Most memorable visit
My most memorable visits during the study tour were those to CNN and BBC, two prominent global news media organizations. This appealed to me because I was a news reporter, who intended to further my career in broadcast media.
Also, one of the reasons I chose the MAIGC program was to learn more about global communication. So, the visits to both organizations provided the opportunity to observe how global corporations operated.
CNN and BBC tours
The CNN and BBC tours exposed me to aspects of the organization that were not visible to the public. I had the opportunity to handle sound production of a radio drama at BBC and was able to gain new insights on the research I had conducted on both media organizations. Overall, it was inspiring to visit the pioneers in the news media industry.
Navigating the city of London
Just as I had predicted upon my arrival, London was a city that reminded me of home. It was easy to adapt to the life there, and movement around the city was convenient as a result of the effective transportation system.
However, for a first timer it was a bit difficult to navigate my way around the city during the day. This was because, at that time of day there were often so many people walking on the streets, which made it difficult to recall the route that had been taken to certain destinations. So, after losing my way a couple of times, I opted to take walks around the city in the evening, when it was less crowded and depended on Google directions for navigation during the day.
On the other hand, this was only a challenge because I chose to walk around the city, instead of taking any of the available forms of transportation. The cabs were easy to pick up and the drivers only required the address of the destination to locate it. The buses had their destinations scrolling across the front of the vehicle and the underground train was not as difficult to follow as I had thought. Each stop was pre-announced; there were maps available for directions at the stations and also printed on the insides of the trains. Therefore, it was easy to retrace one’s steps in the case of wrong stops or wrong trains.
What to do
For an extended stay in London, tourists should be observant about street signs and directions. Otherwise, they should have smartphones for directions.
The city is so beautiful, with lots of historical and cultural landmarks that ought to be explored. But, this can only be done effectively, if one is knowledgeable about what sites to see and how to get there.