An Introduction to London and Me
Let’s see, what’s the list that I’ve been rattling off to every person that I’ve met over the last few days in London? Sophomore, Gallatin (they raise eyebrows to complete the “Oh, you’re in that school” look), general concentration will involve entertainment, media, and film, and hometown Denver, Colorado. While others grunt about their required Orgo or Chem classes they’re taking here, I announce that I have Modern Drama and Performance in London, where we get to see a play every week, Reporting on the Arts, which also involves visiting some amazing sites in London, and Intro to Marketing, because sometimes you have to take a practical class. Although I’m interested in all these classes, and they somewhat relate to an entertainment-based concentration, I’m really eager to see where they take my field of study. I feel like there’s a checklist every time you meet someone, and you just hope that you’ll have something in common or find each other unbelievably interesting. Luckily, a lot of people here fit the second part.
Travel is another thing that you check out when you meet someone new in order to find potential travel buddies. And, as with many of the other students on this blog, I’m extremely excited to travel while here. Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam are all must-do weekend trips, and I hope that I get to Italy, Greece, and the Czech Republic over our perfectly provided fall break. I realize it’s possible I won’t get to see all of these places, or even many of them, but I can’t help being overly optimistic in my travel planning. So, I guess I’ve summed myself up as well as anyone on the street here would know me.
London’s turn. Let me just say that it gets lots of points from me for not smelling as much like garbage as New York. I know it’s a small thing, but it’s so nice not to be whacked in the face by god knows what, puke or trash or urine stench, right when you step out the door in the morning. I don’t know if their trash-collecting unit just has a better system or if it’s all these refreshing parks and trees places around the city that provide charming oases around every corner. You can’t walk ten blocks without walking through one of these relaxing places. I do seriously miss the numbered streets though. I am completely inept with directions, so I will have my face glued to a map for the next couple weeks. For the most part the British people seems nice, but unsure what to do with Americans. It’s the differences I didn’t intend on having that can be the most confusing. For example, asking for saran wrap and getting a blank stare because here it’s called cling film. But, I’m hoping to immerse myself in this foreign, but familiar culture as much as possible.