Summer in London
Hi there! I am in London!
It has been a week since I am in London but I haven’t had time to update the blog.
Anyways, I am here to take a course in the London center of my home university, Fordham. The course I am taking is called Landmark, Location and Adaptation with Professor Sargeant. It is a class focuses on looking at classic British novels and its film and TV adaptations.
Before coming here, I imagine London to be like New York, an international city but just with a bit more local British culture. However, London and its culture seems surprisingly unique and unexpected to me than my first impression, and I think my future blog posts will explain this better. But so far, I have noticed that London and the UK relies very much on its royal family, whether as a gimmick for public promotion or as a higher authority. My first feeling of London is that it is very much like a combination of Hong Kong and Sydney, probably because Hong Kong was colonized by the British, so Hong Kong adopted many things from the UK, such as the left hand traffic and the red double-decker buses. I am using Sydney as an example of an English speaking city, and also because London is clean like Sydney. However, all of us from the summer study abroad program had agreed that the first thing we noticed in London is that IT IS A LOT CLEANER THAN NEW YORK, period.
On the second day of our program, we went on a bus tour and a boat tour. It was fun, except for the bad weather; It was cold with strong wind and drizzle. Surprisingly, I took some good photos through the foggy and rainy bus window. I also went on the open top of the boat to take pictures of Big Ben.
I hope you enjoyed!