Category: England

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Week 2: Take Care of Yourself and the Planet 

As I am sitting at my favorite café called the Guillam Coffee House and writing this, let me tell you, I am really tired and feel a little dead inside. The excitement of being a new place and trying to do everything in one day really did not treat me well. So, my goal for ...

Pip Pip Cheerio from Bristol!

It may be only 1:45 am in my body but my mind is buzzing awake watching the sunrise out of the window on the plane. There’s a scene from my favorite childhood movie, The Parent Trap, where Halle looks out of her window as her plane approaches London as the song “There She Goes” by ...

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Week 1: Am I Already Late?

People tell you that it is very exciting to visit a new country- you get to travel around, meet people, etc. But I tell you, the initial emotions are more than that- sometimes it can be stressful, it can be overwhelming, intimidating, and a lot of other scary things. But I have been in London ...

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 ...