Published: June 11th 2011June 11th 2011
Beautiful! More pictures surely to come!
I have made it to London and could not be more happy! It was a semi-hectic day but overall nothing too daunting happened on my journey... I seem to be getting lucky in that aspect. I went on EasyJet... a cheap airline in Europe. Of course I paid for extra weight and as it turned out I did not need it! Better to be safe then sorry right?
As we were all waiting in line to board the airplane I noticed that there were ALOT of children on our flight. I am talking probably at least 15 kids under the age of 5 on my flight. Needless to say, it was a loud albeit entertaining flight. Most of the children were adorable and made even cuter by their British accent! The flight was also interesting because of how frequently people used the restroom. I have never been on a flight where people used the bathroom more then they did on this trip! It was pretty insane... I am not exaggerating when i say atleast 30 people probably used the toilet on the airplane. The flight was only 2 hours by the way and there was almost always a line! I don't know what those people were eating/drinking while in Spain but I'm glad I didn't have any of it! I also made friends with the couple I sat next to on the plane... they seemed to be the only Spanish people as most everyone on the plane was British. It was funny because me, who speaks "poco" (small) amounts of Spanish, was the one who they were asking questions too. At the end the man spoke to me because he knew some English and I replied with "Maso Menos" (meaning more or less) and the couple was very impressed and thought I therefore spoke more Spanish then I had previously led on to. Needless to say, my friends Grace and Sara had just taught me that phrase the day before and had been constantly ranting on about how "you can use it in any scenario!" Well, I must say they are right!
Arriving in London and getting on the tube was definitely the most boggling part of my trip thus far! I arrived at Victoria Station and it was absolute madness! On top of that none of my credit/debit cards worked on the machines because I don't have a chip so I had to wait in line to buy my Oyster card as well. Once I got on the tube though everything went as smoothly as it could have. Arriving in Regent's Park was a relief and it is absolutely GORGEOUS here (see the picture) I could not imagine a better place to live in London. I am excited to run through the park when it is nice out again. We also ate our first pub... of course we chose the one with no one in it! Ha, I am sure we will have plenty of chances!
My program is combination of Iowa State and Oklahoma State students... many more OSU students however. They all seem very nice though and I have already made friends with a few of them. The professors all seem like interesting men. Particularly the guy who will be teaching our International Business in Law class (or something of that nature.. I'm not quite sure). He will definitely be challenging me to see things in a more "liberal" frame of mind. He already tried to egg several of us on at dinner but I responded with "Let's just keep it 'light and love' for our first night in London." He seems like a nice guy and I am sure there will definitely be some great discussion in class.
I am sure London will bring many fun/funny adventures ahead of me so stay tuned!