For those of us not going on the Stonehenge & Salisbury trip today, we had an almost completely free day to explore London for ourselves. Apart from the debate in the evening, we were free to roam and see the sights and sounds of this beautiful city. With maps in hand and a plan finalized, Kristine from Norway, Rene from Germany, Savvas from Cyprus, Micah from Switzerland, and I made our way through London!
|Over the course of the rest of the afternoon, we strolled through the busy streets of London, walked along the Thames, stopped in a few shops, and took endless pictures. The whole time we were abuzz with conversation, discussing so many aspects of our countries and how we do things differently to one another. For example, men in Cyprus are required to do military service, so Savvas will fulfill his next year and attend university the following year. Micah told us that on Switzerland's national holiday (which is actually tomorrow, August 1st!) everyone gets a free sausage. Good thing the Imperial has loads of sausages in the morning so Micah can still have his!|
|Here are Kristine and I in front of St. Paul's Cathedral!|
After we had sufficiently exhausted our feet from walking, we made our way back to the Imperial just in time for dinner. Everyone was very excited for the next event - the Student Debate Evening called "Art Meets Science." The question was whether or not art is essential for science. There were some exceptional student responses, and we were all keen to add our opinions to the discussion. We were so keen, in fact, that after the debate had ended, most people had not had the chance to share their thoughts, so we continued back at our common room. I'm amazed at the richness of thought that each participant has. People here are deep thinkers.
Tomorrow we jump into a full day of lectures, and I am so excited to hear Professor Chris Bunce talk about his research into therapies for leukaemias and lymphomas.