I suppose this is a little late in coming, but I feel the need to sum up my past semester study abroad experience in a few paragraphs and photos (and several months after the event) is marginally difficult. But I shall try. It all started with a week in London, seeing all the big sites, a few soccer matches, and of course a trip out to Stonehenge (and the Roman Baths and Windsor Castle) all with my good friend Nick Allen (yes we were a pair of Nicks travelling together).
We stayed in hostels on either side of Hyde Park, which turned out to be a pretty neat place with huge ammounts of grass with Londoners out running, walking their dogs, or enjoying the sunny weather. We didn't go up in the London Eye, but we walked along the Thames and all over the city. We saw some cool architecture by Norman Foster, Renzo Piano, and Richard Rogers.
The soccer matches were absolutely worth the tickets, in the beautiful Wembley Stadium where we (as young architects) enjoyed the architecture as much as the game. The tour of England was one of those packaged deals, 90 pounds for a 12 hour day where they would bus you to and from these sites. It turned out to be a lot of in-bus time and not as much on site time as we would have liked. Windsor was worth spending an entire day exploring around. Stonehenge about thirty minutes to an hour is enough because they won't let you walk up closer than 30 meters. The Roman Baths were extremely disappointing in that there wasn't as much to see there.