A City to Remember

Our last day was one to remember. We visited Buckingham Palace to watch the changing of the guards. People from all around the world gathered to witness the moment and we all felt incredible special to be a part of it. The weather was wonderful, the scenery was beautiful, and the atmosphere was magical. Although the event did not take long, we thoroughly enjoyed it and took great pictures and videos to share with family and friends back home. Afterwards, we went to Parliament Square to relax, take photographs and buy the typical London souvenirs. Once again, the atmosphere was magical and exciting. That is what I loved about visiting this city! Everywhere we went, we were experiencing something new about London, absorbing information, learning about culture and social norms. For most of us, it was out of our comfort zone to ride the tube or to maneuver around a large city without using google maps. We were not use to going to a restaurant and there not being ice tea! We were not use to saying pounds instead of dollars and relying on public transportation rather than driving our own cars but we did it! That is what I enjoyed about London; learning how to live as a Londoner and experiencing the city as if it were my own. I enjoyed walking around the streets of London with my friends, eating dinner, traveling to places we only imagined, and making memories that we will cherish forever. I am very thankful for the opportunity KSU has given me to travel and I am even more thankful for the KSU Honors College for giving me the opportunity to travel with my friends. Until next time!

-Andrea Romero

Harry Potter Studio Tour

“I am solemnly swear I’m up to no good,” thought the creators when they started working on the idea of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour of The Making of Harry Potter. Yesterday, I lead a small group to the studio tour of The Making of Harry Potter. I, along with millions of others, am a dedicated Harry Potter fan, so going to this tour is every fan’s wildest dream. This tour includes all the sets, costumes, props, and decorations included in all eight of the films. The tour began with short clips about the the beginning of the Harry Potter phenomenon, then there was an  introduction video of the main actors discussing how everyone behind the scenes of the films contributed to the masterpieces. After watching these, my group and I officially started the tour. From start to finish, fans were open to view the real sets and props used in the films and read more in detail about the production of the Harry Potter films. My favorite parts of the tour were the sets of the Great Hall, Dolores Umbridge’s office, Diagon Alley and the Forbidden Forest. One of the members of my group said their favorite part was the model of the Hogwarts castle. The most interesting thing that I saw on the tour was the paintings painted by the set artists for inspiration for the films; I am not well educated on the process behind film production so this film production step intrigued me. Other interesting facts that I learned was that, in Olivander’s shop, the wand boxes and the wands were each handcrafted and inscribed. In addition to this, every book, letter, and newspaper featured in the films were written and decorated by hand.  The impeccable attention to detail that was put in to complete the masterpiece of Harry Potter is unimaginable.  This Harry Potter experience is great for every type of Harry Potter fan. Even if someone believes they know every small detail about the novels and films of Harry Potter, she can learn something new by venturing into this tour.