Ryerson students are lucky enough to have a week off from school during the middle of the semester. Although it is called “reading week,” it is also a great time to take a break from studying and relax. I stayed on top of all my assignments prior to reading week so that I could do exactly that. My friend Victoria, who is in the criminology program at Ryerson, is on an exchange at Nottingham Trent University for the 2019 winter semester, so I thought it would be a perfect time for me to go visit her. We also did some other touristy things along the way as it was my first time in Europe! I will be sharing with you all a couple of my highlights from my trip!
London is only a short bus away from Nottingham, so my friend and I spent a couple of days checking out the city!
We tried some of the delicious food items London has to offer as we are both foodies! I am enjoying a white chocolate pistachio gelato bar from Olivogelo, and Victoria is having a croissant from Dominique Ansel Bakery.
We visited Buckingham Palace! Unfortunately, we didn’t see the Queen, but the architecture was beautiful.
Views of Buckingham Palace.
When we were walking around Oxford Circus, we managed to stumble upon China Town! The streets were filled with lanterns and entertainment. This busker was incredible, and the theme of buskers being amazing continued throughout our trip. We were truly amazed by the artistic talent of the people in Europe.
Big Ben was unfortunately under construction during my trip, but we did get to enjoy another well known London landmark: the London Eye!
We saw the city from up high and got a new perspective of London!
We met Harry and Meghan! Or… we met their wax figures.
We may or may not be judges for The Voice UK 2020. Stay tuned folks!
I had the opportunity to collaborate with Vincent on a painting, and I’m super excited to add this one to my portfolio!
Nottingham is where Victoria is currently living and going to school for the semester. The city is a lot smaller than London, but was really cool to see as it is filled with university students and no tourists. If you’re looking to visit England, I would definitely recommend checking out other cities in addition to London.
You don’t see too many phone booths in Toronto, but you can find one on most streets in England.
Victoria took us to Wetherspoon pub, which had affordable prices – similar to the price range of Warehouse in Toronto. After seeing some high prices on menus in London, I was pretty excited to have some more affordable food. Their fish and chips were also really tasty.
Nottingham had a temporary ferris wheel while I was in town. There’s no such thing as too many ferris wheels, right?
After checking out England with Victoria, I headed to Paris to visit my friend Alex. The really cool part about travelling in Europe is that everything is just a short bus ride or plane trip away.
Breathtaking view from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.
Myself and Alex enjoying our night in Paris.
The weather was really beautiful in Paris, and we enjoyed the sun along the Canal Saint-Martin and near the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.
Paris of course was not complete until I had a super yummy crepe!
My trip to Europe was an incredible experience, and Victoria is loving her semester in Nottingham. If you’re into traveling, Ryerson Exchange may be perfect for you. Ryerson has partner institutions across the world, allowing students to have a large number of great places to go on exchange. Make sure to check out the RI Student Blog if you want to hear more about what the exchange experience is like.