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Chiyo: Lost in the city

September 4, 2011

Rain came for the first time of what will be many while I’m abroad here in London. My roommate Diane and I headed out to CAPA to go to Camden Market and Primrose Hill for the afternoon, and after arriving we learned that we were NOT supposed to meet at CAPA, but instead meet at the tube stop. So a group of girls from Delaware, and my roommate and I went off to find the market ourselves. Due to “improvements” on the tube, a lot of the lines were shut down so we had to find alternate routes. The market isn’t as great as everyone says, and it was like any other market that you can go to in other countries where they will barter with you because they want the sale so bad. The rain started coming down pretty hard, and Diane and I were the only ones prepared for it to rain so we made a beeline to the tube and headed back towards CAPA. 

After a quick bite to eat and visiting the Delaware girls flat, Diane and I went to look for her internship location which is right next to the London Eye (very jealous). We had been out and about for 7 hours and went off to the famous Harrod’s to meet up with her friend who works there and to shop around. Unfortunately due to all the “improvement’s” and us not acclimated completely to London’s tube station, it took us too long to get to Harrod’s before it basically closed for the day. Instead, we met her friend outside and headed for Soho London, where we ended up in, where else when you’re with two other Asians? Chinatown. None of us wanted Asian, so Diane’s friend suggested a really good Spanish chicken restaurant called Nandos. I embarrassed myself at the register where we go up and order, since service is a lot different here in Britain, and I thought the guy said “Where are you from?”, but he asked me what my table number was…fail on my part. The weather here is a lot colder than back in the cities, and I’m learning I should probably have my winter coat shipped out earlier than I thought. We said our goodbyes, and Diane and I headed home to our flat where I came home to a very sick roommate. She’s off to Urgent Care right now, while the rest of us are calling it an early night since we have our internship interviews tomorrow morning! 

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Katie: What London has taught me so far

May 23, 2011

Word of the Day: ‘Pram’ used in place of ‘Stroller’

Though London is very different than the United States I find myself forgetting that I am in a completely different country. I have had fun playing tourist these first few days [I should really start acting like a student/intern/londoner and not be so giddy about possibly seeing Kate Middleton and the Royal Family – though I am not going to hold back my excitement in seeing all of these major historic places and landmarks one bit. Nope, I am not ashamed to be a tourist!] and have gotten to see many parts of this great city. The first day here we ventured out and found Buckingham Palace. The Queen was in Ireland so we had the slightest hope to get to go in for a tour, but sadly that only happens during the months of August-October so we only got to see the outside of the Queen’s digs. We also made it out to Kensington Gardens to see the Palace and home of Diana, Prince William, and Prince Harry when they were growing up. We followed the path and found Princess Diana’s memorial fountain and the Peter Pan statue. 

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 [Buckingham Palace]

My favorite place so far has been the borough of Camden and Camden Market. It is an area north of Central London near Regents Park. I absolutely loved it: an everyday market of tons of vendors selling hand made and vintage clothing, jewelry, and odds n ends, so pretty much like a huge garage sale, and I love garage sales! I got a blanket that has a design printed from wood blocks and it is absolutely beautiful. I also enjoyed this trip to Camden because it was the first time that I wasn’t rushed and didn’t have a set time I needed to leave to get somewhere else. I was able to wander around the neighborhood and shops as slowly or as quickly as I wanted. I also loved walking the path along the canal that goes through Camden with boats passing by. It was a much needed break from the structured schedule I have experienced since arriving in London. 

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[in Kensington Gardens and a View of Camden]

I have learned such a hodge-podge of information but i love it! And I will now share some with you: 

  • On Sundays people can go to the lawn of Hamilton Palace and rant and rave about anything they choose as long as it does not include demonstrations or violence or insulting the Royal family in any way. They cannot stand on the ‘sod’ so they bring boxes to stand on, thus giving us the use of the soapbox. 
  • Out of more than 700 rooms in Buckingham Palace, the Queen only occupies 12 of them for her personal housing. 
  • Many people confuse the Tower Bridge [seen below] for the London Bridge. The Tower Bridge replaced the London Bridge when it fell down and was moved up the river. 
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  • The way we use ‘buck’ in place of ‘dollar’ Brits use ‘quid’ in place of ‘pound’
  • British currency includes: a penny coin, a two pence coin, a five pence coin, a ten pence coin, a twenty pence coin, a fifty pence coin, a pound coin, and a two pound coin. The bills begin with the five pound, ten pound, twenty pound and so on.
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[St Paul’s Cathedral]

I now have the longest address ever. I live on Castlebar Park Road, in the Borough of Ealing, in the City of London, In the Country of England, in Great Britain, in the United Kingdom, which makes up the British Isles, in Europe. 🙂

People in England are not ‘stand-offish’ most of them are just very shy. In fact, on the tube/underground, no one talks and it is easy to pick out the tourists because they are the only ones talking while on the train. 

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[I absolutely love the character of architecture the buildings have in London!]

Next Up: I have my interview for my internship tomorrow and class wednesday and thursday. Saturday I get to go to Stonehenge and Bath!

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