I would have never imagined being in the city of London at this point in my life.
Beautiful Victorian architecture, famous street art, bustling underground tubes (subways), 200 acre parks, double decker buses, and cafes galore surround me. Fish and chip shops are around every corner, cars drive on the left side of the road, and tea time is a must.
Yes, in fact, I have very much arrived in the city of London.
Rather than choosing to go to the United Kingdom, I’d much rather think that the UK chose me. I’ve always been drawn to the laid back culture of the country and the locals’ effortless sense of fashion. As such, I decided to apply for the Foundation of International Education’s internship and education program for the spring semester of 2015. After getting accepted into the program and acquiring all necessary accommodations, I boarded my first international flight four days ago. I arrived in the UK at 7 a.m. on January 8th. I was exhausted, but ready to begin a new adventure.
With seeking out new adventure comes misconception. Stereotypes can easily be formed about other cultures, so the key to traveling abroad is to keep an open mind. Some individuals refer to studying abroad as something scary and frightening. Yet you must know that experiencing a new culture is anything but scary. It’s exciting, refreshing, and above all else, it’s enlightening! So far I’ve engrossed myself in British culture, ranging from experiencing two hour lunch breaks to tea times to the use of local underground stations. I have certainly done a lot of typical American tourist experiences as well (Big Ben, the London Eye, the London Bridge, Parliament, etc.). The more I learn about British culture, the more I am becoming a part of it.
Though I am only four days into my 109 day excursion, I have made a point to hit the ground running and take advantage of this beautiful city. It’s not every day a person can simply pack their bags and cross the ocean. I feel extremely fortunate and blessed to be living the British life
for the next four months, and I look forward to sipping tea and eating crumpets as I share with you my future travels.