by: Marisa Ruggirello
Song of the Day: What’s Up? // 4 Non Blondes
Throughout my time in Europe, I have realized that we Americans are somewhat isolated when it comes to news about other countries. Or I should say that it is much harder to find out about the news going on in other countries on the basic news channels in America than it is to find out about American news in the United Kingdom. Being here has allowed me to learn a bit more about British politics, the upcoming election and the diversity of London.
On June 23, the United Kingdom is voting on whether or not to stay in the European Union. I have heard some different opinions from different classes of people here in England about why or why not they should stay in the EU. It is an absolutely fascinating debate. It would be like if each state in the U.S was a different country all governed under the same regulations but Alaska has decided to take a vote on whether or not they should stay in the United States. It is something that I would never have known about had I not made this trip.
Another thing that we learned about was how multicultural and diverse London has become. Diversity is something that is something that most Americans are proud of. Ask any American what their heritage is and mostly everyone will respond happily back with whatever is relevant to them. As I learned today, that has not been the case in England throughout its past. However, that is changing throughout the city of London, where more than 300 languages are spoken. London embracing diversity was something that landed them the 2012 Olympics.