James' Jaunts
I signed up for the following London Alive events:

Saturday, July 2, 2011
Historic Pubs of London
Dr. Teresa Welsh/Library Science

Come along for a fun walk and learn about some historic and unusual pubs (public houses) of London. How did pubs originate? Why do they keep hours that seem so particular? How do they differ from bars or saloons? How have these “living rooms” of the people helped to shape British writers and artists for generations? We will be walking in the steps of
Shakespeare, Chaucer, Dr. Johnson, and Dickens to see some of the pubs they frequented and learn some fun facts along the way.

Sunday, July 3, 2011
London Calling!
Dr. Rik Seefeldt/ Psychology

What part of London is known as the birthplace of Britpop, and in addition has ties to infamous original punk bands and classic bands as far back as the 60s?
A: Camden Town.
Join Dr. Seefeldt as you tube to Camden Town and visit the world famous Camden Markets, where you can stock up on all things alternative such as all those bondage/leather/lace/goth/metal-wear items you've always wanted! While we're there, we can also stroll past many famous pubs and music venues associated with bands from the past such as Oasis, The Sex Pistols, The Pogues, Motorhead, The Clash, Madness, Morrissey, Blur, etc...and performers of the present like Radiohead and Amy Winehouse. Don't dress up for this one!!

Also, later in the month, I hope to meet up with Dr. Craig Saucier, SLU History Instructor and Beatles Fanatic, for his "Beatles Magical Myster Tour" if I can coordinate my class schedule around it. 
I received my flight itinerary today.  It's now starting to feel "official!"  I'm really starting to get excited.  I did the last of my pre-trip shopping this past weekend.  Only a few more essentials to gather. 

I fly out a week from Thursday from New Orleans to Miami, then Miami to Heathrow.  I've heard Heathrow is a little overwhelming.  But the trip from the airport to the dorm shouldn't take quite so long. 

Phew!  It's almost here!

    London Away:
    British Studies
    Summer 2011


    I am a professional student.  I have a formal education--both a Bachelor and Master's degree in English, and I am working on a Master's in Library and Information Sciences.  But I believe that life experience is the greatest teacher anyone can have.  So I am hitting the road to have fun and to learn--and no, that's not mutally exclusive!--and live life to the fullest.



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