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During the fall of 2015, I had the opportunity to study abroad in London. While there, we traveled around the United Kingdom and to Paris. I also went to Dublin and Copenhagen. I loved our trip to the north of England; the Lake District and Scotland were incredibly gorgeous and full of culture and history. One day was spent in Edinburgh, walking up and down its cobbled streets. A friend and I went on a ghost tour, where the guide failed to scare me but scared my friend twice. We explored Edinburgh Castle and saw the author monument that soared above all others. The large gothic structure stands as a tribute to Sir Walter Scott and his works. Another discovery was The Elephant House, where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter. The café is filled with memorabilia to mark where Harry Potter began, and people wrote all over the bathrooms to express their thanks to Rowling for her stories that shaped our generation.

 

Faulkner Imitation:

Studying abroad in London enabled me to travel throughout the United Kingdom and Europe, to places like Paris, Dublin, Copenhagen; with the beautiful Lake District and Scotland visited on a long trip north at the beginning of the program. Edinburgh’s wonders abounded, trailing up and down its cobbled streets to see the castle and the monument to the famous author Walter Scott and The Elephant House where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter. The marvelous Elephant House boasts this connection, from posters and postcards and cups and mugs, to signs hanging throughout, even in the bathrooms. The bathroom walls were covered on every surface in writing and thanking Rowling for her stories and how they saved their lives or influenced them for the better or shaped an aspiring generation.

 

Hemingway Imitation:

Studying abroad in London is an incredible experience for everyone. Since you are in Europe, you can go to other places too. You can visit Paris, Dublin, Copenhagen, and other destinations in the United Kingdom. One trip in study abroad was to the north of England. There, we visited the Lake District and then went to Edinburgh. Edinburgh’s cobbled streets are beautiful and lead you up and down the Royal Mile to the castle and Walter Scott’s monument. The Elephant House is also in Edinburgh. It is a café where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter. This connection is seen everywhere. Mugs. Cups. Shirts. Postcards. Lots of merchandise to advertise the connection. Even the bathrooms have been touched. We love Harry Potter. The Boy Who Lived. Thank you J.K. Rowling. All these phrases and more were written all over every surface of the bathroom.

 

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