Oh my goodness, my first week in London has already come and gone. IES’s orientation was a perfect balance of informative and helpful when it came to navigating the city, culture, and classrooms while allowing us enough free time to do anything I wanted without being rushed. I saw beautiful architecture and street art as well as explored a few of the numerous street markets in the city. We learned and saw a lot in a very short period of time, and that only made me more excited to dive deeper into everything we have done so far.
In my spare time away from the set schedule, I got to see my first musical in the West End! A fellow theatre student and I watched The Prince of Egypt, which is based on the film of the same name, and wow was that an incredible piece of theatre. We walked away feeling more energized about our future studies. Plus, even though it was almost a week ago now, I am still thinking about the choreography and music of the piece.
This week was definitely a broad overview of everything I want to see more in-depth as this semester progresses. I saw everything from Big Ben and the Tower of London to the outdoor book market under Waterloo Bridge. But most importantly, this week has made the fact that I am actually spending a whole semester here sink in. Before, studying abroad felt like a faraway dream as COVID kept interfering with my plans to do so in the past. But no, it’s real and it’s exhilarating.
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