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The Final Countdown (Sort Of)

Less than 3 weeks until I’m boarding a plane and traveling across the pond to the land of tea and crumpets to finish off my junior year of college (okay so maybe it’s not the final countdown considering I still have some time to go, but after months of filling out forms and applications, I can’t believe it’s almost here!).

I’ve already spent the majority of my downtime reading different articles about London, and here’s what I’ve gotten from them so far:

  • the whole “it rains a lot” thing should be taken very seriously (and should be prepared for)
  • a tell-tale sign you’re American is when you look the wrong way when crossing the street (this is going to take some real adjusting)
  • don’t ask for chips and be surprised when you get fries (chips = fries and crisps = chips)
  • tea time is all the time
  • Nando’s is all the rage
  • rickshaws aren’t the best idea

What will I be doing for 4 months?
I’ll be taking three classes and also interning (where is still TBD). I’m most excited for “London Architecture and Urbanism” — apparently we go on a bunch of field trips, which is always great, and I love that I’ll actually be seeing and experiencing London as part of that class instead of just reading about it in a book.

What will I be up to for the rest of break?
Practicing my British accent.
Kidding. 
Realistically I’ll be reading even more articles (because I’m too exited!!), and trying to figure out how to pack my life into 1-2 suitcases. More on that to come!I couldn’t be more thankful for this opportunity to study and work abroad. I’m a strong believer in the idea that immersing yourself in other cultures helps you grow as a person. It’s so easy to assume the whole world is like your hometown, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. This world has so many beautifully different customs and traditions, and I can’t wait to experience England’s.

With love,

Esra

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