Saturday was our final day out in London, as most students had a flight to catch the next morning to head home for the Holidays. Being that each day throughout the week was packed with exciting tours and museum visits, our professors gave us the day on Saturday to figure out what we wanted to do. Some of my friends got a last minute reservation for high tea, which looked amazing, while others caught up on some sleep. Me and a few of my friends opted for shopping around Camden market, the Portobello Road market, and Shoreditch.
Camden Market and the Portobello Road Market were both such a great spot for Holiday shopping. Each included food and shopping vendors up and down the streets. At Camden Market, I had a difficult time deciding which food vendor I wanted to buy from, as every single one looked delicious, so me and my friend bought lunch from two different places and tried both. I got a Colombian dish that was filled with sweet plantains.
After walking around Camden Market for some time, I luckily got some Christmas shopping done for my family. One purchase I’m really excited about is a navy blue leather purse I got for my mom for Christmas. This leather vendor essentially makes the bags in front of you, and details the bag specifically for your liking. I ended up getting my mom’s name engraved on the inside of the purse, and even got to pick out the color straps, and finishings for it. I pretty much got to customize the purse right in front of me, which makes it feel even more special. I also may have gotten one for myself…because, how could I not?
Later on me and some friends made our way over to Shoreditch, where we had our street art and Graffiti tour earlier in the week. It was cool to be able to go back to that area and take a second glimpse of the art we saw previously, and have the chance to discover more. We decided to make Shoreditch our last stop of the trip because of all the amazing vintage shops we passed earlier in the week. Me and my friends spent hours on a popular street called Brick lane, where we shopped until the stores closed. Shopping is definitely one of my favorite activities, and we all got some unique pieces to add to our closets.
This was truly an amazing week abroad. I am so sad it has come to an end, but am so grateful that I got to experience it with my peers and professors. As a senior here at Drexel, I know I will look back on this trip as one of the most rewarding and exciting times that I had here as a student. I can’t thank the Drexel study abroad office, FIE, and professors Mark Willie and Eric Karnes enough for making this unforgettable trip happen!
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