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I first found out about Dans le Noir? from the movie “About Time.” In it, Rachel McAdams’s character meets Domnhall Gleeson’s in a restaurant where diners eat in pitch-black. There are no night vision goggles, no candle lights, nothing. In the space between you and everything else, there is only pure darkness.
I never went on any college tours before I applied to schools in the U.S., nor am I a big fan of the tours they run at Northwestern (the dynamics of the Overly Rehearsed Tour Guide, Overly Eager Parent and Overly Uncomfortable Kid just make me, well, uncomfortable). But touring Cambridge felt different.
2016 was a year of travel for me. I visited New York for my birthday, Australia over the summer, and spent the last three months
traveling around the U.K. studying abroad in London. I started this blog, figured out how to take photos, and went on my first solo trip ever. I’m so grateful for all that I’ve seen, and all that I’ve yet to see.
Here are my top 10 photos from 2016.
One of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World, Stonehenge is a prehistoric stone circle a two-hour drive away from London and has been on my bucketlist since my family was supposed to visit England a few years ago.
Although if you break it down Stonehenge is really just a big bunch of rocks, they really are a bizarre sight when you consider the rocks are in a field in the middle of nowhere. Looking at them will make you wonder how people from the medieval days stacked these rocks, weighing four tons each, on top of one another without any sort of technological contraption.
The complex maze of streets. The cafes and bakeries and quirky stores in the complex maze of streets. Indian food. Fabrique cardamom buns. Weekend markets. My flat’s proximity to the Southbank weekend markets. Christmas markets. Churros and waffles. Pret a Manger ham and cheese toasties. Itsu dinners. The abundance of museums. The abundance of free museums. The public toilets in the free museums. Not being a tourist in a city full of tourists. Navigating through the crowds without Google Maps. The walking culture. The tube. Big Ben at night.
“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.