Hi USWIB! I’m back. I only have about a month left here in London, which seems crazy. I feel like I just got here. The semester has been great, and I definitely would recommend London (and studying abroad in general) to anyone who is interested.
Here are some updates on what has been going on since my last post.
I definitely feel settled here in London and I have met so many incredible new friends. Being in the smaller NYU community is great, and you meet new people in class, in the dorms and just in school since we’re all in the single campus building.
For Fall Break, I spent time here in the UK and visited a few cool cities outside of London. Then I went to Malaga, on the southern coast of Spain. We went as a really big group, which was so much fun. We took a daytrip to the cliff city of Ronda, and spent the rest of the week exploring the beautiful city, wandering on the beach, and eating lots and lots of paella. After fall break, I took a day trip to Brussels (perks of only having class 2 days a week). It was crazy to spend a day in another country and come that night. Brussels was well suited for a day-trip. The city is easily walk-able and I didn’t feel like I had missed out on anything major. The waffles and chocolate definitely lived up to expectations.
My favorite things: the tube, the accents, the chocolate, the parks, Waitrose (British grocery store), free museums, the tea, digestive biscuits, etc.
Some less great things: weird peanut butter, closing times, expensive prices, the weather.
Overall there are a lot more great things than negative things.
School is definitely getting more demanding now as the semester has progressed and we are nearing the end of the curriculum. The workload right now is pretty similar to New York I think, but I will definitely miss classes meeting only once a week. It’s getting pretty cold but the random rain is not nearly as frequent or as terrible as I had expected. Christmas is everywhere in London now, since there is no Thanksgiving here, Christmas comes really early and decorations have been up since Halloween.
The next few weeks are going to be a little crazy preparing for exams and the end of the semester and the transition back home. I am really excited for a few things to break up all the studying and essay writings. In the next few weeks, I’m going to do the Harry Potter Studio Tour, High Tea at the Savoy, seeing the Nutcracker, and of course Friendsgiving. Friendsgiving is great because it lets all of us get a taste (hehe) of home, even though the English don’t celebrate Thanksgiving.
I am very excited to get home; I miss New York City, my family and my friends at home. That being said, part of me never wants to leave. This semester has been incredible, and I don’t want it to end.
As usual, if you have any questions about London, study abroad, adjusting, or anything random I’d love to answer them| firstname.lastname@example.org