Amidst the whirlwind of classes and assignments, I have thankfully been able to continue sightseeing and traveling! And what a week it has been.
First and foremost, shoutout to my friend Ryan who told me about Rupert Grint (aka Ronald Weasley) doing a play nearby. If not for him, I would have not gotten this picture.
Okay, so you can’t really see me in this one, but I’m the one in the middle. Here’s a better one:
This past week, the ATP Men’s tennis had their final tournament of the season. Lucky for me it was right here in London! The purpose of this tournament was to take the top 8 doubles teams and top 8 singles players and play to determine the final winner for the 2013 season. Now, I actually did not know this tournament was as big as it was, as I just thought it was a regular little traveling tournament. I was way wrong. When the tickets first came out, there was no knowing of who would be playing that particular day, do I had at first decided it wouldn’t be worth paying if I didn’t know who was playing. Just last week however, they had released the schedule of the players. When I found out the Bryan Brothers, and Roger Federer vs. Novak Djokovic would be playing in the same session, I almost fell out of my chair. Now, by this point, tickets were a pretty penny because how often can you see something like this. Thank you daddy for making it my Christmas gift! I had the time of my life. I didn’t even care that I went by myself because the match had me on the edge of my seat all night. Never did I think in my life I would have the chance to see my favorite player of all time, Roger Federer, playing live just a few hundred feet away from me.
Unfortunately, Fed lost, but it was such an exciting match. So happy I had the chance to see two of the greatest players in the world.
I also was grateful to have had the opportunity to travel to another country for the first time since I have been here! Scotland was so beautiful, and never did I think I would have as much fun as I did. I went on the trip through Arcadia, and also on this trip was many students all around London who were also studying abroad, but unfortunately I didn’t know a single one! I was able to tag along with some girls I met thankfully, which made the trip so much better! Who knew Edinburgh had so much influence on Harry Potter too! Our tour guide brought us all around Edinburgh showing us the building where J. K. Rowling wrote the 7th book, the cafe where she wrote the 1st book, and the graveyard which inspired characters like Tom Riddle and Professor McGonagall! That night I did some shopping, and I caved, purchasing a really warm tartan scarf, as you can see in the picture below.
The next morning, my new friend Viki and I decided to wake up at 6:30 am and tackle Edinburgh’s highest point: Arthur’s Seat. Now, Arthur’s Seat is a whopping 822ft high. From our hostel, it was a good 2 miles to get to the top. Now, I made it about 750ft and had almost decided to quit because it was so treacherous and high up. Thankfully for Viki, I did it after much perseverance and frozen fingers. If not for her being more adventurous than me, I would not have been able to see these beautiful and astounding views.
Never did I think I would ever be that adventurous, but it was so worth it!
Next adventure was Edinburgh Castle.
Pretty cool that I can say I’ve been to a castle now. There was so much history engulfed into one place. It was absolutely incredible. The exhibits were really well laid out and I learned a lot about the Scottish monarchy before it merged with the English. (Even though the English crown jewels are much better.)
Edinburgh is such a quirky city with so much history and life. I highly recommend spending at least three days there because I don’t even think I scratched the surface of what there is to do!
Next stop this weekend? Amsterdam!