at the Yellow Lounge - Anoushka Shankar (half-sister of Norah Jones) and Olafur Arnalds, both amazing musicians, as well as Marc O’Reilly, a folk singer from Ireland. If you can’t already tell, I’m a huge music fan, and nothing makes me happier than hearing good music. I justify it all since I am an MA student in Arts Administration - I count it as “research.” Many more music events are to come, I’m sure.
Today marks 4 weeks since moving to London. So much has happened in such a short amount of time! I’ve been trying to get out a little at a time. Within the past week, I visited Verde and Co, which serves the best hot chocolate around, and I went to the Portobello Market in Notting Hill. I snapped a picture of Trafalgar square while in transit to Notting Hill. It seems to take me forever to get anywhere in London, so I’m learning to be adventurous and enjoy the journey.
Busy streets. Cloudy days.
Descending to the tube. #london #vscocam
You guys, I love London. Officially.
It’s been almost three weeks since I said my tearful goodbyes to my friends and family in Memphis, TN, and headed off to London to begin a new adventure. It’s always so hard to close a chapter, even if you know it’s time. You’re saying goodbye to not only the people and location, but to who you were in that place. Life inevitably moves forward, but I always find myself reluctant to let go. This time I was given no time to hesitate; it all happened overnight, and that’s possibly the only way I would have had the courage to do it. No thinking, just go. And I’m so glad I did.
In just three weeks, I’ve experienced so much. It’s been difficult, but in a good way. A way that I feel challenged and intrigued. There have been so many little adjustments. Everything from figuring out how to navigate the London public transport system (I am quite proud of myself by the way - no major getting lost stories as of yet) to “queueing” instead of “lining up,” and learning which way to look before crossing the street, not to mention getting used to being a student again. I’ve met some amazing people from all over the world. In between settling in and starting classes, I’ve managed to get out and see the city a little.
Here are some pictures of my first few weeks.
My very first foggy morning in Londontown. This is the view from my window on the 3rd floor, or should I say 2nd floor, of the flat where I’m staying.
The famous Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
The Old Royal Naval College
A few from the Camden Market.
The old city at night.
My favorite. Big Ben. It’s so amazing the first time you see it. It’s such an iconic image that I’ve seen since childhood, so to see it in person for the first time really was breathtaking.
The London Eye at night. Being away from friends and family is hard, but nights like these make it so much better.
This is why I love London. I still cannot believe I’m here. So thankful, so excited for this opportunity.
Back to work today. Missing the Northwest summer already. #vscocam