Royal Dissapointment

Wednesday held a new day, a new adventure in London. This day we had in mind to tour through Kensington Palace. I did my research prior to leaving and found great reviews. There was also the added bonus of possibly glancing to see a royal.

Upon arriving in London, we meandered towards Hyde Park – miles and miles of green and trees in London’s midst. It reminded me ever so much of New York City’s faithful Central Park. As we walked and walked towards the Palace, the sun came higher and grew warming making it a lovely day. We finally came to our destination with disappointment at the outside. It wasn’t nearly as large as I had hoped. There was a beautiful pond outside and gardens that would have been prettier come spring. As I journeyed inside, I was only to continue with disappointment at this wonderfully and intricately built house that held the historical lives of dozens of Kings and Queens had been transformed to a…museum. One third of the house – the King’s Chamber was gorgeous. The architecture was stunning in each and every room. As for the other pieces to the house, I could have done without them. I was happy to see the Palace, mark it off my list. 

What made the entire trip worth it? The sun, the company, the tree-filled and pond-filled park, the aimless wandering, and the shopping. The list could continue. I would count the day as another success.






Sun Appreciation Day

I don’t actually believe that is a true holiday, but in my book if there was to be a “Sun Appreciation Day,” today would be it. And praise God it was one of my five days without classes. I was able to sleep in and have my window open – allowing my room to fill with sunshine, birds chirping, and peoples’ mumbles in passing. Although the high was somewhere around 54 degrees, that doesn’t change my motivation to literally tour the town on foot.

Something I’ve taken to heart here in England: Don’t take the sun for granted. With the once-a-day rain and then ever-present clouds hovering, the sun receives little face-time (literally). Thus, on the occasion I look out my window to see a cloudless sky, the sun beaming with pride, and the wind no where to found – it’s a day to celebrate.

Take a walk. Go for a run. Explore this relatively new town.

On days like today I can relate to those children staring out their kitchen window, asking their moms or dads if they can go outside and play until the street lights come on. It’s like territory asking to be tread on.

Song inspiration for the day: Ellie Goulding’s “Your song”