Studying Abroad: Part 1 (London) #BlastFromThePast

During the summer of 2011, I got to experience my first trip outside of the US with my study abroad trip to London & Dublin. I went through Kent State, with a group of mostly Managerial Marketing-major students, to study International Marketing for 2 weeks. It was one of the biggest adventures of my life thus far – being thrown into so many unknown situations with a group of people I wasn’t familiar with (the Marketing and Managerial Marketing students don’t cross paths too much). I learned a lot, not only about international marketing, but about myself as well. I got to see many incredible places and things, experience new cultures, and have a good time doing it all. It wasn’t a perfect trip by any means, there were a few ups and downs, but it’s an experience I’ll never forget & one that I am truly thankful for!

The first leg of our trip included my very first international flight, experiencing going through customs, taking the London subway, walking through the streets with our luggage to get to our hotel, and so much more. Looking back now, I really wish I would’ve documented it better back then so I could remember all of the little details. I took a ton of photos, but I didn’t write anything (except for our class project) about the trip. We spent a week in the classroom at Kent before heading off on our adventure, learning about traveling abroad and the many different aspects of international marketing.

We spent about a week in London, with planned group activities and free time to roam as we pleased. We explored the night life – from pubs to clubs (and even a rave). We ate & drank & shopped & learned. It was such an adventure!

Some of the places we visited & things we did included:

Going on a boat tour around London and seeing Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and St. Paul’s Cathedral; visiting Trafalgar Square, Harrod’s, Camden Lock, Covent Garden, and more; riding a double decker bus through London; witnessing the changing of the guard; visiting Stonehenge, the Roman Baths, and Windsor Castle; going to the Twinings Museum and The Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising; getting fish and chips while we were in Bath; going on a bar crawl in London with a local who showed us around; as well as doing specific activities for our program. I am still blown away by the incredible architecture over there!

There were a few things I remember missing out on, such as the London Eye, and visiting the famous Beatles album cover street, Abbey Road. I am dying to go back to London, though. Hopefully one day I’ll get to πŸ™‚

Time to let the pictures do the talking! {Click the images to see a bigger view.}

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