Visiting the UK and Ireland was great transition back into western life. I even went to a strip mall in Galway and I felt like I was back in California!
In London I saw all the sites with a few SASers (Lisa, Chips, Jason, Rob, and Scott) before we all spread out over Europe. It was awesome seeing the places that I’ve heard about, and seen in movies my whole life. Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Abbey Road, and the National Museum were some of my favorites. I loved the big-city feel; there was so much to do!
London Eye and Big Ben in the distance
Selfie with Big Ben
Platform 9 3/4 in London
I went on to Edinburgh, Scotland by myself. It may have been the cutest city I’ve seen on this trip. I found my self on lots of tours while I was traveling alone. The hostel had a game night, a pub craw, and walking tour. I also did a ghost tour, and a tour to Lock Ness for the day, (No signs of Nessie). All of my tour guides were amazing story tellers and the history of Scotland was really interesting. I didn’t know this, but Edinburgh is Harry Potter central. I got to see the cafe where JK Rowling started the books, the streets and castles that inspired her, and, best of all, Tom Riddle’s gravestone.
Tom Riddle's Gravestone
Jason and I met up again in Dublin. I visited the Guinness Storehouse and graduated from the Guinness academy where they taught me to “pour the perfect pint.” Jason and I went to Galway and saw a few castles. Ruby’s dad was nice enough to show us a beautiful castle that is now a prestigious hotel. We hiked out to an abandoned castle as well. We also got to hear lots of live musics in the pubs, even on a tuesday night.
Now I'm home for a few weeks before heading down to Santa Barbara for summer classes. If anyone is interested in Semester at Sea, or has any questions about traveling to any of the places I've been please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or go to semesteratsea.org.