Well, my first few days here in London have been pretty hectic and interesting. I was one of the first people to arrive, getting here around 8 AM Saturday morning after an overnight six and half hour flight. Jet lag has been no fun as my timing has been all off with naps in the afternoon and waking up too early in the morning, but I’ve almost completely adjusted by now. I’m on the 15th of 20 floors on the Marlyebone campus with a pretty nice view facing western London, which you can see below. We are right next to Baker Street and not far from Oxford Street, some of the more popular and busy roads in the city. There is Madame Tussauds right across the street, the famous wax museum, along with the Sherlock Homes Museum right around the corner on Baker Street. There is also Regent Park one block over which I hope to see soon.
I have walked around and explored some of the nearby area myself and with some new friends. I’ve met people from UMW I did not know before, someone from South Korea, and a few others from Germany. It’s been very cool finding neat little cafes and random shops wherever you look, like a Beatles rock store. Orientation was yesterday, and we had quite the adventure figuring out tickets for and using the Tube, since it was on another campus farther away. We eventually passed through Kings Cross station which is famous from the Harry Potter books which was pretty cool. The weather has been completely overcast since I got here, although I finally saw some sky and sunlight this morning, and everything is in fact very expensive. This have been my first few days here and I’ll be writing about the next few in the days to come.