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  • Writer's pictureMaiya Focht

Week One- Settling In

Updated: Jan 29, 2020

It has been officially one week since I’ve set foot in London, England. Don't worry mom! I’ve managed to keep my nose out of trouble and all my extremities free of harm.

Since my arrival in the “Big Smoke”, I’ve learned plenty of new jargon, had my first pint of cider, angered many a commuter with my “boorish” American voice, been to my first classes, and gotten a loose grasp on the public transport system. I’m very quickly learning a lot of new skills, and very quickly learning to keep my wits about me at all times. Because not only am I in a new country, but I am also, for the first time in my life, living in a large city.

And the neighborhood within the city in which I reside is quite literally one of the busiest and most tourist filled, Oxford Circus. As such, I’m finding myself equal parts delighted, frustrated, and confused at each new turn. The crowds, noise, and constant smell of cigarettes will certainly take some getting used to, but I’m already finding that the culture and vibrancy of the city make it worth every wart.

I’m sure that as I settle in, things will only get better. I am so very blessed to be here, and though I miss home, I’m not going to waste a minute moping about it. Besides, I've got enough 80's tunes to make me feel like I'm back there anyways. (namely the Pretenders, The Cure, and Queen, shoutout mom and dad).

Days left in semester: 102

Sites visited: Hyde Park, The British Museum, Open Top London Bus Tour, Portobello Market, ABQ (Breaking Bad Bar Experience)

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