Considering all my classmates have probably already posted, I feel like I have been a bit slow on this whole “blogging” thing. Well, my time to blog has come. I touched down in London on January 5th and will be staying in a lovely flat on Great Russell Street until April 19th. I’m not going to lie, coming here was quite a journey. I think most people focus on the physical aspect (yes the jet lag was difficult too but I was excited) but the hard part for me was leaving what I consider to be normal. Large stores like Target and Walmart abound throughout the US but in a large city like London there are only small stores. One for the groceries, one for the bath mat, one for the laundry hamper…if you can’t tell where this is going, it was quite a long process settling in. I still don’t know the exchange rate but I know 1 pound does not equal a dollar. If it was, I think most of GLS would be shouting and/or jumping for joy. London = expensive.
This semester I am living with 6 other people in a penthouse flat. Our flat is on the top floor and we only have to climb up 4 very long and very steep flights of stairs to reach it. It might be safe to say that our flat is the largest considering we have the most people but it is also the quirkiest of the ones I have seen. We have three bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and three bathrooms. It just so happens that we all have to share a shower because one of the bathrooms doesn’t have a shower and the other has a bathtub that doesn’t work. We also have a mouse and our water tends to smell like fish but even with the flaws, it is incredible.
So far in London I have seen Big Ben, Parliament, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, the Somerset House, the British Museum, and countless other London landmarks. This past weekend the whole GLS class traveled to Cambridge with our teacher, Dr. Mee. Cambridge definitely humbled me about what I think of as “old”. The first place we went was the Round Church build in 1133. Okay stating the facts, I know, but that is almost 900 years old! I can’t even imagine it. Other than incredible places I have seen, I took the train for the first time since arriving. Kings Cross Station has been a place I have dreamed about since the age of 9 and actually getting to leave from one of the platforms was incredible. A few of my friends and I are going back to take cheesy pictures with Platform 9 3/4 this week.
I am really hoping to update this blog often and keep everyone informed on my journey. Also, I am going to Stockholm on February 3rd. My family should appreciate that. 🙂
Until next time,