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Sally Frederick Tudor, Information Systems Security Consultant @ Sally’s Special Services.
Graduate-BS Information Systems Security-Sept. 2011.
ITT TECHNICAL INSTITUTE-Webster, TX.
Originally posted on Ty's Travels:
I went on a tour of Kensington Palace with some of my friends a few days ago. I’ve lived down the street from it for two months, but had never made it inside. It was so neat, nothing like my tours of other historical places. It was very relaxed inside, no bad checks, no metal detectors, nothing roped off. We were able to tour several staterooms and apartments within the palace. There were exhibits about the fashion of the modern royals and about Victoria and Albert, the last ruling monarchs to live in Kensington Palace. I had a blast exploring my “neighbors’” house and learning about all of the history that has happened so close to where I live. And also being under the same roof of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was pretty cool too! We ended the day with dinner at Damario’s Pizzeria, which is on the corner of my street and also was one of Princess Diana’s favorite places to eat in Kensington.
Interesting fact: Kensington Palace is about 170 years older than the United States.
Originally posted on Ty's Travels:
I had quite an adventure this weekend! I went on a trip with my school to Wales to go coasteering, kayaking, and hiking. I was so excited for countryside, fresh air, and a break from the city!
Our train ride to our lodge took almost all of Friday to get to. We arrived just in time for dinner, which was a welcome change from the food from the dining hall back at school. Our homemade mac and cheese and chocolate chip cake was amazing! I could write an entire blog just about the food from this trip, it was amazing.
Saturday morning, we woke up bright and early to begin our first activity. The group I was in was assigned to do the most intimidating activity first. None of us had ever done coasteering, so it was new to everybody. Coasteering is basically climbing on the rocks and boulders along the coast, up the cliffs, jumping off the cliffs, playing in the ocean, and having a fun time! It took us about 30 minutes to get suited up in all of the appropriate gear to keep us warm out in the ocean. I was wearing a wetsuit, extra wet shorts and shirt, and wet socks, along with my life jacket and helmet. Coasteering is pretty extreme. The first few minutes in the ocean were miserable because of the cold of the ocean. Having to climb up out onto sharp jagged rocks while the waves are knocking you around was difficult at first (I sliced my thumb open on the first rock we climbed onto), but we all soon got the hang of it. We scrambled over rocks down the coast, swam through caves, climbed cliffs, jumped off cliffs, played in the swells from the ocean, and hiked back. Coasteering was wild, and a great way to start off the weekend!
Originally posted on it's that little feeling of ... Wanderlust:
Yes, no joke! I got four, possibly even five, sunny days IN A ROW in London. My friend wasted no time in telling me how lucky I was. Actually, she said something like *yeah sure, it’s like this all the time! (to me commenting why everyone said London has bad weather) We actually keep telling people the weather is bad so they don’t come and we get to enjoy this all by ourselves.* I think there may have been a slight hint of sarcasm there…
Jokes aside, I was thrilled I got to really enjoy London’s outdoors. That first day, as I was standing on the banks of the Thames, looking towards the city and enjoying the sunshine, I was so excited to finally be in Europe! Sure, it was hard to leave the bubble, but the world awaits!! So finally, without further ado, here are my suggestions on what to do in London if you do see that bright warm yellow orb in the sky.
1. Walk along the Thames
There is so much to see and do, and always something going on along the banks of the Thames. Observe the boats going past, sit and enjoy a bit of people watching, or leisurely stroll along and see what there is to discover all the way from the London Eye to the Tower Bridge and beyond.
There’s an aquarium, museums, parks, restaurants (very important), an old ship, funky buildings and the Globe (aka theatre where they perform a lot of Shakespeare plays). And if that’s not enough, pick a bridge and head over to the other side