On Tuesday of last week, we had class in the morning. I am taking Global Public Relations, so the object is to be able to analyze how the British PR strategies, mechanisms, behaviors, ideals, values, and practices of one potential organization are different to those of 1) either another similar British organization, or 2) a similar American one. So when we go out of class excursions or day-trips, the purpose is not necessarily to absorb the material as a tourist, but as a PR professional. So when we go to tourist attractions, we might have a deeper look at the marketing, graphic design, audience(s), behavior of the place, rather than focusing on the historical content. That’s not to say that we don’t learn about the history and culture of the attraction – that’s our homework 😉
After class, we went (all 18 of us) on an open-air, double-decker Hop On – Hop Off bus tour around London. What was expected to be a hour-maximum tour ended up becoming a three-hour drawn out tour of London. We went all over the city, making a gigantic loop. You can see the color of the sky change in the photos, as it molted from day to night.
We started in Trafalgar Square at about 2:00, then made our way all around, past the Thames, past the London Eye, past St. Paul’s Cathedral, and over to Westminster Abbey.
The tour was a welcomed way to see the city, but after three hours in freezing cold and wind, we could barely move our lips, and most definitely could not move our feet. We must have provided a few laughs for the locals, because many of us were walking like you do when your feet have pins and needles and you can’t feel them at all – lifting them up one after the other so you can see them and make sure they’re still there! It took about half an hour of hard walking before we got any sort of feeling back into our limbs.
Yet – it was a nice way to get a bit of ‘spacial orientation,’ though just how much I got is hard to say – after going in circles upon circles I felt more turned around by the end than I did when I hopped on!