So I’ve been home for a week now, but I’m just getting to updating this now. I wasn’t as active at this as I would have liked, but I think it will give me a better way at looking at it in years to come.
My summer abroad was definitely one of the greatest experiences of my life. Even if the weather sucked (and it did), I got to experience something I will never forget. I’m looking into a work abroad program for when I graduate, so hopefully I will do at least another four months in London.
To be honest, i think it took me a good four weeks to get used to it. When everyone else said they wanted to move to England, I thought they were crazy. But of course, once I finally started to learn to love it and stopped being homesick, it was time to go home. I miss everything about it so much. (except expenses and the lack of Dunkin Donuts). Mainly, I just loved being able to go out to a pub and meet someone from a different country every time. And the markets. And awesome baguette.
I’ve gotten used to American time and customs again (but I totally had a Post Tramatic Stress Disorder moment when a bird flew by my head and I thought it was going to fly into me or poop on me, like they do in London). Some basic things I figured out about myself I hope to take away from my experience, though. Things I knew I needed to work on anyway, but somehow being a million miles away makes it clearer. I need to spend more time with the people I care about and less time with technology. I also want to get exploring familiar neighborhoods more, and finding new things to discover.
I’ll still be updating this blog sporadically, if I miss London or if I have any other traveling adventures. If I do work abroad once I graduate, I plan to be better at updating this.
The past few days have been a lot less stressful, mainly because I’m starting to run out of money so I have just been going on the class trips and taking it easy otherwise. This weekend we are going to Stonehenge (on Friday the 13th, no less) and Bath, which I am super excited about. I really just want to get outside the city and see some nature again.
Class is mostly guest speakers and field trips (which is pretty awesome) and the assignments are pretty easy (a blog post and a photo essay), so I’m not super worried about that. We had a guy come in yesterday to talk about his work at the BBC and what it has been like for him to work all over the world.
On Tuesday we went to Olympic Park, to see where the Olympics are going to be at. Surprisingly, it’s a really run down part of the city. They’re hoping that having the Olympics there will improve economics and create jobs. However, the tour guide told us that most other Olympic Parks have been neglected and are just eyesores in the city. So hopefully the London one will be different, considering a lot of people were forced to leave their homes so the city could build it.
We also went to the Prime Meridian line so I got to stand in two hemispheres at once. Pretty cool.
Today, we went to the British Library and saw original manuscripts of the Bible, Beatles’ songs and Handle’s Messiah. We’re also going to see a play tonight… 39 steps. Which I have seen before and hated it, so hopefully the traditional English version will be a lot better.
Anyway, just a brief update. Hopefully after Stonehedge I will have a longer one.
So while I temporarily have working internet, here are some pictures of my trip thus far. We visited Camden Market today, which is basically South Street Philly on crack. Definitely want to go back and buy a million different things before I leave.
oh yeah, and then a bird pooped on my head and threw food at me…
And yeah. So here are some other pictures of my trip this far:
So I don’t want to calculate exactly how many days I have left lol because that is overwhelming right now, but I leave Monday night so you can figure it out if you so desire. I am in denial, so I would rather not know.
REGARDLESS I leave very very soon and am by no means prepared. I was pretty productive yesterday by getting a bunch of little things done so I don’t have to worry about any of it while I’m in London. Yet, somehow more and more keeps getting added on. I had to call T-mobile today to try to make a cheaper plan for me out there or if I can decrease my texting and data when I’m in England, but as with everything T-mobile, the conversation took a half hour and after the guy promising me that he could help me out… No dice. But I am not going into my T-mobile rant right now, I swear.I’m still not sure if I want to buy another phone when I’m over there. I can text and make phone calls through my I-pad, so I might just carry around my phone during the day, try to resist using it, and make I-pad calls at night.
Such white people problems.
Anyway, I’m sure the next couple of days are going to fly by. I’ve started saying my last goodbyes with friends and hopefully will have a get together with a few more of them on Sunday… But really, five weeks is not going to be a very long time.
My other main concern right now is about money. Travelex (basically an international debit card that converts your money and you can use pretty much anywhere) kind of ripped me off with their fees and my 1000 dollars that I put into it is worth next to nothing. My mom is going to help me out when I’m there but I’m still not sure how much I should be spending and I really feel bad taking all of her money. But if I use all of my own money, we calculated that I have the equivilant of 20 dollars a day to spend on everything. Yeah… I can buy about one meal a day and nothing else. That’s going to work out.
Just a few more days. Still doesn’t feel real. I swear this blog will be a lot more exciting when I actually leave. More pictures, less ranting.