Well my first semester of my year abroad ends next week. Originally, I was going to spend Christmas with my sister in the UK but my parents have decided they want to see me and want me to spend time with grandparents,etc… so that means next Friday I fly back to Orlando for 13 days… It is a really weird experience. At this point, I feel like all the other semester study abroad students. I have been working hard to squeeze in as many fun things into my “final” week as I can, afraid of it all ending, even though it’s not. As well, the result culture shock is setting in and I haven’t even gotten on the plane yet. A couple days ago my mom told me I needed to meet a guy she knew when I got home. I immediately said, “of course! We can go to the pub….” Oh wait, I’m only 20. I can’t go to pubs in America. Not like the only thing that is …
I occasionally update a study abroad blog, though I am more successful at Tumblr. I wrote this one and found it worth sharing on here as well. For those of you who have studied abroad before, you may relate. X
Tonight my internship brought me to my very first red carpet premiere for Mandela: Long Road to Freedom. It was a crazy experience seeing the lights, cameras, press, and celebrities from the other side. As well, Will and Kate attended the event. They exited their beautiful Bentley and briskly walked the length of the red carpet resulting in this blurry image, but hey, I saw Will and Kate.
In other news, the news has just broken that Nelson Mandela has passed away. I find that incredibly eerie after being on a red carpet all night for the movie based on his life. As well, I know that his daughter is in London today, not with him, and hope she is doing okay. I cannot imagine sitting in a movie theatre watching this amazing film about someone and opening your phone when you exit to find out that the man has just passed away. The only upside is the realization that at least his life story will soon be in the hands of everyone who doesn’t already know about the incredible work of Nelson Mandela… For those who don’t know the details of his life, this film will give the true story of the hero that changed South Africas’ fate. In that way, it’s not eerie but rather a beautiful twist of cinematic fate…
Hostels/transportation are officially booked! Me and my sister are off to the following places in January (yeah, we know we are going to freeze)…
It will be my first time to Belgium and Germany as well as my first time in hostels. I am so fucking excited. I have been waiting for this day for quite some time.
Get ready for the pictures & updates!
"I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."
Alright, the weekend round up started this week on Thursday on Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is not a thing in the UK. There are a couple restaurants in the city that like to take advantage of ex-pats by forcing us to pay upwards of 50 pounds just to get our little slice of home. So, we decided against it. I had work all day so I couldn’t help plan anything so it ended up being a wine & pie party. We did have a British guy in attendance so I guess that makes it some type of cultural experience….
Friday I had to go to work slightly hungover which is really a sad thing when you live somewhere where no one else is hungover like you because you’re the only one who celebrates the holiday. But alas, I survived and unfortunately had already made plans to go out that night. A guy we are friends with rented out a lounge in a bar and hosted a pub crawl. My friends and I didn’t take part in the pub crawl but went to the last bar to hang out in the fancy lounge and try to get free alcohol… I brought a friend I had met in class and didn’t know that well and she ended up getting really drunk so I had to take her home and then she passed out in the tube station so they had to call an ambulance and then the worker at the tube station took my phone number in case we needed anything and then he texted me trying to ask me out. So, that was uncomfortable. She ended up being fine and all was well. Except the creepy guy wanting to date me.
Saturday was a lazy day but me and a friend ventured out to East London to visit a friend of hers. We explored a bit and then had some wine and went to a bar with a couple of her friends. Unfortunately, I was unable to find any good looking men…. tough night. But we were out in Shoreditch, which is definitely a cool, hip, area and definitely worth some further exploration.
Today it is maybe some shopping for a film premiere I am attending for work next week (so excited) and then dinner with my sister.
CONCLUSION: Round up of London places featured in this post
-Gem Bar in Soho (Friday): Really fun vibe and lots of dancing and good music. Drinks were a bit pricey and I believe there is normally a cover, although we didn’t pay it because we were with a special group.
-Cornershop (Saturday): Pretty nice place to go out in Shoreditch. As I said, no good men but it was still a fun place. Drinks were decently priced.
-Great American Pizza (Saturday): We got pizza there after the evening… It was amazing.
I just found a really amazing university in the UK and emailed their film department and they said that they accept students as second years… meaning I could transfer and still graduate in 2016 like I would have if I went back to the states… uh oh.
I think at this point my life is just a big attempt at avoiding the fact that in a couple of months I have to decide what I want to do next year. I just don’t want this year to end. I have no idea what I am going to do next year and I am really trying not to worry about it and let it get me down when I am in such a good place but eventually, I am going to have to start worrying about it because unfortunately, this can’t last forever. I hate earning a university degree, I really do. I wish I was done with school and I could just get an overpriced flat in London and start my life. I hate being tied down by having to finish a degree. I am so over it.