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It was a dark and stormy day: I had arrived in London. It turned out that before I was to travel to Wales, I needed to stay in London for the Arcadia orientation. The first couple of days were fairly regimented; meetings, lectures, and a tour or two, but by Wednesday we were pretty much on our own.

The most interesting meeting occurred on Tuesday. That afternoon three members of the British Parliament (Labour party, Conservative party, and Liberal Democrat party were all represented) came to answer any questions we had for them! I asked about the surveillance in the UK. On the plane ride up I had read an article about an eight year old girl caught on surveillance hiding a pair of her friend's shoes. On account of cameras in the classroom, the girl was given a yellow slip (after three of those she would be suspended). The mother of the girl whose shoes were hidden was pleased, and the mother of the girl who was punished was outraged. She said she had liked the idea of the cameras to begin with, but she felt that using them for the purposes of punishing a little girl's prank was extreme, and she no longer felt they were a good idea. After reading "Little Brother" on account of Tommy's recommendation (http://craphound.com/littlebrother/download/ :It talks about how surveillance is eroding our rights to privacy) I agree with the outraged mother.

All of the parliament members felt uncomfortable with so many cameras, and the steadily increasing numbers of cameras, but they said that until there was a "more normal" way to keep track of crime, cameras were part of governmental systems. The Labour Party representative mentioned that people ask for more cameras in the streets, so I wonder how equivalent people's sense of security in having cameras is compared to the actual security cameras offer.

On Wednesday evening we were given tickets to go see Queen's rock opera musical: "We Will Rock You" which was fantastic. The costuming and music were amazing, and more than made up for the contrived plotline.

Thursday was a free day. After mentioning the graffiti artist Banksy to one of the Arcadia Representatives, she let me borrow her Banksy tour of London book (!) so I spent the day going on my own graffiti tour of London!

I spent a long time thinking about the reading Emily picked out for my Paideia group last semester about graffiti, and the aesthetic of control. It seemed, especially after the discussion about surveillance, more and more silly that graffiti is taboo, and in addition to being aware of graffiti on the walls, I was more aware of blank white or beige walls, and how boring that can be!

Most of Banksy's work was destroyed, painted over, or completely missing. :(

It was really fun to look for his graffiti though; I went to parts of London I never would have seen otherwise, and I found it really interesting that while some people had stolen his work to sell it on ebay, some people made an effort to paint around it. Other graffiti artists tagged on or near his work (like the puzzle piece on the rat's sign). The book I was using was written by a graffiti fan who just notices the world around him.

permalink written by  outlawedwings on January 23, 2009 from London, United Kingdom
from the travel blog: triple_strung_heart
tagged London, England, Graffiti, Banksy, Paint, Rat, Arcadia, StudyAbroad and Surveillance

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Quarantine is Mandatory

Montreal, Canada

Well, I finally got my admissions package! Which now officially means I've been accepted into Inha University for the Fall. I got my admissions letter and this lovely little handbook basically giving me all the info I need (except for how I'm supposed to apply for the dorm and when orientation is). Looks like I still have a lot of things to take care of before I leave. Well, Friday, I'll renew my passport, so that the week after I could get my D-2 visa.

There was something else that was in my package that I thought was rather entertaining. I supposed I shouldn't since the issue is rather serious, but you know- can't help but chuckle a bit. What I got was information about the H1N1 virus and what's going to happen when I arrive. For a week, I'll have to wear a mask, and go to the Health Center daily to check for symptoms and body temperature. If anything doesn't go the way they want, I get quarantined for a certain amount of time.

So yeah. I'm going to make sure that I don't cough upon my arrival.

permalink written by  Maestro on June 22, 2009 from Montreal, Canada
from the travel blog: From Montreal to Incheon
tagged StudyAbroad, Korea, Exchange, H1N1 and Quaratine

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Better late than never

Anchorage, United States

Hi, I am Selena Gillespie as I am sure most of you who are reading my blog know. This blog journey is to act as journal for myself that I would like to share with all of you on my journey discovering the world while studying abroad in Paris, France, Salamanca, Spain and Rome, Italy. Unfortunately, since today has officially made the half way mark of my 4 months abroad, I will create a few short blog entries to catch you up on what you’ve missed so far.

permalink written by  Alaksa2Europe on October 20, 2010 from Anchorage, United States
from the travel blog: Im discovering the world, why don't you join me
tagged StudyAbroad, Procrastination and Anchorage

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