the day i went to a chocolate shop

day fourteen in london

This morning, Holly and I tried out Hillsong Church in London. I LOVE Hillsong’s music and had heard great things about their London campus so we decided to check it out. When we got there, we were greeted by about 20 different people, all welcoming us and asking if we had ever been to church before. We explained that we were from America and that we attended church back home, but that we were in London for a study abroad trip and wanted to try out their church. While we were explaining this, they proceeded to walk us to the third row of this huge theater (musical productions are performed on the same stage at night), right in the middle- definitely not where we would’ve chosen. But then a sweet girl, who was in her mid-twenties, talked to us and made us feel welcome. When we first walked in, the first thing we noticed was the flashy-ness of it all. It almost seemed like a concert. Lights flashing, music blaring, people full-on dancing. And then the service started and it was like a huge dance party. I was way out of my comfort zone. We waited it out but we did not stay the whole time. They had a guest speaker present the message and we did not believe what he was saying and so Holly decided that we should go. When we got back to the flats, we met up with Derrick, Jess and Amanda for some Italian food at Exmouth Market. It was SO good. I had Gnocchi alla Sorrentina and it was to die for. I only had a couple sips of my peach Bellini, but it was worth a shot. After our nice long lunch with lots of laughs and story telling, we headed back to the flats.

Again, everyone wanted to have a laid back afternoon, but I was ready to go adventure-ing again. I was not going to spend my last afternoon in London just sitting in a flat, so Derrick and I headed down to Shoreditch to go to Dark Sugar, this chocolate shop that everyone was raving about. And after going, I was raving too. It was delicious. They have a wide variety of chocolates to choose from, as well as a coffee/drink bar. I got several different chocolates to try and my new signature drink- and iced chocolate- But the cherry on top of this already incredible drink, was the chocolate shavings that covered it. It was so rich but so good.

We headed back to the flats to have a pizza party in Joe’s flat to celebrate our last night in London, then we were off to a night of packing and more thank you notes to the speakers and hosts of our site visits.

A stomach bug has hit 5 out of 16 people in our group, so I’m super nervous that I am going to get sick and have been washing my hands/using hand sanitizer like crazy. These next few days are lots of traveling and it would be miserable to be sick on a charter bus and not be able to be still. So here’s to healthy bodies and clean hands. 

All in all it was a decent last day in London. It was overcast and kind of cold, which was a bummer, but we tried to make the best of it!

Annie Bradshaw