Travel Time

Hi all!

So I have finally been able to travel a little during this break. My mom came to visit about a week ago and we had a great time. She came to visit me once before back in 2012 when I was studying in London and she was happy to be back.

Birmingham

The first few days she was here we spent exploring Birmingham. I showed her the Aston campus, we walked around City Centre, and  took a trip out to Edgbaston to Valeria’s campus at the Univeristy of Birmingham. We also took the wrong bus a couple of times which led us to some interesting areas of the city. Did you know there is an actual zoo not far from here!?

Val and my mom at Old Joe!
Val and my mom at Old Joe!

Paris

Notre Dame de Paris
Notre Dame de Paris

Overall, iIt was a great few days, but I knew my mom wanted to see more than Birmingham during her trip. So on Thursday, we booked three tickets to Paris! We left Saturday morning and came back Sunday afternoon. It was a quick trip but extremely fun none-the-less. We saw many of the main attractions and ate some really nice food! While my favourite spot to visit is Sacre Couer because of the amazing view, my mom absolutely loved the Eiffel Tower at night.

 

London

After returning late Sunday night, my mom and I decided to go to London. We booked a coach for early Monday morning and we were on our way. When we arrived in London, we booked our hotel around Farringdon and headed to  Buckingham Palace. While she had been there before, she really wanted to go back and see the Changing of the Guard. Unfortunately we missed the show and were unable to see it.

As it was a Bank Holiday, it made navigating the city extremely easy. I say this in the nicest way possible because I love London, but if there were about 3 million less people there, it would be PERFECT!! :p  We spent all of Monday and Tuesday walking around London seeing different sights and just enjoying the nice weather. After a horrid coach ride, we arrived back in Bham around 19:00 on Tuesday night. While both trips were short, we made the most of our time and had a lot of fun!

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A night shot of London

 

Sad to see you go…

After a relaxing Wednesday hanging out, and a really nice farewell dinner together, we took my mom to the airport early Thursday morning. It was great seeing her after more than 6 months, and I can’t wait to until she comes back and we do some more traveling together!

Upcoming Trips

Between now and July I have two major trips planned. First, I am going back to the US in June for my sister’s wedding! I am super excited to see her get married and get to hang out with all of my friends and family back home. After being there for two weeks, I come back to Bham for about 10 days and then Valeria and I are traveling to Spain. She has a cousin in Barcelona that is getting married so we will go to that and then maybe take a trip to Ibiza if we have time! It should be an exciting few months and I  look forward to sharing it with you all!

 

Thanks for reading,

Garet

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