I live in London, but it’s often easy to get caught up in the everyday of commuting and visiting favourite places. Before long, you’ll realise that you haven’t been anywhere new in weeks. This is particularly awful in the capital city, where there is so much to see and do. From cobbled side streets to imposing world-wide icons, London has it all. I think it would be impossible to see it all, but I want to make sure that I get to see and enjoy as much of my city as possible.

My parents and sister decided to come down to visit for a few days, which was the perfect excuse to get out and explore more. We walked over 45,000 steps over the three days, so it’s fair to say that we got to see a lot of the city.

Here are some of my highlights.

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This week has felt like running a marathon. I may not know what that feels like in real life, but I have now officially run a 10k, at least. Typically, the morning of the 7th May dawned as the hottest day of 2016 so far. Running in 25 degree heat was very tough and most of my training went out of the window, but I still managed to get around in a decent time and claim my medal at the end.

In other news, I went on a pretty bizarre outing with my pals on Tuesday. Thanks to Tom’s Parliament connections, he managed to get us all into the Houses of Parliament for dinner and drinks. I did feel a bit like I was being smuggled in, but I promise it was all legit. Apart from the only photo I took. I promise I didn’t know it wasn’t allowed until after I’d taken it!

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I have always loved Adele. I tend to judge my favourite artists on how much I enjoy singing their songs, and Adele car singalongs with any of her albums playing have always been my favourite. From 19 to 21, I loved it all. Then, when I heard she was bringing out a new album I was so happy. She’d been away from the limelight to raise her first child for so long that it seemed like she would never come back. But she did, and she did it in style.

Admitting that she’d written an album that wasn’t good enough, causing her to throw it out and start again, was inspiring. If even the most talented people in the world can’t get it right first time, why should we expect ourselves to? Instead, her hard work, perseverance, and renewed faith in herself saw 25 sit proudly alongside her other albums.

When I first heard Hello on the radio, I cried. When I got my hands on her album, I couldn’t turn it off for weeks. When the tickets for her tour came out, I panicked. My London friends thought the ticket prices were too expensive, with the cheapest seats costing nearly £70. Undeterred, a group of my friends from the Disney International Program got together and we managed to grab tickets for the show in Glasgow. Yes, it would mean a five-hour train ride up to Edinburgh (including a delayed train on the way back which ended up being a nine-hour journey. Loving life). And yes, our seats were on the very back row of the arena. And when I say back, I mean the roof was the only thing behind us, which was rather novel, but nothing could take away from the fact that I was going to see Adele. Read on to find out about the experience.

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