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"I can never understand why Londoners fail to see that they live in the most wonderful city in the world. It is far more beautiful and interesting than Paris, if you ask me, and more lively than anywhere but New York—and even New York can’t touch it in lots of important ways. It has more history, finer parks, a livelier and more varied press, better theatres, more numerous orchestras and museums, leafier squares, safer streets, and more courteous inhabitants than any other large city in the world."

- Bill Bryson, Notes From a Small Island (via kristinamcclendon)
Source: kristinamcclendon
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I took the bus to Santa Monica yesterday. On the way back, the bus driver missed our stop by campus and ended up dropping us off at Malibu Seafood (almost three miles from campus). I couldn’t complain too much since the walk on PCH was beautiful.

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Today, I went to the annual Chumash Festival in Malibu.  I had never been before, but I really enjoyed it.  There were vendors selling handmade Native American jewelry and performers in traditional Chumash Regalia.

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Sometimes I take Pepperdine’s beauty for granted.

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I took the bus to Santa Monica yesterday, and it’s definitely a different experience than taking the bus in London.  On most LA busses, the passengers are generally from the lower class.  In London, you see people from every class riding public transportion.  In my experience, LA busses are not as clean either, but a lot of them have TVs so that you can watch the news instead of reading the paper.

I also went to Subway and tried to order a chicken tikka sandwich, only to find that they don’t make those in America.  I had a chicken tikka sandwich almost everyday in London, so that’s pretty disappointing..

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I went to the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica yesterday, and it made me miss London a LITTLE less.  It’s kinda similar to Covent Garden in that they both have a ton of shopping and dining options, as well as talented street performers.

Naia Kete was performing yesterday, she was a contestant on The Voice (Blake’s team).

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I decided to compile a list of everything I did the past three months.  I’ve organized it into a few categories for convenience.

Shows

Phantom at Her Majesty’s Theater

Thriller at Lyric Theatre

Wicked at Apollo Victoria

Sweeney Todd at Adelphi Theatre


Awkward Squad at Arts Theatre


Les Mis at Queens Theatre


Legally Blonde at Savoy Theatre


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland ballet at the Royal Opera House


Skrillex at the O2 Academy Brixton

Museums & Galleries

Tate Modern

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising


Tate Britain


National Gallery


National Portrait Gallery


Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington


V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green


Somerset House


Royal Academy

Wallace Collection


Imperial War Museum

British Museum

Natural History Museum

Science Museum

Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum at St. Mary’s Hospital

Special Exhibits

Yayoi Kusama at Tate Modern

David Hockney at Royal Academy of Art


Picasso Exhibit at Tate Britain


Queen Elizabeth II by royal photographer Cecil Beaton at V&A

Movies

Woman in Black 

Hunger Games

Restaurants/Bars/etc

Rainforest Café

Texas Embassy

Rocket

Ben’s Cookies

Aji Noodle Bar

Pizza Express

Rocca

Comptoir

Wasabi

The Pie Shop

Billy’s

Pizza and Pasta

Byron’s

Wagamama

Memories of India (not recommended)

Beirut Express

Maxwell’s

Points of Interest

Hamleys on Regent Street

Buckingham Palace

London Eye

Westminster Abbey

Harrods

London Bridge

Green Park

Big Ben

Olympic Countdown

Oxford Street


Chinatown

Leicester Square

Peter Pan Statue

Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross

Tower Bridge

Kew Gardens

Kensington Palace

Portobello Market

London Zoo

Camden Market

Regent’s Canal

Princess Diana Memorial Fountain in Hyde Park

Covent Garden

Royal Observatory in Greenwich

BBC Television Centre

Trafalgar Square

Outside of London

Portsmouth

University of Cambridge

Stonehenge

Salisbury

Winchester

Outside of U.K

Istanbul, Turkey - Bosphorus Cruise, Topkapi Palace Treasury, Aghia Sophia, Byzantine Underground Cistern, and the Sultan Ahmet (Blue) Mosque, 

Izmir, Turkey - ancient Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis

Porto, Portugal

Barcelona, Spain

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Volunteered with ASLAN

TRAVEL LAST SEMESTER

Madrid, Spain

Lausanne, Switzerland

Geneva, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland

Bern, Switzerland

Milan, Italy

Naples, Italy

Pompei, Italy

Rome, Italy

Paris, France

Normandy, France

Deauville, France 

Honfleur, France

Caen, France

Giverny, France

Manchester, U.K

London, U.K

I clearly traveled a LOT more when I was in Lausanne last semester, but I felt like I didn’t need to travel as much this semester because London is so awesome and there’s always a ton of stuff to do.

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i’m back in malibu!!  i’ve just been hanging out in the caf because the friend i’m staying with has work.  tonight, the sophomore class is having a club night.  we’re taking party buses to a club in Beverly Hills, it should be interesting.  plus, it’s freeeeee!

the weather is actually uncharacteristically bad for malibu, but i love the sound of thunder.

i miss london so, so much.

i came home to a kinda shitty situation.  while i was abroad, my dog got diabetes and went blind.  & my grandpa was hospitalized the day i left europe.  reality is sinking in.

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saying goodbye to london was so hard, but i pray that i’ll be back soon.

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I saw the Good Friday performance of Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall!