Wedding bells are ringing again in London as fifth in line to the throne, Prince Harry, will be marrying American actress Meghan Markle.
The couple has been dating since the summer of 2016 after being set up on a blind date by a mutual friend. The engagement took place earlier this month but was announced to the public on Monday, November 27th.
Meghan Markle has starred in the show Suits, as well as films such as Horrible Bosses and Remember Me. Not only is Markle an actress, she also has her own lifestyle brand, The Tig, and the Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada. She has also been an activist for gender equality with the United Nations.
When talking to London residents, most seemed to be thrilled with the engagement.
“I am very, very excited because it shows that we are headed to a modern society where you can pick your choice of wife from anywhere in the world,” says Abraham Fatorma.
The marriage ceremony will take place at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in May of 2018. This Chapel will only seat 800 people, as Westminster Abbey seated 2,000 for William and Kate’s wedding.
Until the date the two will reside in Nottinghill Cottage at Kensington Palace.
Whether by bus, plane, or boat, Temple students studying in London have gotten the amazing opportunity to easily travel around Europe. Students have traveled to Greece, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Sweden, Barcelona and more.
“I feel very independent and I feel like I’ve matured almost because I’ve never had to travel by myself before, I’ve always done it like with my parents or family,” says student Emma Saperstein.
Trips can last anywhere from two days over a weekend to a whole week during fall break due to the close proximity of countries. Living in Europe allows quick and inexpensive travel for students. To put it in perspective, the distance from Paris to Amsterdam (267 miles) is about the same as the distance from Philadelphia to Boston (271 miles).
With a little over a month left abroad, students are still planning to travel to other countries in the weeks to come. Even though Temple students abroad have fallen in love with the city of London, getting the chance to travel around Europe has been a once in a lifetime experience.
The Koko music venue located in Camden Town, London was not always as it is today. Having many different names and uses throughout the decades, even though it wasn’t always a place to hear music and drink, it has always been a place to enjoy the arts.
It started as The Camden Theatre when it was open in 1900 by famous actress Ellen Terry. After a few years, the theatre was renamed The Camden Hippodrome, a variety theatre where Charlie Chaplin regularly performed.
For 20 years, the venue was closed until it was bought by the BBC and recorded famous shows such as the Goon Show, and Rhythm and Blues, which featured a performance by The Rolling Stones.
In 1970, the theatre was revived again, being named The Music Machine. This became the heart of punk and hosted some of the decade’s most legendary shows. The Sex Pistols and Iron Maiden performed live, and it was home to The Clash for four days in the summer of 1978.
In 1982, the venue was redesigned again with the name The Camden Palace. The venue quickly became a hangout spot for the coolest kids from London and all over the world. Celebrities like Grace Jones would fly to the city just to party at The Camden Palace. This venue was also home to Madonna’s first UK performance in 1983.
The venue closed again in February 2004 during a six month, multi-million pound renovation. It created a 21st century entertainment venue from what was left of the 20th century building. Since opening in 2005, true music legends have graced Koko’s stage.
Opening in 1863, London’s Tube station has made an incredible impact on London’s history.
The London Underground has over 270 stations that span over 400 kilometers. The London Underground also offers 11 different lines compared to just two lines SEPTA offers back in Philadelphia.
“You know they’re really clean, generally the subways they don’t smell bad or anything like that. They’re generally very on time, the subways come very frequently,” says Temple study abroad student Lindsay Hargrave, when comparing SEPTA to the Tube.
Another effective way for people to get around in the city is the London bus system. There are bus systems within at least 400 meters for 90% of London residents. That is over 19,000 bus stops in total. The buses also tend to be reliable, serving as a common form of transportation.
To access these services, people buy Oyster cards. These refillable cards have the same concept as the SEPTA keycards, but Oyster cards were introduced in 2003. They can be refilled at automated systems located at most Underground stations.
If people do not want to use either the bus or underground system, Oyster card users have access to a cycle system. In addition to all of these transportation systems, London transport offers trains, river services, and coach systems. Serving over 31 million trips per day, it is no wonder the London transport system is so successful.
A missile was launched by North Korea just east of Japan on September 15th, causing Japan’s nationwide warning system “J-alert” to sound around Hokkaido.
Many Temple University students at the Japan campus were left with mixed feelings about their safety after receiving information in their email after the launch occurred.
For Temple students studying abroad in London, it can sometimes be difficult to adjust to life across the pond, let alone moving to an upscale neighborhood. Temple University students studying in London have gotten a chance to live on one of the most elite streets in London: King’s Road.
This stretch of pavement houses some of the most designer stores and lavish restaurants.
“When you think of living in London you think you’re living in a really nice place, and the fact that we’re staying in a really nice place makes that picture come to life,” says London study abroad student, Samantha Nestel.
Being in London a little over a month, students have finally begun to understand the city and its transportation system. Being from a city like Philadelphia and having access to certain phone applications, this part of moving to another country has not been too difficult of an adjustment.
As the semester continues, students are excited to become a real citizen of London. They are excited to start their internships, find local attractions, and easily travel around Europe.
Whether you’re a Temple student currently studying abroad in Oviedo, Spain or are interested in attending or visiting in the near future, here are three cities worth seeing. Welcome to Barcelona, Valencia, and Orihuela.
Barcelona is located on the upper east side of Spain and on the outskirts is the Balearic sea, which is very popular among tourists and locals alike.
Barcelona is also home to many architectual treasures, many designed by Catalonian architect Antoni Gaudí. One of Gaudí’s pieces includes La Casa Batlló. Gaudí remodeled this house built in 1904. Today, the tour of the house features a virtual reality aspect that shows what the house might have looked like back in the day. The virtual reality also highlights Gaudí’s love of the ocean and ocean life, converting the windows into turtles and describing how the curves of the house are like that of a wave. One of Gaudí’s masterpieces, still being constructed to this day and projected to be completed around 2026, is the Basilica i Temple Expiatory de la Sagrada Familia, or La Sagrada Familia for short. Gaudí combined gothic and curvilinear art nouveau forms to create the Roman Catholic Church. Gaudí was also famous for his incorporation of color in his pieces, which can be seen in the glass stained windows in the church.
If you’re a soccer fan you won’t want to miss Camp Nou, home to the FCB Barcelona team and museum. The Museum is dedicated to the history of the club and team and has an exclusive area dedicated to the Argentinian soccer player, Lionel Messi.
Valencia is home to Europe’s largest aquarium, L’Oceanogràfic, located in the City of Arts and Sciences. One of their many activities includes a dolphin show. Also in the city of arts and sciences, but featuring less animals of course, is the Museum of Science that showcases the human body, dinosaurs, and also shows the process in which chickens are born, among many other things.
Last but certainly not least, is Orihuela. Although a small town, Orihuela is home to Miguel Hernández, a famous Spanish poet and playwright. The town has many references to Hernández including various quotes along the streets.
That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed getting to know a little more about Barcelona, Valencia, and Orihuela. Until next time, I’m Monica Logroño reporting for Temple Update.
This semester, Temple Update is launching a brand new page on our website to accompany our latest endeavor: Lo ultímo, our Spanish speaking newscast. Stay tuned this semester for more updates from the Lo ultímo team!
Our London correspondent Alexa Ross reports live from London with an update after a car was driven into a crowd at the Westminster Bridge. He managed to fatally stab another victim before he was shot and killed by British authorities. British Police identified 52-year old Khalid Masood as the assailant in the attack on the British Parliament. Alexa was at the Westminster Bridge just 24 hours before the attacks, working on another story for Temple Update. *Special thanks to her videographer, Matt Rego.
Masood drove a grey SUV into a crowd of people on the Westminster Bridge, one of who was rescued from the river. The car crashed into the gates of the Palace of Westminster, while Parliament was in session, and fatally stabbed a police officer in the palace courtyard. Armed guards shot and killed Masood on the spot. Temple University student Abby Markle, a junior film major studying abroad in London this semester, was near the Westminster Bridge at the time of Masood’s attack. This is her account of the incident.