Wednesday, December 31, 2014

BYU London Centre {post-remodel}.

I've had quite a few people ask for pictures of the London Centre! The London Centre, 27 Palace Court, is located in the Nottinghill area of London near Hyde Park and Kensington Garden. It's made up of two Victorian townhouses built in the late 1800's.

Palace Court
Living room
Library {aka where I lived a lot of the time}
Dining room
servery... where we ate all our meals
just imagine 1 fridge and 40 people. good times, man.
coming down stairs. off to the right is the dining room and living room and to the left {which you can't really see} is the library

View from Room 2 window
And I somehow managed to not take a picture of the bathrooms or the downstairs. but that's the idea of it!

saying goodbye to london.

Wow, it's been so long since I've blogged. It's been pretty busy since I got home!

After finals were finally over, we spent the last couple of days wandering London: going to our favorite spots, eating our favorite foods, and trying our best not to be too sad about leaving.

The Hannahs and I spent the morning riding the buses and hoping off whenever we wanted to. We found muffles {marshmellow truffles}, macaroons {they said they were delicious... I don't think there's such a thing as delicious macaroons}, and adorable little streets. We also spent a couple hours in the Natural History Museum, which, by the way, is architecturally incredible.

my eyes are closed... #GoMe
Then we spent the afternoon with all the girls of room two. We rode the London Eye at sunset then headed to Covent Gardens for dinner {which didn't work out... who knew we should make a reservation for 14 girls (; ???} We were given the perfect last day... sunny and blue skies. Oh London.

until the Shard was built, the London Eye {giant ferris wheel} was the tallest point in London!

Then we walked along the Thames and through the South Bank Christmas market. And it was beautiful and really, really sad.

And later that night Zoe showed us this video which looked exactly like walking down the Thames towards St. Pauls and all 14 of us sat on one bunk bed crying and yeah, that happened. I miss those girls.

After dinner, Hannah W and I rode the bus through all the London Christmas lights. We admired the windows of Harrods and just enjoyed the last night in London.

And to end our night, we had one last Study Abroad meeting to all say goodbye {it was past 11 p.m. hence the pjs}

BEST PROFESSORS EVER. I loved Professors Underwood & Benfell and Mama Underwood and Mama B!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

ciao Roma!

For Thanksgiving break Hannah, Claire, Lisa, Lauren, Jess, and I went to ROME, ITALY! {plus Nick was there too!}

Prepare yourself for a lot of pictures.... On Thursday we went to the Vatican for most of the day. The Sistine Chapel is just as amazing as you think it would be! Overall, the entire day was great!

Thanksgiving Dinner!
Friday we went to the Coluseum, Forum, Pantheon, and several Piazzas. I LOVE ROME.

so much gelato...

We rented a flat called "The Vatican Palace"... look at that place!

My favorite building in the entire world! It's called the San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane. Yes, we made a special trip just to go here. Still incredible.
The Trevi Fountain was under construction. But we still threw in our pence coins for everlasting love, so we're covered!

And Saturday we wandered around and celebrated Jess's 22 birthday!

Well... that post was basically all pictures. But I LOVED Rome! The girls were tons of fun... so many laughs. {OH MY HEAVENS, LET'S MOZY!}

And that was how I spent Thanksgiving. and it was great.