Don’t sweat the travel troubles, the destination is worth it

Hello from London!

I have officially completed the first half of my Global Issues in CSD trip to London! The last you all heard, I was packing my life away. Since then several things have happened that I wanted to share.

First of all, international flying can be hectic, but don’t stress it because at the end of the day you’re going to be in another country! I say this because I had one of the most stressful flying experiences that I have ever been in on my way across the pond. I arrived at my flight almost four hours early because the airport I departed out of is known to have one-hour-plus security lines. As I’m sitting with my coffee waiting for my flight, an announcement comes over the loudspeaker: my flight was cancelled. I frantically rushed to the customer service counter, and they, by some miracle, got me on an earlier flight (it pays to be early, folks). I had to run across the airport to the complete opposite side of the terminal to make a flight that left in less than 45 minutes. But after all this stress, and an overnight flight, I was finally in London!

The week got significantly better after that. I went on several cultural excursions via the tube, the British version of the subway. My first introduction to the country was a bus tour of London. It was AMAZING!! I got to see all of the major spots in London from the comfort of my second floor seat in a double-decker bus. One big thing I learned on this tour: London bus drivers are brave and crazy drivers. I cannot begin to count the number of times I held my breath as our driver quickly navigated the skinny streets of London, stopping within inches of the car in front of us.

On one of my other free afternoons I also got to spend a few hours at the British Museum, which, heads up to future London visitors, all public museums are free in England. It’s hard to say which item was my favorite, so I’ve decided to give you my top three: the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon, and Cleopatra (yes, Cleopatra’s mummy is in the British Museum). Unfortunately, I am having difficulty transferring my pictures from my phone, so I used the British Museum’s Website to help me show you these amazing artifacts below.

The Rosetta Stone
Sneak peak at the Parthenon

A good portion of the rest of this week was devoted to academic trips, which I won’t bore you with here, but even those have been a blast. I am learning so much about how the British conduct their therapy as well as how they are influenced by having a government funded health system.

I am in disbelief that I am already halfway through my trip. I can’t wait to see what the next week brings!

Thanks for reading!

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