"Wanderlust" -- I'm in love with cities I've never been to and people I've never met... The best dreams happen when you're awake!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Weekend Warriors: London Edition!

Never knew I'd fall so in love with London so fast! Changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, London Eye, Big Ben, Parliament, Tower Bridge! We even walked where the legends walked- The Beatles!! And last but never least, Harry Potter's Platform 9 3/4!

(Although I had a rough time attempting to figure out the Barcelona "Night Bus" at 3 in the morning for the first time..I still managed to catch the flight- 2 taxis and a giant headache later, haha.)

After our first steps off RyanAir, we ran through London to see the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace..backpacks 'n' all! We explored all over...including on top of statues, but they just looked like so much fun! I made a wish in the Victoria Memorial fountain and we fed a few duckies some cookies.

Next, we had to see the magnificent Westminster Abbey...the side reminded me of the Quidditch Arena in Harry Potter. We weren't able to go in because of the extraordinarily long line. No wonder, because of the events that have taken place there- the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton and the funeral of Princess Diana. From here, we got our first glances at Big Ben, Parliament and The London Eye! You can't actually tour either Ben or parliament, which is a little disappointing, but adds to the mystery! As for the Eye(ball) of London, we got Day/Night tickets so we could see it two different ways. Both times were spectacular, but sunset/night time really took my breath away! It simply put, looked like a postcard, and I had the best view in the entire city!! 

We needed a photo-shoot with The Red Telephone Box, which by the way, were scattered all over the city! You can actually make a phone call! I attempted to call back home to wish my brother a happy 25th birthday, but couldn't quite get it to work. It's the thought that counts, right? Haha! I did, however, have a couple delish desserts off the harbor in front of the Tower of London and the Tower Bridge!

The infamous Abbey Road known for the Beatles Crossing was a must-do! And we did just that, halting traffic and all! We looked like the real deal! Then off to King's Cross to run off to Hogwarts at Platform 9 3/4 where Harry Potter was filmed! There's a trick to this picture..but my lips are sealed! You have to go there if you want the know-how! 

 On Sunday, we went to St. Paul's Cathedral for Mass. I'm not sure I could have mass in a more captivating, divine church, unless it was in the Sagrada Família! The gold trim lined the entrances and arches in such a way that no matter how you looked at it, it was always shimmering. The architecture was mesmerizing from every angle- I could hardly focus on mass.

I'm sure I'll end up with time whiplash with all these cities, tomorrow is Amsterdam! But what a beautiful city London was! The people were overwhelmingly nice and always went out of their way to help you! We actually met one guy, Ray, who gave us a mini tour of the Tower Bridge around 10pm. He had overheard our typical touristic "lost map" syndrome, and give us tons of tips!! I truly think that if it wasn't for the expensive currency (pounds) that I would have found my 'place' in the world. I fell in London so fast that I just wanted to stay instead of coming home to Spain! 

This last picture is kinda funny. So since we had practically walked all of London, our feet literally wanted to detach themselves from our feet they hurt so bad. So every time we went to the Tube "Underground" we would sit on the escalators and Laura snapped a picture, lol. What goofballs! Great times in London! I will be back one day!!!

Monday, March 10, 2014


WOO HOO!!! I was sad and happy to see that we officially hit the half way mark! Soon enough I'll be wisped back across the pond to loving and very familiar arms of friends and family. Spain has become my temporary home and honestly feels like just the other day that I left my Michigan home with waist-high snow and below freezing temperatures with a jet trail! Looking back over all my pictures and adventures still amazes me with the places I have seen and always heard about.

One of my most recent escapades is the "Font màgica de Montjuïc" (Magic Fountain of Montjuïc). I took a couple snazzy pictures and a few videos, but of course, nothing could truly capture how encapsulating it is! It's a spectacular fountain show with synchronized musical water displays with the most beautiful aurora of colors, and what better place than in front of the National Palace?!

One of the things I really loved about this video besides obviously the music by Alphaville- "Forever young", is that you can really see how mammoth the fountain really is and it gave a nice array of colors!!  :)