Words by Olivia Greendyk, a media and professional communications major from the University of Pittsburgh. Olivia will be studying abroad with CAPA London during fall semester 2016.
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I am a firm believer in bucket lists. I have been since a very young age, so it seemed only fitting that I create a top 10 bucket list before setting off for the adventure of a lifetime in London this fall.
I cannot wait to begin my four months living abroad and am excited for the opportunity to check off this list one by one!
Discover the Best Fish and Chips
Poppie’s is famous for being London’s best fish and chips shop, but I want to put my taste buds to the test and decide for myself where to get the best fish and chips. According to Google, other popular places include Nautilus and Kerbisher & Malt. With the help of London locals, I can try some of the best fish and chips London has to offer.
Photo: Poppies fish and chips in East London by Stephanie Sadler
Find The Seven Noses
Apparently there are seven noses hidden throughout Soho. They were created by artist Rick Buckley. I think it would be a unique experience to go on a treasure hunt for these noses and create an artsy photo collage for a blog post. As important as seeing the big tourists sites are, little adventures like these are just as interesting and integral to learning the culture of London.
Attend a Music Concert
Music has always been an enormous influence in my life and that won’t change just because I am in a foreign country. In fact, some of my favorite bands are British, so it would be amazing to see a concert in the country that produced one of those bands.
Visit 10 Free Museums in London
Art is great; free art is even greater. I look forward to taking advantage of the plethora of free museums throughout the city of London. My top ten include the British Museum, the V&A, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the National Gallery, Tate Modern, the National Maritime Museum, the Design Museum, the London Transport Museum, and last but not least, the Imperial War Museum.
Photo: The Natural History Museum in London by Stephanie Sadler
Develop Confidence in the Workplace
I cannot wait to begin my internship at a graphic design company in central London this fall, but like most young interns, the pre-departure jitters are setting in. It can be daunting to start a new job, even more so in a foreign country, so I look forward to gaining confidence in my ideas and opinions. I hope to contribute my unique insights to the company and ultimately become more comfortable communicating confidently.
Visit Kensington Palace and Gardens
The historic site where Prince William and Duchess Kate reside was bound to make it on my bucket list for several reasons. I look forward to seeing the gardens, the living quarters of past residents, and the beautiful gowns worn by women such as Princess Diana and the Queen.
The London Eye at Night
The London Eye is an essential for any tourist, but I want to see the city in all of its beauty at night. I think seeing the lit up city from above will not only make for a great photo opportunity, but a breathtaking site as well.
Photo: The city from the London Eye at night by CAPA alumna Alexandra Esposito
Try a Full English Breakfast
It would be unspeakable to live in England for four months and not try a proper full English breakfast. This includes a wonderfully caloric plate of sausages, bacon, baked beans, tomatoes, toast and eggs, and I’m sure I will love every delicious bite.
Picnic in Hyde Park
I have heard many positive reviews from tourists and London locals of how beautiful Hyde Park is. On a particularly warm, and hopefully sunny day, I would like to take a blanket and picnic basket and enjoy a day lounging in the grass, people-watching fellow Londoners. I love people-watching and there is no better place to do that than in a park.
I think the best way to get to know a city is to get lost and find your way around. Some of the most amazing places are only found when you have no idea where you are going. I already know that as a tourist I will inevitably get lost, but instead of panicking and immediately trying to find my way back, I’ll let myself be lost a little longer and find London’s hidden wonders.