All posts by Maritza De Savornin Lohman

Ode to my study abroad friends

I was nervous to study abroad not knowing anyone beforehand. It felt like starting college all over again. But within the first 24 hours, I was confident that I had met some great people and that it was going to be a great trip. It was nice to have a group of people to push ...

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My last week in London

This last week in London has gone by very quickly. We had some final projects and exams to finish up, our return COVID tests to schedule, packing up our rooms. Between the not so fun responsibilities, we managed to squeeze in some nice things before heading home. We celebrated Cate’s 21st birthday, which was obviously ...

London Recs

There was a lot of trial and error finding spots we liked and didn’t like. So here are some of my favorite restaurants/bars/areas, and one cocktail recommendation:  Recommendations near Metrogate and Foundation House:  Paul is a French café down the street from Foundation House. I would go there every morning before class. The beetroot sandwich ...

Southern Indian cuisine in Southall

For my Food, Culture and Society Class this week our professor took us to Southall, a predominantly South Asian neighborhood. Monisha Bharadwaj, a well known cook and author, is an expert in Indian cuisine, and she took us on a walking tour of the area.  Central London has countless Indian restaurants, which are mostly white-washed ...

Being damp is part of the British experience

This weekend I took a train out to Cambridge and spent the night at the home of a friend of my mother’s. She works in the art history department at Cambridge University, and I got a tour of the “campus,” which is more of a collection of buildings throughout the city. My host told me ...

Saying goodbye to new friends

The Drexel in London program at FIE also hosts students from Elon University and University of Florida. Upon arrival in London I thought I would really only be interacting with the small group of Drexel students, but I was pleasantly surprised to find I lived on a floor with all three universities.  Although the initial ...

The Legacy of Jack the Ripper in the East End

I’ve always had an interest in serial killers. Seems creepy, but it’s actually a fascination a lot of people share. Drexel offered a serial killers class within the criminal justice department (which I would highly recommend) and in a class of 60+ people, we did research on why that was. We came to the consensus ...

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Street art in the East End

For the final field trip for my British Life and Visual Media class we went on a tour of Brick Lane, a neighborhood in the East End of London with a lot of history, and a lot of street art. Our personal tour guide took us around the neighborhood and taught us about the history, ...

Edward Jenner: One of the many men who have contributed to coronavirus vaccine hesitancy

As the reopening of London is approaching and several COVID restrictions will be lifted, my father, a passionate public health professional, told me about the English physician, Edward Jenner. Jenner created the first vaccine after smallpox hit England hard in the 19th century. Jenner tested a theory inspired by cowpox, a similar virus in cows ...

I don’t know how to cross the street: Culture shock in London

Culture shock is a given when you live, or travel, somewhere new. I expected to have to get used to seeing cars and pedestrians on the other side of the road or hearing lift, football or chips opposed to elevator, soccer and fries. But I figured since we spoke the same language and I was ...