London, Post-Brexit

I arrived in London just days after the groundbreaking referendum in Great Britain to leave the European Union, colloquially known as Brexit. A shock to many, the stock markets included, no one seemed to know what this vote meant and what the timeline would look like. For me, Brexit created a more favorable exchange rate and interesting reading material as a former international relations major. Having just visited Scotland (now potentially re-voting to split from England) and Ireland (now potentially beginning reunification talks with Northern Ireland), I felt like I was living history. 

My trip to London was a brief two days, but in my usual style I walked till I dropped and succeeded in seeing much of the sprawling metropolis. Since I had a friend in London, I was fortunate to have a mix of both touristy and real Londoner experiences. I waved at Big Ben, took a ride on the London Eye, and enjoyed ice cream in St. James's park. The touristy locations were packed with people and though it was fun to see London's iconic locations, I welcomed my afternoon with a local friend and self-appointed tour guide. I got to explore Soho, enjoyed a gin tasting at Sipsmith, and ate at a fun Turkish restaurant in Covenant Garden that featured a live violinist performance. 

Clearly I've touched just the surface of the London experience, so I've put it on my list of places to return to some day; hopefully for a little longer next time!

 Big Ben and the London eye

Big Ben and the London eye

 Classic red phone booth

Classic red phone booth

 The interior of the British Musuem

The interior of the British Musuem