As the London Business Semester winds down, Joe writes about politics and other events in London.
The pressing decision of 2008 has now been decided, and the new face of America is Barack Obama. It has been very interesting to see how interested the rest of the world is with our politics and who would come out as the winner. Coming into it, I knew that America had a great deal of influence on the world, but I never expected the coverage to be on every corner, in every newspaper, on every British news channel, and on everyone’s mind. It has been quite obvious that Europe was rooting for Obama, and they were not disappointed. Parties all over London, including one at the US Embassy, took place as people eagerly waited to see our next leader.
We are continuing to cram in as much London adventure that we can in our last days…only 38 more to be exact! Last evening, the majority of us went to see the musical “Wicked,” which I think we would all agree was well worth seeing. It is a story about the wicked witch of the west, a parallel novel to the Wizard of Oz , and how she came to be. I’ve heard that it is now playing in Minneapolis, so if any of you get the chance…go see it! It seems as though fall snuck by and we are now experiencing winter over here, though not a Minnesota winter, it is still wet and dreary. Daylight is becoming more scarce and the cool air is bustling around. This weekend we are off to see Windsor, which should be a lot of fun. Located just west of London, Windsor Castle is the summer home of Queen Elizabeth II (returning to Buckingham in September). It is hard to believe that we have been here for over two months, as I think some of us are just now beginning to acclimate ourselves with British transportation, education, and the lifestyle in general.