Prime Minister David Cameron sits at an interesting, yet unenviable crossroads. As the leader of the United Kingdom, he is trying to lead his horse to the waters of the European Union across the channel, but that very horse is unable to decide if it wants to drink. He has promised to solve the “immigration problem” from Eastern Europe, yet is averse to actually leaving the EU. Having stated he does not plan to run for re-election, Cameron promises the British people a referendum on whether or not to stay within the EU. So what will it be?
Land of the Lions at London Zoo If you haven’t yet made it to London Zoo in beautiful Regent’s Park, make sure you check it out soon, as it will soon be opening a brand new and enormous exhibit of Asiatic Lions in an enclosure designed to look like a ruined lion temple. You can explore the temple, cycle rickshaws (and “race” a lion!), as well as learn about Gujarat, the state of India where the lions are from.
Hungary and specifically the statements of Prime Minister Viktor Orban have contributed to the stalemate when it comes to establishing a plan for the refugee crisis. Having just returned from Budapest, I can attest to the fact that the period of transition, enacted to separate the previously Soviet countries from communist policies, is still not over because soviet era policies and social norms are still present.
As someone who had listened to Innerspeaker and Lonerism with a fan’s dedication and yet lost contact with Tame Impala up until attending their ascent onto Alexandra Palace last month, I was in an interesting position on reviewing the band’s performance. I was familiar enough with Tame Impala’s psychedelic style to appreciate it accordingly, but I still had high expectations for what the band would amount to as a live production. I laid in wait to witness if Kevin Parker could translate his genius as a producer into a live concert on foreign ground.
Regardless of the debated quality of British cuisine, eating out in London can quickly become tiresome and expensive. After long hours of class, heading home to relax often becomes the most tempting option. For many of us that are trying to adjust to the unfamiliarity of a study abroad experience, there is nothing more reassuring than realizing that amidst this dizzying change some things just don’t change after all. The easily replicable diet of microwaveable meals — or food that shouldn’t even be counted as meals — typical of the poor and lazy college student is a reminder of home. Or at least, a reminder of your second home, your life back at your home campus.
English food can often be heavy and lack a good helping of vegetables that we all know our bodies and taste buds are craving at this point. Although we are not as much in the struggle as our fellow NYU peers abroad in the land of meat, Prague, it can still take a little bit of searching to find a clean, healthy, and student-budget friendly meal here in London.
November 13 should have been like any other Friday in Paris. People dined at restaurants and drank in bars; crowds poured into the Stade de France stadium in the north of the city for a football friendly; others still packed the Bataclan concert hall to watch a performance by the American band Eagles of Death Metal. But that night the city was shaken by several nearly simultaneously attacks by gunmen and suicide bombers that left at least 129 people dead and hundreds injured.
It’s always summer in the world of Swim Deep, a five-piece Birmingham pop rock band who decided to try their hand in London for a one-off concert. Taking place at The Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, shorts were abundant, girls showed off their midriffs, and boys discarded their tops after one drink. It was about 7 degrees outside.
London, a mecca full of guilty purchases (I mean pleasures) for the retail enthusiasts… and chocolate addicts. This week Olympia London housed the famous Chocolate Show where all the sweet toothed finger-lickers racked their eyes around tables lined with chocolate delicacies. The delicious smell was so strong you could taste it in the air.