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.
(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.
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.