Friday, February 2, 2018

Studying Abroad: 1 Month Update

Hello everybody!

I cannot believe I left for London a month ago from today.  It feels like I have been here forever and for half a minute at the same time.  This month I have packed in more things than I have ever done before.  

You guys may have read my post about my orientation week, but after that, I started taking classes and partaking in an internship.  My classes are really interesting; I'm taking two English courses and a psychology class.  And my internship is at a publishing company, and I really enjoy it.  I don't do a whole lot more than mailing out press releases, but the people are really nice, and I think as the next couple weeks go on I'll be given more responsibilities. 


I've also been doing a lot of fun activities in and around London.  Since orientation, I spent Sunday, January 7th exploring Greenwich for a day.  My program gave us the experience of taking a boat down the Thames River, but then it was all on us to explore the area. 

Saturday, January 13th I spent the morning at Borough Market where I ate a delicious pork sandwich and came home with some great homemade fudge.   

I also went to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour on Sunday the 14th which was incredible to see all of the behind the scenes of how Harry Potter came to be the masterpiece that it is.  It's easy to watch a movie and comment on the costumes and the sets, but there is so much more that goes into it and seeing every prop and wig and set designs made out of basically cardboard and popsicle sticks was absolutely mindblowing.    


On Wednesday the 17th my class took a Charles Dickens walking tour around London because we read A Tale of Two Cities (one of my absolute favorite books!)  It was really cool to see all of the places that the book references.

I got to spend the weekend of January 19th traveling to Edinburgh, which you may have read about or seen the video I made. Apart from giving myself a black eye, it was a fantastic trip.  (But let's be serious, giving myself a black eye was ridiculous and probably the main part of the trip I'll remember in the years to come) 


The day we got back from Edinburgh we also attended Lumiere, which is this cool light and art show type thing that only happens every four years.

Last Saturday (January 17th) I went with my program to the Tower of London.  After going along with an entertaining Beefeater tour guide my friends and I walked around for a while, seeing the crowned jewels and going in and out of the different museums that are inside the tower.  It was a very cool experience and definitely something I would recommend to anyone planning a visit. 


And afterward, I went to afternoon tea!  I don't like tea but the food was good, and it was a fun thing to do with friends.

Sunday was a relaxing day.  I spent it mostly doing homework and reading for my internship.  Then my roommate and I watched the Lifetime movie 'Will & Kate' to keep the London theme strong on our day inside. 


Finally, my roommate and I both end our days of classes at 12:30 on Tuesdays, so we have decided to spend those days as Tuesday Adventures and we go out to lunch and/or dessert.  We've been to some really cool places and eaten delicious food.

January felt very long to me, but I did so many amazing things!  I have so much planned for February so keep your eyes out for some update posts and everything else!


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