Sorry about the absence of recipes on here, guys! When I return home, it’ll be business as usual – lots of fun and delicious food coming your way! Thanks for bearing with me 🙂
If you don’t follow me on any of my social media accounts, then you’re probably a little confused as to why I haven’t posted in a while. Well, SURPRISE! We’re spending Christmas break in England! And it is really very grand. The photos in this post are from our first full day in London, when we went exploring around the city.
We arrived in London on a Saturday night, the 19th, after a very long day of traveling. We arranged to stay with Brig’s brother and his wife in their cute little flat right smack dab in the middle of the busy city for four nights, and then stay with my aunt and uncle in Surrey for the remainder of our stay, which has worked out perfectly so far!
Sunday morning we hit the town and saw London in all its cloudy, daylight glory. Busy, humid, and positively magical beyond words. I am so in love with this city, I’d live there in a heartbeat.
We just had to take a classic tourist picture next to a red telephone booth and Big Ben in the background. Big Ben is so much more majestic and breathtaking in real life! And it’s connected to the Palace of Westminster, which is sooo pretty.
Trafalgar Square. Lots of chalk artists here!
We took a walk around St. James’ park, which quickly became one of my favorites parts of London.
After our walk around the town, we hopped on a red, double-deckered bus and rode to church! Ian and Charity are in charge of teaching the kids ages 8-11 and so during their class time, we helped them with the lesson/activity, which was reenacting the Christmas story. So sweet and totally hilarious. Seriously, little kids with British accents are TOO cute for words. Just with an accent they all sound so much more educated and knowledgable haha! Their prayers were so sincere and hearts so good. Amazing how unifying the gospel of Christ is across the world.
After church there was a potluck called a “munch n’ mingle” and we had some very…interesting food haha! My plate was piled high with various noodles, rice, fish, and chicken, prepared by the sweetest and most giving of people. We were grateful to feel so included.
After the munch n’ mingle we headed back home, thankfully missing the gigantic downpour that had ended just a few minutes previous. The rain in London is interesting because the wind makes it blow everywhere, so your whole body gets wet. It’s an adventure for sure! It’s so humid here, too. Especially compared the Utah desert. The first couple days we just felt so…moist. Ew. Haha but we’re used to it now and sure are loving it. It gets dark super early here so on our way home from church we got to see the magical Christmas lights across London as we walked over Westminster Bridge. We walked through Covent Garden which is just a magical, magical place filled with so many lights (the gigantic mistletoe lights are so cute!) and plants and people and there were actually some performers from the Royal Academy playing their instruments! Amazing.
When we got home, we played a game of Ticket to Ride: European edition, ate some chicken parmesan for dinner, and then played another round of Ticket to Ride. So much fun! Even though I’m so terrible at strategy games.
So many more pictures are coming your way – this is juuuuuuust the tip of the iceberg 😁
Thanks for following along!! xoxo