It’s been just over a week since we ventured to London. For many members of our group, this was their first time visiting the capital city. We had a lot of free time to explore, learn how to navigate the tube, and see all the things London has to offer.
We headed to London by train on Friday afternoon. We had a group dinner before setting out to explore the city. Most of us took a walk along the Thames to take in some of London’s most iconic landmarks: the Eye, Big Ben, the House of Parliament, and Westminster. We then made our way to Trafalgar Square where we spent some time admiring the famous lion statues. We ended our first night by settling into a pub for a pint.
On Saturday we broke off into small groups to explore. For part of our course credit we were required to visit a museum. Some of us went to the British Museum to ogle at the Rosetta Stone, Assyrian monuments, and Elgin Marbles while debating the moral and ethical issues related to the museum. Others went to the Imperial War Museum where they were particularly struck by the Holocaust exhibit and the Afghanistan exhibit.
Other highlights from Saturday included the Camden Market, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace, dinner in Chinatown, meeting up with a Nottingham Program alumna, and getting to see Parliament! Unfortunately, none of us saw Theresa May or any members of the royal family.
Sunday began with a walk to St. Paul’s Cathedral. Some members of our group stayed at St. Paul’s to attend Sunday morning worship while others walked across Millennium Bridge to see the Tate Modern, the Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London.
Our last event in London was a showing of Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, a recreation of the theatre where Shakespeare worked and wrote many of his most famous plays. Half of the group had groundling tickets and the other half had seated tickets, and we switched at intermission. We all agreed that the groundling tickets were the best because you get to stand at the edge of the stage where you can interact with the actors.
We’ve been in the U.K. for over a month now and it’s hard to believe how fast the time has gone! We’re getting used to our classes at uni and finding societies and activities to get involved with. We’re even starting to plan weekend trips of our own: Libby to Marseilles and Kelli to Amsterdam!
Kelli and Libby