Passyunk Avenue Comes to London

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Passyunk Avenue is home to more than just a street name. In London, it is also a Philly-themed restaurant and bar that is bringing the classic cheesesteak to the UK.

The restaurant was created by South Philly native JP Teti, a business owner who first gained recognition with the Liberty Cheesesteaks food truck in London’s Spitalfields market. Teti has been working hard for the last three years to bring a part of home to London.

“We’re trying to create an American lifestyle experience brand here that focuses on intentionally regional cuisine and regional culture,” says Teti. “We thought that the timing was right for a brand shift.”

Ironically, Teti wanted to reinvent his business and adopt a new name without “cheesesteak” in the title. He hopes that the new restaurant would be more appealing to Londoners.

“Lots of people in London don’t know what a cheesesteak is, in fact, most people don’t,” he says.

The restaurant menu offers more than just classic cheesesteaks, with traditional buffalo wings and a Reading Terminal cheesesteak to name a few items.

Passyunk Avenue fully launches on April 5th to commemorate the Phillies’ 2018 season home opener.

Update Abroad: Mind The Gap

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London may not be known as the city of love, but the Underground knows how to keep the romance alive.

Aside from Big Ben, London Bridge, and the London Eye, “Mind the Gap” is a London staple and a phrase that can be heard all over the city’s underground tube network.

Within London, there are two hundred and seventy tube stations, but only one plays one of the original recordings of the phrase by late actor Oswald Laurence.

Oswald Laurence was a British actor who never rose to fame on the stage, but made his mark in the late 1960’s as the voice behind the notable passenger warning. The London Underground used his voice across the city for decades until public announcement systems gradually began to take over. Eventually, Embankment station was the last to use his voice until they also phased it out.

Mr. Laurence’s wife, Margaret McCollum approached the Transport for London in 2013, and asked for them to restore his voice after his death, just so she could hear him again.

“Sounds good to me, sounds good to me, I love the idea that there’s a story behind the voice,” says Londoner and public speaker, Simon Bucknall.

Platform 4 of the Northern Line at Embankment station is currently the only location that continues to use Mr. Laurence’s iconic voiceover.

London’s Temple Owls are Everywhere for Spring Break

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Students have been taking classes for the past seven weeks and with spring break right around the corner, you can feel the anticipation in the crisp London air.

Temple’s London students have a diverse variety of plans differing in locations, modes of transport, activities, and even the company they keep during break.

Studying abroad allows them to have affordable access to different places and cultures they would not have been able to experience otherwise. When abroad everyday is a learning opportunity and with a week and a half off classes these owls are ready to spread their wings and take full advantage of these opportunities.

“I think it’s just having to be independent. I’ve had to figure out a lot on my own that I would not have to in Philly, or at home with the comfort of my family nearby. And I just think it’s a lot about coming with all these new people, having to just be yourself, and face new challenges on your own and kinda break into your own shell and I think all of us have really like learned a lot about ourselves,” reflected Nicole Didi, a Temple Student studying in London this semester.

Regardless of where or how Temple students travel one thing phrase rings true… Owls are everywhere.

Inside London’s Iconic Borough Market

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Tourists in Philadelphia visit the Reading Terminal Market, but what can travelers find in London? Borough Market is one of the most popular tourist attractions located at the Southwark end of London Bridge, and has existed in various forms for nearly a millennium.

The exact start date of the market’s beginning is unknown, but has a history that dates all the way back to the year 1014.

As London’s oldest existing market, Borough offers street food from across the globe as well as British and international produce. The market is bustling with visitors from all over the world and each year attracts over 16 million people.

Jill Wattron of Texas explains why she enjoys coming to Borough Market.

“I just love the atmosphere about it, honestly,” says Wattron. “I love farmer’s markets.”

Borough is a place that appeals to a global community. Not only do people from across the pond come to London to visit the market, but from other parts of Europe as well.

Pamela Melotti, a 10-year Borough Market employee from Italy, shared a little bit about her product called “drunk cheeses.”

“Well we do drunk cheeses, they’re all aged or refined with alcohol. They’re all Italian so made with red wine, white wine, beer, sweet wine, so they’re quite a niche product, unique cheeses,” she says.

A must-see for locals and tourists, Borough Market is a place defined by its diversity and ever-growing nature.

TUJ Students Animated by Studio Visit

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Japanese animation, or anime, is a large part of the country’s culture and a significant influence for many American students looking to study abroad.
Studio Ghibli is one of the most famous and popular Japanese animation studios around the world. The studio, which created popular movies like Howl’s Moving Castle
and Spirited Away, even has its own museum in Mitaka, a city in western Tokyo.
To celebrate Thanksgiving weekend, some TUJ students visited the museum to learn more about Japanese animation.
Jade Davis, a junior journalism major told Temple Update she’s been watching Ghibli moves since middle school.
“They’re just really heartwarming and they have something that I feel American animated moves lack, and they’ve just been so amazing, and I’m really happy to be here,” says Davis.
Junior film major, Chineme Aniagba, says she is another huge animation fan.
“That’s one of the reasons why I came to Japan,” says Aniagba. “And I haven’t seen a lot of animation places, but this is like the place, and I really love that.”
Eight of Studio Ghibli’s films are among the 15 highest-grossing anime films made in Japan, and five of the films have received Academy Award nominations.

Students Abroad Travel Around Europe

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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.

Halloween at Temple Japan

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Unlike the United States, which has celebrated Halloween in some form since the 19th century, the holiday has only gained popularity in Japan in recent years. This is partially due to amusement parks, like Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan hosting Halloween-themed events.
Now, Halloween is a billion-dollar industry, according to the Japan Anniversary Association. In 2016, Halloween costume shopping, themed dining and everything in between reached ¥135 billion, or $1.2 billion. The Halloween hub of Japan is Shibuya, a nightlife and entertainment district. Temple University Japan students dressed up in costumes to join in on the celebration.
In addition to celebrating Halloween in Tokyo neighborhoods like Shibuya, Temple
University Japan students participated in activities like a pumpkin-carving contest hosted by the school. Contest winners received Amazon gift cards.

Explore the History of One of London’s Oldest Music Venues

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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.

Transportation in London

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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.