A visit to London — an international student’s weekend away
Considering exploring what our nearest neighbours in the UK have to offer? Why not take a break from your studies for a while and embark on a little adventure during your mid-term break. Our ambassador from Malaysia and student at IT Sligo, Joey Sing Yun Chui did just that!
I decided to take a trip to London right after my exams. What better way to reward myself for all that hard work than a mini break away? It was a childhood dream of mine to visit London. I was so excited! “London, here I am!” I shouted to myself as the plane touched down on the runway. I could not believe that I was finally here.
I arrived early in the morning, seven o clock to be exact. As most of us will already know, you can’t check into a hostel until 3pm! So, I was left with no choice but to start my sightseeing straight away. The very first place I went to was London Bridge. I spent almost two full hours there just taking photos. After that, I decided to take a stroll around the famous Borough Market and to fill up my stomach while there. I got myself a British style burger and let me tell you I was not disappointed. It was absolutely delicious! Bring your appetite as there is a lot of food on offer. I really wanted to stop at The British Museum but sadly I could not enter as I was carrying luggage. Save this visit for after you have dropped off your bags!
On my second day I decided on a visit to Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the London Eye, seeing the Horse Guard Parade, China town, Buckingham Palace and St James’s Park. A lot to fit in in one day. It was a beautiful day and I was blessed with good weather which meant I could take a lot of photographs. I felt right at home among all the other tourists. I was lucky enough to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. It was spectacular to witness and a remarkable experience for me. I enjoyed the fresh air as I ended my day in the park and for the first time in my life caught sight of a bushy-tailed squirrel.
My trip of a lifetime ended with a spot of retail therapy as I shopped on Oxford Street. Overall I spent three days and two nights in London. I wish I could have spent longer there but I had to get back to my studies. I will be paying a visit again for sure. I loved this city! If you have any questions or love London as much as I do leave me a comment below.