first leg booked – london, u.k.

hi all!

i’ve just booked my first hostel, which means the first leg of my european tour is finalized! i’m staying in london from feb. 6 to 9, at the wombats city hostel london.

as a first time solo traveler, i’m a little nervous about navigating the tube with my luggage and no wifi/gps, but it’s something i’ll have to get used to. i arrive at london heathrow airport at 12 p.m. and will take the tube to tower hill, which is about one hour of travel time. when i was beginning to plan, my mom and i thought about booking hotel rooms while i traveled before classes since we were wary of hostels. after tons of research and talking to people who have traveled, we decided hostels were the most cost-effective way. since i’m going to be by myself, i think it’ll be much easier to make friends in hostels as opposed to walking around cities  and returning to a hotel room alone every night.

wombats has wonderful reviews and is a well-known chain of hostels in europe. i was drawn to its price and amenities, despite it being east of the main city. i’ll be staying in a 6-bed female dorm with an en suite bathroom and locker. i think the biggest challenge will be getting any amount of sleep in a hostel, because i am an incredibly light sleeper (and a bit of a neat freak.)

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Wombat’s Reception Area

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Wombat’s Basement Bar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

while in london, i want to do some touristy things, but i also want to see some lesser-known sights. i’ve heard wonderful things about the sky garden, which provides spectacular views of the city, and is FREE.

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London’s Sky Garden by day

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London’s Sky Garden by night

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Paul’s Cathedral is also on my London bucket list. I’m not very religious, but I appreciate beautiful architecture. Also, my parents would kill me if I skipped this one.

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St. Paul’s Cathedral, London

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ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the next step is to purchase my eurail pass, and from there, book the next hostels. until next time!

xoxo,
julia

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the countdown begins…

here i am, 3 months and 1 day before i will be boarding a flight to London, U.K.

IMG_4807.jpgit’s absolutely unreal. this year has undoubtedly been the most challenging and discouraging year of my life – but i’m still here.

i am beyond thrilled at the prospect of going abroad and seeing the world through these fresh eyes, and i am so excited to be able to give you all the opportunity to join me.

long story short,
things are different; i am going abroad with a different attitude, a different outlook and a different purpose.

this semester’s classes have proven more difficult than i could have imagined. each day, i count my blessings, though, and remind myself that my education is a privilege, as is my european excursion.

my plans are not final, but as of now, here they are:

  • February 5, 2017 – Fly from LAX to London-Heathrow Airport
  • Feb. 6 – Arrive in London
  • Feb. 9 – Train from London to Paris, France
  • Feb. 14 – Train from Paris, France to Brussels, Belgium
  • Feb. 16 – Train from Brussels, Belgium to Köln, Germany
  • Feb. 18 – Train from Köln, Germany to Frankfurt, Germany
  • Feb. 20 – Train from Frankfurt, Germany to Marburg, Germany
  • Feb. 21 – Orientation at Philipps-Universität Marburg

i cannot wait to begin this adventure, and i cannot thank you all enough for joining me in the most wonderful time of my life.

here’s to the next chapter; tita marivic, this is all for you. ❤

xoxo,
julia

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