At the beginning of May last year, my dad got to visit me for a few days. The first time he visited in September, I just moved into halls that day and was unfamiliar with Brighton. This time, I got to give him the grand tour of Brighton, East Sussex (including Beachy Head) and my favorite bits of London. Despite snowing just the week before, the weather was lovely as we went to some of my favorite restaurants and spots in Brighton and admired the tide as it stretched out to reveal hundreds of feet of sand and locals enjoying the beachfront.
We had another beautiful day in London as we spent the day as tourists, watching street performers and hitting the sites: the Eye, Leicester Square, Camden Town, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus, Green Park (which was a spectacle seeing locals out enjoying the weather, we were probably the only two people not prepared for a picnic), Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge and Millennium Bridge. Just talking about it exhausts me all over again!
Shortly after my dad left, I headed out on a few holidays of my own: first, my friend Alex and I hit the road to Newquay, Cornwall, where we enjoyed long walks on the beach, surfing, coasteering and meeting new people.
After I returned from Cornwall, I took a holiday with (my now boyfriend) Dan to Edinburgh, Scotland. The long bus journey was worth it, with highlights including several different walking tours, a day trip to Glasgow and lots of good food.
The last few weeks in England were spent studying for my exams and spending time with Dan and his family. I miss the country and all the people I met terribly and am glad to be back to what feels like home (even if I’m just visiting for now). I will always look back on my study abroad experience as something I’m glad I did.