Casual trips through London and Dublin

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Over the past week, my best friend has been visiting from the US. This is s first time in London,or anywhere in Europe for that matter. It was amazing to experience London through a fresh pair of eyes.

We began our week doing the normal “touristy” things. Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Parliament, The Eye and the Tower of London. After strolling through all of these great places… I made sure that he was able to experience London markets and the night scenes.

Zach immediately fell in love wit the Camden Markets. I never thought a guy would be so interested in the market settings… But he had a ball. We also managed to do a pub crawl through Camden that night with a few of my friends from England and Switzerland.

This was one of the first moments that I realized just how amazing my experience has been. The envy of my London life became very apparent with all of the, “that’s so cool!” And the, “I can’t believe this is where you live”. Needless to say, Zach officially wishes he would had studied abroad.

This weekend, we made our way over to Dublin. This was mine and Zach’s first time in Ireland. It proved to be a great time! We went with 4 other people I met while studying abroad. The group made for a great way to split up and get everyone to everywhere they wanted to go.

We had the pleasure of visiting the Guinness Factory, seeing castles, old Viking churches, Irish dancing and singing and even a ghost tour!

Ireland was beyond cool! It has a great night atmosphere and some of the most friendly people I have ever met. Everywhere we turned was a friendly face making sure we were okay and knew where we were going.

Overall, I have had a great week experiencing London and Ireland with my best friend! He has validated my decision to study abroad for a year… And proven to me that great friends never go away. Experiencing new and different countries with the people you love makes everything a little brighter.

I am so glad I got a little taste of home. Luckily, my mom and sister are headed out here in a week and a half! We will be galavanting through London and making our way to Spain!

Until next time šŸ™‚

Cheers!
Sam

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