During my ninth week abroad, I not only got to explore more of London, but I also took a program trip to Dublin, Ireland. Between traveling to Elephant and Castle station and waking up at 4 a.m. to catch our train to Gatwick Airport, the week was a long one, but also a fulfilling one that has left me with many fond memories!
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
On Tuesday morning, we went on a walking tour of Shoreditch, an area in London known for its street art. As our tour guide took us around the area, he told us about the history of Shoreditch and how it became rundown, but the police started cracking down to try and improve it. One of the efforts that he said they went to was arresting the homeless who were loitering on the streets. One of the other absurd things about the area that he told us about was that one can apparently live in a tent, but only so long as they have a flat somewhere — if they do not, then they can get in trouble. Besides learning about the area and seeing the street art, we also visited a gravesite where the graves of Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe, and William Blake, a painter and poet, remain.
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