London, Great Britain -And through foggy London town, the sun was shining everywhere

The most common advice I got from everyone, who heard that I was going to spend my semester abroad in London: I shouldn’t forget to bring an umbrella with me. Because everybody knows…it’s aaaaalways raining in London. Otherwise it’s foggy and cold.

I have to admit that I’ve never been to England before, so I had no experiences to compare with and I almost felt a little bit jealous of the others, who talked about sunny shiny weather in San Diego, Sydney, Bangkok or even Seville. But when I arrived in the afternoon at the 11th of September at the Gatwick Airport, I couldn’t have laughed more about the fact that it was actually sunnier and warmer than it had been in Stuttgart the entire week.

It was pretty amazing to experience the first moments of London city and student life during best summer weather conditions. Except for photographical documentation of course, photos and sun aren’t often a good match, but here are some of the best shots:

King's Cross Station- a magical place

King’s Cross Station-                         feel the magic power like all the other Hary Potter fans in the line in front of you. All waiting for a photo with the luggage cart…

Piccadilly Circus- a place for advertising addicts

The Piccadilly Circus, a place for advertising addicts

The famous London Eye

The famous London Eye

It's so impressing to stand in front of the amazing Westminster Abby

It’s so impressing to stand in front of the amazing Westminster Abby

One of the best decisions I could have made was to fly to London a week earlier for the International Students Welcome Program. Not only because it was one additional week to orientate in a new environment and get used to all things different. Luckily, people in London are soo helpful with everything. They even have it written onto the streets, on which side you have to look for crossing cars. You can see that on one of the photos below. But also, if you don’t want to be around other German people the whole time, the program is a great opportunity to meet other students from other countries. With whom you are forced to speak English of course. Even if the games may remind you of being in first grade, it can also be a lot of fun of being childish again… But of course it is not mandatory, and a lot of the information I’ve received at the program, I heard at the introduction week for the second time.

A special kind of "street art"

A special kind of „street art“

Treasure Hunt during the Introduction Week

Treasure Hunt during the Introduction Week

Daytrip to Brighton- Organized by the Students Union.

Daytrip to Brighton- Organized by the Students Union.

Daytrip to Brighton- Brighton Pier

Daytrip to Brighton- Brighton Pier

Even if I don’t really like to admit it, I was a little bit worried about the whole studying part. The experience of living on your own in a new environment, making new friends every day and in addition to that, studying at a new university in a foreign language… It can be a bit overwhelming. But I have to say that it’s great. Yes, there is a lot of work, especially self-study, to do, the professors expect a lot of their students, but the courses are chosen carefully. So at some point you can see the matching points and this makes it a lot easier to remember all the stuff that should be learned. Moreover, you can easily get in contact with other Erasmus students and students of British origin, because in the courses, we’re all together and there is no such thing as separation. All in all, the University of Greenwich is a very multicultural university.

Whole view of the university from the other side...you can actually have to walk through a tunnel beneath the themse to get there.

Whole view of the university from the other side…you can actually have to walk through a tunnel beneath the themse to get there.

University of Greenwich during sunny weather. I think there is no need to explain why so many film crews decide to film some scenes there...

University of Greenwich during sunny weather. I think there is no need to explain why so many film crews decide to film some scenes there…

I put together some kind of bucket list, which can be useful for those of you planning on spending their semester abroad in London like me:

  1. One time you have to try English Breakfast and Teatime…if there is not enough time, you can mix them up and experience it all in one go.

    English breakfast including eggs, bacon, baked beans and tea with milk

    English breakfast including eggs, bacon, baked beans and tea with milk

  2. Get a new view on the sights and go on a thames river boat trip; tip: you don’t actually have to go on a sightseeing boat, at the normal daily boat connection you can see all of them too and it’s cheaper.

    Tower Bridge- view from a boat

    Tower Bridge- view from a boat

  3. Do a little vintage shopping and visit Camden. Tip: if you’re openminded for crazy, not vintage stuff, search for the Cyberdog store and get suck in a whole new universe…
    The environment in Camden is pretty amazing

    The environment in Camden is pretty amazing

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  4. Walk as much as you can! London is such a great city and of course the tube and bus connections are great, but there is so much more to see. You would be surprised by what you would have missed.
    Like you see this is a connection between these two houses in some little street somewhere in the middle of London. And yes there were real people walking through it.

    Like you see this is a connection between these two houses in some little street somewhere in the middle of London. And yes there were real people walking through it.

    London has to offer so many nice little streets like this one.

    London has to offer so many nice little streets like this one.

  5. Last but not least if you get here, you will have the greatest time of your life, I’m sure of that. And you really have to join some societies of the university, because it makes the whole experience even better than you think.

So that’s the end of my first report. But if you would like to get more information onmy life here in London, feel free to contact me via email alicia.krafft@mhmk.de

Lovely regards from London,

Alicia