What’s Up Guys.
I’m back and ready to share some goodies with the loyal readers of this publication.
This will be a two-part post including some other information I gotta share now before the Study Abroad office comes knocking on my door.
First Up: Stonehenge & Bath
The trip to Stonehenge started with a very early wake up call. For those of you that know me, this is not something I’m fond of, but I make exceptions when it involves seeing some of the most historical sites the U.K. has to offer. After having to split an Uber due to the tube line being down, I finally made it to the tour bus with seconds to spare.
The ride there was an interesting one for sure. I had not had the chance to see much of the British countryside until this trip, and it was interesting to see the differences in the architecture and infrastructure. First thing I noticed: lots of roundabouts. I personally have nothing against roundabouts, and find that having one in the center of a downtown strip to be very nice. The people in my hometown area? Not so much. It was a huge controversy a couple years back in good ol’ Linglestown, PA. Those in protest were afraid drivers would get confused by the roundabout? I never understood that. Using one is a fairly simple concept that one google search could solve. I digress.
Stonehenge itself was… a little underwhelming. For one, they wouldn’t let me touch it (trust me I tried my best), and to make things worse, it was very cold and rainy. What else would you expect from England? In my opinion, the best part of Stonehenge itself were the food-trucks outside of it and the gift shop. Who knew they had Stonehenge monopoly?
After Stonehenge, we went about an hour and a half away to Bath. (On the way to Bath? You guessed it, more roundabouts.) Upon arrival in Bath, I was instantly impressed by the view of the city our bus got from a nearby hill. This town is your typical European-Rom-Com/Jason Bourne style city, lined with cobblestone streets and tons of shops, boutiques, food vendors, and street performers. We had a couple of hours before our tour of the Roman Baths to explore the city so I grabbed a bite to eat with my flatmates and took some pictures with my new Polaroid camera. It is a very picturesque place and seemed to be one of the more posh cities I have been to. Would recommend.
The tour of the Roman Baths themselves was also incredible. The tour center is very clean and modern. The tours are told through a handheld phone so you can do it at your own pace. I learned a great deal about the religious aspect to the baths and the impact the Romans had on British culture.
Overall this was a great (And free!) trip that I would urge anyone on the London study abroad trip to do in the future.
Since I am a tad behind with posts, I will be releasing more shortly since this is only a sliver of the things that have happened so far.