Trains, planes, but not automobiles

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By: Emily Lovasz

After a third day of walking around London, I started to notice differences between the city here and back home in Michigan and even East Lansing. For one, the transportation in London is much different than back home. To get back and forth from school, go to the mall, hang out with friends and even go to work, I have a car that I use. However, in London, not a lot of people drive cars throughout the city. It is too crowded and there isn’t a lot of parking for people. Instead, there are hundreds of busses, taxis and Tube lines that people use to get everywhere.

During our third day, we got with a partner and had to go on a scavenger hunt around the city. My partner Jacob and I went to Selfridge’s on Oxford Street, Harrod’s, the London Eye and Trafalgar Square. The point of the scavenger hunt was to get used to taking the transportation that locals use to get around in the city. Between Selfridge’s and Harrod’s we took a taxi and then we used the Tube to get over to the London Eye and Trafalgar Square.

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At the end, we were supposed to meet at Ye Old Cheshire Cheese pub; a historic pub that is known for literary patrons, but it was closed due to a bank holiday. So, we moved across the street to the oldest Irish Pub in London, the Tipperary.

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After traveling all over the city today, I definitely thought that at times it was a lot easier to just hop on the Tube and go wherever you needed to. It seemed a lot faster and more efficient than trying to drive somewhere and find parking. In Michigan, where parking lots are abundant in most places, it makes sense to have a car, but in a large city such as London, it doesn’t. I could see myself living in a city like London and taking the Tube, a bus or a taxi to get where I need to go. It was a lot different than driving my car to work every day.

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