In today's post, Ryan attends The Beatles Magic Mystery Tour as part of CAPA London's My Global City event for the semester and gets to know more about the city along the way.
In the second week upon my arriving, I participated in a My Global City event with CAPA London! This event was the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour. I had heard that the tour was a wonderful way to experience the area of Camden and to celebrate and step in the path of the Beatles. I was so excited to go on this tour because I feel that the My Global City events help to create an immense amount of connection with the city that you live in. I think it is important because they help students to understand where they live and how they can get around, and what to explore. They also help to meet other students in the program and provide many other great opportunities! I couldn’t wait to try out one for myself!
Posing on the famous crosswalk!
I headed out to Tottenham Court Station, to meet the group for the walking tour! The day started off with a great deal of sunshine and a small breeze. It was perfect weather for walking! The plan was to visit important sights where John, Paul, George, and Ringo had been in London. We also were going to go to Abbey Road to see where this major band created a historical mark.
As we completed all these stops, I found myself learning so much about the area. The event taught me more about London and how the simplest things I walk past, could have so much meaning, meaning that I would have never known. I enjoyed learning about the history in the city that would be my home for the next few weeks.
Touring the city of London.
Not only did the tour teach me a lot about the city I live in, but it has taught me about the world around me in general. While we were walking on the tour during this My Global City event, I saw a lot of diversity around me. This was very interesting as it was one of the things I had heard about London before I arrived. I was looking forward to the city to learn more about different groups of people and to expand my knowledge on the world around me, and the tour did just that!
At the iconic Abbey Road Studios.
This event taught me a lot about my surroundings and connected back to a lot of the material I was learning in class. I am taking a course about Post-War British Popular Culture, and the week beforehand we were speaking about subcultures in the 60s. This included a lot of discussion on bands, and we even spoke about the Beatles during class. It was so cool to see the material we spoke about come to life, while walking on the tour.
Inside Abbey Road Studios.
I found this experience to be so informative and so fun! We got in some good walking and could enjoy the nice weather. I would recommend that students participate in the My Global City events as they broaden your horizons in your area. You can learn new things, meet new people, all while exploring the wonderful city you are studying in. I look forward to the next event!
See more of Ryan's journey in London.