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Lindsey: Tea Time

May 20, 2011

Alright, day three. It seems like I’ve been here for a week already! Today we had a safety orientation from a London police officer. He was a funny guy, but wow am I tired of orientations! Today was more of a low key day. After the orientation we were starving like usual and discovered our new favorite restaurant! It’s called Paul and is a french-style cafe-but super cute! If this doesn’t make you want to eat there I don’t know what would:

After lunch we rode around the tube to find our internship locations so we don’t get lost by ourselves. So no worries, I won’t get lost now on my way to my interview. Then it was time for our welcome reception with some afternoon tea! I definitely felt like a true brit at this point, without the accent:

Later we went to Primark, our new favorite store! Everything is super cheap and really cute! Like sundresses for 5 pounds (about 10 US dollars) and sunglasses for 1 pound. The clothes reminds me of an H&M or Forever 21. Definitely need to stay away from that store or I will buy too much. But I only bought a 3 pound bag and an awesome pair of sunglasses!

One thing we take advantage of in the US is that stores are open past 6:00. Here, they are all closed by then! Talk about inconvenient. This just shows the American work ethic vs. Europe’s. You can also tell in restaurants. Not much customer service or friendly salespeople! They need to start working on that.

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Lindsey: First take!

May 19, 2011

I finally made it to London! I got here yesterday, and besides all my nervousness, I found my way to my apartment (or flat as they call it here). The place we’re living is very nice, it’s a year old and I share a flat with 5 other girls. Three from MN and the other two from the university of Pittsburgh.

So, a sum up of my last two days here:

Yesterday we got here, got settled in, and toured the neighborhood. It’s very residential where we live and there’s little parks everywhere; very cute. We all bought cell phones and of of course had to get the most touristy one out there: the Kate and William wedding version. The phone is painted like a British flag and has a background picture of the couple as the background. Just in case I forget where I am. Ha.

We finally got some lunch around 3 at Pizza Hut. Pretty American right? Not in europe! We just wanted a quick pizza BUT it was a fancy sit down restaurant! Well not super fancy, but fancier than normal pizza huts in the US. After that, we came back showered and went right to bed. Soooo sleepy.

Today we finally got to use the tube!! It was surprisingly easy and wayyy better than Minneapolis Metro Transit. The people riding it are actually normal. But absolutely no one talks. They just sit there and read their paper/book/kindle. So when a group of noisy american girls got on, we definitely got some evil stares. Londeners are very much to themselves, which I don’t mind at all!

We had orientation today about London and another one for our internships. It was a long time to spend in a classroom on a sunny day! Inbetween orientations we walked around the neighborhood to Kensington Park which reminds me a lot of central park with all the people. There we saw Kensington Palace where Princess Diana used to live. It was our first palace we saw! Probably many more to come. Also there is shopping everywhere! Even on random little streets. It’s so hard to just go in and look around and not buy anything! It makes it easier if I keep telling myself I can go to Paris with my money. Here’s a picture of the place where we take classes:

And here’s princess Diana’s Kensington Palace (bad picture, I know):

We took the tube back and finally bought some groceries because it seems like we’re always starving. We’re cooking supper now and are starting to plan the rest of our trip! Tomorrow we have a welcoming reception and Saturday we’re going on a tour of London! Exciting, exciting!!

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Andrea: Loving London

January 16, 2011
It was only five days ago since my study abroad program began, and I’ve already learned how amazing my experience here can be if I take full advantage of all the opportunities that come my way. Friday evening, CAPA hosted a welcome reception at the Regency Hotel where we were served tea, small tea cakes, scones, and other really yummy treats. During the reception, some of my flatmates and I were greeted by a few professors and other staff members who were all incredibly friendly, which makes me kind of excited for classes to start tomorrow. Afterward, a few of us took the tube to Piccadilly Circus to see what the nightlife is like. Turns out that Londoners know how to have a good time.

Saturday morning, we were taken on a tour by coach through London to see some of the major monuments in the city like Big Ben, London Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey. Our tour guide was pretty funny and gave us sooo much information that it was impossible for me to remember it all, but it was still very cool to get a feel for the city, which I am very much falling in love with.

Today was probably my favorite adventure so far. One of the CAPA staff members offered to meet whoever was interested at the Camden Town tube station to show us the area and let us explore. Camden Town is an inner city district in northwest London with tons of open-air and indoor markets, tattoo and piercing shops, and people sporting mohawks and leather jackets almost everywhere you look. The stalls and shops sold tons of clothes, souvenirs, records, all sorts of amazing-smelling food, and lots of accessories to suit just about any style (especially for those into punk or vintage clothing). One area that we went through, the Stables Market, was converted from a Victorian horse hospital.  

 

I did not walk away with a new tattoo or piercing, but I did pick up a new dress and two new scarves for a pretty good deal. One thing to remember in Camden: barter as much as possible to get the best bargain you can. I will definitely be back there at some point. If not for a new tat, then for the view from the top of Primrose Hill.
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