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.