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  •  An Affordable London

    Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010 9:37 PM

    When one thinks of London you would assume that the major city that it is everything here would be over priced and extremely expensive. That the only people who could possibly enjoy the city or afford anything would be those who are well off. And if you are a student then you had better get accustom to living off of soup and bread and staying in a lot.

           I am happy to say that is far from the truth and that London is a city that has something for everyone at all price levels. There are about 100 different things to do at any given time and many of those things you will be surprised to find out are free. From going to see films at an outdoor park, to seeing a live music performance, even going to the many museums located throughout the city all of these things can be done at no cost. It is impossible to ever get bored here in London and many times having fun does not require any money at all.

           There are websites and newsletter designed to show you events and activities being held throughout the city that are affordable for most anyone. You think that if these activities are free that they would not be exciting or would only please a certain crowd but that is far from the truth. Free events like the Thames River Festival which my friends and I attended recently have a wide range of activities available. You can go to a stand where you are taught how to make sushi, take walk over and watch world renowned dancers take to the streets or if speed is more your style watch as boats race up and down the river. Then finish off your day watching what could possibly be one of the liveliest parades you would ever see.

           When I first came to the city I thought that my outings would be numbered and that I would be unable to do much while here. Thankfully I was wrong and it seems that I am finding more and more things to do here in London. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by everything here and I know that I will not be able to do all that I want to do here. But until my time in London is up I will make sure to take advantage of the many opportunities I have available to me.

  •  Arriving in a Multicultural London

    Monday, Sep. 13, 2010 8:00 PM

    As I boarded the plane at San Francisco International Airport and headed to London I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had been planning to go to London for the better part of a year and dreaming of this moment my entire college and high school career. Now that it was happening it still did not seem real to me. It felt as if I was going through the motions of getting ready to study abroad without having it
    sink in that I would actually be studying in another country for 3 ½ months.
           Everything began to seem all too real as I got off the plane at Heathrow Airport and was expected to make my way down what could possibly be the longest hallway ever. As I struggled to find all of my suite cases and find my group of fellow Santa Clara students I was amazed by everything around me; the sights, the sounds, the accents. It was clear that I was no longer in the United States and that I would
    have to get  use to all of this soon.
           While making our way through the busy streets of London towards our flat I couldn’t help but marvel at the differences between the U.S. and England. The city clearly had modern touches everywhere but still had what could only be classified as traditionally English. With older building modified and nestled in between newer buildings, people would be able to enjoy both the new and the old no matter where they were.
    When I entered my flat I quickly unpacked my belonging and headed out the door to explore my neighborhood and the amazing sights. It was overwhelming being here for the first time. Seeing sights I’ve only read about before and now I was getting to see it firsthand.
           A few days later going on a coach tour around the city only increased my love for London. In the 2 ½ tour around the city we were still unable to see all the major locations of London. The tour guide was taking us around and pointing to so many different locations and buildings that he would be pointing at ten buildings in a matter of seconds and your head would be turning so fast that you wouldn’t even know what you were looking at nor would you have enough time to take everything in. You would see a tower and castle with a moat from the 11th century right next to a building built in the last 10 years and another shaped like a car's headlight. The eclecticness of this city just added to its character and made it more fascinating.
           Over the last few days I have been exploring the city and learning about all the other areas of the city. I hope to know this city well and see all that it has to offer and take part in the countless activities while I am here. I know that an opportunity like this rarely comes around and I will not let it slip by. With luck I will be able to
    do all that I want to do while here and adopt this city as my second home.

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