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Day Three

Bus Tour and Walking Tour

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This morning we were picked up by a coach and drove all around London. We had a lovely older lady commenting on all the famous spots in London. We saw everything from Parliament to the City and the Globe. It was great to see it all in one shot as a kind of teaser of what we can go look at!

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We stopped at St. Paul's Cathedral. The Cathedral was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and has been host to significant events such as the wedding between Charles and Diana.

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We went on a walking tour through the extended parts of Kensington. We started in Kensington Gardens at the Albert Memorial which was placed in the Garden by Queen Victoria after his death of Typhoid.
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We walked by Kensington Palace, which was home to William III and Mary.
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We aslo saw some of the famous Kensington residences' homes.
After the tour we walked around some of the shops in Kensington and then got dinner at another Italian restaurant down the street from our apartment.

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Day Two

Orientation and Exploration of Kensington

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Woke up for orientation at 10 am down the block at foundation house. We were introduced to the staff and they informed us about the different things available to us while we are in London. We got our Oyster cards, which allow us to travel on the tube and buses!

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Kensington Garden is gorgeous! The park is huge with a bunch of different little sections and memorials.

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After wondering around the streets of Kensington we found St. Mary's Abbot! This church is over 1000 years old and still has regular services.

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We hopped on the tube and went to Baker St. We found the house of Sherlock Holmes and walked up and down Baker St. We got dinner in a pub called the Beehive and enjoyed delicious fish and chips. On the way back home we encountered our first rain showers, which I am sure we will get use to eventually. We made it home and watched the very disappointing soccer match, England vs. Algeria, who tied 0-0.

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Day One

Getting Oriented around Kensington

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After the long flight from San Francisco to London, I arrived at my home for the next six weeks. Hyde Park Gate Kensington, London is where I will be staying during my stay in London. While I am here I will be taking a few classes: British literature, Roman Colony to World Capital, and World Drama. Classes start on Monday June 21, Monday through Friday nine to two.

After arriving in Kensington I got settled, I am sharing a room and a bathroom with three other girls! Space is tight, but we have a large living room and kitchen. We explored right around our apartment, running into a grocery store and some very cute delis and restaurants.

Our RA's sat us down to go over the rules of the house and then lead us on a walking tour of the facilities we have available to us, like our classrooms and laundry room. We then walked down the street to a Italian restaurant for dinner of Pizza. After dinner we came back to the apartment and after being up for more than 24 hours we crashed.

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