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A Day in Liverpool | Honors Faculty Weblog


Ben Pierce is a third-year Sturgis fellow from Fayetteville, Arkansas, learning historical past and political science. Throughout his yearlong examine overseas on the College of Edinburgh, he has had the prospect to journey round the entire of Britain and collect a fuller image of the island’s sophisticated histories.

I needed to title this weblog submit “Eighty Days in Edinburgh.” I appreciated the sound of it, the alliteration and whatnot. However the first bit is a lie as a result of I’ve solely been right here sixty-three days. The second half, too, is barely dishonest. I’ve spent my time overseas touring all through Britain — from London to Durham to Glencoe to Inverness — and confining my examine overseas expertise to the College of Edinburgh rings false.

A Victorian street corner with ornate buildings in Liverpool

A instance of the historic buildings in downtown Liverpool.

Final Friday, I took the prepare from Waverly station within the coronary heart of Edinburgh to Liverpool. I’ve needed to go to the town ever since my embarrassingly lengthy Elvis Costello section in highschool. The Beatles are a plus, too, I assume. The prepare crossed the England-Scotland border, travelling down by means of the Lake District in direction of Liverpool. My window ignored wind-swept pastures with herds of sheep ambling close to the winding tracks. At Preston, a big group of previous males I can solely describe with the Google outcomes for “soccer followers” boarded my carriage. They had been loud but joyful, exchanging pint cans at ten within the morning. I used to be fortunate once I arrived: it was the primary dry day in per week.

A large red cathedral against a cloudy sky

The Liverpool Cathedral noticed on my stroll round city

Liverpool is a lovely metropolis on its floor, an amalgamation of Victorian buildings bordering broad avenues. Leaving the station, I used to be instantly greeted by a grouping of classical buildings in St. George’s Quarter. Turning left, I made my method down the purchasing district in direction of the Liverpool Cathedral. It was a goliath in pink brick. I used to be unable to inform whether or not it was bigger than Durham Cathedral, which I had visited final week. Massive panels of stained glass coated the within, overshadowing a considerably odd line of scripture in pink neon. I then walked to the coast and spent the remainder of the day within the Tate Liverpool, the Worldwide Slavery Museum and the World Museum. However one thing about Liverpool’s magnificence feels fallacious. Liverpool was one of many facilities of the English slave commerce, and its stunning avenues had been lined by the workplaces of various English banking giants. The World Museum itself homes a big assortment of historic Egyptian artifacts, doubtless ill-gotten.

I feel that my expertise in Liverpool and the UK extra typically factors to one thing basic about examine overseas. I visited the UK again once I was twelve and it was good. It was previous wanting and due to this fact it had historical past. However learning overseas has a method of granting perspective. The place being visited is not some idyllic fantasy. It’s as actual as anywhere in the US. Its historical past is as blemished as Arkansas’s. Nonetheless, my time on the College of Edinburgh has been completely great. I like my lessons and the way the methods of pondering and educating differ. I am keen on the town and the way it appears even prettier within the rain. It’s wonderful to the purpose the place I run out of synonyms for love. Learning overseas has to date been a spotlight of my life, and I extremely suggest it to anybody who has the chance.

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