Sarah, London

Sarah is a junior majoring in journalism and art history in Meadows School of the Arts. During summer 2011, she is participating in SMU-in-London.

Rod Stewart in Hyde Park

I can officially say I have been to a concert in another country! After a fun-filled weekend full of consuming potatoes and hiking the Irish countryside, Rachael and I decided we weren’t ready to dive back in to school work. Thus, we enjoyed our beautiful Sunday afternoon in Hyde Park. We danced and sung along to Rod Stewart’s greatest hits. It reminded me a lot of Austin City Limits (ACL) but was a tiny bit cooler because it was in London (maybe…I do look forward to ACL every year…). There were grannies to my left and grannies to my right. Rach and I stood out like sore thumbs. Occasionally some people in their mid-twenties would walk by. [...]

2011-07-01T21:41:17+00:00 June 11th, 2011|Sarah, London|

Ireland

I apologize for not having a blog post sooner, but I have been swamped with school work (only two more days!). While I did not meet my future husband in Ireland, I did fall in love. With the country that is! Although my mother has sworn I would meet my husband in the land of my ancestors, I just do not think I had enough time to find him. Three days went by way too quickly! I guess a return trip is essential for my future? Our trip started off on the wrong foot. After being delayed, oh I’d say roughly two hours due to WIND, we finally boarded the plane…and waited another 30 minutes before finally taking off. When [...]

2011-07-01T21:42:51+00:00 June 10th, 2011|Sarah, London|

Cambridge

“On Sunday it was our custom to breakfast late, and then spend the whole day till dinner-time walking. I got to know every road and foot-path within ten miles of Cambridge, and many at much greater distances, in this way. In general I felt happy and comparatively calm while at Cambridge, but on moonlight nights I used to career round the country in a state of temporary lunacy.” -Bertrand Russell “The one habit of thought of real value that I acquired at Cambridge was intellectual honesty. This virtue certainly existed not only among my friends but among my teachers.” These words, written by Bertrand Russell, a member of the Grantchester Group, were read aloud by one of my [...]

2011-07-01T21:43:49+00:00 June 9th, 2011|Sarah, London|

We Will Rock You

“And, another one bites the dust!” …Not this time! The musical “We Will Rock You” was absolutely amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and I believe the rest of the audience did as well (judging by the standing ovation and cheering). The musical’s plot was structured around Queen’s hit “Bohemian Rhapsody,” as Galileo and his chick, Scaramouche, searched for the living rock. It’s set in the future as globalization is taking over and musical instruments are banned. However, there is a group of rebels who are trying to break free of the Boy Bands. Galileo and Scaramouche meet with the rest of the Bohemians in their search to revive rock ‘n roll. Did they find it? I’m not sure…you’ll have to [...]

2011-07-01T19:52:44+00:00 June 8th, 2011|Sarah, London|

Lagos, Portugal

I FINALLY felt the warm rays of the sun on my skin. Ah, Lagos, Portugal. After a three-hour flight and a one-hour drive, we finally reached our hotel. As we pulled up to the hotel we heard dogs ferociously barking. Well, for those of you who know me, I am NOT an animal lover. As I peeked around the trunk (where I was pulling out my oversized suitcase) I saw two black dogs wandering the street starting a brawl with a German shepherd. Someone - I believe it was Liz (although Rachael seems to think it was me) - yelled DINGOES!!!! Of course, I panicked. I immediately grabbed my suitcase and jumped back into the van where I strategically placed my [...]

2012-02-17T22:49:32+00:00 June 8th, 2011|Sarah, London|

Hard Rock Cafe

“Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?” In the words of Queen, this is exactly how I felt as I approached London’s Hardrock Cafe on June 14. A tradition of Founder’s Day (June 14), Hardrock Cafe gives the public a little taste of life 40 years ago. After standing in a line that wrapped around the corner, our group of eight reached the front door in an hour. As I stepped inside, I felt like I had traveled back to the ’70s. Rock and Roll hits from the ’70s and ’80s were playing, waiters and waitresses were dressed in oldies-attire and prices matched the menu prices of 1971, the year Hardrock opened. TVs throughout the restaurant [...]

2011-07-01T21:46:29+00:00 June 7th, 2011|Sarah, London|

Edinburgh, Scotland

As the train rolled away at 7 a.m., I pictured in my mind a vast countryside with rolling hills and an old-fashioned city at the bottom. While Edinburgh is a picturesque city with medieval cobblestone streets and buildings, it has a lot to offer. Aside from the beautiful castle that was built on an extinct volcano, the city of Edinburgh has a rich history, not uncommon for a European city. Here are some fun facts I learned about Edinburgh while I was there: It has 19 Starbucks (guaranteed a winner for me!) Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, was born there Sir Walter Scott was born there and has a monument built for him Every year [...]

2011-07-01T21:47:31+00:00 June 6th, 2011|Sarah, London|

Dover

I saw London, I saw France…however, I did not see anyone's underpants! The skies were clear enough on Saturday as we stood on the White Cliffs in Dover to see France. So while I have not touched French soil, I can at least say I have seen it. The path along the cliffs was lined with wildflowers, making the view truly spectacular. Cute elderly couples were holding hands walking along the narrow path enjoying the view. Maybe someday I too will return to this spot and be holding hands with a cute old man with gray hair, spectacles and a cane. After standing on the breezy edge of England, we toured the Dover Castle. As part of our tour, [...]

2011-07-01T21:48:05+00:00 June 5th, 2011|Sarah, London|

Salisbury and Amsterdam

The past four days have been an adventure, and I can officially mark Salisbury and Amsterdam off my list of places to go! With a passion for art history, I have studied Stonehenge since I was a sophomore in high school. For those of you who know me, you know that I have been wanting to see these magnificent mysterious stones since I first saw them in my art history textbook (or, maybe the next day in class when the photo was projected up on the screen). However, there is more to Salisbury than just Stonehenge. The quaint medieval town is not as quiet as it appears. Walking from the train station on the narrow cobblestone roads to the Salisbury Cathedral, [...]

2011-07-01T21:49:55+00:00 June 4th, 2011|Sarah, London|

Imperial War Museum

If you are only in London one day, I advise you to go to the Imperial War Museum. Our professor told us during class to expect to see huge cannons, airplanes, bombs and parts of the Berlin Wall. While I believed her, I did not know the impact it would have on me. I could have spent days in the museum. As we exited the tube, we headed down streets where I would have normally felt uncomfortable. I’m sure we were in an “OK” neighborhood, but I was getting a bad vibe. Then, as we rounded the corner, perfectly centered in the middle of two huge iron gates were two cannons. As we walked past the cannons, I [...]

2011-06-30T15:41:14+00:00 June 3rd, 2011|Sarah, London|
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