Lebanon Valley College Study Abroad Fall 2012

Lebanon Valley College

Hampstead

Hello again from London,

Last night I attended my first ever pub crawl. Pub Crawls are very popular in London especially around holidays. The crawl I went to was organized by the club rugby team that I have been playing for since I arrived in London. Every year the Hampstead Rugby Club organizes a big pub crawl to raise money for charity. This year we raised money for a children’s hospital.

The pub crawl was a Christmas themed event where everyone wore a costume that related to the holidays in some way. The crawl consisted of 8 different pubs which ended at The White Horse which is a local pub and our club house. Signing up for the crawl took place at the first pub. Once all of the money was collected we proceeded to the next pub and eventually made our way through the list of pubs. Just before we left each pub we made sure to sing different Christmas Carols as a large group. We were able to raise a lot of money and really helped the local community.

Switzerland

Hello again from London,

Last week I visited Switzerland which I must say was probably one of the most beautiful places that I have ever been to in my life. In addition to the aesthetics of the area, Switzerland was also one of the coldest places I have ever been to. While I was there, the temperature dipped into the lower teens. At one point it was 8 degrees Fahrenheit with 18 mph winds. It was so COLD!

While I was visiting the beautiful mountains country I seized the opportunity to go on a mountain tour. When I first started the tour it was in the middle of a blizzard which made it very difficult to see and take good pictures. However, once I reached the top of Mount Pilatus the weather began to clear up. On the way back down the mountain I was able to shoot some of the most fantastic photos. If you are in Europe make sure you visit Switzerland it’s an amazing place!

 

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.