Spare Change

Since getting to Europe four weeks ago, I’ve visited three countries and seven cities. Though this traveling was a new experience for me, after a month here, I feel like somewhat of a pro at navigating new places. I’ve been the go to navigator and somehow always manage to figure out how to get us…

Where Austin Meets Shoreditch

In a country with a drinking age of 18 and a huge population of people from countries like Ireland who are known for their drinking, having a variety or liquors at your disposal at all times of the day is a vital part of London and U.K. culture. Going out in London means paying at…

Social Class and the Way England Is Failing Its Citizens

Every society has its own unique social structure. In the U.S. it revolves mainly around racial economic issues resulting in distinct social groups. Economically disadvantaged people in the U.S. are stereotyped as poor, black or hispanic minorities taking advantage of welfare and other social programs. The terms “Inner City” and “Welfare Queens” bring to mind…

Making Our Mark

One of the things I was most excited about when coming on this trip was seeing things that are old. Like really really old. The fact that there are buildings here that were built thousands of years before America was even “discovered” excited and fascinated me. Over the weekend, a group of us went to…

London: The Real Melting Pot

In general, Western cultures do a really crappy job of representing all types of people in any real way. Coming to London, a crowded, big city in a “white” country, I was expecting about as much diversity in advertisements as you see in Austin. In some cases this is true but there have been times…

From Left to Right: A British Politics Summary

As we’ve been spending more time in the United Kingdom, it has become more clear that there are many things unique about UK politics. Like us in the States, their politics are on a spectrum of left to right with the right leaning conservative and the left leaning liberal. In the past few elections, the…

Still Coming Together…60 Years Later

Liverpool is a shipping town on the western coast of England. With a long history of importing and exporting of goods by sea, its quite unique that their biggest export ended up being the music of four local kids. The Beatles left their undeniable mark on the world when they introduced and entirely new genre…

UK Election: What is going on?

Last Thursday, June 8th, the United Kingdom held their general election. This vote came three years earlier than planned as Prime Minister, Theresa May, called for it in an attempt increase her majority and “strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations”, fearful that minority parties would complicated things in Parliament. “I’m probably going to vote Conservative…