All my life, I have dreamt about London. Its notorious landmarks, crazy street style, and overall atmosphere of elegance have always enticed me from across the Atlantic Ocean, but it wasn’t until I applied to study abroad that my dream of going to London came to life. After a bumpy flight from Philly to London, I arrived at Heathrow Airport a day earlier than I need to, so I would be able to catch up on sleep and get used to the time difference before diving right into exploring my new home for the next three months.
I lugged my suitcase to South Kensington, and after taking a long and much needed nap at my hotel, I decided to check out the area and find the building I would be living in. Only a short walk away sat my apartment, or flat, which was white, elegant, and far better than I imagined. I was surrounded by luxury and pure beauty. The people walking down the streets were dressed like they were ready to go off to high tea, and the streets were full of Rolls Royces and Maseratis. Across the road was Hyde Park, which is basically the Central Park of London. All of it completely blew away my expectations. Not too far into Hyde Park, I discovered the location of Kensington Palace, the home of William and Kate. I literally lived down the street from the royal family. Not too many people can say that. I knew London was a beautiful city, but the area that I was staying in really added a lot to the overall experience.