After waking up in England for the second time, I felt a lot better about being in a different country. I found a breakfast that I really enjoyed at the buffet and would continue to have it for the rest of the trip: a chocolate croissant with a berry sauce. It was really nice to have something consistent throughout the trip, as being in a different country is quite jarring.
After breakfast, we boarded a bus and traveled to Windsor Castle. I’ve always been fascinated with castles, so visiting such a beautiful castle was a breathtaking experience. The moment I stepped through the door, it felt as though I was stepping back in time, as the much of the original furniture was still in the castle. My favorite item in the castle was a piece of artwork: 3 concentric circles of what I assume were real guns all pointed at a golden sculpture of a bear head. I found this extremely interesting to look at because the sheer amount of weapons pointing at a single animal seemed to signify the absolute power of the English royal family.
After visiting the castle, I went with Ivy, Ben, and Kimmy to see my all time favorite musical: Phantom of the Opera. I ordered the tickets a few days early and was incredibly glad I did so. Our seats were fantastic: Front row of the first balcony (known as the “royal circle”). There was not a single moment where I couldn’t see what was going on on stage. Of course, having seen the show 3 times live previously, I didn’t need those seats, however, it was awesome to see my favorite musical from such a great view.
After the show, we had lunch at Byron’s Proper Burger. I had what was easily my favorite thing I ate on the trip: the Kimcheese burger. This was a cheeseburger with Korean barbecue sauce and kimchi. It was very interesting to see what I thought was going to be like any other burger restaurant have a special as exotic as a Korean special.
After dinner, we went back to the hotel and just chilled there. Being still very jetlagged, I simply slept as soon as I got back, only waking up to take my medicine and confirm I was in the room during bed check. A routine of ours that I found Kimmy and I did every night that we weren’t too tired was to have a cup of tea and watch an episode of a show. It was a great way to wind down each night.