A less sentimental version of my final week

After my finals were over, I went into a touristic frenzy. Most of my British friends had gone home for term since they don’t have to take exams until January, and I had said my goodbyes last week. So I didn’t feel all that guilty about being a tourist my last few days.

I went to the V&A museum to see the “Club to Catwalk” 80s fashion exhibit,  relived my childhood with the Harry Potter Studio Tour, saw a few of my favourite British actors in two Shakespeare plays and a musical, ate a reindeer burger at Borough Market and took a ride on the London Eye.

The Harry Potter Studio Tour: the set of Diagon Alley

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Borough Market

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Blurry pic from the Barbican

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Views from the Eye

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I even ate breakfast at the cafe where they film parts of Sherlock. It’s actually only about a 10-minute walk from my flat, but I kept putting it off. I didn’t love the coffee.

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I could write more about each outing and still might, but soon I’ll be home which means most of my readers can ask me in person!

I ended the week with the very beautiful Anglican tradition of evensong at St. Paul’s Cathedral. I didn’t have the time to do the full tour of the cathedral or walk to the top of the famed dome this week, but was glad to attend evensong. I’ve been wanting to experience it since I stumbled upon Exeter College’s evensong rehearsal at Oxford. I’ve been to many beautiful cathedrals and abbeys this semester- almost one in every city. But my trip to St. Paul’s was the only time I’ve been to an actual service during my visits, so it was very special to me.

St. Paul’s during the day

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Now I’m headed to Edinburgh to meet up with Tonya.  Tuesday morning we’ll fly home to Baltimore, and then I’ll be faced with real life. I’m leaving London, but the journey doesn’t end.
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