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Monday, April 2, 2012
Greetings from London!
As I write this, I'm sitting in a cafe near the Ithaca College London Center, sipping some tea and watching the traffic roar by. Yes, I know...very British of me.
So far, my semester in London has been absolutely unreal. Not only am I taking courses here on all of my favorite topics — media, music, and politics — but my classes make visits to the best museums, exhibits, and shows that London has to offer, from the BBC and Imperial War Museum to the Houses of Parliament and British Library. To top it off, I'm interning at NBC News London, officially fulfilling one of my lifelong dreams of working at my favorite American television and news network. My flatmates and I have all successfully found a flat that we love, mastered chunks of the vast Underground Tube network, and discovered some of London's best food, shopping, and entertainment joints.
My reasons for choosing to study abroad in London were simple. I wanted to travel somewhere where I could observe a different culture, speak to new people, and really experience a city from the inside and out. As a journalism major, this is everything I could ask for.
This is a big year for the city of London, which is gearing up for the 2012 summer Olympics and the Queen's Jubilee in June, a celebration of 60 years since Queen Elizabeth's coronation in 1953. 2012 also marks the 40th anniversary for the IC London Center (more on this later).
Stay tuned for updates as myself and fellow Fusie Anika document our experiences for the rest of the semester.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Between studying, working, going to galleries, eating and travelling it has been easy to keep busy here in London!
As part of the pilot Media Arts in London Program. I am taking Intermedia and Photographic Currents with photography professor Nicholas Muellner. My internship, or work placement as they call it here, was arranged through the new program as well. As a photography major I couldn’t be happier! I work at a commercial gallery in East London and with an experimental artist who is represented by the gallery. My third class is Drama in the London Theatre so I get to see a performance every week. Plus, with all of the deals through the London Center I get to go to sporting events for discounted prices too even though I'm not in the Sports in the U.K class.
A big part of studying abroad in London is travelling. Since there are no classes on Fridays you have long weekends to hop around Europe. For Spring Break I went to Bern, Switzerland then to Delphi, Greece. The next weekend I went to Dublin for St. Patrick’s day and then off to Stratford the following weekend on a school trip. Yet weekends in London are just as exciting as I continue to find my favorite markets, restaurants, galleries, and pubs.
I’ll be sure to keep you posted with more pictures of people, places, and of course, food!
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