|37 Hyde Park Gate – AKA Home in London|
It is prime real estate, probably one of the most expensive properties in the world in the most expensive neighborhood in the world. Yes, by world I mean WORLD. It was definitely a struggle to not spend frivolously, especially when the shopping is so amazing and a half a mile away from our front door. We did live on the fifth floor of a building with no AC and no elevator, so that had some influence on my decision to stay in sometimes as opposed to going out and spending more money. Our university in London did provide us with Oyster (subway/bus) cards so we had free travel all around zones 1 and 2 of the London transport system, this was a blessing. It was hard to make any excuses not to go sightseeing when we did not have to spend any money to do so, we just needed to practice self control for the shopping addiction problem. Our apartment was blocks from a pharmacy, a Whole Foods, countless restaurants, and many other convenient things. We could not have been luckier. As far as the apartment itself, we all had a shared room with a roommate/ multiple roommates. I was with Gabrielle, my good friend from Drexel. We had a bunch bed and two closets. I immediately went for the top bunk, because A) I felt like a little kid when I first arrived to London and thought it would be fun and B) I get paranoid of the top bunk crashing on me in my sleep if I am on the bottom. I know, I am crazy. We all shared a big communal kitchen and common room. I absolutely loved getting to know the other students in the Paris/London and Berlin/London dual city programs and my one big regret is that I had not met them sooner. I do wish we were forced to live in Paris as well because it is really a blessing. Forming friendships helps you experience more parts of the city and it makes it feel more like a home.
|Just some of the amazing friends I made in
London, all students from Drexel.