While studying in London, I had the opportunity to learn about the city through photography and literature. In Photographing the City, my classmates and I were encouraged to see London through an artist's eye, experiencing a different side of the culture. In Literary London 1700-1900, we learned about London society in the 18th and 19th centuries, and compared them to London today. Though many people think that England and the United States are similar, I had to adjust to many cultural differences while living in London. I traveled on the Underground every morning, ate traditional English foods and experienced life in the "posh" areas of town. I also visited many of the off-beat (and popular) markets and two of the Queen's Royal Residences, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. Studying in London gave me the opportunity to travel to other European cities on the weekend. With my University, I visited Paris, Amsterdam, and Bruges, all of which provided me the opportunity to experience another culture. I had an amazing time studying abroad and can think of no better way to spend a summer.