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Living the UK

Written by Kaitlan O’Keefe

I am less than half way through my study abroad experience and I am already dreading going home. I have had the experience of a lifetime and there is still so much left to do. The friends I have made during the past month and a half have already proved that they will be lifelong friends. I have met amazing people from all over the world. I have gotten advice from friends from Paris about what to do in their city. I have learned about life in Australia and the terrifying animals they encounter every day. I am so grateful for the people I have met so far and I look forward to those I will meet during the rest of this adventure. 

The opportunities that I have had during my time here has been like nothing I have ever imagined. I have had some very difficult days, like in Italy on my first day during a twelve day trip, both my wallet and jacket were stolen. It was a huge mistake, but I also had the amazing realization that I was in a place I never thought I would be before with my new friends from all around the world. I am also looking forward to future trips to Amsterdam, Greece, and Spain.

I also realize that I have absolutely fallen in love with London. Reading is a short, and fairly cheap train ride to London. I miss Washington D.C. so being in a city so similar makes me feel at home again. It is also incredibly different from home at the same time. There is an immense amount of history in the city that D.C. does not offer. I could sit in Piccadilly all day, listening to live music and hanging out with friends. It is such a peaceful place that I have already fallen in love with. Study abroad has been an opportunity of a lifetime and I cannot wait to see what else this adventure has to offer. 

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