In June 2015 I went on study abroad with a BYU business group across 8 countries in Europe, and afterward stayed with family friends in Scotland for a few weeks. 

London was the first stop along the way. We flew all night and arrived in the morning around 6 o’clock AM. The battle to stay awake all day was a difficult one, not unlike the day after an all-nighter to finish an assignment. We took a double-decker tour bus to get a view of the city and to save our energy, because sitting on the top of that bus was so much easier than walking the entire city. 

That night I saw The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Palace, it was absolutely grand, not too unlike the following days of touring the city, meeting with businesses, stopping by palaces, and navigating the metro with its recording, “Please mind the gap between the train and the platform,” said in a proper British accent. 

The highlight of London, for me, was visiting Saint Paul’s cathedral (see pictures 9-12) and climbing all 528 stairs to the top. By the end my legs were shaking hard and I can’t tell you if that was due to the stairs or the fact that many of the stairs looked like they may have been made from metal grates stacked precariously a hundred years ago (aka you can see down below pretty far) and very, very narrow and winding. I was definitely trying to convince myself I would not die walking up. But be warned, once you go up, there’s no way to get down except to go all the way up, cross to another set of stairs and walk down. So if you’re the panicky type (even more so than me) think twice. I was sore the next day, but the view was beautiful and the cathedral unlike anything I had seen before. 

Keep looking back as I’ve posted all the countries/cities from my trip chronologically. 

London, France, Germany, Belgium, Amsterdam, Salzburg, Switzerland, Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome, Edinburgh 

*Also a note: I refer a lot to “we” did this or “we” did that. This wasn’t our entire group of near 40 students, but smaller groups which we formed, between 3&8ish people, to explore the cities and sights. We did visit many businesses, but I focused on telling you all the rest!

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