Photo Essay 2017

Emma Staat



Falling in Love with London

I find it hard to put into words the experience I had studying abroad in London. First off, it was the most incredible and impactful experience of my entire life. It opened me up to new cultures and ideas and moreover unlocked a passion I didn’t know I had for traveling. I always liked the idea of traveling, but actually being on foreign soil was an experience that I was completely unaware of. To sum the experience up, I have to say that I literally fell in love with London, and I am counting the days until I can travel there again.

Choosing to study abroad with the theatre department turned out to be one of the best choices I have ever made. I formed strong bonds with the people I traveled with and got to experience theatre in a brand-new way. Every show I saw was a masterpiece whether it was the high tech, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,” or the more classic performance of “Julius Caesar.” Every performance I saw inspired me and heightened my passion for theatre and the arts. I also fell in love with British culture and the atmosphere. I couldn’t stop smiling the entire time I was there. The architecture left me awestruck, the friendliness of strangers left me feeling blissful, and the walks down unmarked, cobblestone roads left me feeling like I could live in that place forever. I have never felt more at home in a city that was not my own, let alone another country.

Coming back to America felt like being awoken suddenly from a deep dream. I couldn’t stop thinking about the time I had, the wonders I saw, and the experiences that I know will last me a lifetime. More than anything I couldn’t stop thinking about when the next time would be that I could return to this seemingly magical place. I came back feeling like a new woman. I am ready to travel again and experience the world. There is so much out there, and my time studying abroad gave me a little peek into the rest of the world and all it has to offer.

 photo 1
Big Ben, my favorite sight in all of London.

photo 2Exploring the Victoria and Albert Museum with my best friend, Benjamin.

photo 3Taken from Westminster Abbey, a glimpse of Big Ben and the London Eye.

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Enjoying the time honored tradition of Afternoon Tea with Benjamin.