Across the pond

Dave Hamilton

Photo courtesy of Dave Hamilton (dave hamilton)

The main question asked by students toward the end of the week here at The London Centre is “Where are you going this weekend?” The answers come in all varieties, but they usually include day trips within the U.K. and even traveling to the continent.
The fact that England is so close to other European countries is something we are missing in the United States. The expenses of traveling here are so much easier on the wallet. For example, for our 10-day break I’m flying to Milan, taking a train to Venice, flying to Rome and then back to London for a grand total of 120 pounds – about $200!
I can’t get a single ticket from Seattle to Appleton for under $300, and I’m visiting three cities in Italy for much less! With traveling being so cheap, it is always a possibility to go somewhere either in the U.K. or on the continent, even if just for the weekend.
Students have been taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity to its fullest extent, having already been to Spain, the Netherlands, France and Ireland. This is not to downplay the opportunities that are available to students in London; most shows have student discounts, weekend markets are very affordable to obtain trinkets for souvenirs, and almost all museums here are free!
Even classes encourage traveling by assigning exploring the city as homework. Being in London and taking advantage of these opportunities has been a very culturing, friend-building and exciting experience that every Lawrentian should consider participating in sometime during their time at LU.

Photo courtesy of Dave Hamilton (dave hamilton)

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