Memorable Trips - Oxford&London, Smile Kid.

Now let's get in our time machine and go back to February 2011 to another extremely memorable trip. It was the one and only time I've been to the UK. I'm realising now as I'm remeniscing and going through old blog posts about this trip to see what I actually did there that... I didn't do anything you should do in Oxford or London. Yet this was one of my most memorable trips so far, but for other reasons.

It feels like we spent most of our time going back and forth on trains..
I went to Oxford and London with my friends Johanna and Anette to see our favourite band at the time, We The Kings. The band was playing in Oxford so we arrived in London on a Thursday and took the train to Oxford straight away. When we finally arrived in Oxford we dragged our luggage through the city centre to try to find some food. We finally found a Burger King and after quickly walking through Primark we were so tired we took a taxi to our hotel that was situated slightly outside the city centre.
The next day was the day of the concert and we started off our day by finding out too late that the band had stayed at the same hotel as us. Obviously at this time we didn't care one bit about actually sightseeing or doing anything other than obsess over the band so after spending hours getting ready we went down to the O2 academy to collect our tickets and then spent the rest of the day outside the arena.
It was a CRAZY and wonderful day. One of the best concert experiences I've had ever I think. If I start getting in to the story of that this post would be miles long. (Seriously, the blog post I wrote about this trip originally I divided in to four posts so it wouldn't get too long.... You can find it here) We ran in to the band on multiple occasions and got a chance to talk to them and we had an incredible time. It was a dream come true for the three crazy fangirls we were at the time.
The concert was fabulous and the next day we took the train to London around lunch time. We were really tired from the night before and spent the afternoon at our hotel. When we got hungry we took the tube in to Picadilly Circus as we stayed a good half an hour out of the city centre. We had dinner in Pizza Hut and then we walked around the city for a while during the evening and night.
Now THIS was the most amazing moment of the whole trip. Even though I don't have any proper pictures of anything other than the concert day I remember this moment so clearly in my mind. Walking around the city I fell in love with the lights, the hustle and bustle of the big city, the amazing architecture, the feeling that anything is possible... and this was the moment when I decided to take the leap and go as an au pair to the U S and A. It had always been my dream to go to America and as I was walking down the streets of London at night I realised that it was up to me how I wanted to live my life. I could go on forever dreaming about travelling, living somewhere else, dreaming about this amazing feeling of exploring the world... Or I could simply do it. It was up to me. 
The next day was our last day and for being a big city I remember London was super quiet that Sunday. However Anette and I made the decision to get our Smile Kid tattoos. Smile Kid was the name of We The Kings' 2nd album and we got the smiley face of their album cover tattooed on our wrists. This was a big moment for me because I got this tattoo to represent all the years of concerts and fangirling I'd had. I got it to remember to always put a smile on my face and also to remember how happy music and concerts made me. And of course I got it to remember what an amazing trip I'd had in London and to always follow my dreams
So because of that, the UK was definitely one of my most memorable trips. Even though I barely saw any of the city and I definitely didn't see any of the sights you're supposed to see. Now looking back I realise there are so many other ways we could have spent those days to make the most of them... But we did make the most of them. We had a perfect trip and a great time. And I'm so excited to go back in the future, to remember the amazing time I had last time... But also to finally explore London and the UK for real!