With my time in the Peace Corps coming to an end, I’ve begun to look forward to the next phase of my life. I’ll be returning to my beloved city of London to pursue a masters program at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I am so so excited about this new endeavor. While it will be a drastic change from these past two years of living in a small village of Cameroon, I am excited to be back to a city that I know so well. A place I was once so in love with.
As I prepare for this next phase, I was reminded of all the reasons I love London. The dry British humor, the clean streets, the double decker red bus, the tube from the Victorian era that is always smaller than subways of other modern cities, and finally, the sky that is always a tad gloomy yet adds to the romanticism of the city.
I felt in love with this city in the summer of 2005 when my friend and I missed our flight to Venice and ended up stopping in London for a few days to catch our connecting flight back to the US. I was studying abroad in France that summer, and after weeks of unfamiliar surroundings, it was incredible to be in a city where people spoke English! A year later, I returned to this great city while interning at the U.S Embassy in the ever so posh Governors Square. My love affair with the city continued when I returned the following summer on the BUNAC visa and worked as a temp in the financial district – the City.
In just two months, I will be back. I’ll be able to shop at Marks & Spencer, using my Oyster Card to ride the Tube, drink a pint at a pub, frolic on Primrose Hill, strode along the river Thames, surround by posh English men in suits and the many many interesting foreigners who call the city home. Going back to London was not my first choice during the application stage for graduate school, but now that the decision is made, I have never felt more right. I’m more excited than ever to continue my love affair with London town.