My favorite things about London

I still can’t believe that I am near the end of my London journey. Although I am happy that I am almost done with the program, I think that I will definitely miss this city as well. One of my favorite part about London is definitely the public transportation: The tube is very convenient and has a very clear layout as well. It will be fairly difficult to get on the wrong train as everything is clearly stated and you could always ask the staff for help if you are not sure whether you’re getting on the right train or not. The only complaint I have about the tube was just during rush hour, It could take some time before you actually get on the train because it is always so packed during that time. Also, it could get very hot and humid because not every tube line has air conditioning on the train.

Although I was born and raised in a city, I always enjoyed going out to the urban area/countryside once in a while. What fascinates me about London is that there are so many green places around here that it could give you a similar feeling while actually being in the city. Besides from Hyde Park, there are many more parks in the city of London. For instance, Regent Park at Camden Town, which is around 10-minute walk from where I live, is a perfect place to go when I feel like escaping the city vibe for a while.

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Taken in Regent Park

Another thing that fascinates me about London is the diversity in this city. The place where I came from was very homogeneous and it is quite difficult to encounter another culture. As a foreigner here, it was very easy to find places that come from your culture. For instance, you can find a couple middle-east market around Aldgate East Station, and you can always go to Chinatown for some authentic Chinese cuisine in the area. There are even exhibitions on foreign culture in the city of London as well. I had an opportunity to visit The Japan House London which is located in High Street Kensington. It is an exhibition that aims to nurture a deeper understanding and appreciation of the country in different locations of the world. It was a great experience to actually learn about other culture while being in the city of London.

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Taken in The Japan House London

Although I have spent 6 weeks in London, I feel like I still haven’t seen everything in the city yet. There are still many more things to explore and I just wish that I have more time to discover the wonders of London. London is by far one of my favorite cities, and I really hope that I will have the opportunity to come back here in the future. I think the diversity and green spaces in this city is what sets it apart from other cities I’ve been to. The tube system definitely has some space to improve, and I will definitely prefer to take a 10~15 minute walk to class instead of getting stuck on a fully-packed train during rush hour. But overall it is a great experience and I am looking forward to the journey that comes next after the program ends.