I am in fact alive in the United Kingdom

Cheers!

Excuse my disappearance. Moving to another country was a bit more stressful and time consuming than I bargained for. Know this, I have been thinking about this little blog often and wishing I could write… just kidding. I actually completely forgot that I had a blog for a few days there.

On the bright side, I’ve been in the United Kingdom for almost a week now AND I’M STILL ALIVE. So far I’ve managed to:

  •  Get a Library card (obviously I have my priorities set straight)
  • Collect my UK identity card and Student ID
  • Have my wallet stolen
  • Become paranoid of pickpockets and learn to be more careful
  • Start the process to register with a doctor (In the UK they have free health care. I need to take advantage of that and learn to skateboard or play rugby or something.)
  • Figure out how to get to campus
  • Explore a good chunk of center city while attempting to figure out how to get to campus
  • Find all libraries within walking distance
  • Enroll for my history courses

Okay, I’ll admit it. Thanks mostly to my own stupidity, it hasn’t been the smoothest of transitions.

[insert if I can move to Europe ANYONE can move to Europe rant]

I had my wallet stolen the first day I was here. I also spent most of that day lost while attempting to find various university buildings. By the end of the day I was curled up under my strange new bed in my strange new room crying myself to sleep because I missed living in a place where you don’t have to be constantly paranoid about being pick pocketed.

(I’ve learned since that I was quite unlucky, or just really dumb. This is normally a friendly city)

Things have gone up from there. In fact, by the third day so many splendiferous things had happened that I felt the urge to write a happy list. Here are some highlights:

(Highlight One) On the first Saturday I was here I went to a nearby farm for an all day Christians on Campus club connect. We listened to christian messages, played icebreaker games, explored the farm, prepared for coming club events (including handing out free bibles on the campus), ate good food, drank good tea, and sang hymns around the campfire. My personal highlight was playing laser tag across a four acre property full of swamp, forest, and pasture land.

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(Highlight Two) I rode into Cardiff on a bus for international students which gave me the opportunity to meet a whole bunch of people from AROUND THE WORLD. The girls I chatted with were from Australia, Malaysia, Sydney, India, and Hong Kong. Later in the week I saw the girl from Malaysia walking down the street, so we chatted. Inwardly I was jumping upside down screaming I HAVE FRIENDS!

(Highlight Three I met my first British person. He was from the countryside of North England (Cumbria). He said his opinion of Americans went up loads and loads just cause I knew where that was. All in a day’s work my friends, all in a day’s work.

(Highlight Four) Whenever I finished my schoolish duties, I found my friends at the Christians on Campus club handing out bibles on the street.

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Today I managed to make it to the university without getting more than a little bit lost (a personal record). I am slowly falling into the swing of things. Next thing ya know I’ll be starting classes and blogging regularly again.

How is life going for all ya’ll starting school back in your various locations?

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

9 thoughts on “I am in fact alive in the United Kingdom”

  1. Oh, I’m so sorry that your wallet was stolen! That stinks. =( But it sounds like you’re having a wonderful time other than that! Way to go getting a library card first! That’s so great! It must be such an amazing experience to study abroad! I can’t wait to hear more about it. =)

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  2. This is amazing! I’m so happy for you and impressed that you had to guts to make a move like this:)

    I’m sorry about your wallet being stolen; I hope you didn’t have anything too important in there. Hope your classes are going/go well.

    Can’t wait to hear more about your adventures!

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  3. So glad you made it!! 🙂 Sorry to hear that your wallet was stolen, though. I would definitely have cried under the covers at night, too. That sounds rough for sure. 😦

    Glad to hear you’ve got your priorities straight, though!! (WINK.) Have you had a chance to use that library card yet??

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    1. Thanks Olivia! I haven’t checked out any books yet, but that is on my todo list today. It has been rough, but I guess stepping out of my comfort zone isn’t supposed to be all sunshine and rainbows.

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  4. I’m so sorry about your wallet getting stolen! That’s awful, but hopefully you know now how to be better protected so it doesn’t happen again. Super glad you sorted out your priorities 🙂 and man, that laser tag sounds like so much fun!!! Can’t wait to read more!

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  5. Okay, so I know I’m waaaay late commenting, (I haven’t been doing a lot of blog reading lately since I’ve started school) but I just want to say, I am so happy that you’re settling in and finding new friends, and I hope that you never get pickpocketed again! That must have been dreadfully scary. Despite the fact that I want to study abroad and see the world, the idea of it scares me, so I consider you very brave! Best of luck! (-:

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    1. Thanks so much Elizabeth. It is so nice to hear from you. I’m not necessarily brave, just terrified and doing it anyway : ( Anyhow, I hope school is going well for you!

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