Oh where to begin with
London Campus randomly assigns each student to their roommates.It just so happened that I was paired with two girls
and three boys.Our dorm had a living room, a
kitchen, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms.I had
flown into GatwickAirport
at around 8 in the morning and there was a group pick up for all the
students that was scheduled for .I decided that I really didnâ€™t want to wait around
for 2 hours so I took my directions out of my bag and decided to find
the study center on my own.Given my poor sense
of direction, this was probably a bad idea but somehow I got myself
onto the Gatwick Express towards Victoria Station.
Jeff is going over his strategy on how to get me the bear!
then miraculously found my way out of the station and into a taxi that
took me straight to 99 Great Russell Street!I was handed my key to Room 22 and then after
climbing up the worldâ€™s steepest stairs to the second highest floor of
the building with my two huge suitcases in tow (there was no elevator),
I had finally arrived.I found the bed with my
name on it and immediately collapsed onto it!I
was the first to arrive so I started unpacking and when that tedious
chore was done I laid down while eagerly awaiting the arrival of the
people that I would be living with for the next few months.
Jeff was the first to
arrive.I was so nervous for some reason.I was scared that we would have nothing in common and
that our conversation would be nothing but awkward silences.
The Discobolos at the British Museum
After a little small talk, we decided to walk down to
to kill time (it was a five minute walk from the study center).I had worried over nothing.We
got along great and now I canâ€™t think of London
without thinking of Jeff.Jeff attended school
at FAU in South Florida and he was your typical
south Floridian which was evident in the way he dressed as well as the
way he talked.
He aspired to be a writer.He
was very conversant about literature and movies.Man
he made me feel so uncultured when he talked about movies.He has probably literally seen every movie known to
This is one thing that he had in common with
a girl named Autumn (she lived in another room but she hung out with
us a lot).They would get in these crazy
(sometimes heated) discussions about movies I had never even heard of!
Jeff and I grew to be very close over the coming months.He became like a big brother to me.He
was a tough guy who spoke whatever was on his mind.He
always felt the need to protect me and I canâ€™t help but smile while I
write this!I am one of those people who
couldnâ€™t be mean to a fly.I hate confrontation
and I am genuinely nice to everybody I meet.Like
I said earlier, I like people.I get my feelings
hurt pretty easily and I often end up apologizing for things that
arenâ€™t even my fault.
Me and Kim at Brighton Pier!
I just want to make
everyone happy and this is probably the reason that Jeff was so
protective.He is such a sweet guy and boy could
he make me laugh!
One of the great things about studying abroad through FloridaState is the trips that
they arranged for us.During this particular
summer, they took us to Brighton.At the time, the only thing I knew about Brighton
was that it was mentioned in Jane Austenâ€™s Pride and
Prejudice.When I mentioned this to my
roommates, they informed me that Brighton was
home to the seaside retreat of George IV.They
also told me about Brighton Pier.Jeff told me
that the pier had carnival-like rides, candy stores, and arcade games.
At the arcades in Brighton!
He knew that I was a kid at heart and that I enjoyed
the simple things in life.He told me that I was
going to absolutely love it and he must have seen my face light up as
heâ€™s explaining what itâ€™s like because he looked at me and said, â€śI bet
it would just make your day if you were able to win a teddy bear from
one of the games.You know what, I promise to win
the time came to go to Brighton, we all piled
onto the bus and prepared ourselves for the two hour ride.I was curled up in my seat with my Harry Potter book and I
spent the time trying to zone out the tour guide they hired for the
bus.As soon as we arrived, we headed toward the
Royal Pavilion for our group tour.I had never
heard of it before but man was I impressed!The
outside architecture of the building was just amazing to behold.
Yanin, Autumn, and Me acting like kids while enjoying our delicious sweets
The inside was even better.I
canâ€™t even begin to describe how amazing the banqueting area was.The entire room was intricately decorated.The ceiling held a painting of this spectacular
dragon and the centerpiece was this striking chandelier.Out of everything Iâ€™ve seen throughout my travels, this room is
one of my favorites.Unfortunately, I donâ€™t have
any photographs of the Royal Pavilion L After touring the palace, we went to lunch
and then shopped around a little before heading to the Pier.It was quite windy outside so all the rides were
closed and it was kinda cold but I was too energized to let that bother
me.We went to a candy store in order to
purchase a Brighton Rock (very touristy, I know!) which is a piece of
candy with the word â€śBrighton.
Me and Jeff after he won me my bear!
matter how far you eat the candy, the words never disappear until the
entire candy is eaten!I also bought my dad some
seagull poop (raisinets) and I bought myself a large lollipop (See, I
wasnâ€™t lying when I said Iâ€™m still a kid).Once I
had my sugary sweets, it was time to head to the arcade.Jeff had promised me a teddy bear.He
went to the claw machine (which is pretty hard if youâ€™ve ever tried to
get a stuffed animal out of one) and within minutes he had actually won
me a teddy bear.I couldnâ€™t believe it. I
decided to name it Jeffreybear even though it was actually a yellow
monkey. Jeff was right, it made my whole day!I still have Jeffreybear.He
hold a permanent spot on my bed. I still donâ€™t know how Jeff actually
did it. After these extraordinary events, we loaded back onto the bus
and headed back to London!
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