Something Special

It is a special time for UK and for the rest of Europe. Because of the recent bad economy, you can expect to see some unusual things going on if you plan to come in the next few years.

If you plan to study abroad, you will probably plan several weekends to travel to Europe, be it France, Greece, Italy, or Spain. That’s totally fine, but one thing to pay attention to is that Europe is currently in a very sensitive and challenging time. Strikes can happen unexpectedly during your stays and delay or ruin your travel plans. Serious protests can happen on the streets and can be dangerous.

One of my friends planned a trip to Belgium a few weeks ago. She does not have class on Tuesday and Wednesday, so she decided to leave on Monday night, have fun until Wednesday morning, and then come back on Wednesday night. Good plan, plenty of time to catch Thursday’s class, right? It turned out that she couldn’t come back until Friday morning because of a strike in Belgium.

Now back to UK, a slightly less serious protest took place near our campus the other day. It was an action organized to protest the raise of tuition for college students in London. I don’t know the exact number, but apparently the tuition is going to double. Now, even if the tuition doubled, I am very sure they are still paying like 1/10 of what we are paying for NYU. So personally…I have no sympathy for them whatsoever. But you get the idea. Economy is bad and protests like these are likely to happen everywhere in Europe, including UK. This is just something you should keep at the back of your head while abroad.

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