I’m going to do my best to chronicle this adventure, but I suppose the less I write the busier I am enjoying myself. The only class I will be taking while I’m here though is creative writing so writing is good.
I left Chicago on Friday evening around 5 p.m. and got to Regent’s College in London around 9 a.m. Saturday. The flight gave me about 2-3 hours of sleep, and when I finally got to my room I napped on and off for a couple hours.
I was going to unpack so I opened my suitcase only to find all my things had been rearranged and all my money had been taken. Thankfully it wasn’t everything I had saved up for the trip, but it was about $300 U.S. So that was a bummer…
My welcome pack said there would be a guided adventure to the Camden Markets that afternoon, so since I couldn’t sleep, didn’t have a roommate yet, and couldn’t shower because I didn’t have a towel yet, I decided to go.
We spent about 3 hours walking to and exploring Camden, which was a fantastic introduction to urban and alternative London. There were all these stalls and vendors of anything you could imagine. I didn’t have any money yet so I absolutely have to go back soon.
I spent that evening with the folks that had gone to Camden- a mix of regular Regent’s students and American students. We were up drinking, talking, laughing, debating until 6 a.m.
Sunday I met my roommate and had orientation. Later in the afternoon, a new friend who is a regular student took me out for coffee and we explored board game stores, music shops, and got swept up in an incredible toy store. I had my first experience on the Tube, where I ran into another University of South Carolina student, who I happened to recognize because he had trained with WUSC once.
Today I let myself finally get some sleep. So after I woke up, showered and had lunch with my roommate, I took a walk in Regent’s Park and read for a while.
It’s slightly depressing seeing all these groups of American students walk by my window after their own adventures, seeing as I am here all by myself and am still in the friend-making process. Some of the friends I’ve made are regular students as I said, so they will be leaving for home soon. Hopefully once I start class tomorrow I’ll make some more friends!
There is a smaller adventure within this big adventure that I don’t want to divulge just yet, if that makes any sense. But we’ll see how that plays out before I go on writing about it…