March 2017 - The Surznick Common Room

Friday, March 24, 2017

Reykjavik, Iceland (Part 2)


Our last two days in Iceland were kind of a whirlwind. Let's get to it!

Day 2
Before we went to bed the night before, we received an email saying that our Golden Circle tour for the next day was cancelled. So we slept in a little bit on day 2, knowing we had the day free to roam around Reykjavik. We also started reaching out to our Airbnb host and were waiting to hear back so we knew what our check-in time would be for the next day (foreshadowing.)


We ate breakfast at the hotel buffet, which we touched on more in last week's post. It was seriously delicious and a great way to say goodbye to our lovely hotel. We got dressed and decided we would walk into town to visit Hallgrimskirkja, which is the huge church in Reykjavik that you've probably seen many photos of. The weather was... not great. We were totally prepared for the cold but we were NOT prepared for wet. The walk into town was actual torture. I was almost blown over several times by 30 mph winds, and with rain and sleet hitting me in the face every step of the way, I was tempted to just give up.


But finally, we made it to the church. It was packed, as pretty much every tourist in town was there to find solace from the crazy weather. We sat for awhile to get our bearings (and reach out to our Airbnb host) but then took the elevator up the 8 flights to see the amazing views of Reykjavik from the top. The viewing floor is open-air, insanely cold and windy, so we only lasted enough time to get our photos and leave. Regardless, it was a really cool experience and I'm glad we got the epic photo of Reykjavik that everyone gets, ha.


Right across from the church is Reykjavik Roasters, which we've heard is the best coffee shop in town (turns out, it's literally one of the best roasters in the world!). It was so quaint and charming inside, but crowded (again, that weather issue.) We grabbed two Americanos and sat down to try and contact our Airbnb host again. By this time, it was early afternoon and we were starting to get nervous. The tourism in Reykjavik is insane and every hotel and hostel in the area is at full capacity months in advance. I reached out to Airbnb directly and within the hour found out that our reservation was cancelled.


I still have no idea if this was a scam or if the person just decided last minute that they couldn't host us, but we went into emergency mode. We had to find a place to stay and find it fast. We checked every hotel and hostel and no one had a room/bed. I started reaching out to Airbnbs and several declined on account of it being last minute (...what, two hours isn't enough notice? Just kidding.) Finally, I reached out to a host that advertised his space as room for 1 guest, but it had a double bed. Luckily he and his girlfriend were gracious enough to accept us for the weekend. Seriously, such a relief. We thought we'd be sleeping in the bus station, for real.


With a little more pep in our step now and the weather finally improving, we headed to Lebowski Bar (yes, a Big Lebowski-themed bar!) for veggie burgers and fries. Super delicious - I wish we had gotten to explore this bar more. In full disclosure, we've never seen The Big Lebowski so we probably didn't pick up on all the little nods to the movie. The bathrooms were cool though! Afterwards we headed to our new Airbnb which happened to conveniently be right next to Reykjavik Roasters (yes, the same place we spent two hours trying to find a new place to stay!) Later that night we walked around town a little bit and grabbed beers at The Laundromat Cafe. It's a super colorful spot, full of rainbow bookshelves (reminds me of home!) Afterwards we went to Microbar and got a flight of local beers. Then it was back to the Airbnb to sleep off the craziness of the day.

Day 3
We woke up early on our last full day in Iceland and went back to The Laundromat Cafe for breakfast. After peeking their menu the night before, we couldn't get their breakfast options out of our head. The rest of the day was spent on the Golden Circle tour that was cancelled the day prior. The weather was still rough, but we were happy that the tour was still on. The Golden Circle is primarily three stops: the geothermal hot springs in Haukadalur (including Geysir), the Gullfoss waterfall, and ├×ingvellir National Park. The stops are actually not too far away from Reykjavik, but the tour bus drives out of the way so you can see Iceland's beautiful landscape and even Icelandic horses!

Fun fact (per our tour guide): Did you know there are naturally NO trees in Iceland? Every tree (about 4 million of them) was planted by a person.


After about an hour, we arrived at Geysir. It was pretty snowy and the ground was really icy in places, but we walked around the geothermal park to see all of the hot springs and geysers. It's a really beautiful area.


Next we went to Gullfoss, where we had the option to go to the overlook area or to the bottom of the waterfall. We just went to the overlook, but unfortunately couldn't even see because it was snowing so hard. Definitely a bummer because photos of it are really gorgeous. The photo above is our only photo of Gullfoss. Yes, that's a waterfall in there.


The last stop of the day was ├×ingvellir National Park. We didn't spend much time there, but while there we crossed back and forth between the Eurasian and American tectonic plates, which was pretty cool. All in all, most of the day was spent on the tour bus. We were so excited for this tour, but I think we would have loved it more had the weather been nicer.


Once we arrived back in Reykjavik we went to Pizza With No Name for dinner and it was soooo good. My favorite meal of the trip, hands down, and a great way to end our Icelandic adventures. It's a little hard to find since it literally has no name and no sign outside the restaurant. If you go to Reykjavik though, FIND IT. The following morning we woke up to 18 inches of snow, but packed our bags, trekked to Reykjavik Roasters again for coffee and breakfast, and then to the bus station. After a delayed flight, we were finally on our way back to PGH.


This was truly the trip of a lifetime. To be honest, we booked it on a whim after I was getting jealous of so many people I know traveling to Europe. I never would have thought we'd end up coming home engaged and ready to plan a wedding. We hope you enjoyed traveling along with us through these posts. One last recap from Nick below...


Ok, Nick here. Before I recap, I just have to say that we saw Greenland from the plane. I mean, Iceland is super cool, but it's a place that I honestly DID think I'd one day get to see, one way or another. But Greenland? There's something about the fact that I got to see Greenland with my own eyes that seriously excites me. I don't personally know too many other people that could say they did too. It was a pretty cool experience.

Travel & Transportation
- WOW Airlines: See last post for details, but we will definitely fly WOW again.
- Reykjavik Excursions: We booked our Golden Circle tour through RE. Similar to the Northern Lights tour, they picked us up in a van and transported us to the bus station where we boarded a tour bus. As mentioned above, our tour was cancelled, but they allowed us to go on the next day's tour. Only good experiences with them!
- Walking: Iceland truly is not that cold. Pittsburgh is typically colder in the winter months. We went to Iceland with the temperature in mind, but not the wind and complete irregularity of precipitation. Forecasting means nothing there, so have waterproof gear if you plan to go anywhere on foot.

Restaurants
- Reykjavik Roasters: One of my favorite places on the entire trip. Easily the most delicious coffee we had the whole time, and all-in-all a truly cozy, comfortable place. Spinning vinyl, world-class coffee, local food, comfy chairs, 'nuff said.
- Lebowski Bar: Very cool place with a super fun atmosphere. You can spin a wheel at the bar to win White Russians for yourself, you and a friend, you and four friends, you and TEN friends, and more. The food was hearty and delicious, but it was expensive (but quite frankly, that's just how EVERYTHING is in Iceland, so get over it.)
- The Laundromat Cafe: Super cute place with color-coded book shelves. Basically home away from home, so yeah, we liked it there.
- Microbar: A basement bar with a TON of local beers on tap. Nothing fancy or extra, just a room with tables, music, and beer. This was a super cool place.
- Pizza With No Name: Like Sarah said earlier, this was our best meal in Iceland. Pricey, gourmet pizza that does not disappoint. It shows up on google maps, but not in real life. Just go into the building that you think it could be in, and it is. (It is, just go in.)

Sightseeing
- Hallgrimskirkja: Despite literally checking my face for BLOOD when we walked in because I thought the wind and snow had cut my face open, this place was pretty cool. The sanctuary truly wasn't anything that spectacular, though the organ was incredible. The real draw to this place is the view from the top. Iceland as far as the eye can see! Keep in mind, though, if it's 30 mph winds on the ground, then 8 floors up you'll find ladders falling from the ceiling rafters, just missing tourist's heads by inches while trying to capture a photo out of the window (just think about that for a second.)
- Geysir: I really loved this stop on the Golden Circle tour. The entire geothermal area was so beautiful, and there was tons to explore. Only drawback is that it smells like rotten eggs everywhere... but hey, what can you do?
- Gullfoss: I was really looking forward to this. It's truly a shame we couldn't even see it.
- ├×ingvellir National Park: This enormity of this view is impossible to capture in a photo, but being there was spectacular. It was the perfect last stop to a long day.

Accommodations
- Airbnb: We had quite the debacle with Airbnb this trip, but I also learned some valuable lessons. ALWAYS connect with your host right after they approve your booking and again a few days before checking in. Truth be told, our host approved our booking but we never messaged. Mistake. So, I still have no idea if it was a real person on the other end or if it was a scam. Airbnb reimbursed us our full amount + 10% that we used towards our replacement Airbnb. Very thankful to have found that last-minute home away from home! If you're interested in trying Airbnb, you can get a credit for your first trip through our referral link!

Thanks for reading!

Sarah & Nick

Friday, March 17, 2017

Reykjavik, Iceland (Part 1)


Iceland is by far one of the coolest places we have ever been and probably will ever go. We have so much to say - let's dive right in!


Day 1
We arrived in Iceland late on a Thursday afternoon, the day after the first big snow storm of the season came through. International flights fly into Keflavik Airport, which is about 45 minutes from Reykjavik. Once we landed and picked up our bag, we hopped on the FlyBus to Reykjavik. The drive from the airport to the city is actually really cool - all along the highway are fields of black lava rock. It's awesome to see. Once we arrived at the bus station, we walked to the Radisson Blu Saga to check in. You can read all about our time there in Monday's post but long story short - it was amazing.


We had a Northern Lights tour reserved for later that night so we only had a couple hours to find dinner before our tour left. We walked to the nearby Aalto Bistro, which was interesting - not the type of place we'd typically find ourselves eating. When we heard "bistro" we thought quick and easy sandwiches or something... what we got was a gourmet dining experience. We were seated by an older gentleman with big glasses and an Icelandic sweater. Nick immediately realized that the shelves along the walls were filled with magazines and cookbooks with this man on the cover. Turns out he's a renowned chef. We ordered the "pumpkin burger" which was good, but it was actually a salad. All in all, just a unique experience. This place was pretty fancy and nice (read: expensive) and we were just a couple of hungry American kids trying to get a cheap sandwich that were caught off guard. Oh well!

Finally we headed back to the hotel, got bundled up, and were ready to see some Northern Lights! Our tour bus took us about 45 minutes away from the city where there's no light pollution. The Northern Lights are caused by interaction between particles from the sun and the atmosphere near the North Pole, so they're not visible everyday, but our tour guide thought the day's conditions were promising. Of course, weather plays a factor too, so when it started to rain on the drive, it was a little disheartening. Luckily we had a pretty great tour guide to tell us all about Icelandic elves and trolls, which she legit believed in. I think I'm a believer now too.


Finally we arrived at the destination and there was a bit of cloud coverage. Once our eyes adjusted to the darkness and the clouds moved, there they were - the Northern Lights. This was so special. It's just one of those things I never thought I would get to see, but I did. They're not nearly as bright in person as they are in photos, but they're still there.


A note about photos: you cannot get a photo of the Northern Lights unless you're using a camera that can take extended exposures. Your phone won't work unless you have an extended exposure app, and even then it probably won't be great unless you also have a tripod. We used our DSLR and tripod and to be honest, it still wasn't easy to capture photos. In the pitch blackness, auto-focus on the camera doesn't work so you have focus manually, very slightly adjusting it and taking test shot after test shot until the sky looks clear. Each exposure is about 20-30 seconds, so it can take awhile to get your camera focused. If we didn't have the tiny bit of photography knowledge we have from running this blog, I think we'd be lost. Many tourists showed up with only their phones and I can only imagine how disappointing it would be to go on a Northern Lights tour and not have any photos to commemorate the moment. I will cherish these slightly blurry photos and remember how absolutely difficult and frigid cold it was to get them.

All in all, we highly recommend this tour. It was my absolute favorite thing we did in Iceland. If you don't see the lights on your tour, you can go again the next night free of charge. So do it, and take a good camera!


After the Northern Lights tour, it was back to the hotel for the evening. By this point, the "pumpkin burger" we had eaten earlier had left us pretty much famished. Seeing as our hotel wasn't really within walking distance to too many places and we were now in the midst of a pretty crazy snow storm, we resorted to some good old fashioned Dominos pizza and beers from the 10-11 (yes, seriously, the convenience stores are called 10-11.) We're not exactly proud of getting Dominos on our European vacation, but without a car we needed food on foot, and this was pretty much our only option. AND, if we're being honest, the Dominos pizza in Iceland was closer to pizza shop pizza - the cheese was better, the crust more flavorful, it was some seriously delicious pizza.


After wolfing down a few slices, drinking a few Icelandic beers, and taking the shower of an absolute lifetime, it was off to sleep in one of the most comfortable beds I've ever had the pleasure knowing. (Again, you can read more about our love for our hotel here.) Goodnight day 1 in Iceland.

We'll be back next week with the final post about our trip, but Nick is recapping final thoughts from day 1 below.


Travel & Transportation
- WOW Airlines: You've probably heard of WOW (they're the airline offering "$99 flights to Iceland.") I haven't read up on WOW very much, so we're just sharing our honest opinion. They offer inexpensive flights to/from Europe with the option to "stopover" in Iceland. We essentially booked roundtrip flights to/from Baltimore/London with a 3 day stopover in Iceland. The "$99 flight" cost is really just the base-rate. Then you tack on your seat cost, bags, taxes, and other fees and it's no longer $99, but it's still CHEAP. There's no bells and whistles on the flight itself (no free food or drink) and it's not the most comfortable seat in the world for 6+ hours of flying, but in our opinion it was SO worth it because we like to spend as little money as possible, ha. Our total cost for flights was about $850, roundtrip, for BOTH of us. Worth. It.
- Reykjavik Excursions: This is an affiliate company to WOW Airlines that we used to book our FlyBus tickets to/from the airport, as well as our Northern Lights tour. You can book right through the WOW website or the RE website. We purchased the basic FlyBus tickets which just took us to/from the airport and the bus station, but you can instead get FlyBus+ tickets, which will take you to/from the airport and your hotel. For our Northern Lights tour, they sent a van to pick us up at the hotel and took us to the bus station where we boarded a tour bus from there. On the way home, the tour bus dropped us off directly at the hotel, which was super convenient. I think there are several tour companies in Reykjavik, but we had great experiences with Reykjavik Excursions.
- Walking: Just a heads up if you're planning to visit Iceland in winter time: they don't plow, salt, or shovel the sidewalks. Underneath main streets (keyword: MAIN streets) they do pipe hot wastewater, which melts the snow and ice. So in the city center (where a lot of the shops and restaurants are) the streets are pretty clean, but outside of that be prepared for some difficult treks. People walk in the middle of the street to follow the freshest tire tracks because its easier than walking on the sidewalk. But if you're lugging around a 40 pound suitcase to and from the bus station on foot (which I was) it tends to make your journeys even more difficult.

Restaurants
- Aalto Bistro: This very tiny, very pretty restaurant is in a shared office space (along with a CrossFit gym and I think a dentist's office?) But it is pretty fancy. The food, though delicious, was a bit further up the price scale than we were interested in paying. Headed by what seems to be an at least moderately famous chef, the restaurant serves gourmet, seasonal food. Just don't go in craving a hearty veggie burger.
- Dominos: Yes, I'm seriously about to review Dominos on the blog. The Dominos in Iceland was GOOD. Nowhere on this pie could you find that weird, mushy, flavorless cheese that we see on our Dominos here, no! In Iceland, the cheese is a blend of sharp and mild cheeses, and the sauce (if there even was any) didn't flood the pizza with a sweet swamp of flavors no one even asked for in the first place. Admittedly, I'm not a fan of Dominos. But in Iceland? Yes. I'm a fan of Icelandic Dominos. It was also easily our cheapest meal on the entire trip.
- 10-11: Iceland's 7-11. Good for snacks and beers.

Sightseeing
- Northern Lights Tour: You essentially HAVE to do this. I mean, you're in Iceland, go see the Northern Lights! As Sarah mentioned earlier, book in advance, have a tripod, and a DSLR camera on which you can control the shutter speed. We recommend booking it for your first night. That way, if you don't see them, you have more opportunities to go back out for free! If you book on your last night and it happens to be cloudy (which is often likely) you're screwed. Book early and be prepared! It's magical.

Accommodations
- Radisson Blu Saga Hotel: Just yes. Read the full post here!

Next time, on the blog: Reykjavik, Iceland (Part 2). Be sure to check back in a couple of days to see what the rest of the trip had in store for us. Thanks so much for reading!

Sarah & Nick

Monday, March 13, 2017

Radisson Blu Saga Hotel


If you're just getting caught up on our recent travels, you know we visited London for a few days (read part 1 and part 2) and then hopped on a plane to Iceland on the way back to the US. For our first night in Iceland, we stayed at the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel in Reykjavik and it was truly one of the best places we've ever stayed.


We have lots of great things to say about this hotel, and we were only there a total of about 19 hours. There are so many amenities we didn't get to enjoy, including a gym, spa, and a few dining options. Though we were mostly confined to our room because of time constraints (with the exception of breakfast, obviously) it was still far and away one of our most memorable hotel experiences. Speaking of breakfast, let's start there.

Dining:


The hotel offers two restaurants (Grillid, and Skrudur), separate bar (Mimisbar & Lounge), and a Super Breakfast Buffet. We were only able to enjoy the breakfast buffet, but enjoy is exactly what we did. The breakfast spread is HUGE, and seriously delicious. If you crave it for breakfast, chances are very good they have it for you. Even as vegetarians, we had no problem gorging ourselves on whatever our hearts desired. I'm talking croissants, waffles, cheese spreads, toast, cereal, fruit, pastries, scrambled eggs, Skyr yogurt, you name it. The list goes on. You even get a carafe of coffee at the table for easy refills. It is quite busy for breakfast, and for good reason.


Our Room:


Here's where I get really excited. This room was incredible. Let's just start off with the design. It is so refreshing to see a hotel designed and styled differently than what we have grown to know as the standard American hotel. The chairs alone in this hotel are worth visiting for.


The hardwood floors and minimal design helped this room feel so open, bright, and spacious. This bed was the #1 most comfortable bed I've ever slept in. It's hard to say if that is a result of traveling so much in such a short amount of time, or if it was truly the bed, but I wouldn't rule the bed out. There were USB outlets in the walls incase you forgot an outlet converter for your phone (luckily we didn't, but still a nice touch.) It was such a nice space - we slept in later than anticipated the next morning and just didn't want to leave.

The Shower:


Finally, the cherry on top. The shower. Now I've never really been one to criticize a shower too much - if the water is warm enough, I'm usually happy. However, this shower was from another planet. Sarah and I are completely convinced we may never experience a shower so magical. It may seem silly to devote so much effort on just discussing a shower, but I can honestly say that a trip to Iceland is worth it solely for a single shower in this hotel. I can't find a decent way to properly describe a showering experience, so you're just going to have to trust me, or stay at the Saga for yourself and check it out.

Iceland is one of the top travel destinations for 2017, and we can absolutely see why. If you're planning a trip, we highly recommend staying at the Saga Hotel. Accommodations in Reykjavik fill up fast, so snag a room here while you can and you won't regret it. You can see a gallery of beautiful photos of the hotel on their website, but be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram too! If this hotel alone hasn't convinced you to visit Reykjavik, we'll be back later this week to share more about what we did in Iceland - stay tuned!

A huge thank you to the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel for partnering with us on this post! We received a complimentary stay in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% our own - we absolutely loved our stay at the Saga and wished we had spent our entire stay in Reykjavik there. Make sure you go!

Sarah & Nick

Friday, March 10, 2017

London, England (Part 2)


If you missed Part 1 of our London travels or Nick's proposal story, be sure to go check them out! So picking up where we left off... we got engaged! Since Nick had such nice things to say in his post about the proposal, I would just like to add that I was COMPLETELY surprised and am so damn excited to marry my favorite person in the world (#MeetTheMeowburgs!)

Day 2 (Continued)
After getting engaged in Archbishop's park, we hopped back on the Big Bus and went to Hyde Park. We went to Borough Barista for an afternoon coffee, to charge up our phones, and to just sit and excitedly talk about how we were going to tell everyone that we're gettin' hitched!


Eventually we decided that we needed to grab some drinks to celebrate before our dinner reservations later that night, so we took the tube to Oxford Street and had some local beers at The Woodstock Tavern. After drinks, we walked around, looking at all of the fancy stores we would never step foot in. According to Wikipedia, Oxford Street is the busiest shopping street in Europe, with about half a million daily visitors. It was nuts. Nick and I aren't shopping people and literally struggled to find anything we wanted to buy on this trip other than food and drinks, but it was still fun to just walk around and see shop after shop of designer goods.

Finally, the event I was most excited for this trip had arrived: our Sketch reservation. Sketch is easily one of the most Instagrammable restaurants in the world and I knew I would be heartbroken to go to London and not see it in person. It. Was. Beautiful. There are a few different rooms at Sketch, but I (we) reserved a table in the Gallery.


Blush pink from top to bottom - the plush chairs, somewhat crude drawings framed and hung all over the walls, gorgeous multi-toned herringbone floors... it was just perfect inside. We were greeted by a sommelier that brought us champagne and a card to congratulate us. We shared a cheese plate, wine, pesto risotto, and a celebratory dessert. It was really the nicest dining experience these two dive bar lovers have ever had (we ain't fancy.) Even the bathrooms were so insanely cool (the toilets were inside those pods.) All in all, I really wanted to visit Sketch (mostly for the IG photo), but our experience there was more special than I could have imagined. I loved it.


Finally, after what turned out to be an incredibly exciting day, we walked back to our flat and called it a night.

Day 3



On the morning of our last day in London, we walked to Covent Garden to grab breakfast and spend some time before the day's big event: The Cursed Child. We had a delicious breakfast at Bill's, including our first scones of the trip!


Afterwards we headed to the market at Covent Garden where we watched a street performer get squished under a bed of nails, we snacked on macarons from Laduree, and sipped some coffee. Then we walked around a little more, just killing time, and finally headed to the Palace Theatre to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.


Unless you've been living under a rock (or you don't care about Harry Potter, I guess) you've heard that J.K. Rowling helped to create a new story in the HP universe called The Cursed Child. It's a stage play, and right now it's in the original run, only in London's West End. As soon as we found out we were going to London, I literally checked the website for tickets every single day. This show is sold out years in advance, but I was hoping that eventually some tickets would pop up, and I realized that tickets did open up about 2-3 weeks before a show. I found tickets 12 days before we left for the trip, and full disclosure: they weren't cheap. BUT. Besides getting engaged, this was the absolute best part of the entire trip and worth every penny.

I'll be honest, even though I was desperately trying to score us tickets, we weren't even that excited to see the show. The script for the play was released as a book and it has had less than stellar reviews. The story is kind of strange and many people think it sounds like Harry Potter fan-fiction rather than something that came from the mind of J.K. Rowling. At the same time, I would have 100% regretted being in London and not seeing this show if we had the chance. We saw parts 1 and 2 back-to-back (about 7 hours start to finish, including intermission) and it was INCREDIBLE. It was so, so, so freaking good. I'm going to #KeepTheSecrets as Rowling has requested, but I'll say that everything about it exceeded my expectations. If you are in London, see it. Or when it comes to the US in a few years, see it.

After the play we walked back to our flat, packed up the suitcase, and got ready for the next leg of our adventure. Bright and early the next morning, it was off to Iceland! Nick is rounding up our final thoughts from part 2 below...


Travel & Transportation
Once again, the times we decided to just take the tube were life savers. Far and away the easiest and most effective way to get around the city. Get a pass for the duration of your stay, and the city is much more manageable to explore.

Just a side note: watching people drive in London is crazy. There are few places in the world where people drive on the left side of the street and it's a little disorienting. Every time we were crossing the road, we had to take a second to think about which way to look for approaching cars. Luckily for us, many crosswalks had "Look Right" or "Look Left" painted right onto the street, which was actually really helpful. Still, just a strange experience.

Restaurants
Borough Barista: A cute, quiet coffee shop. This place was much appreciated, since it was so nice to just be the only people in a coffee shop (or anywhere) for once.
- The Woodstock Tavern: I can't really say too much about this, we literally just sat at the bar and had a couple of beers each. I will say that the bartender was playing My Chemical Romance when we sat down, so...
Sketch: What's left to say? This place is a dream come true. Definitely make a reservation, it's a total must if you're ever in London.
Bill's: This was a great spot for breakfast. It had a great breakfast and brunch menu for reasonable prices. This place is pretty huge and right in the heart of the Covent Garden area.
- Laduree: Expensive, sure. But the macarons were oh so worth it.
The Cambridge: The place really just served as a pit stop for us between HP shows. But with local beer on tap, and very London feeling atmosphere, it worked for us.

Sightseeing
- Archbishop's Park: A fairly typical park with a soccer field, open space and running/walking paths. Decent spot to get engaged, I suppose.
- Oxford Street: Like Sarah mentioned before, it felt like being in the busiest shopping district in all of Europe, which it is. Way too much glitz and high end fashion for me, but it was still fun to roam around at night.
- Covent Garden Market: Outdoor tourist hub of shopping, eating, and coffee. It's surrounded by a lot of cute streets that are definitely worth exploring, too.
- The Cursed Child: Just go see it. You have to. Just go.

Accommodations
Again, our Airbnb was in Russell Square and perfect for us. If you're interested in trying Airbnb, you can get a credit for your first trip through our referral link!

London was the best and I know we will be back for sure. Next time, as husband and wife!

Sarah & Nick