Lebanon Valley College Study Abroad Fall 2012

Lebanon Valley College

Exploring London

Hello Again from London,

Exploring London is one of my favorite things to do. I just grab my camera, look at a tube map, and plan my route. Although there are many amazing places in London, my absolute favorite place to take pictures is by the London Bridge tube stop. Obviously one of the main attractions here is the London Bridge, but if you walk around you can see the Tower Bridge. Not only does this area have famous landmarks, but it also is surrounded by beautiful buildings and amazing architecture.

Another fun place to visit is by the Westminster Tube stop. This is where Big Ben and the London Eye are located. There are many things to do and see in this area of London. My advice is when you are done with the touristy things just hop on a bus and go to some random place to explore. As long as you have your Oyster Card and a fully charged camera you are bound to have a fantastic time!

Shopping in London

Hello everyone,

Shopping in London is amazing. There are thousands and thousands of stores here. One of my favorite places to shop is Oxford Street. Containing over 300 shops and stretching over 1.5 miles, there is something for everyone on Oxford Street. I think that Oxford Street is comparable to Fifth Avenue in NYC. Although some of the stores on Oxford Street are very expensive, you can still find reasonably priced stores.

My favorite store on Oxford Street is Primark. If you are trying to find a store that sells cute clothes for an affordable price this is the place to go. They sell everything from shoes and clothes to luggage and home decorations. The best time to go to this store is early in the morning right when it opens on week days. If you go to Primark on a Saturday afternoon, you will wait a minimum of 30 minutes to try on up to 8 items. But all of this can be avoided by shopping in the morning on a week day. Regardless of how long you have to wait in line to try things on it is worth it. Primark has the best clothes for the best prices.

However, shopping in London cannot be confined to Oxford Street alone. There are so many different stores throughout the city it is impossible to list everywhere. The best way to find new places to shop is to hop on a random double decker bus and get off when you spot an interesting store that catches your attention. In fact, this is my favorite way to discover new places to shop. Finding new stores throughout London is an adventure I suggest you embark on one day.

London Markets

Hello again from London,

Recently, I have been going to a lot of different markets throughout the city. The first market that I went to was called the Borough Market by the London Bridge tube stop. Historical documents suggest that this market has been around since 1014. The Borough Market consists of many different street vendors that sell a wide variety of food. While I was there, I bought a fresh bunch of carrots and strawberries that were amazing! The food was really cheap and the market had a good atmosphere.

So far, The Spitalfields Market by Liverpool Street has been my favorite market. This market sells clothes, crafts, food, artwork, jewelry, and many other things. I liked the Spitalfields Market because it had so many good vendors and good prices.  Also, this market was inside which was nice because it was raining when I went. To warm up from the cold weather, I bought a hot chocolate from one of the food vendors while I was there. The hot chocolate was made using a secret family recipe and as a result was the best hot chocolate I have ever had in my life. I am not sure how they made it but the sign said they used authentic Belgium chocolate. After purchasing the incredible hot chocolate, I continued to walk around the large indoor market and look at the different stalls. Overall, I really enjoyed going to the Spitalfields Market.

Home from Denmark

So in my last blog I had explained that I was going to Denmark this past weekend.  I can honestly say that this was my favorite trip.  We started out catching a 4:18 am bus, followed by a 5:30 am train, and a 7:00 am train.  All which was neccessary to catch a 10:00 am flight out of Rome.  We had one stop in Amsterdam, then we finally landed in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Copenhagen is an awesome city.  There isn’t as much to see as a bigger city such as Paris, but it is a different type of city altogether, which yields its own beauty.  We walked around the city for the remainder of Friday evening and most of the day Saturday.  Then we changed into our Sensation White outfits, which as the title hints, must be all white.  The show lasted from 7 pm to 3 am.  Our group wanted to make it the whole way through the show so we didn’t go until around 9:30 pm.  The show was amazing!  I have never experienced anything like this before.  The music was really good, but could have been better.  The light show was phenomenal!  After leaving the show at 3 am we had to wait to catch a taxi, which was a task in itself since most taxis would not pick up people in all white, due to a policy they had.  I was able to flag a generous taxi driver down and we set off for the train station.  We took a 4 am train to the Copenhagen airport for a 6 am flight.  Sunday consisted of us traveling all day long to get back to Perugia.  We finally arrived in Perugia at around 6 pm with much relief.

This coming weekend is going to be a relatively relaxed weekend.  I have pictures to take for my photo assignment and a few papers that need writing before they are put off too long.  Sunday is my birthday so hopefully I will go out to dinner with my friends.  I have a feeling they are planning something but I don’t know.  I guess we will find out soon enough.

Till next time,

Alex

ps. I have a video of Sensation on my facebook page if anyone is curious as to what Sensation looks like.