How I Spent My Last Week in London

Jan 2, 2019 9:33:00 AM / by Christopher Halka

Time certainly flies when you're having fun and studying abroad in a new country. In this week's post, Christopher checks off several activities on his bucket list during his last week in London. As he completes his final coursework requirements, he ventures off with his friends to celebrate their time abroad with roller coaster rides and traditional food!

I absolutely cannot believe that my semester abroad in London has come to an end! I cannot believe how quickly it has gone by. In this week’s edition of my blog I am going to recount my experiences of my final week in London and how I effectively wrapped things up with my mates and everyone I shared time with over the course of the semester.

As the end of the semester approaches, students must endure the same dilemma that they are forced to endure twice a year—Finals Week. Luckily this semester my course load was not too overwhelming to the point where I had to sacrifice every waking moment in order to do well on my finals. I started my final week in London with my nose face down in a book or looking at my laptop screen as I now had the free time to spend finishing up classwork (I finished my required hours for my internship prior to this week).

Me at the EyeGetting a photo with the London Eye.

A few papers and presentations later and I was home free to do as I pleased. I was done with my coursework for the semester and now the only objective I had left was to check off some final items on my "study abroad in London bucket list". At the top of my list was going to Hyde Park and exploring the Winter Village and seeing what the Christmas markets were like. I went with some of my flatmates during the day on Thursday, and, fortunately, there were no lines! We were able to go about the park as we pleased without having to manage ridiculous crowds.

Me and Friends on a Roller CoasterMe and my friends on a roller coaster.

While at the park we walked around and had some good old fashioned fun. We went on a few roller coasters (despite sub-freezing temperatures) and had a blast! Then we enjoyed some traditional Bavarian cuisine by the likes of Bratwurst, and warmed up with some hot chocolate and crepes. I thought overall the Winter Wonderland was very cool and that it was great activity to help celebrate and get me in the right mood for Christmas.

Hyde Park winter wonderlandWinter Wonderland at Hyde Park.

I spent my last day in London exploring the city one last time by myself, since I didn’t know the next time I would be back. I spent the shortened afternoon walking around all of the iconic landmarks like Westminster Abbey and the London Eye, and I truly took in and appreciated the sights. It made me feel very grateful realizing how I had the opportunity to spend a semester in such a global city like London. Though as the semester progressed I occupied my free time with other adventures and activities, I was grateful that I still had some time left over to appreciate this great city at least one more time.

Sunset & View of the ThamesA London sunset with a view of Thames.

I finished out my semester by packing, cleaning, and then taking the Tube to Heathrow the next morning from where I flew back to the United States. The saying goes, “Time flies when you're having fun”, and I can definitely agree with that statement and that this semester was a blast! Thanks for reading!

Thanks, Christopher!

Christopher Halka

Christopher Halka is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Accounting major at Siena College, he is studying abroad in London this semester.

Christopher's journey continues every Friday so stay tuned.

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Topics: London, England, Local Culture