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Barbara Sarrionandia-Uriguen

October 21st, 2015

The busy British style

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Barbara Sarrionandia-Uriguen

October 21st, 2015

The busy British style

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Activity. I was not expecting so much of it. Lots of activities going on around and I simply don’t know what to choose or where I could fit better. Each idea I encounter sounds interesting, but I have to choose and throw away something that I would probably enjoy as well. I’ve seen training groups in front of the Students’ Union, and I remember asking a friend “Well, what do we have to do to be part of that? I would like so much to have enough time to participate in every event that I have seen during these last…let’s say two weeks at LSE…”.

And the people from all around the world, it’s just amazing. In the first class that I went to I remember that the professor asked: “How many of you are from the United Kingdom?”. And only ten people raised their hands. From Africa, Asia, America…and it’s easy to get along together. In my experience everybody has been nice to me. And I have had firsthand experience of this. I have to confess that I have a bad sense of direction, and although I live very close to LSE, I get lost very easily. I once ended up in a church, meeting a very nice group of Catholics who shared their meal with me and invited to join the service (we also played a game about the Bible and a girl gave me a medallion as a present).

But let’s start from the beginning; I am a Basque student who has come with a group of people (there are eight of us, and all from Bilbao, a very famous and nice city located in the Basque Country) to study a Custom Programme about European Political Economy and Finance.

On my first week at the London School of Economics I felt overwhelmed by the change of living in London. As a Spanish student, I am more used to good weather, and being able to wander around the streets and feel the sun on my skin. And I can’t say that my skin is tanned, actually I am quite pale, but I had heard that people complained about not having seen the sun for a long while. Here everybody runs through the street and is busy all the time. In fact, if you are not busy it sounds… strange.

Well, now I understand why. There are so many things to do and the lectures are so interesting and inspiring that I wish I could be in ten places at the same time. Let’s see if I’m able to visit all the places I am planning to. I will soon tell you about it.

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Barbara Sarrionandia-Uriguen

I am a restless Basque journalist looking for original, attractive and curious stories in the UK.

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