Studied Abroad In London

I studied abroad in London in fall 2008 during my sophomore year of college.  It was definitely the best experience I've had while attending university so far.

I lived near the Russell Square tube stop in Bloomsbury, right near the British museum.  I lived in a flat with 4 other students from school back in the U.S. and 5 other students lived in the flat above us.  I miss living in Europe so much.  I'm still trying to adjust to life back in the United States, even though I've been back for three months already.  It's hard to believe how much happened in those three months in Europe compared to these past three months in the U.S.

I miss all the coffeeshops in London, that's pretty much how I spent my free time there.  While that might not sound like the most exciting thing to others, it was absolutely perfect for me.  I could people-watch for hours and was immersed in not only British culture but that of other countries.  I was really struck by the diversity of the people living in London, and it seemed like all sorts of people came into the coffeeshops.  Plus, coffee is a cheap option and excuse for a poor American student to get out a bit.

A funny experience was how mystified I was by random people on the street asking me if I was "all right" all the time.  It took me a few weeks to realize that this was a way of asking "how are you" and I felt incredibly stupid for my rudeness and bewilderment towards the people who asked me... 

I'm hoping to go back to London soon, maybe once I graduate college.  I guess we'll see how that goes... :P

robinette robinette
18-21, F
Mar 17, 2009