Where’s the Local Chippy?

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace

I found myself asking this question a lot. Fish and chips were the way to go while staying in London. This being the  equivalent to the American hamburger. My tourist ways were easy to catch, but as the saying goes, when in London?  This was easily the easiest country to communicate with people. Yes, they also speak English. The further I traveled from Great Britain, the harder it became, but we’ll get into that in later posts. London was an amazing city with bright lights, great people, and a rich history. Most of you may have been exposed to the majesty of the city during the Olympics. What you see is what you get. The city had so much to offer, but that made it impossible to see everything in my short stay.

Parliament and Big Ben in the Background (Not the Steelers QB)
Parliament and Big Ben in the Background (Not the Steelers QB)

I was able to see the Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, The London Bridge, Parliament, Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Churchill’s War Cabinets, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abby, and some museums sprinkled on top. One of these museums was the Sherlock Holmes museum. I couldn’t pass that up. These are all places we’ve heard of or seen pictures of at some point in our lives, but the thrill of being up close and personal is unrivaled. Firsthand experience trumps all else. If you ever have the chance to travel outside the country with Duquesne University or someone else, do not let the opportunity pass you up. London appeals to the wants and desires of all.

Winston Churchill's Underground War Cabinet
Winston Churchill's Underground War Cabinet

If you are an easygoing, outgoing, night, day, adventurous, sporty, or history kind of person, then London is a city for you. I’d like to clump myself up in the middle of all those things, but the most memorable part of London for me was the rich history. If you are a history buff or simply a fan of World War II then London provides so much to see. Winston Churchill’s War Cabinets were the most memorable to me. This was the location of an underground bunker for Winston Churchill and high ranking officials during World War II. The amount of war planning, preparation, and strategies that took place in this underground bunker was stunning. This is where Winston Churchill helped write future history books.  Great Britain was bombed consecutively for 11 weeks, but the country prevailed under the  strong words of Winston Churchill. It’s one thing to read about the war in books, but to set foot on the original ground of World War II gives you a deeper appreciation for all World War II efforts. Outside of the deep rooted history in London is a fun city to enjoy scenery and fun. I walked miles through the city with a backpack each day simply enjoying the atheistic beauty of the city. At no time did my trip ever seek a specific  destination. I even ended up at King’s Cross station, but was unable to push my way through at platform nine and three quarters. I hope someone made it through eventually.

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (The original was burnt down in 1613)
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre (The original was burnt down in 1613)

It was simply a time to explore and experience new things. Well, eventually I needed to reach my departing flight that was leaving out of Madrid, but that’s a different post for a different day. The best part of my trip was simply meeting people. Every new country brings new people and new ideas.  All countries have their own unique e culture, history, and experiences.

Raising the Duquesne Colors at St. Paul's Cathedral
Raising the Duquesne Colors at St. Paul's Cathedral

Meeting new friends in any city is the only way to truly experience a new culture. I also did my best at exposing a little Duquesne culture and colors on the countries I visited. This was my first country of six during my travels, so continue reading and share your own experiences with me. You can share your thoughts with me through commenting, tweeting, or on Facebook.

Platform nine and three quarters at King's Cross Station
Platform nine and three quarters at King's Cross Station

 

-Mike Minnock (Senior studying Integrated Marketing)

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