Our first week in London is complete! I’ve had a wonderful time not only learning about history and culture, but seeing it up close! One person on the trip said that “London is like New York, only cleaner” and that’s probably the best way it can be summed up for you.
The architecture is simply stunning-not just historical landmarks like Westminster Abbey or Buckingham Palace, but I feel that every building is designed so intricately. There is literally this building outside my window at our flat:
Needless to say, when I pull up the blinds in the morning I feel as if I’ve been transferred to a whole other world!
I’ve also become addicted to fish and chips. They are essentially the “burger and fries” of the U.K., but BETTER! You need to try these in your lifetime!
As for other tourist-y activities, my favorite so far has been the Tower of London. From the get-go, seeing the Tower Bridge was so exciting! The view was gorgeous. Inside, I loved seeing the Crown Jewels and all the prisoner carvings in the Beauchamp Tower. Seeing something so old and important in present day was very surreal. It was so creepy to picture the desperate prisoners wasting time away by leaving their mark on the walls.
As for the coursework, we’re really learning a lot of about British history by reading literature! This week we read short stories (including Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) by Robert Louis Stevenson, and this coming week we are going to read about the eerily true Jack the Ripper case. We’ll also eventually get into Sherlock Holmes. As you can probably guess, these tales are thrilling!
I have a feeling my time here will go by fast. I feel so lucky to have this opportunity! (Cheesy? Probably. Whatever. It’s true.)