I finally have more than two seconds to update all of you on what I’m doing! Of course, those of you from Xavier can read what I’m doing in the Newswire, but let’s be serious, there’s only so much that I can talk about that can be posted in the newspaper (not that I’ve done anything that can’t be talked in the newspaper, except drinking, but I’m legal here). It’s been a really long and tiring week, but I’m finally starting to settle in a little. Classes start tomorrow, so I’ll finally have a routine again.
But what have I been up to, I’m sure you’re wondering. Well, a little bit of everything. Tours of London, walking around to get to know the area, visiting pubs, meeting people (Americans, but no British people thus far), getting various necessities, and just generally trying to settle into life in a dorm again. (Don’t get me started on what it’s like living in the dorms again. Worse dorms. Terrible, gross, nasty dorms.)
I think I’ve seen a little bit of everything, as far as the actual sights of London go, but I haven’t seen much in depth. This post is mostly just to talk about funny things that have happened this week that I won’t be able to talk about in the Newswire. (That might actually be a better title for this blog. Hm. I’ll think about it.)
Top Three Things Thus Far That Won’t Be in the Paper
1. I flew out of Cincinnati Monday with a couple of other people in my group. None of us really knew each other, but we kind of bonded over the fact that none of us knew each other. A lot of us are still hanging out, actually. Only two of them are actually from Cincinnati, but the others are aware enough of Cincinnati to make jokes about it with me (particularly how nasty a city it is), which is strangely comforting. Who knew Cincinnati could be a bonding tool? Our plane was delayed for two hours flying out of D.C., which sucked but was compensated for by the fact that there were over a hundred empty seats on the flight from Washington D.C. to Heathrow (London’s major airport). Which meant, since the nice man in Cincinnati bumped me up to economy plus for free, I had an entire row to myself. Yep, an entire row of three seats for me to spread out on. Best. International flight. Ever.
2. Pubs. Oh my. Everyone here loves their pubs. Which means they’re every five feet. Except, of course, they’re super expensive. I would much rather spend my money on trips than spend it on alcohol, but that’s obviously not the philosophy of a lot of people in my program. They’re all so obnoxious but hilarious at the same time. I’m sure the British people don’t think so, and I won’t think so when I actually have work that needs to be done, but for now it’s pretty hilarious.
3. Speaking of loud people. The walls in my dorm are like paper. Which means that I can hear absolutely everything. Which means I’ve heard guys down the hall both break up with their girlfriends and try to hook up with girls here only to be shut down (two different guys, for the record).
The list was going to have five things on it, but it’s late and I’m tired and this took longer than I thought it would. So I’m going to stop for now. But just know that I’m having a fantastic time and will try to keep you up to date as much as I can!