the day i walked ten miles

day seven in the uk (spending the weekend in paris)

Today we slept in(!!!), got ready and then headed to the original Love Lock Bridge. I was curious to see what it looked like now that they cut the locks off and put up a guard that made it “lock-proof.” But sure enough, people had found a new place to put their locks- just a bridge over.  I wanted to buy one of the heart shaped locks, so we hunted a guy down in the rain so that I could buy one. I totally think he scammed me, but it was my own fault. But lock in hand, we were ready to get back to the train station. We made it to the bridge on the Metro, but trying to find the Metro to get back to the EuroStar station was a different story. We walked around for a bit and finally found the station that we were to get on at. But once we got inside, we weren’t exactly sure what to do. We got on the line that we thought would take us back to the EuroStar station, but once we got on, there was no Por da Norde (stop that we needed) anywhere in sight. We rode it for a couple of stop and then decided to get off and head up to the street level expecting to see the same type of Paris we had been seeing all weekend, but when we reached the top of the stairs, it was like a whole new world. Very modern and business-like, it looked like a cleaner downtown Dallas in a way. We stopped at this bagel shop for our meal of the day. The workers were totally making fun of us because it was obvious that we didn’t know what we were doing, but the bagel was SO good! Best bagel I’ve ever had. After we finished eating, we tried to find a taxi again and get back to the train station. We made it. We went through security, border control and all of that again (never say that you are studying abroad even if you are) and hung out in the waiting area until it was time for us to board. What we thought was a direct train to London (2 hours), turned out to not be (4 hours), which was a bummer since we were anxious to get back and relax before the craziness of tomorrow’s schedule. But it was such a relief to be headed back to an English speaking country, even though I sure am going to miss the crepes of Paris!

When we got back to London, we had dinner at Nando’s with Ralph and Dorion- it was delicious! My aunt had told me about Nando’s and it was at the top of my list of things to try while we were there. We heard it was like a Chick-fil-A, but it was so much better. Not fast food at all. I had a chicken pitta (pit-tah, not pita) and it was so good. We unloaded everything in our room and a whole bunch of people came back and hung out in our room. Lots of laughs and sharing stories from the whole weekend- such a blast, my cheeks hurt from laughing so hard.

All in all it was a good day. Happy to be back in London with Dorion and Ralph and the rest of the class.

Annie Bradshaw