Lion and London Eye

Found my self overseas!

London Blue Whale

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Visiting London wrapped up my summer of study abroad doing marketing, social media, and photography. London was different than Grenada but also different from the living in the states.

While I was there, I covered students attending classes. There was nine classes total, and I almost made it to everyone. I was only there for seven teaching days, making it a challenge to see every class. The above photo was from seeing the Natural History Museum in London with the education class. The Blue Whale skeleton, named Hope, hung in the middle of the exiting gallery leaving the museum. Trying to line up photographs like this take a few shots, but I measured lines on the ground and kept looking at the side angles to make sure it was aligned as symmetrical as I could make it.

Queen Mary University of London

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I spent two weeks in London with the study abroad group, and we stayed at the Queen Mary University of London. The school regularly has students, but since it was the summer, we didn’t see a lot of college students. There were plenty of other school groups there, including us with over 100 students. One of the largest classes from Midwestern State University.

I have so many pictures from the trip, I’ll split this up into two blogs, including some of my favorites.

Boats

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One day I was with the history and sociology class on a boat, punting along the river. The next day, I would be at the Camden Markets looking at the local shops. Punting was in Cambridge, where we spent half the day learning about the town and seeing the other colleges in the area. Punting means pushing, and Punters would sit on the bow of the boat, gondola style, and punt down the river while giving us information about the river and area.

Camden Markets

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The Camden Markets were located in north London, and it was a bunch of shops all put together. The one in the photograph was an Indian shop selling stuff from India. The lamps struck at me and created this pattern throughout the shop. Of course, I stuck a while until I photographed the image I wanted. At the markets, I found an art print to include in my collection. The markets also had a selection of food to eat from around the world.

Globe Theatre

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One of my last nights in London, I went with the Shakespeare class and saw a performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the world-famous Globe Theatre. The students already had tickets, so I was stuck with the expensive ones, which were really not that expensive. I did have an enjoyable seat, as you can see from my angle. The students stood for the entire play, to have a real-life look at how it would have been in the times Shakespeare lived.

Some of them even participated in the play by doing minor-tasks. The production was a lot of fun with great acting, music, and incredible dance numbers. This was the way Shakespeare was meant to be performed, and you can see it at the Globe Theatre in London.

The other big thing about London is how you travel. From the buses to the tube to an actual car, there are many ways to see the city. The ‘Mind The Gap’ painted on the picture below was a constant reminder every time we used the tube.

Mind The Gap

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It was a warning to remind passengers to be careful as they left the tube. If there is one thing you will remember about the tube, it’s that little phrase.

Lion and London Eye

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Here is a photograph of a Lion with the London Eye in the background on a cloudy day. There were a lot of cloudy days, and the weather was always around the 70s. Apparently, this is hot, according to the locals. There was also rarely air-conditioning around, except for a few places. It’s manageable, and I became used to it after a few days in London.

London was a lot of fun and has some of the most exciting sights in the world. It was great to have a chance to visit and photograph this great city that plays host to the capital of the United Kingdom. Stay tuned for more from London and also my weekend in Paris.

My job takes me to Grenada!

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This week I’m in Grenada, the country. My work involves social media, photography, and digital marketing. Because of this, I was invited to help document our university study abroad program for future marketing campaigns. We are also doing a daily view of study abroad on social media. This works great because classes are done for the Spring semester, and now we have a chance to create new content right away.

The above picture is of Dr. Veale taking a picture of all the students leaning-in to take a group picture on the dock at the university we’re staying at.

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Dr. Veale is one of two faculty, along with Dr. Anderson, on the trip teaching a class about Global Health. She’s pictured here talking to some students at the beach at St. George’s University. She never stops teaching, which is great when we’re trying to show the value of a study abroad program.

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Of course, I’m still having fun while I work and have the opportunity to photograph these gorgeous places all along the island. Grenada is one of those places where around every corner is an Instagramable location. We went to a place called “Umbrellas” the first night, and we saw this gorgeous sunset. The young couple in the photograph were talking by themselves around a large group of people. They were the few that were still in the water as the sun went down. It framed up a beautiful photo for my first night in Grenada.

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The students are having plenty of fun. They’re starting to feel better about having a photographer on the trip who is always with a camera in his hand. We’ve done some semi-photo ops for them to use on their Instagram. For me, this does two things. One, it gives me some content for later marketing purposes and social media content. Two, it gives them content to post for their Instagram to create interest in the study abroad program. Crossing fingers, their friends are excited and ready to participate in the program next year.

The last photograph is on the second night at a restaurant called 61 degrees. I’m still not sure if that’s the name. We were told multiple things, but the food and the atmosphere was something out of a movie. I tried to take more photographs, but it didn’t do this place justice. This one is of a person taking a picture of the sunset. As soon as it went down, everyone brought their phones out. Who could blame them?

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For more about our first few days in Grenada, watch our YouTube video where we talked to students about their first-hand experience.