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Much more than Big Ben - My first week in London

Posted by Logan Nawrocki on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

7 days. That is the amount of time that has elapsed since I arrived In London. My first week out of the US has been exciting, shocking, fun and a little bit weird. Those are about the only words to describe my journey so far, because London is a city that will leave you speechless.

If you ever hear an American talk about how similar Screenshot_2016-01-19-13-52-16-1-546221-edited.pngEngland is to the USA, they are completely wrong. I am not talking about driving on the left side of the road. The language is about the only thing we have in common, barely. The accent can really throw you off and not to mention they have almost a whole different urban dictionary for household items. Trust me, ordering something at a restaurant that you have never had before becomes a bit more challenging when you can only make out half the words that the server is saying. However, when you do bridge the gap and put in your order, the food that comes out is delicious. It could be Indian, Ethiopian, Thai or even classic pub food, but one thing is for sure, it is going to be good.

The transportation in London is almost like a symphony. Every single part must be played in harmony for things to go right. The London Underground, or the Tube, is the most simple and enjoyable way to get around the city. More than 10 different lines can lead you to hundreds of different stops throughout London.

The culture is different. For as loud as the city can be, the people are extremely quiet. No new friends are made on the Tube, that is for sure. The adjustment to the time change has been the roughest part, but the city and all of its commotion give you little time to stop and sleep on the idea.

It seems as though time goes by a little faster from 4,000 miles away. London is so much more than Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, and I can't wait to see what else this city has in store for me.

Topics: study abroad, London, England, Saint Vincent College, Food, London Underground, Logan Nawrocki

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