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