Kristy Arbisi


Kristy Arbisi

I'm a senior at Augustana College and I'm studying abroad in London for a trimester. I'm going to be student teaching right after for sixth grade.

I have a wonderful family that I dearly love but they drive me batty. Oldest of five siblings and I wouldn't trade them in for the world. (Most of the time). My family pet is this hyper rottweiler named Kyrie and she is two years old.

Also joining the Peace Corps if everything goes according to plan and will be doing that after college!

Europe » United Kingdom » England » East Sussex » Brighton October 30th 2011

Just down the way from where I am staying is a beautiful tucked away Garden called Chelsea Physic Garden. It was established as the Apothecaries' Garden in 1673 and is the second oldest botanical garden in Britain. It is a lot smaller than Kew Garden that I went to before but is really beautiful nonetheless. In the middle of the garden there is a statue of Dr. Hans Sloane (the person that Sloane Square is named after). It has a really old rock garden that is really pretty with a little pond in the center. I was never aware before how much of our medicines are plant based and how a simple plant leaf could relieve some pain from various types of diseases. One plant that I particularly remember is the Belladonna which is a foliage ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » South Bank October 26th 2011

For theatre class yesterday we were supposed to meet our professor at a pub called the Founders Arms and it was on the riverfront of the Thames River between the Globe and the Tate Modern Gallery. It was really big and there was tons of seating outside and inside the pub. I tried for the first time Strongbow which was a light cider beer and it was actually really good. After spending some time there we traveled over Millennium Bridge which is a pedestrian bridge we saw the oldest building in London that was from the time period in which Shakespeare lived and it is now the Priory Church of Saint Bartholomew the Great. We actually repeated a lot of the same tour that we took in a previous tour with the history class that we ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Fulham October 23rd 2011

So today I went to my first professional football game aka soccer to us Americans. It was totally epic! It's custom to go to a pub and drink before you go to the game. We went to the Fulham Football Club stadium but we were on the Everton side. Thank goodness I don't follow football so I didn't really care which side I sat on. The way they check your tickets though is through bar code. You just slide your ticket under a scanner and they let you go through those rotating bars. It's actually really efficient rather than have someone check each ticket at a window. Also just at like rock concerts in the states you aren't allowed to have the lids on top of your drinks or bring your alcohol into the stands so ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Chelsea October 23rd 2011

On Thursday the 20th Karalyn, Stephanie,and I went to Harrods! It's a very ritzy department store off of Brompton Rd. and just a 30 min walk from where I'm staying in Chelsea. It is said that you used to be able to buy anything at Harrods even exotic animals like elephants and giraffes! I had no idea what to expect when I went in there and thought it was just going to be like a mall with a ton of store fronts but instead it's a huge department store. Think of Macy's with 7 floors! Of course they have a lower floor which is the basement and this is where all of the menswear is located along with other random things that are of no interest to me like a gentleman's lounge with a cigar area ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » London City October 18th 2011

Today I went on a walking tour in the East End of London which is in much more poverty than the area I live in which is Chelsea which is the 'poshest' place of London. I got off on the Liverpool Street Station which has a bit of history itself. During the second World War Nicholas Winton organized the rescue of 669 mostly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia to the UK and there were families awaiting at that station to take those children to their homes. He wasn't recognized for his bravery though until 1998 by the Czech president and was knighted in 2002 he was knighted. Other memorable places we stopped at was the Spitafields Markets and how its become more modern because it's covered where before it used to be home with plenty of street ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Kensington October 17th 2011

After my theatre class today we walked over to the Gore Hotel for a British afternoon tea. I was really excited for this because I had been told to bring an appetite and to dress up a little for this. Anything that I can get dressed up for and have some food is an automatic win in my book. The hotel was gorgeous! It was a large, dimly lit room with elaborate wall paper and furnishings. Very comfortable velvet chairs and the table was quite beautifully decorated as well with a large cylinder candle in a large vase and white table cloths. The first thing they brought out of course was the tea and coffee. You can pour milk in the tea and sweeten it with either white or brown sugar. So of course I did ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Wiltshire » Stonehenge October 15th 2011

On Monday the 10th we went to a play called the Pitman Painters in the Duchess Theatre. We sat in what is called the stalls and that's the ground floor that is eye level with the stage. I've found that I like the seats that are on the first balcony because you don't have to look around other people's heads if you're short. I also like the feeling of being able to look down on the stage and seeing it from above. This play is by the same guy that did Billy Eliot so of course I was expecting great things. It was about a group of miners in the 1930's that wanted to take some art appreciation courses. They eventually become good artists themselves and have a couple gallery showings in which they become popular ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Greenwich October 9th 2011

This was the first time I ever took a Riverboat service on the Thames river while in London! It's just basically a riverboat that takes you up and down the Thames and is another alternative in London's awesome public transportation system. It also has different stops for you to get on and off of and we had a day pass that was around 9 GBP which is really good especially because the tube or bus in 1.90 GBP per trip if you have an oyster card or 4 GBP/ trip without an oyster card. Anyways these boats have really cushiony seats just like a coach bus has. There is a bar/coffee bar on the boat so you can have snacks and a beverage and also toilet services. Some people even had their pets along with them. ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London » Richmond October 8th 2011

On Wednesday I went to a play called "Tell Them That I am Young and Beautiful" in the Arcola Theatre. This place was really interesting to find and was in a part of London that I was not familiar with at all but was an adventure nevertheless. The theatre has two stages and the one that I was in is supposedly much bigger than the other. The audience is seated on wooden benches that have padded seating in an L-shape around the wood floored stage and the benches only go about four rows up. The actors are so close to you and there aren't many props or much stage decoration to help with the setting. This play had several different stories that were about greed, hospitality, sacrifice, love, knowledge, truth, and freedom. The stories were constantly ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Dunbartonshire » Loch Lomond October 5th 2011

Oh it was a creepy day to go to this monsters home! It was rainy and the fog was so thick you could only see about 3 feet in front of you when you were on the lake. This didn't prevent us from taking a ton of pictures near the lake hoping to catch a glimpse of Nessie. Unfortunately she didn't make an appearance and doesn't that often. We walked around the little town a bit and there were tons of quaint cottages that were so lovely. Although I don't know if I would want to live next to a lake with a monster in it. Because it was such bad weather and drizzling when we traveled to the lake we headed back early and had a chance to squeeze in tea time at one of ... read more

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