London pt. 2: Let’s Be Tourists!

When I studied abroad in London I lived a bit outside of the city center. I developed this horrible habit of thinking, Oh, I don’t need to go see the tourist attractions. I have months. I’ll do it later! Well later came and went, as did my money, and before I knew it I was packing my bags for Arkansas and still hadn’t checked off several things on my wish list.

I’ve also come to realize that I can be a bit of a stuck up traveler. When I’m in a new place I want to see the city through the lens of a local. For example, I believe that the real Chicago is best seen through the hidden gems in the neighborhoods, rather than at the Bean and the Magnificent Mile. So I tend to buck the system and avoid all guidebook recommended areas in favor of less crowded and more “authentic” experiences. But what I have come to realize is that those places tell part of the city’s story as well, and that missing out on them is missing out on a significant part of the city’s character.

So Adrienne and I made quite the extensive tourist wishlist this time {well…I probably had a lot to do with the length if I’m being honest}, and by the end we’d made a significant dent in it. I could walk you through every detail of the week, but I thought it’d be more fun to let the photos tell the story. You know what they say about pictures and their words.

More photos to come! Stay tuned for London pt. 3!

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