First off. I totally overpacked. Like, bad. My bag to London was 11 pounds over. Jen had to drive back to the airport and take armloads of stuff because I was not about to pay $90. I was flustered and hot (it’s been HOT in the U.S.) – and now I truly have my stuff all over the place – but I made my luggage weight and had a relaxing international flight. I watched Romancing The Stone and Games of Thrones on the plane. (Um, amazing.)
Views from the sky. So pretty!
Then we landed and the rest of the day was lines and confusion.
We had a long line getting into the UK. Then our coach pick-up was over an hour late. Some students had arrived hours earlier, so they were fading before my eyes.
We made it to our flats. I have my own room in a large flat with four other students, and we have a beautiful balcony.
There is still one student who we have not heard from. I have no phone at this point, which is a pain. We decide to wait a bit and get Tube passes (London’s underground system).
Prof. B and I go to THREE banks, none of which will cash Traveler’s checks. We finally get cash from the Post Office, then individually divide the money so that the students can apply and pay for their own pass.
I’m fading. Still no word from the last student.
Then I get a call from my flat from the company that helps organize our course in-country. The student has been lost at the airport ALL DAY. Oh my gosh. He finally makes it to our flats, exhausted.
I have about an hour of free time. I buy toiletries (because I chucked mine at the airport to save on weight), crisps (potato chips), and a Galaxy chocolate bar.
And strawberries from a street vendor.
Oh, and I snapped some quick photos of our neighborhood in the ten minutes I had to walk down the street. I can’t believe we’re living smack in the middle of Camden Town. It’s such a vibrant part of the city! Side note: It’s cold here.)
I can barely hold my eyes open at dinner, but day one ends with chocolate cake.