Adventures in London

by Ryan Mickle October. 30, 2018 310 views

This post was supposed to be about my trip to Cambridge but I lost my SD card with all my pictures on it! And it has yet to be found. So I'm just going to switch it up for now.

Hello again! All is well here in London. Just finished my first round of midterms and it gave me a healthy reminder of what it is like to actually be in school. It is really difficult to sit down on the weekend and study when you're abroad in an amazing city with so many things to explore. But, alas, sacrifices must be made for grades. So with a little bit of procrastination and more coffee than I every thought I would drink, we made it through. It is also getting freezing cold here, to the point where I am wearing four layers and a scarf. But enough of the updates, here are some adventures that I took in the past two weeks:

People that know me know that I love rooftops and nice views, so the trip we took to the Sky Garden was quite the treat. The Sky Garden is a large room on the top floor of a massive skyscraper in the Financial District that allows people to see fantastic views of London at one of its highest points. And the best part? It was all free. We booked tickets to go at the same time as the whole program, so it ended up being a fun little field trip. The view from the top floor was amazing. We could walk around the exterior of the garden and peer out at the London skyline. I could have stayed up there for the whole day looking at everything. The day was really clear too so the photos turned out well.

Last week we attended Mayor's Question Time, which is basically a public forum where the members of the London Assembly ask questions to the mayor about issues that are affecting the city in order to increase accountability and transparency. In reality, Mayor's Question Time was basically a roast session, with the members of the opposition party attempting to destroy the credibility of the mayor. The questions would purposely point out inconsistencies in some of the mayor's statements that were made months earlier and require him to respond to them right there on the spot. And although I think that is mildly fair, some of the questions were twisting the facts to make him look bad. Of course, its easy to take the side of the mayor, but still, the whole event was a partisan battlefield at its core. It was really interesting to see British politics in action though, so definitely a worthy visit.

I know this one was short and less fun but I just wanted to get the photos out. Another post is coming soon! Until next time.

This is one of the views on the deck of the Sky Garden. On the left in this photo is The Shard. Until about a week ago, I thought it was just under construction and they hadn't finished the top yet. But I was informed that it is supposed to look like that! Makes sense.

This is one of the views on the deck of the Sky Garden. On the left in this photo is The Shard. Until about a week ago, I thought it was just under construction and they hadn't finished the top yet. But I was informed that it is supposed to look like that! Makes sense.

This is the inside room of the Sky Garden. You can see a little bit of the "garden" and the cafe inside, and also the viewing deck that was directly outside.

This is the inside room of the Sky Garden. You can see a little bit of the "garden" and the cafe inside, and also the viewing deck that was directly outside.

I added this picture in because this is a view from the Sky Garden where you can see my living accommodation here in London. If you look a little bit to the left of the tallest brown building on the very right of the photo, you can see a short and very blueish green building - that is where I live!

I added this picture in because this is a view from the Sky Garden where you can see my living accommodation here in London. If you look a little bit to the left of the tallest brown building on the very right of the photo, you can see a short and very blueish green building - that is where I live!

This is Mayor's Question Time in City Hall. The guy raising his hand is the current mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. At this point he was probably trying to defend himself against all those people you see on the right, because his party, the Labour party, lies on the left of the political spectrum.

This is Mayor's Question Time in City Hall. The guy raising his hand is the current mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. At this point he was probably trying to defend himself against all those people you see on the right, because his party, the Labour party, lies on the left of the political spectrum.

This is the famed Tower Bridge! I have walked over it many times now and I think it has one of the best views of the river. Also, as you walk on it, there are street vendors selling carmelized almonds, and they emit one of the most pleasant scents I have ever smelled.

This is the famed Tower Bridge! I have walked over it many times now and I think it has one of the best views of the river. Also, as you walk on it, there are street vendors selling carmelized almonds, and they emit one of the most pleasant scents I have ever smelled.

This is just a picture of Nathan and Fabiha, two of my friends in my program, standing on Tower Bridge and looking at the view. The big rounded building on the left is City Hall, where Mayor's Question Time was held. And then right behind it is the bottom half of The Shard.

This is just a picture of Nathan and Fabiha, two of my friends in my program, standing on Tower Bridge and looking at the view. The big rounded building on the left is City Hall, where Mayor's Question Time was held. And then right behind it is the bottom half of The Shard.

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