I don't even know where to start! I've been in London for a little over a month now and I'm definitely starting to get used to it! For the first week or so I didn't really think I was under any kind of culture shock. I figured that I've been exposed European Culture since well forever, and I speak English- nothing could be too complicated about studying abroad in London ... right? wrong. two words...
I am living in a home stay with my friend Maryn... here's a picture of our first night out in London!
|WE MADE IT!|
Speaking of STUDENTS!
St. Lawrence owns part of a building that's about a thirty minute commute from our homestay, which is where we take our classes. It's on Gower Street where there are plenty of University of London buildings, libraries, and the Student Union. I am taking British Politics, Britain in the 20th Century, Theatre in London, and Encountering London. I love both my politics and 20th century classes- our professors are so smart and really easy to listen to! I've never really been a huge fan of history or politics but there is just so much to learn! One of the coolest things about being in London is that you can leave the classroom, hop on the (dreaded) tube, and go see what you were learning about in class in less than an hour! We got to visit Parliament and sit in a meeting with the House of Commons and hear different parties debate on whether or not the UK should be a part of the European Union- pretty cool stuff! We've also visited The British Museum, The Museum of London, Westminster Abby, Buckingham Palace where we saw the changing of the horse guards, and so much more! (wow now i really wish I started this blog earlier!)
Here's a picture of my friend Sara and I at the changing of the Guards... haha
|NICE BUM WHERE YOU FROM?!?!|
The whole St. Lawrence group (21 of us) got to go on a weekend trip to Stonehenge, Salisbury, and Bath, which was SOO much fun!
Stonehenge is unreal- it really does look like a couple tall rocks in the middle of no where- but when you hear about the amount of time and hard work that was put forth in creating stonehenge it boggles your mind! I just can't believe how people in 2500 BC transported (via hand made rafts), aligned and sculpted these enormous stones into a circle that matches up perfectly with the suns rotation- creating a calendar! LIKE WHATTT?!?! Stonehenge is said to have been used as a burial ground since its earliest beginnings, and in the mile radius surrounding the stones are mounds where significant members of society were buried! Anyways here are some pictures...
|some of the girls!|
|not so pretty of me.. but SOOO cool!|
MY FAVORITE PART OF THE TRIP was Bath- it was absolutely breathtaking! Such a fun city with a small(ish) town feel, green parks, so much history, awesome architecture, ah I just loved it! The first night we went to a pub to watch a rugby match between Bath and ________ (whoops i forget)... anyways once the match was over they started karaoke, OBVIOUSLY i was all over that... and i may or may not have confused the pub for the tic toc....
|we'll make this one a little smaller ;)|
|me, alix, melissa, caroline and maryn at the Roman Baths|
|me and maryn!|
I miss and love you guys!
ps. gung ho to all my girls <3