life lessons learned traveling, part viii

by Holly on November 1, 2011

in travel

┬áMore than seven years ago, I boarded a plane bound for London, England in hopes of having the most amazing time studying abroad for a semester during my sophomore year of college. Any expectation of what I thought it would be like to live…study…travel…eat…drink…sleep…thrive…fall in love in a foreign country was completely exceeded at every single twist and turn of my young 19-year-old experience. From meeting lifelong friends (I’m looking at you Binks!) to getting drunk for the very first time to gawking at Prince William in the flesh in a bar in Scotland, those four months in London remain some of the best of my entire life.

Today, I leave to return to the spot of my very first international travel experience for the third time to watch one of my best friends get married to her lovely British fiancee (yeah, I know…girlfriend is living my dream life). Older. Wiser. With way more drinking stories. But I leave with the same giddy excitement and happy jitters I felt on the plane to England all those years ago.

And I’ll never forget what I learned in London during that maiden voyage: my passion for travel.

Cheerio friends, I’ll be seeing you on the other side of the pond!

part i

part ii

part iii

part iv

part v

part vi

part vii

***Note: Over the next two weeks, I have guest posts and giveaways scheduled but will be without access to Facebook/Twitter, so check back regularly on the blog to read them. Also, I may try to pop in once or twice with a European update…or two!


Evan Thomas November 1, 2011 at 10:36 am

I’m so jealous. Please bring me back one of the megaliths from Stonehenge as a souvenir.

Lara November 1, 2011 at 12:37 pm

You saw Prince William?! Ahhhhhh!

Have a WONDERFUL, safe trip to the UK, Miss Holly!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 1, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Have fun!!! I’m totally jealous. And totally jealous you saw Prince Will in a bar! Did you send him a drink?!

Jen@FoodFamilyFitness November 1, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Have fun!!!!!

Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile November 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I absolutely love traveling. Um, I want a British boy with a cute accent! Haha. Have an amazing time!!

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 1, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Have fun on your trip and live it up!!!!!!!

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List November 1, 2011 at 2:15 pm

have fun my lady!! And let me know next time – I would have totally written a guest post for you!

Madeline - Greens and Jeans November 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I can’t wait to hear all about it! Please come home with a British man in tow!

Lauren @ The Climbing Chef November 1, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Have a safe trip and ps…. I’m totally jealous :)

Hillary November 1, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Can’t wait to live vicariously through you! Enjoy your trip, and come home safe : )

Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 1, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Ah, this makes me even more excited for when I study abroad next semester. Who knows what’s in store for me??

Have a great trip!

TeriLyn [a foodie stays fit] November 1, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Have a wonderful trip!!!!!!

KaraHadley November 1, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I’m leaving to study in London in January. I’m thrilled and a little scared. Any advice?

Maren November 2, 2011 at 7:26 am

Have a safe, fun, and wonderful trip Holly! You will have SUCH a blast!! Can’t wait for all the deets when you get back!!!

amanda November 2, 2011 at 5:46 pm

okay…a few things…

1. lucky! i want to go to london. BADLY.
2. take so many pictures. of your trip, the bride, the wedding, yummy food, etc.
3. gasp! you saw prince will live and in action?? he was totally in his prime back in the day, too. if only little harry was by his side…now that would be some major swoon worthy royalty!

colleenzo November 3, 2011 at 11:23 am

Totally off-topic, but my dinner last night reminded me of you, so I thought I’d share. (Hope it’s not creepy that I randomly think of you at dinnertime.) So ANYWAYS, I don’t know how to make Southwestern eggs Benedict, but I wanted some, so I made up my own version:
Start with a toasted, buttered whole wheat english muffin
Top with a southwestern-seasoned chicken breast
Add a warmed-up roasted red pepper
Top THAT with 2 eggs over easy
Make up ‘hollandaise’ sauce by combining and heating 2 spoonfuls spicy 3-pepper hummus, a southwestern Laughing Cow wedge, and a couple glugs of Frank’s hot sauce. Add water to thin to desired sauciness.

It turned out SUPER good!

Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby November 4, 2011 at 9:24 pm

ummmm homegirl I CAN FIT INTO MOST STANDARD SIZED LUGGAGE! you should have packed me in your bags! SO JEALOUS! take england by storm, dear! can’t wait to see your adventures, crazy lady. xo

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