I graduated. The most important time in many people’s lives. Particularly for me, it was a moment of reflecting how far I have come and a testament to my ambitious character. I was in school for 6 years for four year degree. Why? I gave up so many times, went through depression and was just tired of the whole educational industrial complex. However, my vision of success could not overlook importance of obtaining this degree. Therefore, my last year I rolled up my sleeves and put the blood, sweat and tears and graduated from the Business and Society program.
What does graduating have to do with going to London? It has everything to do with London. What better way to treat yourself than a trip across the pond. I have a lot of family there who are dying to see their favorite member of the family and took advantage of the ability to cut down costs through accommodation. The day after my convocation, I packed my bags, caught the red eye to London Gatwick Airport.
Arriving in London Gatwick was quick and easy. I collected my luggage and contacted my cousin whom I was staying with to give me directions to her place. I took Uber to my cousins place and the trip to London had officially began. Here are the Five Things I did in London:
1. London Borough Market
I was bike riding through the city and didn’t want to pay extra for another hour, so I found me a spot to drop my bicycle. The drop off location to drop my bicycle was in front of the London borough market. It was super busy that day as it was after work hours. This is my first time seeing how people were drinking in the streets of London openly. The food scene was mainly pub style but within the markets there was an abundance of Spanish, Italian and French vendors showing off their dishes. I went into a sweet shops to grab a carrot cupcake that was calling my name. Next, I explored the market through capturing photos of things thought were cool.
2. Oxford Street
The infamous Oxford Street where you can purchase all things fashion. I loved Oxford Street so much I always made it a point daily to visit. Every store I enjoy in Toronto, I felt I enjoyed it more in London as it was bigger, diverse options and better to be frank.
3. Trafalgar Square, London Eye, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace
Checking out these place were so rewarding as I always heard about them either in history classes or in pop culture. From the architecture of these sites to their significance whether it is telling the time or changing of the guard’s ceremony, it was experience well worth it.
4. British Museum
Heading to the British museum was unexpected. I took cousin out with me one day to check out Shore ditch Brick lane but the weather and google maps were irritating me. As we were trying to figure out where to go next on the tube, my cousin points to an advertisement. The ad has all the activities to do near all the tube stations and the British Museum was the next stop. So we both hopped of the tube and walked towards the museum. It was an amazing experience to share with my younger cousin and to see her imagination run wild. The British Museum had exhibits of world history but we were so fascinated with Egyptian and Nubian history. Like we were really not interested in anything else and were exhausted with the amount the knowledge we learned.
In London I ate, and ate and ate. The diversity of food is endless. Predominately European dishes are the main cultural dishes around, there are so many Indian, African, Middle Eastern and dishes that are available on every Street corner. My trip to London was a relaxing trip in a busy city. I enjoyed spending time with family and I enjoyed the Ghanaian culture in London in particular. Let’s just say, I may be back sooner than later.