Today, my childhood dream came true: I pushed through platform 9 3/4 and am finally on my way to Hogwarts… Nine years later, but better late than never, right?
Even though I’m half kidding, I finally did get my picture at King’s Cross! I squealed like an excited little girl on Christmas Day while we waited in line, and definitely got an adrenaline rush as I posed for my picture. I almost wish I had brought all seven books with me to London because now all I want to do is read Harry Potter.
After King’s Cross, I headed east to finally check out Brick Lane. Brick Lane is known for its large Bangladeshi community and corresponding cuisine. I opted to stay away from curry due to a prior bad experience I don’t want to talk about, but I did make it to Beigel Bake, the street’s famed beigel shop. In general, my experiences with “bagels” in London have been far from successful, so I was more than ready to try London’s version of my American favorite. I got a plain beigel with cream cheese, and I must say, I was pretty impressed. It’s no New York bagel, but it definitely had its own flavour; And for one pound, I couldn’t complain.
I also explored the side streets to check out the street art. I was able to catch an artist at work, and watched him do his craft for a little bit. Brick Lane has it’s own flavor that’s different from many of the other places I’ve been in London, and I enjoyed it. After Brick Lane, I went to Spitalfields Market (yes, another market). Spitalfields was like a nicer, smaller, Camden Market. I definitely prefer Camden, but I’m glad I got to check it out since I was in the neighborhood.