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When family visits its abroad student

Time August 20th, 2013 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

My head started to spin. I lost my appetite. I was confused.

I was going through reverse culture shock, three months early.

It’s an odd reaction to have when parents come to visit, but in this case, it makes perfect sense.

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My Week as a Tourist

Time April 27th, 2011 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

Well last week was certainly entertaining, as it always is when I vacation with my family. My parents and siblings all came over to London for the week to visit me and the city I’ve been living in. I’m pretty sure they enjoyed it, but it was certainly different being a tourist, although one who understands the public transit system (mainly the underground). It did have a lot of perks though. For example, most things were paid for by my father (always a plus when you’re a college student) and I didn’t really have to take any pictures because my sister is the photographer of the family (is shutter-happy a real adjective?).  And seeing all the places I haven’t been yet was very rewarding. Though here’s a warning for anyone visiting London: there’s way too much to see in a week. Even with planning and the London Pass allowing us to get into most major attractions, we probably only saw ¾ of what I had planned. Though I guess ¾ isn’t too bad when you think about it. We didn’t make it to Windsor Castle or into Westminster Abbey (would have been nice to see where the wedding will be), but everywhere we did go was worth it.

We visited the National Gallery, London Zoo, St. Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Kew Gardens, and even stood outside Buckingham Palace during the changing of the guards. Though I have to say, not as much fun as it sounds. Mostly it consists of being shoved by crowds of people trying to take pictures and seeing other tourists getting scolded by police(wo)men on horseback. My suggestion if you’re ever going to try and see it is to get there very very very early so you can get a spot where you can see both gates of the palace, then you’ll have the best view of the whole thing. If you don’t like crowds you should probably skip this tourist attraction. It’s not even high tourist season yet and it was packed tight with people. You can still go see the palace later in the day when the crowds aren’t nearly as thick (at least in my experience).

Well I should get back to writing my final essays now. The past few weeks have been a lot of fun, but also a lot of procrastination. With my family gone and April coming to the end I don’t really have any more excuses. But I have a lot to look forward to. A whole month in London with no work can’t be too bad. And I’ll be visiting a friend in Edinburgh for a few days (if I go buy the train tickets). I’m trying to focus on being here because going home is still a bittersweet thought that I don’t really want to think about. As much as I miss everyone (and foods like cheesesteaks), I can’t help but remember that once I leave I probably won’t ever be coming back (at least not to live here).  But let’s not think about that yet. Essays first.

 

Cheers

Alyssa

 

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