London Calling

England

Come on, I couldn’t completely ignore all of the popular destinations. And I definitely couldn’t ignore this country. It isn’t just the home of Harry Potter, Prince Harry or David Beckham’s left foot (lets be honest, his right foot too). It is the home of my dad.

My grandparents are from Scotland but they moved to England before my dad was born. Fun fact, my dad was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, the same town as the one and only William Shakespeare. They then settled down in Hythe, a small town in southeast, England, just a ferry ride away from Southampton.

The difference between my mom’s family and my dad’s is that I spend every holiday with my aunts, uncles and cousins on my mom’s side, but years will go by before I see my Nanny and Papa and other family in England. This family dynamic is much different than that of my friends but I wouldn’t change it. I’ve always loved going back to the town where my dad grew up.

This spring will be the first time in my young life that I will be on the same continent as my grandparents for longer than a two weeks. And I plan on utilizing this proximity as much as I can while I am there. On the top of my wish list is a trip to London Town to see the new Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on London’s West End. To say I am “fan-girling” is an understatement. I have read, watched and memorized every single thing about Harry Potter since my mom read the first book to my brother and I. There have been mixed reviews about the latest installment of the epic story and I wasn’t crazy about the book, but I am a devoted fan so I’ll give the live play a fair chance.

Now, enjoy some very awkward photos of my last trip to England in 2011.

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