Something to tide you over
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Hello all. London is great and I'm really sorry I haven't posted any blogs yet. 2 reasons for this: 1) I can't upload photos at this time :( 2) To use the internet, I have to walk to the bus stop, wait for the bus, ride down the street, walk to an internet cafe, and pay by the minute. It could easily take 20 minutes both ways...boring you yet? OK. Here's the good stuff:
Arrived in London...2 Fridays ago, I think, so I'm at the 2 week mark. We're staying at the Hampstead Campus of King's College, which is way up sort of in the middle of nowhere (or so it seems to me), but which is actually close to some really nice neighborhoods (single bedroom apartments starting at $1.
I generally try to eat every meal I can, even some ones that aren't meant for me, in the refectory (some meals are supposed to be just for the Italians that are staying at the school -- a big group of them -- but sometimes a couple of us join them), because eating out here is incredibly expensive. The first week, I went out one night with a friend and we spent almost £50 for everything at the restaurant and pub.
On a happier note, I've met lots of cool people. It seems like every shop girl or bartender or server is from another country. Bartender here, by the way, means generally the person who you order food and drink from even at a restaurant. SOP is to walk in, walk straight to the bar, order your food, and sit down, telling him or her where you're sitting. Anyway, I've met Akshay (Marakesh) and Hiks at Wetherspoons, Aga (Poland) at Nando's, Magda (also Poland) at a bagel shop, Frank (or so he calls himself - China) and Jasmina (Morocco) at The Old Black Lion; a shopgirl from Lithuania gave me directions yesterday, and yesterday I also met Rachel from Brighton (England), Laura from Spain, Joanne from Wales, Jo from Scotland, and Cullum from Wales.
By the way, I've seen Pirates of the Caribbean 2, last night with Jayme (from MTSU) and her Guildhall acting school classmates (Jo, Laura, and Rachel). It was really cool. They give you assigned seating in the cinema. It's like ordering tickets for a concert or a show or something.
What else....my calves have probably never been stronger. Between walking to bus and tube stations and walking around various parts of the city and various parks (there are tons), I and my classmates probably average over 5 miles a day, with lots of stairs and hills and occasional running. I had to run last night to catch the last tube and I was amazed at how easy it was, since I haven't run in forever, but it seems all the walking has made me fit. :) And tanned, too, because unlike what I expected, it's been extremely sunny almost every day here. In fact, we're having a heat wave, with this last Wednesday being the hottest day of the year - over 100 degrees, 115 on the tube, 120 on a bus. It's not bad today, though. Anyway, I've got to check train times to Scotland and I have clothes in the dryer back at campus, so I've got to go.
PS I'm taking tons of photos and keeping a detailed journal in a notebook, so hopefully you can expect more from this soon. Ta, cheers, and all that.
PPS Alright, photos added! Also be sure to check the Table of Contents on the upper left of this page for photos from other cities besides London, even though I snuck a couple on this page.