Everyone’s Favorite Female Superhero is Out of the Closet, No One is Surprised.

Wonder Woman is Queer, Duh.

By Maddie Migis

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It has just been announced, by the current head writer of the popular Wonder Woman comic Greg Rucka, that the main character (known both as Wonder Woman and Diana) is queer (Karlan). Bisexual, to be more precise. This move is simply a happy admittance of a very solid backstory and rationale for the character’s LGBT status: she grew up on a planet that consisted of only women. This place is referred to as an “Amazonian Paradise,” of course, with no men (Prudom). The creators of the comic book ascertain that of course, growing up without men, Diana is attracted to women. She’s also attracted to men, however, as bisexuality is not a concept on her home planet, and does not hold a social stigma or any other type of societal penalty.

While some LGBT individuals might wish for this man-less planet full of Amazonian bisexual women, others are just thankful that LGBT characters are finally getting to have a say, in the open, about LGBT people. As a demographic that makes up a huge segment of the market, it’s good that DC Comics is finally thinking about that market. Though Wonder Woman’s identity feels like a perfect, if not logical fit due to her upbringing and heritage, it’s a welcome addition to the comic book universe. Male superheroes and their macho personality traits leave little room for the few female heroes to take charge, let alone be visible. Wonder Woman’s identity is a win not just because she’s a hardcore female hero who could take Superman any day, but because she can now serve as a role model for LGBT youth. Rucka says that they’re not pushing an agenda with this decision, it’s just a fact that has never been publicly acknowledged (Karlan). DC made a great, albeit accidental, move that comes just before the June 2017 release of Wonder Woman’s own movie. Coincidence? Maybe not.

Sources Cited:

Karlan, S. (2016, September 29). DC Comics Writer Confirms Wonder Woman Has Had Relationships With Other Women. Retrieved September 29, 2016, from https://www.buzzfeed.com/skarlan/wonder-woman-is-totally-bisexual-confirms-dc-comics-writer?utm_term=.ofL0eXYw6#.uoAMKj0dr

Prudom, L. (2016, September 29). Wonder Woman is bisexual, and it’s NBD. Retrieved September 29, 2016, from http://mashable.com/2016/09/29/wonder-woman-bisexual-greg-rucka/#1msNFy1jXaqz

Image courtesy of Buzzfeed.

Clinton’s “Between Two Ferns” Grabs Millennial Attention

With mixed reactions but millions of views, was Hillary’s “Funny Or Die” appearance good or bad for her reputation with young Americans?

By Maddie Migis
@maddiemigis

“Funny or Die,” a popular comedy sketch website that often works with celebrities. Zach Galifianakis is a popular funny boy and sometimes host of the segment “Between two Ferns,” where he awkwardly interviews celebrities in the most deadpan, straight-faced and uncomfortable way possible. This edition of his popular segment was different because it wasn’t just awkward, it was really awkward, cringe-worthy even. So awkward, that Clinton even says, in the interview, “I really regret doing this.” Galifianakis asks Clinton questions that not only infuriate her but also make him look really dumb.

The segment isn’t a total flop, but you could cut the tension with a knife. From the beginning, Clinton feels uncomfortable, like she’s already regretting the interview in its entirety. The questions are so awkward in fact, that Clinton just stares, angrily, at Galifianakis as he continues pelting her with sexist, outdated, and even weird questions. Clinton totally isn’t having it, and it makes you wonder why she agreed to this in the first place. But then again, she totally beats Galifianakis at his own deadpan, awkward game.

It’s definitely a weird segment, and it’s not a huge win for Hillary, but it might help get some love from the millennial demographic she tries so hard to appeal to. To me, she comes off cold and out of touch, but to others, that might not be so. Either way, her campaign is loving the segment, and is tweeting it regularly.

Either way, the video has gotten many millions of views and it has gotten the Internet talking about Clinton. So was it a win for her? Maybe. Was it a win for Zach Galifianakis? Probably not.

Sources Cited:
Kanski, Allison. “Hillary Clinton Looks for Millennial Voters ‘Between Two Ferns'” PR Week. PR Week US, 22 Sept. 2016. Web. 22 Sept. 2016. <http://www.prweek.com/article/1409826/hillary-clinton-looks-millennial-voters-between-two-ferns>.

Tweet courtesy of @HillaryClinton

 

Taco Bell Gets the Millennial Market: Pop Up Arcade in NY

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Taco Bell’s VR Arcade. Image courtesy of AdWeek

I want to get it out there and say that Taco Bell has one of my favorite brand presences. I can probably count the times I have eaten there on one hand (seriously, gross food) but amazing branding. And while I can’t say I’ll be eating any Taco Bell soon, I talk about their brand all the time. Their Instagram is probably one of the best in the business, and their social overall is trendy in the best kind of way.

Taco Bell doesn’t seem to be slowing their roll on social, as they staged a pop up Virtual Reality Arcade in SOHO, New York, open today and tomorrow, September 16th and 17th (Ad Week). The arcade is part of an ongoing collaboration with Sony, which is launching its Playstation VR later this year, and Taco Bell, which was promoting a new menu item, the Cheddar Habanero Quesarito (Berg).

The whole space is set to be a playground for social media, and great for both brands’ images. The arcade includes a station where visitors can make taco-themed GIFs, snap pictures of taco art, and taste free samples of a few menu items, including the Cheddar Habanero Quesarito that Taco Bell is promoting. A product  by USA Today’s Ted Berg recieved rave reviews, saying “The Cheddar Habanero Quesaritos mark the unveiling of yet another version of a spicy cheese sauce, and this one, too, is excellent. Complementing the traditional melted cheese in the quesadilla part of the Quesarito, it packs legit heat and melty, cheesy goodness” (Berg). That’s pretty high praise for Mexican fast food.

Overall, as a brand, Taco Bell has great PR. Their brand content is fun, refreshing and eye-catching. Their use of colors, graphic images, and of course, tacos, appeals to Millennials in ways that few brands do. And while their amazing brand image hasn’t made me want to start eating there, I use them as a source of inspiration for how fun and exciting content can be, even tho

Wells Fargo Goes too Far: Bashes Arts in Ad for Teens

by Maddie Migis
@maddiemigis

When the arts lose, everyone loses. But, a lot of talk recently has focused on the lack of people entering STEM fields, and many job vacancies. But when Wells Fargo published ads promoting their Teen Day event, people took up arms for the arts.

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Image courtesy of Forbes

The first ad reads “A ballerina yesterday. An Engineer today. Let’s get them ready for tomorrow.” The other reads “An actor yesterday. A botanist today. Let’s get them ready for tomorrow.

The public, especially artists, reacted exactly how Wells Fargo wouldn’t want them to: withdrawing their money from their bank. Wells Fargo, it appears, was unaware artists could make money until all the artists took their money somewhere else.

Other artists suggested a permanent and noteworthy change to The Music Man, a musical (with actors, directors, dancers, stage technicians, etc.) that features a Wells Fargo Wagon.

To make it worse, Wells Fargo had THIS to say:

That little quib at the end about $93 million dollars seems like too little, too late, Wells Fargo. And also, where them numbers at? You need to show your publics in PR you care, not just tell them that you care. The brand hasn’t tweeted anything else since. It’s safe to say they might be a little concerned about what they’re going to say next.

They haven’t posted anything but their initial apology, so there’s no knowing how they will try to recover their image or their many artistic clients. But I would guess Wells Fargo has some apologizing to do. I would recommend setting up a charity or separate fund devoted to encouraging and helping young artist achieve their goals, despite financial setbacks, or even a new ad campaign targeted at success that isn’t based on whether or not a teen wants to pursue an artistic career.

 

Sources Cited:
Willingham, Emily. “Wells Fargo Encourages Budding Actors to Be Botanists And Then Apologizes.” Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 04 Sept. 2016. Web. 04 Sept. 2016. <http://www.forbes.com/sites/emilywillingham/2016/09/04/wells-fargo-encourages-budding-actors-to-become-botanists-and-apologizes/#57851bb4a56c>.

Reinstein, Julia. “People Are Saying This Wells Fargo Ad Discourages Teens From Pursuing Arts.” BuzzFeed. BuzzFeed News, 03 Sept. 2016. Web. 03 Sept. 2016. <https://www.buzzfeed.com/juliareinstein/o-ho-the-wells-fargo-wagon-is-a-comin-down?bftw&utm_term=.lujYGyog3#.dlpwKv9o6>.

 

 

Mylan Majorly Messes Up: My Take on Another Big Pharma Goof

by Maddie Migis
@maddiemigis

When the price of Mylan’s EpiPen skyrocketed late this summer, the public fought back. EpiPens are essential to many who suffer from severe allergic reactions, and a 400% price increase raising the cost of the pen to $600 made the pen—a necessity to many—inaccessible (Arenstein, PR News).

Why did Mylan raise the price of the Epipen by 400%? We really don’t know, and Mylan still hasn’t told consumers why. What we do know is that when Mylan acquired the Epipen, the cost was $57 (Willingham, Forbes). We also know about CEO Heather Bresch, now lovingly referred to as the “pharma sis” to Martin Skhreli’s “pharma bro” has also benefitted from a hefty salary increase, no surprise there.

The public, still stewing from big pharma’s own frat boy Martin Shkreli’s heinous and greedy price raise in an equally important drug, Daraprim, from $13.50 to $750 overnight, responded appropriately (Mclean, CNN). Needless to say, Mylan couldn’t have picked a worse time to raise a drug price. But let’s be real, any time would be a bad time to raise the price of such an essential medicine. Denying access to the EpiPen evokes images of a six-year-old, sitting at his lunch table, going into anaphylactic shock after taking a bite of his friend’s pb & j. Mylan, you goofed, big time.

Mylan has already released a hefty discount coupon that reduces “50% off list price” for patients without insurance. But is it enough? I don’t think so. The press release on their media newsroom talks big—and promises a lot of things, including a claim that most people will pay nothing out of pocket on their insurance plans, but they still aren’t planning on lowering the price. Instances like this remind people how greedy pharmaceutical companies can be. It leaves a bad taste in anyone’s mouth to hear that the EpiPen, a product that can, in some situations, mean the difference between life or death, is no longer affordable to most uninsured—or even some insured—people. Mylan claims it has worked with insurance companies, but I can’t believe it.

As someone who grew out of an allergy to ants and bees, I can say my family still paid a large out-of-pocket cost for my EpiPen two-packs (because this is something you should have two of… they’re that important) despite my father’s excellent health insurance.

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Mylan might find themselves in a proverbial pickle, as many angry consumers posted a meme, showing prices upwards of $600 at most pharmacies, and the cost of an Epinephrine vial and a 1 cc syringe, the same medicine, without the “pen” would come out to a mere $10. While not a feasible option to all, I’m sure many will now ask their doctors to teach them how to administer the shots and save a lot of money.

Mylan’s epic pharma fail also leaves room for the FDA and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to encourage other companies attempting to bring a reasonable EpiPen competitor to the market (Arenstein, PR News). Either way, I hope that the greedy mistake Mylan made with their EpiPen price spike tanks the company. And it just may—last week, the price of Mylan’s stock had already dropped 11%.

 

Sources Cited

An image of the EpiPen prices at pharmacies, compared with the cost of an Epinephrine injection and syringe. Digital image. Reddit. Allergic2Shellfish, 26 Aug. 2016. Web. 31 Aug. 2016.

Arenstein, Seth. “Digging Deeper on the EpiPen Crisis.” PR News Blog. PR News, 31 Aug. 2016. Web. 31 Aug. 2016.

Mclean, Robert. “Martin Shkreli on Drug Price Hike: ‘$1 Billion Here We Come'” CNNMoney. Cable News Network, 3 Feb. 2016. Web. 31 Aug. 2016.

“Mylan Taking Immediate Action to Further Enhance Access to EpiPen® (Epinephrine Injection, USP) Auto-Injector.” MediaRoom. Mylan, 31 Aug. 2016. Web. 31 Aug. 2016.

Willingham, Emily. “Why Did Mylan Hike EpiPen Prices 400%? Because They Could.” Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 22 Aug. 2016. Web. 31 Aug. 2016.

My Shadow Experience: Things don’t always go as planned

My shadow, like my study abroad, taught me many things. Flexibility being a main component of not only my trip, but my day. I had set up my shadow experience about three weeks ago with Hilary Clinton’s office abroad. My contact, Guiliana, asked me to be a half-hour early to the event that they were tabling at, a July 4th picnic (on Sunday, July 3rd) for American Democrats abroad.

The picnic was a very festive event. Volunteers transformed Portman Square into a patriotic private space for homesick Americans. After talking to many of the attendees, they feel most homesick around the Fourth of July. And while this picnic isn’t the fireworks and BBQs that we love so well, it had food stalls representing some of America’s most festive foods, face painting, and plenty of stars and stripes. As I walked around while the event was setting up, I noticed there were no Hillary people. I started asking questions. Nobody at the event seemed to know where they were. People knew my contact, Guiliana, well and were very surprised she was late. After a while, there was talk of taking their designated tables and using them for other booths that had actually showed up.

Hillary’s people did actually show up, but almost two hours after the event had started. By this time, I had already posted up shop with the Democrats Abroad UK Women’s Caucus, a brand new segment of Democrats Abroad. The co-founders were exceptionally kind, and very willing to help me with my shadow experience. Their booth was very cute and well-decorated, including a photo booth area encouraging people to take Rosie the Riveter inspired shots. Brimming with volunteers, everyone at the booth was happy to chat with me about what they thought about both American and British political climates. I am happy I found them, and decided to stay with them for the remainder of the event, instead of hanging out with Hillary.

So, while this shadow experience was not what I expected it to be, it did impart a lot of wisdom onto me. First and foremost, it taught me to be flexible. I am a planner at heart, and I can be a little inflexible at times. I like to stick to the plan, but sometimes it’s out of your control. I honestly believe that the Democrats Abroad Women’s Caucus taught me more than shadowing with Hillary’s campaign would have. These people were much less politically motivated, and likely less inclined to amend their responses for me. I felt like talking to them warranted honest, frank answers and great lengthy responses. They did not hold back when I asked very politically charged questions.

They also were very kind to explain the process of voting abroad to me. It’s a lot more difficult than I thought, and it’s crazy how little ex-pats are considered when it comes to American politics. Most of the ex-pats at the picnic I spoke to were very well informed about politics, but they feel like the American government doesn’t care about their votes at all. Especially since there’s an electoral college system, their votes kind of just get cast into a void, but they still vote because it’s so important to them to remain involved and feel like they have a say in American issues. This was super enlightening to me, because while I have always voted, many of my friends don’t. It made me realize how important one vote can be, even if it’s not in the US, it makes someone feel like they have a say. British Americans feel sometimes voting isn’t really about who you vote for, but playing a part in politics. Voting is a big way for Americans abroad to stay connected.

Other than these things I observed, this experience also reinforced some of the differences I have noticed about British versus American events. Not only the lateness of the Clinton group was indicative of the lack of distinct scheduling here, it was likely due to an unforeseen reason. Whatever the reason it still was very unprofessional, but lateness happens in London. Between all the traffic jams and tube shutdown, nothing ever goes as planned. Also, the event still had a lot of British people, despite being centered around and mostly run by Americans interested in politics. British people must like American things just as much as former Americans. Especially with the current American political climate, maybe it’s especially interesting to them. Either way, it was certainly and interesting and intriguing experience, despite a few setbacks.

Though my shadow wasn’t what I thought it would be, it ended up being exactly what I wanted it to be. I learned more from Democrats Abroad than I would have learned helping Hillary’s people sign people up for email lists. I am grateful that the Democrats Abroad Women’s Caucus was willing to give me the Shadow Experience I needed and impart so much wisdom about both American and British politics. Everyone I talked to at the picnic could not have been nicer or friendlier. I am very thankful for the opportunity to learn about politics abroad.

Reflection #3: Audacity in London

Nothing screams Denton like Audacity. Founded by a UNT grad, Audacity has UNT and Denton totally ingrained in its brand. But how do you make a brand like Audacity, based on its locality and Denton pride, successful in London? I have a few ideas.

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First off, Audacity should stay local. Its originality and uniqueness will appeal to hipsters all across London. Having an IPA from a small brewery in Denton would appeal to people. Many people in London have probably never heard of Denton, and being a town of only 40,000, it makes the brand exceptionally exclusive. I could see bars in Shoreditch selling Bullet Proof Ale and putting a big “Texas” in front of it.

Texas is one of the most recognizable shapes, even abroad. Texas is huge and a southern-most point on the map and automatically recognizable. Some of the locals say are fascinated by my heritage, and some, yes, think we still ride horses to school and wear cowboy hats, but most importantly are exceedingly interested in Texas culture. A beer from Texas would be ultra-rare, therefore exclusive.

To market Audacity, I think the owner, Scott Lindsey, would have to come to London to build relationships. People in pubs are very friendly, I’m sure pub owners would be happy to chat up a Texan brewer. Getting it here would not be an issue, but I have visited Audacity and interviewed Lindsay before. While Audacity is a growing brewery, they just recently came out of the red. They are not looking to totally overwhelm the London market, but remain on tap in only a small number of very hip pubs in London. This way, Audacity not only stays exclusive, being a beer that you can only get in Texas and London, the brewery also doesn’t stretch itself too thin.

I think that only including one beer to export, the Bullet Proof Pale Ale is a great choice. Even places like BrewDog would be interested in having such a neutral, but totally different, beer on its tap. Audacity could consider any hip European city as a place to slowly start expanding internationally, but after seeing London’s love for craft beers, I think this is a great market for Audacity.

London with Mom: My first weekend

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I’ve been in London for a while, so I am sorry I haven’t updated anything sooner than this. London is a busy city, and people here don’t stop for anything, except maybe a pint. I’ve been having so much fun here, and I promise I’ll fill you in on the rest of my trip so far soon. For now, here’s what my mom and I did while we were here!

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We might have had a little bit too much fun in the EuroTunnel…

We arrived Saturday from Paris via Eurostar, which I highly recommend. At about 1:30  we got to our hotel, and tried, but failed to get some very very last minute matinee tickets. After discovering how expensive the few Book of Mormon tickets that were left were, we settled on Matilda for our Covent Garden theatre experience of the evening. We were both so glad that we did! Not only was the musical quintessentially British, the book and movie are two of my all-time childhood favorites. We loved it! From the set to the cast, everything was fun, colorful, and high-energy. I could not recommend this play enough to anyone visiting London. We felt we could have even gotten worse seats than we had (our seats were very decent) but every seat in the Cambridge theater is a good seat. It’s very intimate, if not a little cramped, but absolutely worth it. I highly HIGHLY recommend Matilda.

The set of Matilda could not have been cuter! We had fun making out the words spelled in the many blocks that make up the surrounding set while waiting for the play to start.
The set of Matilda could not have been cuter! We had fun making out the words spelled in the many blocks that make up the surrounding set while waiting for the play to start.

Before the show, we went to a local chippy (Fish and Chips shop) which was meh. We did this only after discovering Dishoom had an hour and twenty minute wait for two people. Ain’t nobody got time for that, Dishoom, we will see you tomorrow.

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The fish was better than the chips, and overall this shop was way too expensive. Not worth your time, but still a fun experience for us!

We don’t remember the name of this chippy, and I don’t really even think it’s worth noting. We didn’t fancy the curry sauce or mushy peas, and the chips were just ok. We both agreed that the fish was delicious, but not entirely worth coming back to. It was quite expensive, probably because of its proximity to Covent Garden. Since this chippy experience, I have found a great place nearby where I am staying in Farringdon called Kerbishers. For six quid you can get a small piece of cod, a massive box of some of the best chips you have ever had, and a sauce of your choice. It has become a staple among the UNT students in my neighborhood. I highly, highly recommend it.

The next day we woke up and enjoyed breakfast in a pub on the Jack Horner corner. It was mediocre, but nice to sit with my mom in a quiet spot. We had just enough time to make it for the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. It was cool to see the soldiers at first, but afterwards, the soldiers disappeared from site. The whole thing takes a long time, so we didn’t stay for all of it.

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From the changing of the guard we walked through St. James Park and throughly enjoyed the weather and the water fowl. It’s a beautiful park and due to its proximity to Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square. From there, we walked around Trafalgar square and saw Big Ben, which was very fun. We then went back to our hotel and freshened up for our tea at Fortunum and Mason, which was absolutely amazing. It could not have been a more perfect mother-daughter outing. Everything from our tea to our service was absolutely perfect. The finger sandwiches were straight-up phenomenal, and I can never say no to a good scone. I could not have been more happy with that experience, and though it was expensive, it was very special. I would recommend that everyone who goes to London splurges on their tea. There are places that do teas for much cheaper, but the fancy hotels and other upscale places like F&M really step up their game. It’s so fun and unlike anything we have in America, I would do it again in a heartbeat!

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SO EXCITED for the tea! Look at those towers… we are in mommy/daughter heaven!

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After our tea, we went shopping around Piccadilly Circus, where Fortunum and Mason is located. We then finally, though we were already very full, got to try Dishoom. We split two dishes, the lamb samosas (amazing) and the chicken ruby, also amazing, with a side of roti. We also both had a cocktail, and they were both very delicious as well.

After Dishoom, we were totally full, and thoroughly exhausted. Walking around London is no joke. Throughly worn out, that was about the end of our time in London together. We had so much fun and we really wished that we had booked more time in the UK. One day, I’ll have to bring her and the rest of my loved ones back and be a tour guide, I’ve already learned and experienced so much here!

I miss you Mom! I can’t wait to share all my other adventures with you when I get back.

?Maddie

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Reflection #2: Brits are pretty funny

I didn’t know how much I would like British humor, but I love it. In the UK they aren’t afraid to offend anybody. I gather that Brits aren’t easily offended, especially when someone’s making a joke. They are blunt, brands say what they mean and people eat it up. I don’t always get British humor, just a couple of TV ads have gone over my head. There are some TV ads that really crack me up though, especially this JUST EAT one. If you’re a Backstreet Boys fan, or just want a good laugh, you’ll definitely want to click that link. Other ads really miss the mark when it comes to humor, and that might be because I don’t get it. Making a Peri-Peri wrap sexy? I don’t know if this ad is supposed to be funny, but it really just made me very uncomfortable. I cringe every time it comes on during my favorite TV program here, Dinner Date.

If you haven’t seen Dinner Date yet, it’s a show where one lucky dater gets a choice of five menus, all arranged by potential suitors, be them women or male. From these menus, they pick three, and those three potential suitors make dinner for her or him at their home. Afterwards, and this is definitely the best part, the chosen “dater” picks one of the three for a real date, while others receive a fancy tablecloth set-up, complete with an atrocious looking microwavable meal. If that’s not enough for you, Dinner Date seems to have a very interesting way of showing off British humor in the presenter. We never see her, but there is a very sassy, if not a little too sassy, narrator who talks viewers through the show, making quips about both the daters and their potential suitors. Commenting on everything from the food to their appearance, this narrator is not afraid to throw shade, which is absolutely hilarious at times, but other times, the slang, or her accent, or both, go entirely over my head. If you’ve decided you have to see an episode of this fascinating program but don’t get ITV, you can watch this one guy’s episode, which he so kindly uploaded to YouTube, here.

Other TV I find sometimes misses the mark. I don’t really like British news here, and while I am a huge fan of the BBC World Service and BBC America, BBC One London isn’t the best station here in my opinion. The content can be awkward at times. Especially BBC Breakfast, I find to be totally cringe-worthy sometimes.

Other than that, I feel like the ads here appeal more to my sense of humor here. One thing is for certain, Brits are not afraid to make a statement or go for it when trying to win at a humor appeal. Some commercials and ads are quite bold, but they pay off. I love the ads here, especially the funny ones, and I will continue to watch them and look out for them with fervor until I leave.

Reflection #1: Thoughts so far

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First off, I absolutely love it here in London. The weather is amazing, not too hot, I can deal with a little rain. But rain or shine, the city never ceases to amaze me. As soon as I got here, I couldn’t believe how nice people were. Still not as friendly as they are in Texas, but close. People are overly apologetic, even when you bump into them, they apologize. Also, they are very happy to tell you any information you would want to know. I’ve been to Lush twice, and spent a lot of money there, but both times I’ve been I have been able to squeeze a lot of vital information about neighborhoods and the culture in London out of them.

Personal space isn’t really a thing here. Whether it’s the tube or Primark, people have no problem being right on top of you, politely pushing and shoving. People move fast here. There’s not much time for a lackadaisical pace in the center of the city, but when we went to Notting Hill, we felt out of place even talking and walking in a group. While only a short tube journey away, it was a very stark difference from busy central London.

I love the food here, which really shocked me. Also, beans for breakfast is seriously revolutionary. America needs to get on that. I love takeaway, and I love it when the weather is nice and people eat their takeaway in parks. It’s such a cool mid-day vibe like I’ve never seen before. I think living here would be a dream, because takeaway. Why don’t we do this in America? If we had Pret A Manger, maybe Americans would all be a little happier.

From what I have noticed, Londoners seem to be go-getters for the most part. From the way they dress-walking in trainers and pantyhose to and from work-to the way they play. Conventional busy work life takes a backseat to pretty weather, it’s absolutely acceptable to enjoy a pretty day here, probably because they get so few of them. People turn in early, but also start earlier too. They value their careers, but they also value their pubs and their free time.

After almost two weeks here, I can say that I think I’ve figured out how to navigate and I have figured out that thirty pounds isn’t thirty dollars, it’s more like forty-five. Despite everything being pricey, I’m having so much fun here. Walking and using my oyster card for the tube and busses has become a breeze. I feel like more of a local than a tourist, and I love it! Having an American accent here isn’t necessarily a dead-giveaway, so I feel like I’ll be totally blending in before I know it. I even got asked directions yesterday.

I can’t wait to explore more!

?Maddie