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Day of Firsts in London

During the very first week of my 20’s, I stepped off the plane at London Heathrow after an eight-hour flight from JFK.  Finally, I had left Connecticut, left North America, to embark on something entirely new.  With 45 other students, I arrived at my new home for the next four months in some random place called “The South Bank.”  Little did I know, I would be living in one of the city’s most vibrant areas!


I was excited, anxious, exhausted, exhilarated, and ready.  I wanted to make friends, to explore, to have no regrets.  Within an hour of arriving at my flat I found myself walking in an unknown direction and into Bangalore, a nearby Indian restaurant.  I’d never had Indian food.  I had never crossed the Atlantic Ocean.  I had never been so far from home.


Later I rode the “tube” to Covent Garden after stocking my fridge up with food from a place that I referred to as “Saintsbury’s” for about a month (proper name is Sainsbury).  Before this I didn’t know it was possible to love a form of public transportation, but I actually do love the tube and the London bus system.  They are two great vessels on which to read, recharge, and people watch. Brits are great; They actually queue up honestly for the bus!


It was my first day of freedom from my world as I knew it.  I was introduced to a new way of living.  The gorgeous city, with its incredible history and remarkably unique architecture, stole my heart instantly.  London hooked me.  Afternoon tea, Regents Park, delicious international cuisine, a mind-blowing nightlife, the slang, the tube, the markets.  That day my travel bug grew into a flame burning to see the world and see it well.  It’s not going out any time soon.

Tara Higgins

Tara Higgins

Tara loves all things London and wants to spend the rest of her life reading books in beautiful places. She can often be found nestled up in a bookshop, drinking a pint at the pub, or searching for the best pizza slice in town.