Well I’ve been home for almost a month now. I can pretty confidently say that this past fall that I spent studying abroad in London was the best time of my life. I’ve lived in or near cities my whole life, but none of them have been like London. They haven’t been near as big or had near as many things to do and diverse people. Academically, it was very interesting to see how British professors do things differently. I enjoyed the advantages that studying in a city like London offered (the highlight being seeing Shakespeare plays at the Globe for my Shakespeare class). It was also interesting to see how British workplaces do things differently and I had a great time getting to know my coworkers as well.
I don’t think I ever experienced any kind of cture shock while I was in London, I’m guessing knowing the language went a long way towards that. There were some things that I liked about British culture (the politeness, the sense of humour) but there were also something’s that got a but old so to speak (like the aforementioned politeness when it was excessive and unwarranted. Overall I had a good time experincing British cture, but personally I prefer how we do things on this side of the ocean.
While it’s good to be home, there are already a few parts of London that I miss. For starters I miss having tube station across the street from where I lived that could take me anywhere in the city and I miss all of those places that it could take me to. Probably most of all I miss the peple that I met. I’ll miss my coworkers, my professors, and especially the friends that I made. I feel like I could definitely live in London for a couple of years or more, but I don’t know if I could ever leave the US forever.