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From Ohio to London

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BY: Rachel Brumenschenkel ’18

In previous years, my spring breaks have usually consisted of going home, applying for internships, working on class projects and spending time with my family. Never did I think that this past spring break would be any different—until I signed up for THE 210 on Self-Service.

Since I was taking mostly business classes, seeing that I had a theatre class on my schedule was a little out of the ordinary. What was even more different about this class was that it was a theatre travel seminar, with the travel destination of London, England.

I have always had an interest in traveling, and I thought this was a perfect study abroad option for me. With this class, ten Mount Union students, led by Professor Rudy Roggenkamp and his wife, traveled to London for eight days over spring break.

The highlights of the trip included seeing:

  • Windsor Castle and St. George’s Chapel
  • Tower of London
  • British Museum
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • National Theatre
  • Paul’s Cathedral
  • Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
  • London Eye
  • Westminster/Parliament/Big Ben
  • Harrods Department Store
  • Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station
  • Four shows: Travesties, Wicked, The Play That Goes Wrong and Phantom of the Opera

My favorite part of the trip was exploring the areas of Shoreditch, Covent Garden and South Bank. There were a lot of cool shops, markets and street food in these areas, and I felt like I got an authentic experience of being in London.

I learned so much during this trip. Even though I am not a theatre major, I am able to appreciate theatre more because I especially learned how important theatre was to the British culture.

It was very interesting to experience a different culture. There were many similarities between London and the United States, but here were some differences I noticed:

  • For breakfast, people put baked beans on their toast and put milk in their black tea
  • Gas in London could cost the equivalent of nine dollars per gallon
  • Sometimes you have to pay to use the “loo”
  • Ethnic foods are very popular in London (kebabs, Thai cuisine, etc.)
  • Most people take the “tube” to travel to different places around London
  • Restaurant services are slightly different than in the United States

I would have never believed that I would have the opportunity to travel abroad and learn about another culture. Traveling to London was definitely one of the best experiences I have had.


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