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London and Tough Mudder UK!

May 23rd, 2012 secain13

Last weekend, I traveled to London with one of my friends for my last trip of the year. This was definitely bittersweet because now I have an entire month left to enjoy León, study for exams, and write my final papers. While I was in London, I participated in a race called the Tough Mudder. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the race, it consists of 12 miles and 25 military-style obstacles such as mud, fire, water, electricity, 8 feet walls, etc. Basically, you’ve gotta be crazy to sign up for it. Naturally, when I saw the opportunity to do so in the fall, I decided that I was going to start training for it and it would be a good excuse to go to London. Not to mention, it was something that I had been meaning to cross off my bucket list! I completed the entire race as well as all of the obstacles and had such an amazing time! It was definitely difficult but it was so much fun and there was a great sense of camaraderie among all of the participants. Everyone helped each other out and I met a few people along the way and ran the race with them.

I also had a couple of days to explore the city of London, which I really enjoyed. It was refreshing to hear a little bit of English since I am constantly speaking Spanish here in León. I really enjoyed the city, although the only drawback was how expensive everything was.  As a study abroad student on a budget, my friend and I decided to save some money and buy food for sandwiches instead of constantly eating out. We saw the main sights in London, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the London Eye, platform 9 and three quarters (for all you harry potter fans out there!), Harrods, etc. I also celebrated by friend Mary’s 21st birthday with her in London which was really exciting and it was so much fun to be able to meet up there!

This was such a great last trip of the year and now I am looking to make the most of the little time that I have left here in León. I’m so happy that I’ve been lucky to have traveled so much this year. In total, I have traveled to 10 different countries, have gotten the chance to explore different regions in Spain, and have also really gotten to know the city of León. Going into this experience, I had absolutely no idea that I would actually be able to travel so much throughout Europe. Now that I m back in León, I will be very busy with final papers, presentations, and exams as well as attempting to make the most of the time that I have left!

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