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I'm a London Boy Now

Just recently, I've traded driving on the right side of the road to the left; a quiet New Hampshire town for a bustling global city; and American accents for British ones. That's right, I am currently in the United Kingdom!

For the Queen(Mary)
First day of class!
I got here about a week ago, and I am doing a study abroad program at Queen Mary University of London, studying English Literature and Creative Writing. For the next couple of months, I will be learning to live in an entirely different country, with different customs, traditions, and histories!

The first week has been a very pleasant experience. I am living in a building full of Dartmouth students, including people from my own fraternity, so I hit the ground running with an already developed community. Throughout the days, I have been exploring various parts of London, using the Tube for most of my transportation (it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be to get the hang of it!) And being in a large city, there is a ton for me to do. Right after class on a Friday, I decided on a whim to travel to Westminster Abbey to see the famous church. Little did I know there was a service that was about to start soon, so I was able to experience an Anglican prayer service at a historic church!

At Westminster Abbey
Just causally going to an almost 1000 year old church after class!
I've also experienced the nightlife of London. There is a nearby pub with great deals, and that has been the hangout spot for a bunch of Dartmouth students. Not only that, but I saw the James Bond movie No Time to Die in theaters. It felt right to watch an iconic British movie in London, and it was a great experience.
Passing Laws with some MPs at Parliament
Passing Laws with some MPs at Parliament!
The start of this study abroad experience has been amazing. Other than the sore legs from walking so much, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in London so far. And as the weather gets chillier and the days get shorter, I'll be sure to pour a cup of tea and tell more of my study abroad story!

 

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