Originally Published on HeartsConverse.com.
As the tiny houses and vast greenery below me drew closer, my heart pounded rapidly. “What am I about to get myself into?” I thought.
There was no turning back now. My seven hour flight to London was ending and my plane was landing. It would be my first time ever on that side of the earth.
Last year, I made the decision to travel more. It bothered me that I had not done study abroad in college and I knew I couldn’t make up for missed opportunity. I did know I could prepare to make my travel goals real in the coming months.
At first I had my eyes set on Amsterdam and Rotterdam after I read a travel article about the cities in Ebony. Paris was on my mind; also Johannesburg. But that was even more expensive.
Then it dawned upon me that I had some cousins out in London on my mom’s side of the family. My mother is Jamaican-born and many Caribbeans relocated to the U.S., Canada and the UK when she was growing up. She put me in immediate contact with her first cousin who lived in London and I reached out to her via email.
After we exchanged a few messages she told me that I was welcomed to stay with her! She actually would be away as her job calls for her to travel often. So I had the “flat,” as they call it, to myself. What a blessing!!
Bow. So housing was free. All I had to pay for was my plane ticket. Thank God for my new jobs and my frugal spending habits these past few weeks, which put me in a position to pay for my trip. Plus knowing my passport would expire in four years motivated me to get some more stamps. I needed to make moves.
In March, I booked my flight. One of my best friends agreed to come with me, which made the nervousness of going somewhere new a little less poignant.
I decided to go on my 24th birthday to make the trip more memorable. So there I was in London on May 4, 2013, feeling anxious, tired, but warm and tingly about the week ahead. I told a friend of mine when I landed, I felt “like a little kid!”
While I was on “holiday” in the UK, many things intrigued me and I wanted to share them:
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