Lessons From My Junior Year of College

My third year of college is over. It’s weird. This will be my last real “summer” before I work a full-time job. I only have one more year of what people say are the “best four years of your life.”

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Weird Things I Learned in London

Although I would say that London isn’t too different from the United States, here are some fun differences that I found/things that people do in London and not as much in the U.S.:

  • baked beans on toast is normal to eat for breakfast
  • you can find tea almost anywhere and a lot of people put milk in their tea
  • trash cans are difficult to find
  • all of the branded cafes are extremely similar and offered a lot of sandwiches that are stored in a cooler and that you would take to the counter to get pressed
  • toilets look different; there is a button on the wall to flush the toilet
  • I first tried/heard of elderflower cordial
  • people keep to themselves
  • “take-away” is actually takeout
  • car and taxi drivers can have an attitude
  • it doesn’t always rain
  • weird (and delicious!) potato chip/crisp flavors: paprika, balsamic vinegar, red onion/cheddar
  • many bars do not ID
  • “sorry” instead of “excuse me”
  • the exit signs in buildings are pictures of stick people running
  • “way out” instead of “exit”
  • when you are crossing the street, the pavement will tell you to “look left” or “look right”
  • street signs would be placed on the walls of corner buildings
  • restaurant service/pay before eating/order at bar
  • many Europeans and foreigners in England
  • eye-catching advertisements in the underground

I just wanted to provide you a quick list–if you want any further explanations, please leave a question in the comments!

(I apologize for the bad grammar. I just wrote like 5 blog posts and am hungry haha).

London: Day 6

On the sixth day of London, our small group took the tube to the South Bank area and toured Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. It was a really cool experience because we happened to be the only tour in the theatre at the time. I had read about five Shakespeare plays in high school, and I have a better appreciation for Shakespeare after touring the replica theatre.

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London: Days 1 and 2

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Day One

On the first day of spring break, my group of 12 departed from the United States and flew over the Atlantic to Heathrow Airport.

I had flown before, but this was my first international flight and my first connecting flight. I spent so much time deciding what to pack–I even made a piece of paper with a bunch of sticky notes that helped me organize what I wore each day. And yet, I still overpacked (but it could have been worse).

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