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!