I can’t even begin to describe how difficult yet exhilarating this transition to city life has been. I have never been one to live in the city, so I have amazed myself this far at my abilities to handle one of the biggest cities in the world. Acclimating to such a populous city (8 million to be exact) is definitely tough coming from little old Vineland in South Jersey. Since I also chose to go to “uni” where there was an actual campus, I have never had to find my way around with just a map, maneuvering through thousands of people from every country and culture imaginable. Boy did I have to learn quickly though! Even trying to shop for essentials such as bed sheets was a nightmare. Think Black Friday shopping, but literally every single day. The hustle and bustle of the London life is quite overwhelming at first, but at the end of the day I feel accomplished because that’s one day more I survived on my own in a foreign country!
Now that I’m finally moved into my room and settled down (not living out of bags anymore!) I’m beginning to get excited to finally start class, because I keep forgetting I’m here to actually do something and not just bum around London like a tourist.
But since I’ve moved in, I also realized how wonderful Lehigh housing is compared to city dorm life. Anyone who is from Lehigh reading this right now, COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS. As glamorous as city life is, my bathroom is as big as an airplane bathroom. No lie. It is actually 3 feet by 3 feet. But I guess there are worse things to complain about. Like the fact that I still have to go grocery shopping. And that my feet might actually fall off from my 2 mile journey to Primark today. But on the plus side, there’s a pub right across the street from my dorm called The Sherlock Holmes so I know where I’ll be spending my weekends now.
But I’m finally moved in and unpacked, and my roommate is great! It’ll be so fun to get to know her and her culture. Here’s to the start of a great year. Cheers!