England: A Visit to the Olympic Park

Submitted by Caroline Knotts on the 2022 spring semester program in London, England…

One of the reasons I love studying abroad is having the opportunity to visit locations with my classes that I would not normally have visited. For my class Exploring the Global City London, we often have classes on-site in many significant places throughout the city. Last week, my class traveled to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park which was the site of the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.

I loved learning about the history of the park and all the work that goes into selecting and preparing a city for the Olympics. We saw many of the different athletic centers that were built specifically for the park and learned how they have gone on to benefit the community in numerous ways long after the Olympics have ended. This was a super interesting field study and being able to do things like this as a part of my classes is one of the reasons why I love studying abroad.

The Olympic Park
The Aquatic Center
The ArcelorMittal Orbit