United Kingdom, England, Britain.  All the same.  No.  Very different.  Watch the clip or read the essay on the website.


These are the convertors I brought over from the US.

They are European convertors.

This is the outlet in my room.


Apparently European convertors and UK convertors are different.  So after the charge on my laptop went out for 5 WHOLE MINUTES I knew something had to be done.  I was having Facebook withdrawals and just yelling out random status updates.  It was awful.

This is the right convertor.

Back to Farmville.

The Study Abroad Office brochure said I could travel around Europe, tour around London, and gain a whole new perspective on the world.  Then I get here and I learn its all a trap.  During the week, I have to go to this thing called college.  How will I ever “discover myself” now?

"Mom, Dad. I'm going to start my own greeting card business. I'm totally going to take down Hallmark...First, though, can I have $2,000?

Luckily, the classes are interesting and, most importantly, NOT MATH!  The classes are:

  • 1. International Law
  • 2. Introduction to International Relations
  • 3. Social History of London
  • 4. Topics in Music: Contemporary Music in London

British education focuses a lot more on reading than American education.  We also will be doing a lot of presentations in class.  But the international relations classes are full of information and discussion about relevant information of the day (i.e. Arab Spring, Syria, Scotland.)  It is also interesting to hear the international student perspective.  I know the US position on international issues purely from living in the environment.  But to hear a contrary opinion not based on US Strategic Policy is quite new.  It also raises the issue for me of how insular US news media and the political world is.  Crazy, I know.  A class that makes you think.

In the London-centric classes, we are going to be doing a lot of travel across London.  Its been a great way to see the city and learn.  Pics will be uploaded shortly, but for now here are some of the places we have and are going to in future.

Social History of London:

  • British Museum (the classes visited the museum on the first day, but I will definitely be returning)
  • The City of London Churches, London Guildhall, Roman Amphitheater (see the post: PICS: CITY OF LONDON)
  • Greenwich – National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House and Royal Observatory
  • The Monument, St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • Bloomsbury, the Foundling Museum
  • Geffrye Museum
  • Streets of Whitechapel (Jack the Ripper’s killing grounds) and Denis Severs’ House
  • London Transport Museum
  • Churchill War Rooms, South Bank Centre

Contemporary Music of London

  • Tour of Musical London (PICS coming shortly)
  • Concert Trip #1: tUnE-yArDs at Shepherd’s Bush Empire
  • Concert Trip #2: Wu Lyf at Heaven
  • Concert Trip #3: Larry Graham and Graham Central Station at Clapham Grand
  • Concert Trip #4: 606 Club/Vortex Club

Maybe going to class won’t be that bad…

Hello everybody.  Just got back from a weekend trip to Liverpool and Manchester.  I’m exhausted, but here are some photos from the weekend.  I’ll try to post some commentary and stories from the weekend as soon as I can.  This week is going to be very busy.


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Sorry everybody.  I haven’t been uploading this blog enough.  Its been a busy week.  But now I’ve got free time so here are some updates.

After waking up, Matt and I walked around the park surrounding Regent’s College.  It’s a really beautiful place.  I’ll take some pics one of these days and upload them for you.  Matt’s from Boston, and goes to Wooster College.  He is pretty laid-back for the most part and was really interested in farm life.

After our walk, we went to Student Welcome meeting in the auditorium.  For the most part it was a lot of lecturing, but it only lasted an hour.  Our Study Abroad Advisor’s name is Erin Snape and when introduced herself to us at the lecture, someone (I’m not kidding) gasped behind us.  For those who did not read every “Harry Potter” novel (multiple times) or watch every “Harry Potter” film (multiple times) or beg Mom and Dad for the limited edition “Hogwarts” Lego set (it looked cool on TV), Severus Snape was a character in the Harry Potter book series.  And by the sound of Erin’s defeated sigh, you could tell this was not the first time she had encountered a overly-enthusiatic Harry Potter fan.  She must go through this every semester.  And she must really hate J.K. Rowling.

"Yes, yes. Wait until I introduce my colleague Dumbledore Quidditch. Your heads will explode."

It’s important to point out, the Brits don’t have Harry-Potter-mania like we do in the States and the rest of the world.  They seem to be over it and just want to move on.  I can only imagine the questions less-than-intelligent people have asked them over the years.

"Yeah, we use owls to deliver our letters."

And since this has been a very Harry Potter-themed post, l leave you with a song performed by Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley).  He hasn’t moved on too well from stardom.