FC: Ms. Major 2/25/13 | Sophia Barnes Social Studies Portfolio | Location, Location, Location
1: If I had to live in another place in the world, where would it be? When deciding this, there are a ton of things to consider. For instance, location, climate, population, and much more. When I looked at all of these things, I decided that London, England would be the best location for me. I had the privilege to go there last year with my grandparents and it was amazing! I also got to go to Portugal, France, Scotland, and Ireland.
2: Population- London is the largest city in all of Europe with 7,825,200 people. The next largest city in Europe is Berlin which has nearly half that number , London has nearly a 70% Caucasian population, nearly 13% Asian population, and the rest are mixed cultures. Nearly 60% of Londoners polled in 2001 considered themselves Christians. A little over 8% were Muslim, 2% Hindu, 2% Jewish, and the remaining were Sikh Buddhist or other. Nearly 23% stated that they either had no religious affiliation or they declined to answer (worldpopulationreview). The pictures to the right, show the density of the population.
3: Climate - London is similar to the weather patterns that we have here in Pennsylvania. It is a temperate weather environment. One of the main differences is that it also presents drizzly rain throughout the year. The rainy weather in London is caused by moisture being brought over the Atlantic Ocean by the Gulf Stream.
4: Landmarks - The House of Parliament is home to the United Kingdom's government. The House of Parliament was rebuilt in 1830 after the original palace was destroyed in a fire. The fire was caused by overheated fireplace flutes (angelfire).
5: Adjacent to the house of Parliament is the famous Big Ben Clock Tower. Big Ben is arguably one of the most famous landmarks of London.
6: Buckingham Palace is the Queen's official residence in London. At the gates of the Palace, people are able to see the changing of the guard. This is me and my Gran!
7: Below is a picture of the Tower of London. Lion skeletons were found on the grounds, where they were apparently used to protect the royals. Hundreds, if not thousands of people were tortured and executed here. My sixth great-grandfather, Sir Walter Raleigh, was a prisoner here but was executed in Westminster .
8: The London Eye is the famous ferris wheel. Each of the compartments are very large being able to fit many people. The London Eye is mostly used for tourism and often movies.
9: The Tower Bridge is a bridge in the middle of the Thames river. Many of the Queen's jewels are held in the tower for protection. Some other famous landmarks of London include Trafalgar Square, Downing Street, and Piccadilly's circus.
10: The "Pros" of Living in London 1. Overpopulation - I like the hustle and bustle of a large city. This is one reason that I love New York City. I find it very exciting. 2. Temperate - This is also on my con list, but I love having seasons and would really miss them. I could live without the constant drizzle of rain that they have. 3. History - I love to see places that I have read about in history books. It was so exciting to see places like the Tower of London. I could see Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I, and Henry VIII standing (or kneeling) in the courtyard. 4. Architecture - All of the Mid-evil buildings were beautiful and it amazes me how old but durable they are. 5. Living Abroad - I think the thought of living in another country is extremely exciting and would seem like such an adventure. 6. In Europe - Since the U.S. is so large, it is difficult to visit other countries; however, it is easy to visit other countries and tour many different cultures in Europe. In one day you could visit five or more countries! In the U.S., you can only drive to Mexico or Canada, and these are nearly two thousand miles apart.
11: The "Cons" of Living in London 1. Overpopulation- Even though this is also on my "pro" list, London is known for being extremely crowded and busy. Traffic in London is infamous. 2. Temperate - The weather is similar to Pennsylvania, however, it is a little more mild and much more rainy. 3. Cost of living in London is outrageous. In the United States, we think of New York City being extremely expensive, but London is 8% more expensive. While food and entertainment costs are about the same, the cost of transportation is 8% more that New York City and the cost of clothes are 35% more. For example, one liter (a quarter of a gallon) of gas in New York City is $1.10. In London, the same amount of gas is $2.15 (www.expatistan.com). 4. The Metric System - Since we are the only major nation that does not use the metric system, I would have to get used to everything being different. I would have to convert nearly everything. 5. Biggest Con- The biggest "con" to living in London would be...
13: It Isn't Home! While London would be an exciting, beautiful, and fun adventure, it isn't my home. Maybe in the future I'd like to live abroad, but for now, this is my favorite location in the whole, wide world because it's home and it's where my family lives.
14: Works cited Pictures (most were mine with the exception of pictures on page 2) Crowded Big Ben picture - http://www.geolocation.ws/v/P/16649064/busy-london-big-ben-from-trafalgar/en People crowded with British flags - http://img.thesun.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01301/crowd_1301539a.jpg Crowded outdoor market - http://www.igda.org/leadership/wp-content/themes/rockwell_v1.5/scripts/cache/crowded-street-london-i10.jpg \ Rainy London - http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kt0av5Ty3m1qaqax7o1_500.jpg Text - http://worldpopulationreview.com/population-of-london-2012/ http://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/comparison/new-york-city/london http://www.angelfire.com/in/uktravelinfo/parliament.html
15: Above is one final picture of The House of Parliament. This was a beautiful, huge, ornate and important landmark. I didn't have a chance to go inside because we were taking a cruise and we were only in London for a couple days and we had a lot to see. Of all the places that we visited, I loved Scotland the most but since I love a city more, I chose to live in London.