5 Thoughts After Studying Abroad in London for a Month

“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” – Samuel Johnson

I’ve been studying abroad in London for a month now, and I must say, it’s everything I dreamed about and more. It’s been hard for me to sit down and catch my breath because there are so many things I want to do, and I’m afraid that if I pause and reflect it’ll feel as though the whirlwind dream is over. At the same time, I’m afraid that when I write I won’t know what to say or I’ll have too much to say and that my words will be inadequate.

Below I’ve compiled a list of my most memorable thoughts and encounters in the month thus far; though the words won’t do my experiences justice, hopefully they’ll give you a glimpse into my life here in London.

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72 Hours in Hobart And A Day Drive

A scenic, coastal city, Hobart is the capital of Tasmania. My family and I visited Hobart over the summer, where we stayed by the harbor and had a panoramic view of the winding highway descending into Hobart’s Old Town. Besides a weekend food market and contemporary art museum, Hobart offers a backdrop of Mount Wellington and is a short ride away from a foodie’s paradise, Bruny Island. Below is an itinerary of our 3-day stay at Hobart.

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On the Road: Cradle Mountain

Located in the central highlands of Tasmania, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park offers scenic hikes along beautiful aged rainforests, pristine jeweled lakes, and rugged mountain terrain.

Cradle Mountain is about a two-hour drive from Launceston, a quaint, humble town in Tasmania. After spending a day in Launceston and being thrown off guard by the stillness of the town, my family and I were ready to take a day trip to the National Park.

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Launceston, a Portrait of a Quaint and Humble Town

The second city stop in our Australia trip was Launceston, Tasmania. Because Launceston is a fairly secluded town, there was no direct flight from Darwin; we had to fly through Melbourne first. Launceston is the third oldest city in Tasmania, an island located on the southeastern tip of the Australian continent.

We arrived in Launceston at around 9 pm, our flight one of only a handful that landed there that night. At the baggage claim area, two carousels spun slowly, waiting to be loaded. After we got our bags, we headed outside the airport to look for a taxi. The cold air was accompanied by barren strips of road and darkness.

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