Exploring the United Kingdom

This is dedicated to Krisna, who asked me to publish a post about my UK trip. Haha!


This post was first published in my old blog, Coffee With Kim. Minor revisions were made on June 26, 2013.

In 2010, I flew to the United Kingdom for my internship and for a vacation with my grandmother. I stayed at my grandmother’s house for the most part and a few days in a hostel when I started going to farther places.

British Guard

In my first month in the UK, I only went around London and neighboring towns. I went to see Buckingham Palace, Hampton Court, Big Ben, the Tower Bridge (more popularly known as London Bridge), Kew Gardens and more. I also visited the countryside where they had their farms and high end villages. Of course, I didn’t just tour the place. I also worked. Then again, it all felt like playing for me.

British Guard outside Buckingham Palace
A British Guard outside Buckingham Palace
Re-enactment in Hampton Court
Tower Bridge

My work allowed me to join events that didn’t really feel like work. I helped out in a fashion show, I assisted in the Barrio Fiesta 2010 and I even got the chance to celebrate Philippine Independence Day with the embassy and other Filipinos in London. I was also able to watch the play, Hair, c/o my boss. Unfortunately, aside from Hair, I was only able to watch Wicked. I wanted to watch The Lion King and Les Miserables as well, but I didn’t have enough time to fit everything in.

Helping out at the Kariktan Fashion Show
Philippine Independence Day celebration with the various Philippine government agencies based in the UK

After my internship, I had a week left to go to farther places. So, I packed my things and booked a ticket to Scotland.

I spent three days there. I joined a ghost tour on my first night — frightening, but I’d like to try the other ghost tour packages… the scarier ones!

On my second day, I joined a tour around Scotland. We went to Glasgow then to Aberdeen. We also went to Loch Lomond where the Loch Ness monster was said to have been spotted. Sadly, Nessie was a bit shy that day so we didn’t see here.

For my last night, I took a stroll around Edinburgh. I walked around Princes Gardens, tried the chocolate soup and exchanged stories with fellow tourists. It was fun!

The next morning, I boarded a coach going back to London. It took eight hours to get back home, but it was well worth it. In fact, I think Scotland is the most memorable part of my UK trip.

I’d like to go back to Europe one day, but I have two little ones now so it’s pretty hard to plan an out-of-the-country. Hopefully, though, we can go there as a family!

Kimberley Reyes

Kimberley Reyes is an Online Business Manager for entrepreneurs who are ready to get off the hamster wheel and step into their CEO shoes. On top of helping her clients get organized and scale their businesses, she is also happily busy raising her five kids with her firefighter husband.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. lornadahl

    A ghost tour?! Ang tapang mo naman! I don’t think I have the balls to sign up for that. Haha!

    Seems like you had loads of fun. Did you get to see the queen? Hihi.

    I’ve always dreamt of visiting the UK since I was (still am!) a big fan of the Spice Girls. I often daydreamed of having afternoon teas with them. Chos!

    I’m so envious! One of my friends offered to be my host in Dublin but I can’t afford it yet. Besides, wala pang dungis ang passport ko so I have to start with Asian countries muna, right?

    1. Mom On Duty

      I was there na eh so I can’t back out haha. Nakakahiya. 😀 You know what? My trip to the UK was actually my first out-of-the-country trip. So I don’t think it’s an issue if your passport doesn’t have stamps from other countries yet. The most important thing is you have a return ticket and, if your friend can provide one, an invitation letter stating that you’ll be staying with him/her. 🙂

  2. Kim Reyes

    @CHA Thanks. It really was a huge adventure for me. First time na walang parents in such a far place. Haha!

  3. Cha

    what an adventure!

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