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Thoughts after my first week in London

My first week in London has been a whirlwind. I have been able to meet people from all over the United States and other countries, as well as see many different sites around my neighborhood and central London. While I have been able to see St. Paul’s Cathedral (which is a 1o minute walk from my apartment!), Oxford Street, the British Museum, the Tate Modern Museum, Big Ben and Parliament, there is so much more I want to see and do (see pictures at the end of this post).

The Danish Way of Doing Things

My first two weeks here have been an absolute whirlwind of emotions and experiences. Before coming to Copenhagen, to be honest, I hadn’t thought of how different the culture was going to be. Because I knew nearly everyone here speaks English (completely fluently at that), I automatically presumed that the culture couldn’t be that different. Ignorant, I know, but that was my thought process. After having arrived, I can say that boy was I mistaken. While many things are similar, the Danish way of doing things is much different. Here are a few things I’ve noticed.

Barcelona: What a First Week!

McDonalds in Barcelona
It is hard to tell from the picture but McDonald’s sandwiches in Barcelona are about 2/3 the size of sandwiches in the US. Even though I had heard it several times, I didn’t truly realize how big portions were in the US until coming to Europe!

My first week is Barcelona was amazing but exhausting! I fell in love with the city at first sight, with its beautiful architecture, wide streets, and location right on the Mediterranean. However, I had no idea how tiring it would be finding an apartment, navigating the metro system, and speaking Spanish. I cannot imagine trying to navigate  Barcelona without any Spanish background, because of all the Spanish (not to mention Catalan) spoken and written on street signs, restaurant menus, etc. I have spoken more Spanish this first week than I anticipated, mainly because I (naively) thought English would be spoken here due to the abundance of exchange students. But obviously Spanish would be spoken in Spain, so I need to step out of the safety net of English and instead embrace the Spanish language.