Garrett Stack rss London Study London, Spring 2009

Garrett is a junior at Indiana University and is participating in the IES London Program. He is majoring in journalism and minoring in Biology. He chose to study in London for the rich history of both media and literature . He is looking forward to the unique culture and flare of Great Britain, and plans to travel as much as possible.

Garrett's Posts

  • English, without the English accent

    I am finally back. After more than two weeks of travelling after my program ended, I said my final goodbyes to Europe and London and caught my plane back to the States. The eight hour flight gave me a lot of time to reflect upon my experience. As it soared over the Atlantic the events [...]

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  • Diving In

    My program actually ended last week, but I was just not ready to go home. After a round of tough final exams, one last party in London, and some sad good byes to the new friends I had made during the semester, I figured I had just enough money left over in the travel fund [...]

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  • High Tea

    When I thought of the British before arriving in England, a few things immediately popped into my mind. I thought of the Queen and Buckingham Palace. I thought of the red coated guards who wear funny hats and cannot smile or speak. I thought of Big Ben and Sherlock Holmes and Jack the Ripper and [...]

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  • Role Reversal

    Last week I had the privilege of flipping roles for a little while. For almost four months now I have been the tourist, the constant foreigner who has to be lead around by more knowledgeable people as I travel from place to place, whether inside the UK or abroad. Do not get me wrong, I [...]

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  • Everything and the kitchen sink

    The streets of London are normally packed with cars, trucks and all manner of traffic at almost every hour of the day. I am just now feeling confident enough, after more than three months here, to cross the street without fear of being hit by a double-decker bus. So it was strange to me at [...]

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  • The Menin Gate Remembers

    It was just getting dark as we made our way towards the great square arch occupying the center of the street. It spanned the broad two lane street with ease, stretching hundreds of feet up into the air and lit all along it with lights that bathed the white marble in a soft, eerie glow. [...]

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  • Welsh Hospitality

    I recently decided to take advantage of a long weekend and cheap bus fare by taking a visit to Wales. I hopped on a bus bright and early one Thursday morning, promptly fell asleep, and awoke four hours later in Cardiff, the beautiful capital city situated on a sunny bay in southern Wales. After spending [...]

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  • Everyday Life

    I thought that perhaps for this blog entry I would tell anyone who is interested in participating in this program what the living situation, course work, nightlife and travel opportunities are like here in London. This should provide any prospective students out there with a little more info regarding IES Study – London before so [...]

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  • En Garde!

    I have always enjoyed trying new things. I have made a point all of my life to take every opportunity that was presented to me to learn a new skill, or try something different that I have never tried before. For the most part, this has never steered me wrong and I have picked up [...]

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  • Taking Stock

    I had one of those moments the other day. You know; the kind of moment that makes you stop and reevaluate your outlook on things and really brings it all into perspective. I was in a grocery store getting some little things to try and make soup. I learned early on the best way to [...]

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  • Localizing Abroad

    There is a distinct transitional period that occurs while trying to acclimate to a new country. The first and most obvious difference is the time change. Adjusting to, in my case, a five hour jump into the future is wearisome to say the least. For the first week or so, my body refused to agree [...]

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  • Landing in the fog

    I was a little nervous when I first got on the plane. Traveling to a new continent is understandably nerve wracking, but it was a little more than that. It’s scary to think about leaving behind friends and family, missing out on a semester of school, and flying into completely uncharted territory so to speak. [...]

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