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European Vacation Diva Style

21 Jul

Some time around the Summer of 2012 my best gal pal and I tossed around the idea of traveling to Europe together. She had been a world traveling medical student for the last four years, 20 something different countries at this point, so the idea of breaking into the continent of Europe and backpacking for 2 weeks was nothing to her but for myself, this was a dream and something that would take a miracle to accomplish. Nina has asked me at least 3 times in the past to go on different trips and until I added “plan a trip to Paris” to my “30 before 30” list, the answer was always no. But when she mentioned Europe I thought, the time for excuses is over, let’s do this!

Leaving out all the months of planning, or lack thereof…let’s talk about the trip.

On May 14th I flew from Detroit to BWI airport, drove to VA to catch a late night non-stop flight from Dulles airport to our first destination…

London, UK!

The crew consisted of my best friend Nina and myself and two friends from high school (Cass Technical high school in Detroit, Michigan) Twin sisters Candace and Brandace. I flew in from Virginia Nina flew in from Detroit and the twins flew in from DC. Upon arrival at the airport we were all very tired yet super excited. We arrived to London Heathrow Airport on Wednesday, May 14th, 2013. At the airport I ran into a rap artist, T 3, from Detroit’s Slum Village and he invited us to their show in London the next day (We ended up not going because my friends don’t like rap music).

We took a cab to our hotel, the Holiday Inn Express London in Stratford. While in the cab we passed Buckingham Palace, saw Big Ben and just oohed and aahed at the city. The people were so diverse! It reminded us of D.C., New York… it just felt cool. The cab ride was super expensive, £45 per person so we vowed to figure out public transportation from that moment forward. Lucky for us, our hotel was located in walking distance to the Stratford metro stop and the Westfield Mall which is where we spent the rest of the day :p