Cultural Differences
Shawna, London, Fall 2014
October 15, 2014

Shadlow, S - Fall 14 - London

Some macaroons from ladure’e

Shadlow, S - Fall 14 - London

Picture from London Fashion Week that took place at Somerset House

Since being in London, I have not experienced any culture shock so far. I was very surprised that it has not completely hit me that I am in a different country. I am originally from Seattle and for me the weather is identical to the weather here in London, the city layout is somewhat similar as well. I have thought that could be a contributory factor to my lack of culture shock. As far as the people in London, it is a bit different than Seattle. It seems that everyone is always rushing to go somewhere and do something; at times it feels a bit hectic.

Shadlow, S - Fall 14 - London

Brighton, United Kingdom. It was a beautiful beach and lovely weather.

When walking around the streets of London there are a few elements that do stand out. For me, an obvious one is people’s wardrobe. In London everyone is so well polished, I find it inspiring when looking around and seeing all the various styles. I also really love the fact that in London there are always shops around if you need something. I have often found myself walking around and needing something like a band aid and luckily there was always a store around. Another concept that stands out to me is the public transportation. For instance in London the bus system runs 24 hours, which is very convenient. Unfortunately Seattle doesn’t have this same time frame for bus schedules.

Shadlow, S - Fall 14 - London

Some street art that I saw taken place in Shortridge

Shadlow, S - Fall 14 - London

My roommates in Brighton lounging by the beach

With that said there are some frustrating factors with the public transportation system in London, especially the underground tube. As speedy as it is, the tube is extremely crowded and very hot. When taking the underground I always makes sure I am not traveling around a peak hour because then the tube is just unbelievably claustrophobic. There is absolutely no room to move during peak hour. Even though it is such a populated portion of London, it is extremely efficient and easy to navigate.

Shadlow, S - Fall 14 - London

The brickyard weekend market in Brick Lane

Shadlow, S - Fall 14 - London

Some of the Dover Street Market T shirts displayed in a vending machine

Shadlow, S - Fall 14 - London

The outside of Dover Street Market


Shawna is a current student at Washington State University studying at University of the Arts London during the Fall 2014 term.

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2 responses to “Cultural Differences”

  1. Hi Shawna
    I was just reading your blog and found it inspiring. I am also a current student at Washington State University and thinking about going to London College of Fashion my Junior year during spring semester. I have a couple questions to ask you! Possibly if I could reach you by email that would be great! Your blog is very interesting!

    Thank you!

    by Kristina on October 18, 2014 at 12:56 pm

  2. Hi Kristina,

    I had no idea this comment was here! I hope im not too late I would love to answer any questions you may have!


    by shawna on January 6, 2015 at 12:42 am

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