October 03, 2007

My frist impressions of Britain

I have a dream which is travel and study in Britain, but I always have no chance to make the dream come ture. This year because of my course, I can go to Britain to study. It makes me so happy. In my mind, Britain is an old country, many buildings are very old, but beautiful, like castles. Britain has a long history. It is troditional, not like America which is modernistic. What is more, British men are gentlemanly, and women are so kind.

When I arrived in Britain, the weather made me surprise. It was so cold even it was summer at that time. I heared from my friend that the weather in Britain was very strange. Fristly, I do not believe that, but when I lived in Britain about two weeks, I found that was true. For example, a person who goes shopping in a supermarket this afternoon at 3 pm, when she got into the supermarket, it was sunny, and very hot. But when she got out at 4 pm, it was rainy and windy. And after a few minutes, it was sunny again.

When I did the pre-sessional course, I went to London. I found it was not like what I thought. It is a city which mixs tradition and modern. It has many old buildings which like castles, but it also has many buildings which are very high. Moreover, London is very clean. London has many interesting place to visit, such as Big Ben, London Eyes, Westminster Abey. But I think the most interesting place is not the places of interest, it is China Town. In that place, I felt that I came back China, although it was the old China. In China Town, I could find many Chinese food and I could speak Chinese, met many Chinese people.

Moreover, I just made many friends, and they are very kind. In Britain, I found that men always help women to open a door, and always follow ¡¡ãLadies frist¡¡À. British people also very gald to help overseas people. For instance, when I was in London, beacause the London underground were so perplexing, I could not find the right place to get off, I just ask a local person where I coule get off. The person not only show me the way, but also told me how to get back. It made me warm, when I was in a foreign country.

I also make a mistake that British people worked very quick, but when I opened account in a bank, I found people here were ineffective. They always did things slow. It also happened in supermarkets and shopes.

In a nutshell, Britain is a beautiful country, although the weather here is not very good. I like British people, whereas they work slow. I love cities in Britain, beacause they mix modern and tradition.


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  1. Tilly Harrison

    It’s good that you’ve had the chance to travel around a bit already and I’m glad you met friendly people in London. I like China town too but mainly for the food – I can’t communicate in Chinese. There is also a mini China town in Birmingham so that might be worth a visit one day. I think that some services (eg banking) are slow for students because it is the beginning of term – but it’s true that the British don’t mind queuing and waiting for things, even when shopping.

    08 Oct 2007, 10:47


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