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Out on the Town: Her Majesty’s Theatre!

12 Nov

I’ve been terrible at blog updates lately. I finally reached the point in my semester where abroad ceases to be a fun, glamourous vacation 24/7. It still is some of the time, but the remainder of my time has been spent working on my first British paper (technicaly called an essay, the terminology is different over here). It was actually a surprise essay, meaning our professor handed out the assignment two weeks before it was due and was like, surprise, this essay is worth half your grade! So I’ve had to focus on becoming a real student again, though I’ve managed to sneak in some time for sightseeing.

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The Homesick Post

18 Oct

Had to happen at some point, even to me. Things I miss about home…

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Unnecessary Complications in English Family Law

18 Oct

Our past two lectures in my Family Law course have been about marriage, specifically the case law and statues surrounding marriage in the UK. Here’s an overview of the different types of marriage we learned about:

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Countryside, and the Livin’ is Easy

17 Oct

It’s common knowledge that the weather in London is rainy, cloudy, etc. This has so not been the case in my life. Last weekend, the opposite was true. Friday and Saturday we were met with sun, blue skies, and not a cloud in sight. This was also the first opportunity I took to leave London and check out the English countryside. Friday my friend Lauren and I took the train out to Windsor Castle. Windsor is one of the oldest (and largest) castles in England. It is still in use today to entertain foreign diplomats (there were multiple signs while we toured the castle informing us that they were preparing for an event later that day).

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Exploring London

17 Oct

Thursday was one of those marvelous days when I had no class and no plans, leaving me free to wander around London all afternoon. I first stopped by the Tate Modern, a modern art museum only about a 20 minute walk from my residence. My visit confirmed what I already knew about myself and modern art: for the most part, I am not impressed by it. For example:

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No Question is a Dumb Question at KCL

5 Oct

Sometimes I hesitate to ask questions that I perceive to be “dumb” – for example, “Is there a bathroom in this library” or “how do I print.” The lesson I’m learning day-by-day over here is that I shouldn’t hesitate, because the answers are never simple or logical.

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Sometimes I Remember to Blog

3 Oct

I am so bad at updating this. I like life too much. I like London too much. Brief update on the past week of my life:

Found the Royal Courts of Justice! I would like to see a British court case while I'm here.

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That “School” Thing

3 Oct

I started classes last week. Yes, while everyone else in the world is studying for midterms and cramming to write last-minute papers, I’m sitting through welcome to the course lectures. It’s easy to forget that we’re not just here to sight-see and go out every night. I’m ecstatic about the law courses I’m taking! Family Law and Criminology. Unlike the US, in the UK you don’t have to wait until law school to take real law courses. We’ll be analyzing case law, reading statutes, everything you would expect from a law school course in the states. Towards the end of the term we’ll be taking an in depth look at the legal rights of children, so I’m quite excited for that! My Geography courses (Urban Inequalities and Cultural Landscapes of North America) have been interesting so far. My Urban Inequalities lecturer talked about the London riots several times during our first class, and it seems like we’ll be taking a more in-depth look at them throughout the course. We’re also going on a field trip to East London during the last week!

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Tourists for a Weekend

29 Sep

Last weekend I spent most of my time seeing the typical touristy sights in London. My friends and I started out by walking over Westminster Bridge to see Big Ben, Parliament, and Westminster Abbey. We saw several street performers on the walk over.

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Life in London

25 Sep

On Thursday I had a few hours to kill, so I walked over to the imperial war museum with a few friends. On the way there I saw an apartment building I’m completely obsessed with due to the winding staircase on the side.

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