I’ve arrived in England. After a six and half hour flight, a peak of Big Ben out the plane window, a three hour bus ride, and a five minute taxi, I finally got to move into my student accommodation.
I’m not going to lie, I’m exhausted. I barely slept on the plane, and I am running on three hours of sleep. I finally hit a low moment once I got to my room when the emotional stress from the day and last night’s goodbyes washed over me. I didn’t mope for long though – after a walk around my new town, I was feeling better and more sure of myself again.
Leciester is a beautiful city, and the history is evident everywhere you look. As I walked around, with my winter jacket and hat on (brrr), and stopped in Tesco, I started thinking about some of the things I had have already noticed in my time in the UK.
1. Just because the UK speaks the same language as we do in the US, our versions are vastly different.
2. British children whine and pout just like American children (but their cuteness is instantly increased by their accents).
3. I realized how American it is to assume that well groomed men are more likely to be gay. Apparently European men have a totally different standard of style as opposed to the US.
4. Tesco is cheaper than I expected.
5. I don’t know which way to look when crossing the street, so I end up looking back and forth multiple times before crossing.
6. Getting the hang of the measurement conversions is going to be a pain in the butt. (Why doesn’t the US teach the darn metric system?!)
7. I am still can’t figure out which side of the sidewalk I should be walking on.
8. Even though I am in Europe and, it took me ten plus hours to travel here, it still hasn’t hit me that I am actually living in Europe.
9. I can’t wrap my mind around the fact that all of my friends and family are five hours behind me, and will be for the next three months.
10. Sometimes all it takes is a McDonald’s to remind you that while the life that you left behind will continue without you, it will ultimately still be there to welcome you back when you return.
Note: Timing of new posts in the future will vary as, obviously, I have left the Eastern Standard timezone for Great Britain Time.
What’s one thing you have noticed when traveling abroad?