In England by Eller Student

We have been in London for almost two weeks so far and the time is flying by! Getting to spend time roaming around and exploring in this city has been incredible so far. Even though they speak English here and the culture shock is not as great as it may be somewhere else, London is still so different from Arizona! First of all, people here have been so incredibly helpful. Whether walking through the streets with a confused look on our faces or struggling to carry luggage up the stairs and out of the subway, someone has always come up and offered their assistance. This friendly attitude is not something that I expected upon my arrival, given the stereotype that Americans are usually not well received. That being said, people here seem very interested in us, asking lots of questions about where we are from and what it is like in Arizona. The other huge difference I’ve noticed here is of course the fact that they have a monarchy! On Saturday there was a parade celebrating the Queen’s birthday, and the huge mass of people who came out to celebrate it was shocking! Thousands of people lined the street to get a glimpse of the Queen and the rest of the royal family, most of them locals instead of tourists. The most shocking thing about this for me was the civility in the crowd and how calm everyone was. If this were to happen in America with President Obama, police would be everywhere, fighting the masses to stay back. Here, everyone remained respectful and peaceful, making friends with those who stood around them and simply enjoying the spectacle. I am so grateful that I got to be a part of this celebration and to experience the respect that is held for the Queen first hand. It was truly an amazing experience! I can’t believe how fast the summer has gone by so far, but I can’t wait for what is to come in the next few weeks!