Amidst all of the seemingly endless days I’ve spent essay-writing this Easter, this week my boyfriend and I went down to London to see Muse. As my favourite band, I’ve wanted to see them for years but have never been able to before, so when tickets were released for their latest tour, I jumped at the chance. My boyfriend has been lucky enough to have seen them twice before, but he was still just as excited!
Whilst in London, we stayed with some friends and made the most of our few days there by wandering around the British Library (where I also had to pop in to get hold of a book which the university library doesn’t have – I could have had it ordered to Warwick but seeing as I was going to London anyway I thought I may as well head there myself), having lunch in Soho, visiting M&M World just to admire how terribly crazy it is that it even exists (M&M pyjamas anyone??), going to the National Portrait Gallery (attempted to see the famous portrait of Shakespeare but it’s currently on loan to Russia!), getting a boat down the Thames on our way to the 02 Arena, as well as lots of general wandering around and enjoying the sights.
Muse were of course absolutely incredible and I had so much fun – despite being a little bit scared of how high up we were sitting! On our way back to our friends’ flat we enjoyed McFlurries at midnight before eagerly telling our friends how great everything was and replaying many of the songs all over again!
I was really pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed our time in London. I’ve never liked big cities or crowds, so things like getting the tube in London are my worst nightmare. But this time I found that I wasn’t as scared as I used to be – I realised that this was the first time I had been to London since I moved away from home, and that that was the answer – I wasn’t as scared anymore because living away from home at university has helped me become so much more independent and grow happier and more secure in who I am and what I’m capable of. I suppose what this really means is that I’m growing up! And I’m so happy that being at university is helping me to do it.