December 2016-January 2017
This trip was such a long time coming and half a year later I still wonder if it was all a dream. I felt like I was working, saving up, and planning my elaborate itineraries for ages. I researched on every single place I wanted to go to, pinned a ton of locations on google maps, and had fun visions of the Instagram photos I’d post. When I actually arrived and reunited with Alex, I was just extremely happy and thankful to be surrounded by so much love especially from his amazing family whom I had just met.
Everything was so festive and cozy that I really got into the Christmas spirit. We had mulled wine by the tree and took turns wrapping presents. On Christmas morning, I even had my own stocking from Alex’s mum which was the sweetest gesture. I loved being part of their family traditions for the first time. ❤
We had Buck’s Fizz (mimosas) to get ready for a huge lunch spread that everyone helped prepare. But we had to pull apart our Christmas crackers first so that we could wear our crowns. They were DIY-ed by Alex’s mum and had knickknacks and jokes inside! It was one of the loveliest meals I’ve ever had and consisted of delicious beef wellington, yorkshire puddings, potatoes, carrots, brussels sprouts, and red wine. 🙂
Alex and I were proper tourists for a few days and went on the London Eye, saw Big Ben, walked around parks and busy high streets, went shopping in Harrods, watched The Lion King and Much Ado About Nothing, explored the Victoria and Albert Museum, and ate at different restaurants. We couldn’t hit all the spots in my very detailed itinerary but had the best fun nonetheless. I cannot wait to come back see more of the city as well as the rest of the UK!
A very special experience for me during my trip was our afternoon tea date at the iconic sketch. The interiors were incredibly beautiful and the food and different teas that we tried were amazing. As we ate, talked, and took photos, we were being serenaded with classic Christmas songs by a choir. We felt like we were in a Wes Anderson film. It was magical.
In the middle of my trip, we also visited Edinburgh and then Liverpool for New Year’s with Alex’s cousins but that’s for another post! My last day in the UK began very early with a breakfast reservation at Duck and Waffle, which is a restaurant on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower with unbeatable views of London, and it was one of my favourite meals with my Alex. ❤ Later on in the day we met up with our friends Jason and Kelly, bought last minute pasalubong (souvenirs), and sadly packed up all my stuff. It was the trip of a lifetime and saving up for all of it myself will always be one of my biggest achievements. Now to keep dreaming of more travels in other parts of the world…
p.s. if you’d like a copy of the itinerary I created, send me a message and I’ll happily share it with ya! 🙂