SMU-in-London 2008

This summer 48 SMU students are traveling to London to study communication courses, including international media, free speech, creative advertising, British cinema and the global civil society. Some students also are interning with international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, Pants to Poverty, and Save the Children, to name a few.

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The Mermaid Inn and a royal horse show

Kaitlin.jpgKatie is a senior CCPA major, with a minor in Spanish. She is working for the Centre for Capital Punishment Studies (CCPS).

This last weekend, (literally, our last free weekend to travel! – wow, time is flying) some friends and I went to this quaint little town called Rye and stayed overnight in the cutest B&B I have ever seen – The Mermaid Inn. The Inn was built in the 1100s and rebuilt around 1402, and besides the necessary modern updates, it really hasn’t changed since!

The floors are creaky, the layout of the Inn is like a maze, and it looks exactly as you would expect a 15th-century house to look! Apparently, it was a house used by smugglers way back when and has a lot of history to share. It is actually quite a famous spot, too, and has been visted by Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Warren Beatty, Charlie Chaplin, Pierce Brosnan, Andy Garcia and Johnny Depp (just to name a few). I would encourage any future travelers to check it out for a night. Both the Inn and the town of Rye are a refreshing change from the busy streets of London.

To top off my weekend, I spent all day Sunday at The Longines Royal International Horse Show. I ride and compete, so attending this prestigious international competition was a chance of a lifetime for me. It was amazing to see all the international riders gallop across the beautiful grass field and over 5-foot fences in the International Ring – but since I honestly know how boring horse shows are to those who are not interested, I won’t bother you with the specifics.

This upcoming week is our last week in London and I can’t believe how fast the time has gone by. Only one more week, but it will be a busy week – including work Monday-Thursday, a Monday night Jack the Ripper Tour, class, our (interns’) presentation to the London SMU group, Romeo & Juliet in the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre Friday night, as much sightseeing I can cram into Friday & Saturday during the day, and a farewell party Saturday night … whew.

I’ll be back with updates from the final week of our London adventure.

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