The first weekend that my Mother came into town was also the weekend that my beloved friend Katie came to visit me in London-town! I was overjoyed to have the both of them with me. But I would be lying to say that it was a little bit of an ordeal.
I told Katie to meet me in Victoria Station. Only… silly me forgot that Victoria Station is HUGE! So here I am… at the meeting time, in the meeting place (sort of) with absolutely no way of calling (didn’t have her number), or contacting her. Ember was with me and we were both on the verge of panicking when it hit and hour and half past the time that she was supposed to have come in on her train. But the trains were down with an electrical problem so… we had no idea.
We put her name over the loud speaker, had the cops literally looking for a red headed girl with freckles from America and all I could think about was how much her mother was going to kill me for having lost her beloved daughter. Ember had the great idea to go up on the 2nd floor and look over the giant throng of people, so I followed suit voicing aloud my concerns for my wellbeing if the Gormley was not ok. When suddenly, mid-sentence, I spotted that strawberry blonde hair. I immediately started screaming and running toward her. I’m sure the Londoners thought I was mad, but quite honestly, I didn’t care at this point. I gave her the biggest hug I think I’ve ever given anyone and quickly began to usher her toward the busses so that we could go home.
I showed her our flat, and the mountain of stairs that we have to climb everyday before heading over to where we were staying for the weekend—with the parents. I packed up a few things and off we headed to 45 Gower. Once we arrived, we went out with Ember, Taylor, and Chucky to China Town for some dinner, and then just around some of our favorite little spots in London. It was just so nice having someone from home around and to show her all the things that I love about London.
On Saturday, we woke up early and headed out for a tour of Westminster Abbey and the Churchill War Rooms. Both SUPER interesting, but I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the Abbey. There was just so much history and beauty everywhere you went, it was insane! I hated that you couldn’t take pictures, but I did get to walk over Charles Darwin ☺.
After the War Rooms, we headed to the Borough Markets, my favorite place to eat/visit. But it started to rain so by the time we got there, it was already starting to pack up. Thankfully though, we were able to get some wonderful chocolate cake to dig into as we looked around. After Borough we went to get the tickets for our concert.
Ok so before we go into this I should explain. Katie loves music. I love music too, but I pretty much know NOTHING about contemporary music, especially since I’ve been here. I listen to what’s on my ipod (basically alternative, Dave Matthews, and show tunes) and pretty much nothing else. So when she asked me to go to this Skrillex concert I thought… why not? I honestly didn’t know who this guy was, but she seemed super pumped. Plus I would get to meet some of the people that she had come here with from her program back in Rome.
So we went to go meet them at this Mexican place they wanted to eat at. Actually REALLY good! And headed toward where we thought the concert was. Turns out that the O2 Arena and the O2 Academy are VERY different. So we were pretty much a good ways out of the way. We didn’t get to meet up with her friends/roommates because they had the right location… and we didn’t. But we did end up getting to the concert at pretty much the perfect time, because he came on 10 minutes after we found where we were going to stand. And you know… I actually rather enjoyed it. It was totally different than anything I’ve ever listened to, but the crowd was super into it and the dancing was so much fun! Plus we got to meet some really nice Brits. After the concert, Katie and I headed straight home and to bed.
The next morning we woke up sort of early and headed to Camden Markets, another one of my favorite places, for her to do some shopping and playing. We looked at some many little random stores and got some really yummy Chinese food! Then we headed toward the Tate Modern for this really cool exhibit that Katie wanted to see, but it turns out it costs 8 pounds to get into, so we headed back to the flat for her to pack and for me to get her to Victoria Station and back to Gatwick so that she could get back home safe and sound. But honestly, it didn’t hit me that she was leaving until we got the train station and I couldn’t pass the barrier… I almost cried. It was just so nice to have someone that I love so much with me in this big and scary new city. I guess it’s not so new anymore but she had sort of become my security blanket in the 2 days she was there.
But I told her, and myself, that I was going to be seeing her in a week or 2 so this wasn’t goodbye for very long. I gave her a big hug and watched her turn and head toward her train.