Thursday, June 30, 2016

5 Movies You Need to See This Summer

It's no secret that I absolutely love going to the movie theater. I've always loved watching movies on the big screen, there's something so wonderful about it! It's been one of my favorite things to do since I was a kid, and it definitely has not changed through the years. If anything, my passion for going to the movies has just gotten stronger! I'm always especially excited for the summertime because a lot of fun movies tend to come out, and this year there are so many great ones coming to the big screen! Being in London, though, some of the premiere dates are different than the US, but that only means I'll have a ton of movies to go see with family and friends once I get home. Here are five that I am really excited to see!

Finding Dory - June 17 (USA)

If you haven't heard of Finding Dory, then it's very probable that you live under a rock. The hype surrounding this sequel to the beloved Finding Nemo has been unreal, since it was one that defined my generation's childhood. It was a pivotal film that made us so emotional and worried for these adorable sea creatures, and the highly anticipated sequel has been begged for for ten years now. I cannot wait to see this - either in the US or Spain - because it doesn't come until July 29th in the UK!

The Legend of Tarzan - July 1

When I was little, Tarzan and The Jungle Book were two of my favorite movies. I saw the new Jungle Book earlier this Spring/Summer, and it was so great, so now I'm excited to see the newest adaptation of Tarzan! The trailers are so dramatic and the CGI looks truly incredible. I have high hopes for this film, so hopefully I'm not let down! Either way, it's definitely going to be very different from the Disney classic.

The Secret Life of Pets - July 8

I absolutely love a cute, feel-good movie, and this one seems like just that. This film is exactly about what the title says - the lives that our beloved pets have while we are away. The main character is Max, a terrier, who enjoys his single-pet life with his owner, until she gets another dog, who is huge and slobbery. They take a walk together and end up on a huge misadventure, and later try to make it back home. It looks absolutely adorable, and since I love animals and cute movies, this seems right up my alley.

Ghostbusters - July 15

I can't say how excited I am to see this film! My family and I absolutely love the original, and still quote it to this day. Each woman is basically just trying to rid New York of ghosts who can possess people, like the original, like the original, and I can't wait to see how they each change up the movie. I'm so excited to see an all-female cast filled with such funny women! I'm a huge Melissa McCarthy fan, so I can't wait to see this.

Pete's Dragon - August 12

It seems like this is the summer of sequels and re-adaptations, because this film is the newest version of its older classic from 1977. This movie is about an orphan who allegedly lives in the forest with his pet dragon, and meets a young girl and tries to convince her so. The original was so cute, so I'm super excited to see if this new version is good as well!

Alright, well those are just five of the films I'm excited to see this summer, and five that you need to go see as well! Going to the movies is such a great way to go and escape from the summer heat, although, here in London, that is definitely not a problem!

What are you excited to see this summer?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day! :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

London, You Have My Heart

I made it to London, and I can't believe I'm here! I've been year for about five days now, but it simultaneously feels like I've been here for months, and minutes. I'm so surprised by how quickly I've gotten comfortable with the public transportation here; they make it so easy to get to the city, and travel throughout it. I definitely thought it would take me a while to get used to it and be able to find my way, especially with my horrible sense of direction!

The whole journey of getting here was pretty easy, and I didn't have any complications, other than my suitcase being about 15-20 pounds overweight (all of my books had to go home with my parents instead of overseas with me, sadly). The flights went very smoothly, and luckily there were no screaming babies. It was definitely hard sitting there for seven hours straight on the flight over to London - I had a layover in Detroit - but it went by relatively quickly.

I got into London at about noon on Saturday, the 18th, so I was able to get settled in at the home I'm staying at. The couple hosting me is so lovely, and they have the most adorable little house and family. They have two cats, Rosie and Mackey, as well as three children and four grandchildren. I've met their son and his two children, and they are so sweet as well. I definitely lucked out, because I have a great roommate as well! It's nice staying with a family, especially since I come from a very close one, so I have that homely comfort, and a wonderful place to come back to after long classes. My host mom has even made my roommate and I two batches of gluten free cupcakes, and always makes sure that there is vegetarian and gluten free food for me to eat!

I spent most of Sunday sleeping, basically, because I was feeling pretty sick in the morning and very jet lagged the whole day. I definitely underestimated how tired I would be! My sleep schedule is slowly returning to normal, so that's very nice. I've now spent about three days in the city, walking around as a class, and wandering a tiny bit on my own, and I've taken so many photos so far. I thought I would post all of them to this post, since they are of all over London, and not any specific sub-city. I'll be having dedicated posts for each of the places I go to, but for now this is an initial catch-all post!

This is the street of the neighborhood my host family lives in.

The houses are so cute here!

I can't get over the architecture; everything is gorgeous!

There are so many streets with cute buildings like these!

Soho and the West End is definitely my favorite area so far.

Leicester Square is so beautiful!

There are so many double deckers, and they definitely do not get any less impressive the more I see them! 
I had to take a stereotypical telephone booth photo.

I couldn't believe the shot I got of Big Ben, because the clouds suddenly cleared!

This is Mackey, one of my host family's cat! She is the sweetest little thing. 
My host family has such pretty roses in their garden!

This is Rosie, the rather chubby-but-adorable second cat.

There was a swan (a swan people) just casually swimming about by the park near Buckingham Palace.

As if it couldn't get any better, here are some baby swans. I think I died in this moment.

This is from on of the monuments from a German bombing.

I really need to start getting more "touristy" photos with myself in them!

We got to watch the guards sign off (?) at four o'clock. The horses were so gorgeous!

I've taken hundreds of photos so far, so I'm really glad I decided to bring an extra memory card! That way I won't have to worry about the amount I'm taking, and I'll still have plenty of room for my Spain trip. I'm having so much fun; I'm extremely grateful that I'm here. I was pretty homesick the first full day here, probably because I was so exhausted, and was just lying around the house not really doing much of anything. Now that my mind and body are both so preoccupied, I'm not dwelling on home! It definitely comes in waves, though. I just keep thinking that I'm in one of the most incredible cities in the world, and probably won't have a chance like this one to be in London for so long, doing whatever I want to when I don't have classes. I'm so lucky to have my parents who both encouraged me to come here, because I'm seriously having the time of my life so far.

What's your favorite city that you've visited?

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day! :)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

London Bucket List

I am leaving for London, my first study abroad program, this Friday and I'm starting to freak out. I'm feeling a nice mixture of nerves and excitement as it's becoming more real. I've been looking forward to this since March when I found out I got accepted into both programs - London and San Sebastián - and now it's actually here! I want to make sure to make the most of both programs, so I thought I would make a bucket list for each locations! Since London is first, I'll start with this one, and do my San Sebastián one closer to the program.

1. Go to the Warner Brother's Studio Tour of Harry Potter.
2. See Big Ben.
3. Visit the Sherlock Museum.
4. Have fancy tea somewhere.
5. Ride the London Eye.
6. Visit Buckingham Palace.
7. Go to Hyde Park.
8. Go to King's Cross Station
9. Attend a football match.
10. Go to the London YouTube Space.
11. Go to the British Museum.

Things I want to do outside of London...
12. Visit Scotland.
13. Visit Ireland.
14. Go to Stonehenge.
15. Visit Brighton.

I still cannot believe that I'm going to Europe this summer to study abroad! It hasn't set in that I'm leaving in two days - I probably won't believe it until I'm actually there. I can't wait to share all of my adventures with you all!

Also, if any of you live in London or have visited, I would love it if you could let me know where I should go!

Thank you so much for reading, and have a wonderful day! :)