London 101

I apologize for not updating my blog in a while, I have been a little preoccupied with my study abroad travels in London! I arrived here about a week ago and it has been a whirlwind. I feel like I have done so much already in such a short amount of time, yet I still have so much more I want to see and do!

Throughout my time here in London I am planning on traveling throughout the UK, Ireland, Scotland, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Florence, Venice, and possibly Amsterdam. For more information on my time abroad please visit my travel blog where I will frequently be posting updates on my whereabouts and travels. For now, below are the top 5 things I have learned/are very different from America. Cheers!

 

Top 5 Things I Have Learned About London (So Far!)

They drive on the left, but walk wherever!

In America we drive on the right and walk on the right. In London they drive on the left, walk on the right, left, center, and diagonal. It is absolutely insane. Not sure I will ever get quite used to this!

 

Everyone here still loves their Starbucks

Remember when I said I would stop drinking so much coffee when I came to London? I am convinced there are more Starbucks’ in London than Chicago, which is saying a lot! London does have a lot more small local coffee shops which I actually prefer. The fresh imported Italian coffee is better than anything you will ever drink back home.

 

The city is much more massive than you originally think it is

Yes, London is a big city, but so is New York. Well let me tell you, London puts New York to shame when it comes to size. London “suburbs” are still technically part of the city of London and while there are different neighborhoods of London, they are all very connected and it is still one cohesive city. Even spending 4 months here, I doubt I will be able to see all of London. It is such an incredible city!

 

The Tube is life

This past summer I took the Metra into Chicago every day but the Tube is a whole different experience. London has done a fantastic job connecting everything via the Tube and it very rare if I don’t take it at least twice a day. Even though the city is so large, everything is easy to get to because of the Tube and it is also much more manageable than I thought it would be. I haven’t gotten (completely) lost yet!

 

“Cheers” is the official word of England

It is very, very possible to have an entire conversation using just the word “Cheers!”. People say it here to mean virtually anything and everything. Hello, thank you, good bye, enjoy, etc.

 

Hope you enjoyed my blog post, cheers!

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