I did it, I’m finally in London. I still find it hard to believe that I actually made it, that I am indeed in England. I’m still waiting to wake up and to learn that it was all a dream. I feel so incredibly lucky to be here. I also feel incredibly lucky to have survived 9 days so far without being hit by a car.
Classes are off to a great start. My professors all seem pretty cool. The workload is manageable. It seems to be about the same as what I was assigned in my undergrad. It’s only the end of week 2, but I have managed to do all of the assigned readings both required and optional. I’m pretty proud of myself for this, I think I’ve started the year off on the right foot as far as establishing a routine. I have to give my first presentation in week 4 and I’m pretty excited for it. So yeah, classes are great. I am really happy to be back in class and learning. So much so that I’m fairly certain I spent all of my in class hours grinning because I was so happy. I’m a nerd I know, that’s why you love me.
I haven’t explored too much of the city yet, what with classes and getting settled and all. I’ve been spending a lot of time in Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. They are awesome places to study. The weather has been really nice so I’m trying to take advantage of that. I have lots of pictures coming soon, fyi. I took a trip to Notting Hill on Monday. I checked out the Portobello Market, which was a little lackluster with it being a Monday and all. I am proud of myself because I didn’t get lost. I think I’m going to go back on Sunday to check out the goods and take pictures of all the things that were in Notting Hill the movie (if you haven’t seen it yet go do that now, this blog will still be here when you get back). Speaking of things in movies, tomorrow (Saturday) I’m going to attempt a Harry Potter walking tour. I got the directions from this site. They say it’s doable in one day if you plan on a 10-4 time frame. That’s right this is a six hour walking tour. I’ll let you know how it goes.
I wish I had some awesome, exciting, impressive reason for being totally MIA for what, six months. I wish I was off on safari or saving a bus full of children from being attacked by a bear while trying to escape a fire at their orphanage or at least some place without an internet connection. Any of those options would make a great story and be much more interesting than what I’ve actually been up to. I mean I could have made up an exciting story with tigers and carnivorous islands and crossing the ocean, but I haven’t crossed the ocean just yet.
A couple weeks ago the Longfellow House hosted a special tour that explored the friendship between Charles Dickens and Longfellow. The house is beautiful and everything in it was actually owned by the Longfellow family, which means it’s all original pieces and I totally geeked out. In someways the tour felt a little pasted together, like it could have flowed better from room to room and what not. Also, I kind of wish had I know more about Dickens and Longfellow’s personal lives before the tour, but now I have some more to add to my to read list.
So, I tried to go see Brunhilda and help her paint her new apartment but that was a silly idea. She recently moved into the heart of the city which is super convenient for using public transportation and going to see and experience all the city had to offer. Not so good for trying to park on a Saturday night. And by not so good I mean impossible.
I should mention that I had forgotten that I was a Saturday night. Had I remembered I probably wouldn’t have made the trip. My sense of the days of the weeks has pretty much disappeared; I know when I’m working and when I’m not working and that’s about it. Traffic getting into the city wasn’t bad. I suppose that’s what happens at 9PM. Even navigating off the highway to her neighborhood wasn’t bad. I only took one wrong turn cause I reversed the directions in my head, but the lovely Coast Guard guards kindly helped me regain my bearings.
Nothing super noteworthy has occurred in my life, but I will make note of it anyhow. I’ve worked the past 10 days straight, so yeah, making money. I continue to impress my employers by adequately preforming my job. I don’t think it’s all that difficult to do the tasks I am assigned and the fact that I can successfully accomplish these tasks should not be impressive. And yet, here I am impressing everyone. From what they tell me, there are four different departments that want me to work with them. This is especially exciting because in February and March, hours in the department I am currently assigned are usually very low but in being versatile I can get more hours. This makes my bank account very happy as I recently paid 2000£ as a deposit for school and will need to, you know, eat and stuff next year.
So yeah, I paid my deposit for school. One step closer to making over the Atlantic this time. I need to send in my paperwork still. It’s been (mostly) filled out and sitting on my counter for a while. I need to get a passport sized photo of myself to include for my student my id. It will also be beneficial to have the pictures on hand for my visa application. After I send in my paperwork the University will be able to send me the important things I need for my visa application. Hopefully I can get the picture taken a week from now (my next day off). As time goes by I get even more excited to go to London.
Which means Don’t Forget to be Awesome, for those of you not in the know. Last night was so chalkfull of awesome that I’m positively gushing to tell you about it.
So, yesterday was the release of John Green’s newest book The Fault in Our Stars. The Fault in Our Stars is a young adult novel about a girl called Hazel who has terminal cancer and her adventures with a boy called Augustus Waters. I haven’t read it yet so I can’t really give it any kind of review or any more of a summary. I can recount that John has said that it examines our tradition views on heroism, which alone makes me excited to read it.
Like I said, yesterday was the release of the book, which made yesterday awesome. What made yesterday even more awesome was the fact that it was also the start of John and Hank’s cross-country (and into Canada) tour, Tour de Nerdfighting/The Fault in Our Stars tour. As if it could get better, their first stop was in Boston (Wellesley) and I was there with Michelle Dawson, her friend, as well as Shawn and Gus and it was made of awesome! I woke up this morning and was like did yesterday really happen and then I checked all the things and confirmed that indeed it was real.