Today is St. David’s day!
(St. David is the patron saint of Wales.)
Look what Google did in celebration. Daffodils and a red dragon :’ )
Clearly in honor of this day the entire flat ( and there is only one Welsh guy here) is eating a flat meal and getting smashed.
I got my UK 16-25 Railcard today!!!!!
God, I look so dead in my photo.
Literally a mugshot.
So much has happened since I last updated.
I’ve gotten into a routine and I’m finally settling in and feeling comfortable. There are days when I have sudden pangs of homesickness, true. I miss my friends at home, my family, familiar things like the ducks at my college and going to the grocery store down the block, but I’m powering through it. It’s funny how the little things can trigger homesickness. My flatmates and housemates call me brave for doing this. They say they never could do this, leave everything familiar for an experience that throws me into a situation where I have to start completely fresh. I don’t necessarily think I’m brave though … it’s really hard to explain!!
A lot has happened! I love hanging out with my flatmates, and I feel so much more comfortable now than I did 2 weeks ago!
I got my visa bullshit sorted out. Ha … the UK Border Agency needs to work out that loophole!
I went to London and Paris. It felt good to be in a proper metropolitan area again. Cardiff is a city, true, but gosh it’s small! London felt familiar, if that makes sense. Taking the tube with my friend Veronica ( her study abroad blog is here!) I felt back at home. I mean the tube is different but a train is a train is a train. I literally screamed when I saw parliament and Big Ben. How embarrassing. I am such a tourist it hurts. We got dinner and walked around. I went to a free museum. It was such a whirlwind because I was in London for less than a day, but I did have a blast. I even made it to Notting Hill. My mom and I have a thing about that movie … so I took a picture of a notting hill sign and tagged her in it on facebook. She literally flipped on the phone when I told her I went to Notting Hill.
We got up at 4am and took the Eurostar to Paris.
Wow … Paris was an actual dream. It was so disorienting and beautiful. I thought it would be overrated and like the films, but it was actually more beautiful than I could ever imagine. There was a special dark quality to all of it, but it felt right. The fact that I can’t speak a word of French other than basic words like “bonjour” and “merci” didn’t help, but it made it into more of an adventure. I was only in Paris for 2 days because I left the UK just to get my student visitor visa worked out, but I am definitely going back in the spring.
I’m going to Brighton this weekend to see a concert with some of my American friends, Tanya ( who I met here) and Chelsea ( who goes to New Paltz with me), and I am so pumped! Seeing Sleigh Bells live is going to be unbelievable!!!!!
I’m going to put up some pics later, and if you’re lucky the vidoe of me freaking out over the Eifel Tower sparkling~.
I have totally been slacking on this blog!
I’ve been super busy… you know traveling and trying to socialize.
No worries though! I am going to work on a few posts tomorrow~
what is this …. pig shaped candy …
it’s confusing …
GOD IT TASTES SO GOOD
Victory is mine!
“You don’t realise how dependent you are on brand familiarity until you find yourself plopped in another country where almost all of the brands are alien.” [x]
This about sums up my evening pretty nicely!
I had a sudden bout of homesickness today. For potato chips, twizzlers, fresh cold cuts from the deli, all of it. Everything I am used to eating and shopping for…
Granted there are plenty of American brands in the UK, but suddenly you find yourself in a haze, standing in the haircare aisle, trying to read the english labels, and it all looks foreign and confusing. I stood there for 20 minutes staring at the haircare products in a small Tesco, and was completely dumbfounded. I gave up and moved onto lightbulbs only to repeat what had just happened to me.
I somehow of stumbled back to my flat, making it to my room in time to have a complete breakdown over hair products and lightbulbs.
With some comforting words and a nice long skype session with a friend in a similar situation I was able to regain some sort of calm and laugh about it.
It’s really confusing. Not being able to grab what I would usually get at home to make pasta and shrimp, or some green beans and the correct spice to make them extra yummy. It’s terrifying to be honest.
I was paralyzed in a grocery store.
I’ll get through this though. I know it sounds silly, but it’s something I need to be able to say I can do. To just walk into a supermarket and buy some lightbulbs.
I’ve taken so many pictures in the past few days, so this is just a glimpse at Cardiff University campus and Cardiff Castle!
There are soooo many dragons!
Please excuse how messy I look …. I have yet to buy hair product to control my mane.
VICTORY DANCING EVERYWHERE!!!!!
In othr news I am having visa issue, but I’m working them out!
I might be heading to London and then Paris sooner than I thought.
Just cross your fingers that it all works out!
I’ll be posting some pics soon :)
my teddy bear
I am safe and sound in my flat!
I am still being shy but my flatmates seem great!
I’ll upload some pictures later if I don’t pass out!