(Warning this post has a lot of pictures)
So by day 2 of my trip, I actually got used to the tube stations. I was able to catch a ride with someone in the morning to class, but after that, I was on my own taking the different lines to different stops to places I wanted to go. My financial markets and institutions class, by the way, is actually really interesting. I’m learning how the financial industry differs between the U.S. and the UK. I know, it doesn’t sound exciting, but it’s actually really eye opening. It’s just interesting how things work here in the UK and how they live their lives compared to Americans. I’ve met three of the British students that actually go to the University of Westminster and they told me how their schooling is different and how economy works. The people here are so diverse and different. People think that British people are all fancy and formal, which sometimes they are, but you also meet people that are lazy, funny, down to earth and laid back. It’s much like the U.S. The city is filled with so many different types of people. While riding the tube, I would run into goths, preps, models, students, businessmen and they all would be different races, genders and ethnicity.
Anyway, after class, some of my class mates and I ventured off to the Marylebone campus. (FYI, the University of Westminster has several buildings, in which they call campuses. The buildings are scattered around the city, so it’s much like NYU.) At the library, I rented a few books to read for class, then went off on my own, since my two classmates had plans with their other programs. So I shopped around the tourist shops on Marylebone road for a little bit and got some postcards. That road was filled with locals and tourists and I ran into the museum of great detectives, where there was an exhibit dedicated to Sherlock Holmes. I have pictures of it on instagram (follow me! @nikkisheri) After I wondered down Marylebone road, doing my own thing without worrying about waiting on people or anything. I was able to snap a few urban shots of the street.
As I continued on, I took the tube down to the Regent’s park stop and came across more beautiful buildings. I decided to go into to Regent’s park, which was beautiful. It was so calm and relaxing, especially since the weather was a little bit overcast. I literally could just take my books there to read. People were laid out reading, or on the bench talking, and some were jogging around the park. There’s also beautiful statues and fountains that adds elegance of the park.
Within Regen’s Park is Queen Mary’s Garden, which is filled with tons and tons of different roses, scattered with statues, inhibiting a small lake, waterfalls and tall trees. The garden itself felt like its own park, so you can imagine how big Regent’s park was. The garden is guarded by gates that looked like it was protecting the queen herself. It was gold with intricate detailed designs, making it look like gates to heaven or something. Once I stepped inside the gates, I felt like I was in the movie, The Secret Garden, since the ground was filled with flowers, vines and small bridges that leaped over the small lake.
I have a lot more photos but it would literally take forever to upload them. I’ll upload more on my flickr account and provide the link in one of my next blogs. I seriously don’t know how I’m even finding the time to blog since my days are packed, but it’s all worth it. I’ll just catch up on sleep when I’m home. YOLO
till next time,