I MISS ENGLAND! I never expected England to have such an impact on my life! Coming back to the states I assumed I could go back into my normal daily routine, but I was mistaken. England has really taught me how to appreciate other cultures. Originally I believed the English culture would be very similar to the culture of the United States. I had to step out of my own ethnocentric viewpoint to understand the English culture for what it is. Though everything seemed “backwards” to me at first, such as driving on the opposite side of the street, I grew accustomed to the culture and was able to embrace it.
I will truly miss the environment of England, especially Leeds. The feel of a small post-industrial city moving toward a more urban feel. I will never forget our adventures on the double-decker buses ( missing our stop a few times) and learning our way around town.
I will NEVER forget the infamous delicious fish and chips and my memories in the hospital later.
I will miss our field trips to sporting complexes such as Manchester United’s football stadium.
Most of all I will miss the wonderful group I got to share this experience with.
Our professor always encouraged us to “try new things” and from this study abroad experience I can definitely say I have no regrets. From adventures in pubs to the infamous fish and chips fiasco to adventures in London Town, I can say I enjoyed every part of m y trip. I have every intention of visiting England again in the near future.