Being a Tourist at London

As I am sitting at the resort lounge and writing this blog, I am trying to comprehend all the things I have done this week which will always be an unforgettable memory for me. To start off, I have finally started to check off all the places on my list I wanted to visit in the UK but was waiting until the break week. 

To start with, I saw the Change of Guards at Buckingham palace and it was one of the best experiences I have had, here at London. I will consider myself lucky because I got to see and hear the Band which hasn’t been playing for some time now and I think it made the whole experience even more memorable. More reasons to fall in love with this city – so much history that it keeps me intrigued. I am so fortunate and glad that I got to experience this cause there are some things which you can just never forget. 

After that, last day I got to the train station to go on a trip to Wales with friends here.  I have been here for 24 hours now and I got to see some of the most breathtaking views ever. We started off this morning with a visit to the St David’s cathedral. The interiors of the cathedral were extremely detailed and I always pay close attention to the details of the walls of different cathedrals because I feel it tells you a story of that place. What was most interesting of this specific cathedral was to see the various damages due to the huge earthquake which happened during the 1800s and how they tried to manage it. 

Other than that, we visited the birthplace of St David’s and the views from that place was absolutely stunning – out of the world. After that we walked around a little bit to explore UK’s smallest city with a population of only 2000 people. We ended the afternoon by having coffee and the famous scone of here which was one of the best I have ever had.

Later in the afternoon, I went for Kayaking. Now, I have never tried Kayaking before and this was the first time ever that I even got into a boat because I have grown up in a place surrounded my land. I won’t lie, I was really bad at it. I had no clue what to do but the instructors were very patient with me and I am very glad that I overcame my fear and I did it anyhow. There were numerous points when I felt like I am going to fall off the boat and that I am scared and I should go back – but I did it anyhow without surrendering to my fear. 

View while Kayaking

We are going back tomorrow but this week was a week of unforgettable experiences. As I am getting closer to the end of program, I am realizing more and more how much I am going to miss doing this – trying out things you have never done in your life, meeting people, learning the history of a place. I am glad for all the things I have done here – a lifelong memory and grateful for all the people who have helped me make those memories.  

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