It’s been a few days, so here’s the bullet points of what I’ve been up to:
- Checked into the FSU Study Centre and met a bunch of Florida State students (so far, I’m the only one not from FSU, which was a bit surprising to me)
- Moved into my new flat (took a snap story, but no permanent pictures… I’ll get on that)
- Welcome reception, which is where all of the professors introduced themselves and briefly explained the class plans. My intro to London professor hinted at maybe getting to meet Bradley Cooper when we see Elephant Man, so I’ll certainly update you if that happens (swoon)
- Dinner at a French burger place
- Exploring the city with my new flatmates
- Day-long orientation, which ended up only going until 3
- Biking in Hyde Park
- Walking back from Hyde Park to do some more exploring
- Realizing we promised Delmar (the fro-yo worker) that we’d come back to actually purchase a frozen concoction and it would be closing in 20 minutes
- run/fast walking to the fro-yo place
- MADE IT, but Delmar was in the back, BUT we made a new friend, and hopefully more ice cream giveaways are in our future
As we were walking back from our second fro-yo adventure, some woman interrupted our conversation to let us know how much she adored our “accents.” We were all giggling because we don’t think of ourselves as having accents, which was a reminder of how we can be so ethnocentric, thinking that our dialect is just “nothing.” Then, I meant to do a blog, but we proceeded to have flatmate bonding in our flat 🙂
I’m ditching the bullet points because this day requires proper sentences.
Resisting the temptation to sleep in, I got up and out to the British Library in hopes of checking out a lot of plays for my LA Showcase research, with the intention of reading them in a park somewhere (because that’s so European, right?). It was a beautiful day outside, and I’m loving the app Citymapper that’s letting me go places on my own and takes me on routes through parks! Once I got to the library, I was trying to find where the plays would be, but I was redirected to a place to get a library card. I had to go through this whole application process and agree to not hurt any of their books, only to discover you can’t check out anything! I was meeting up with my flatmates in less than an hour, so there was no point in sitting there reading.
There was a special exhibit all about embroidery to coincide with the display of a giant tapestry that is a replica of the Magna Carta Wikipedia page in celebration of its 800 year anniversary. In addition to that, there were lots of vendors selling embroidery-related goods way out of my price range that were still pretty to look at.
As I I was getting ready to leave, I stumbled upon a hands-on activity. Turns out, The British Library is trying to break the current record for largest tapestry to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records. They are letting anyone contribute to it, so even though I’m not experienced at all, I made a small contribution. Though I failed in my attempt at research, I potentially contributed to something that will be a world record, so I guess it wasn’t a total fail.
After the library, two of my flatmates and I ventured into new territory to meet up with a family friend of one of the girls. According to the local, Old Street and Dalston Yard are the hipster parts of London. She was a total foodie, so we got to try lots of delicious food out of these really neat food stalls. One of the areas wasn’t open for another 40 minutes, so we were forced to split a bottle of wine in the garden while we waited. It was pretty tragic.
As you can probably tell from the photo above, we were about to head to the underground because I had a ticket to see a show. Underneath that smile is a little bit of fear, as I was going to the show alone and my phone was about to die. Zee and Sarah equipped me with as much navigation knowledge as they could, but I was still a little nervous. Obviously because I’m here to write about it, I survived. More about the show in the next post…