There are plenty of easy daytrips you can take from London, but Brighton is one of my favorites. This seaside town is absolutely beautiful. And sometimes it’s nice to escape the city for a day – I’ve found that spending time in Brighton is peaceful and refreshing.
You can take a train to Brighton out of London Victoria or St. Pancras. If you’re traveling with 3+ people, be sure to purchase “group save” tickets, which ultimately means it’s cheaper to travel together. When you arrive in Brighton, the train station is about a 10-15 minute walk from the beach.
A few weekends ago, I attended Trooping the Colour, an annual ceremony to honor the Queen’s birthday. We made it a program-wide event, and I led a group of students to The Mall to watch the procession.
Let me just say this… attending Trooping the Colour is one of the best things I’ve done in London. Prior to this event, I’d never laid eyes on a member of the royal family (in the collective 8 months I’ve lived in London!). And in one day, I saw the entire royal family… twice!
So yesterday was Father’s Day, and I was inspired to write something for the blog about my dad and all I’ve learned from him. I’ve been across the pond for a little over four months now, which is the longest I’ve ever been away from home, and I miss my family lots!
When I studied abroad in London during the spring semester of my sophomore year (spring 2016), my dad wrote to me every single day. By the end of my four months in London, he’d written over 100 emails.
Last month, I turned 22! It’s hard to believe that my birthday month has already come and gone. (Is anyone else totally in denial that it’s already June?!) I couldn’t have asked for a better birthday – my 22nd fell on a Friday, so my supervisors gave me the afternoon off work, and I got to celebrate here in London. Also, my two dear friends Ashley and Levi were visiting, so it was awesome to share the city I love with two familiar faces from home.
So how did I decide to celebrate?! I’ll get to that. I actually had a difficult time planning in advance, because my birthday sort of snuck up on me. There are so many incredible things to do in London, it can be overwhelming. I knew my birthday was an opportunity to do something out of the ordinary, whatever I wanted to do (and drag everyone else along for the ride!), and that’s a lot of pressure. In my research, I came across a lot of cool options, and I’d like to share them in this post!