We have all made it! My friend and fellow Underground contributor, Shana-Kay has been in the Dominican Republic for about two months. Debra and I are dodging rain bullets in London, England. Other Penn Staters abroad include Ben Fowler, who has been improving his Spanish in Sevilla, Spain while Nadiyah who is studying in Italy has finally joined us in London. Nadiyah made her way to London for a girls weekend to celebrate the fact that we have all finally made it abroad.
We started our tour in Trafalgar Square. I have been interning in the area for a little over a month and I have just realized that you can walk to Big Ben or Buckingham Palace from Trafalgar Square. It’s about a 10 minute walk in either direction. We started with Big Ben. On our way to Big Ben we passed horse stables. After some convincing, we managed to get Debra to pet the horse despite her lifelong fear. The horse didn’t think I was good enough to pet him at first, but I got him in the end. We took some group shots at Big Ben and did the same when we walked to Buckingham Palace. For lunch we went to Camden Market, one of my favorite markets. I had a salty beef brisket with English Mustard on a toasted bagel. I will be going back for another at some point.
Girls night took us to the O2 Arena in Greenwich. We had dinner at an Asian buffet, Water Margin. For £14.80 we enjoyed orange chicken that was made with real chicken, vegetable rolls, and all of my other favorites. After an impromptu karaoke moment, travel talk, pictures, and laughs, we made our way back to our housing accommodation. We spent the rest of the night watching makeup vloggers and comparing tips. Don’t be surprised if you see us slay on a random Tuesday in class.
One of my classes, British Youth Cultures, focuses on the impact that different youth cultures has had on British society as a whole. Over the past few weeks we have focused on groups like The Beatles, The Specials, and The Rolling Stones. Since this week is midterms, we took a field trip in our last class to bring together all of the elements that we discussed. We made our way to Abbey Studios. This studio was used by the The Beatles and the Abbey Road is used in the iconic record artwork for one of their albums. When the Hedge Fund contemplated selling the studios, the Prime Minister, Paul McCartney, and the general public raised money to keep it from being sold. Today the building is still in use and is not open for the general public to tour. However, on the wall in front of the building tourists are able to make their mark and later view it on the live feed. Every week the wall is white washed so that more tourists can have their chance to sign.
Make sure you read next week! I will be taking my first trip out of the country to Berlin, Germany and Paris, France!!
Longing to travel while you are already traveling is, I admit, a kind of greedy madness — Eat. Pray. Love