europe travel summary – snapchat edition

Hello!

This might be last Europe travel post, finally. I thought it’d be fun to share a Europe travel summary through my Snapchat stories. My Snapchat isn’t public, so no one but my friends see my stories. However, there are some cute ones from this summer with fantastic geo-tags. Here they are!

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Looking at these photos legitimately make me so nostalgic, but which one is your favorite geo-tag? I think they’re all so adorable!

Thanks for reading,

Jen

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dear london | week three

Happy Monday & happy October!!

This is my last London-specific post, can y’all believe it?! London was packed with so many fun adventures, and so I present to you my last photo diary. Heads up for a LOT of pink – I’m not sure why I visited so many places with a pink aesthetic (I’m definitely not complaining).

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The Platform 9 and 3/4 at King’s Cross Station!

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Beautiful houses in Notting Hill. My life flashed before my eyes on this day when I almost got hit by a motorcycle 😳

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Farm Girl Cafe in Notting Hill – so basic, but so good! I’ll definitely be adding pomegranate seeds to my avo toast from now on!

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Couldn’t say no to a photo opp in front of more adorable houses in Notting Hill!

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Booked a reservation at Sketch! It was really stressful because if you cancel your reservation, you get charged 30 pounds. This dish alone was 18 pounds! Very unique though – orange and carrot sauce.

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I recommend going during the day since the lighting is better, but it was still so! aesthetic!!

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Y’all, the bathrooms. ‘Nough said.

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DDF – daily dose of fro-yo.

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The most stunning cafe I’ve ever been to! Peggy Porschen Cakes. The line was so long.

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I hit up the Camden Market and stopped by the Pasta Hand Rolled tent. It was so freaking delicious.

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The professionals over at F5 recommended Wolseley, a high tea place. I went with 5 other girls and it was simply amazing.

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Some Harry Potter Studio Tour photos!

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Aaand that’s it!! I hope you enjoyed following my journey in London – looking back at these photos have me feeling some type of way 😭

Look out for my general Europe wrap-up and reflection soon!

Thanks for reading,

Jen

britain – week four cultural visits // 09

Hello hello!

Who’s ready for the weekend?! I actually have classes on Fridays this quarter so it’s a little rough, but it’s only an hour in the morning so I think I’ll be okay. Today, I wanted to go over possibly my favorite event from my trip – the Harry Potter Studio Tour! I had been looking forward to this trip ever since I applied to the program. Y’all, it was a dream come true.

I think a lot of people expected the studio to be part amusement-park as well like the Universal Studios in LA and Orlando, but it’s not. It’s basically a Harry Potter museum that displays actual sets and props that they used while filming. We were led to an auditorium to watch a short video about the studio tour itself, and they opened the doors to the Great Hall. The Great Hall led into the main studio – they had things like the costumes of the characters, wigs, and makeup. Literally anything you could think of was there. My favorite costume that was there was probably Hermione Granger’s Yule Ball gown. It was gorgeous in person! I also remember seeing a lot of the paintings that were used in the films; all the paintings were painted specifically for the movie, which blows my mind.

I wasn’t expecting to see the Forbidden Forest set but there was fog and a mobile Buckbeak figure. There was a lever you could pull so that the spiders and Aragog could drop down from the ceiling – freaky, right?

Another favorite set of mine was the Gryffindor Common Room; it was so cozy, warm, and mind-blowing to see it in-person. Following that, I was able to walk to “Platform 9 ¾”, where the Hogwarts Express sits. Each compartment held the set for each movie in chronological order, which was incredibly fascinating. We couldn’t sit in the compartments though.

After that, I tried Butterbeer for the first time! It’s a very sweet, non-alcoholic drink that I paid way too much for – but definitely worth trying. That was the halfway point of the tour, and after that was mostly Diagon Alley and a lot of architectural displays of the set design process. My favorite room was the model of the entire Hogwarts Castle. The lights were dimmed and jewel-toned, giving it an incredibly magical atmosphere. I’m not even going to lie – I got pretty emotional and teared up a bit, it was just so stunning!

The last stop was of course, the giftshop. I left the studio with some Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans and a Chocolate Frog, and then some gifts for friends and family. I couldn’t have asked for anything more from the Harry Potter Studio Tour. It was so detailed and the breadth of what they showed was almost shocking. It’s definitely a full-day activity for true Harry Potter fans. Next stop – the Harry Potter world in Universal!

dear london | week two

Happy Monday!!

Since I’ve double-posted extremely long posts about my company and cultural recaps, I thought it was time to interject with another photo diary of my second week in London. Here it goes!

A few girls and I headed to the Victoria & Albert Museum because we heard it was a must-see as well. It was free (as all London art museums are), and a lot bigger than I thought! I wish I had more time to explore but we went at night. I mostly wanted to see the fashion exhibit anyway!

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The entrance of V&A – doesn’t it remind you of Chihuly in Seattle?

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Beautiful gowns from the fashion exhibit.

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A quick trip to Harrod‘s, where basically Qatar royalty shops! This is the Miu Miu area.

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The rest of the week was pretty uneventful, until me and a few girls headed to Edinburgh, Scotland! We headed out really early one morning from King’s Cross Station (too bad I didn’t sit in a compartment coach like Harry does on his way to Hogwarts). I stayed at The Castle Rock Hostel, which I’d say is a great location but I had the worst experience due to opting for a 12-person, mixed dorm situation. Yikes.

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The beautiful street called Circus Place!

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Of course we stopped for a photo op!

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Pretty views from Edinburgh Old Town.

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Last breakfast at Southern Cross Cafe – highly recommend! I ordered a cappuccino and the eggs royale.

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Making our way to the Alnwick Castle, where part of the first Harry Potter movie was filmed! We hiked through so much farm land because we missed the bus that wasn’t going to come for another hour. The Blair Witch Trials, much??

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Made it!! Stopped by for some broom lessons, lol. Notice how short the broomstick is – obviously targeted for kids.

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After my weekend in Edinburgh (which I highly recommend, but bring very warm clothes), me and a few girls on the program bought tickets to go see The Book of Mormon! It was extremely hilarious and I found myself dancing in my seat to so many of the numbers. Definitely worth the 48 pounds.

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The next day, my program and I went to Cambridge! We had a company visit and then we got to do some fun exploring. We went on a punting tour (think gondolas in Venice). Our punter was very nice (and not bad-looking, too!).

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A little piece of Venice in Britain!

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Ate a meal at The Punter. Really delicious but pretty expensive for the portion sizes.

That’s all for week two! Stay tuned for my last week of company and cultural visits, and of course the last photo diary.

Cheers,

Jen