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03/25/2014

Week One

This week I have been a tourist, no doubt about it. Walking in a group of 25 American's, fumbling through my coin purse to get the correct pound or pent, and never knowing which way your supposed to go even when you have a map in your hand. Despite the embarrassing moments, like when you hold up an entire line just trying to figure out which coin is which, I have had the greatest week of my life.

For our first London meal Tess and I went to a chain called Wasabi. The sushi was in individual packages just like candy. It was bizarre, and could have been contaminating but I enjoyed every moment of it. Later that evening we went to dinner with the CIEE people. I met some really awesome people and laughed all night. It was great meeting people from all over the united states, I met people from, California, New York, Chicago, and even more. 

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Throughout the week we spent time doing several things. We went on a the Big Bus tour, where we all shivered so many calories is was equivalent to walking the bus tour. We moved into our residence halls, traveled to Brick Lane (vintage market), Covent Garden's, Trafalgar Square, Oxford street, and so much more. Just walking around admiring all of the grand buildings is breath taking.

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There have also been some interesting bumps and bruises on the way.

I think I have finally recovered from lugging my 80lbs suitcase, and the 20 lbs Primark bags, with hangers, comforters, pillows, and blankets galore. Carrying things everywhere will be an adjustment. London doesn't do bulk, because if london did bulk you would carry bulk.  I also purchased a phone to communicate with people in london. Let's just say I am getting used to T9 all over again and I'm loving every minute of it.

A few interesting facts about London.

-Christmas decorations stay up through at least the first two weeks of january. And when I say christmas decorations I mean they go all out. The christmas tree's are gigantic.

-The "elevator" is called the "lift".

-"Trash" is called "rubbish"

- and the coins all look the same.  Okay i'm joking about that one...but they are hard to figure out.

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