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Published: August 9th 2017
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After an action packed 3 weeks of travel it was time to slow the pace down and settle into life as a university student. Well....kind of.
I'm staying in the student accommodation here on campus at the University of Surrey in Guildford, just south of London. This is where Anna has to be for her course. We arrived here on the Saturday from Wimereux where we had to catch a ferry across the channel then a bus to London and another bus to Guildford.
We settled in with nothing much than a bag full of clothes and two sleeping bags zipped together. Anna's stuff was to come the following week. So we had to borrow most kitchen utensils from her flat mates.
Battersea court, Rich house, Level One, Room 10. Accompanied by 13 other students on the same level, thankfully all of them are nice, so borrowing and sharing quickly became second nature.
all from a variety of places around the world; England, French, Spain, Germany, China, India, Greece. Oh and Bhutan.
Guildford is a relatively small town, in where a large majority of the action around the town can be attributed to the University. Cab drivers have a very quiet period when
school is out.
It does have a nice little garden area tucked to the side of the main town and is surrounded by nice green hills Guildford has two main parallel streets with most of the shops you would need. Plus the many coffee shops. One speciality store called "Shakeaway" with it's 163 different types of milkshakes.
A few different bars and clubs are dotted around town if you need a change from the one bar and nightclub on campus.
Our first taste of the Guildford night life was in a club where fights broke out, where music turned bad and where a UK Big Brother special guest appeared and needed to sit on a chair the whole time and couldn't speak properly.
But I'm sorry to say that there isn't much else around. It does have a big sporting complex that will be used for the upcoming 2012 Olympics, but it seems every man and his dog will be there, meaning bookings may be required.
It does have it's advantages though. It's only an hour away from London town. Convenient if you need to get away or want to do some sight seeing. Most of our level went into London for the
day on the second weekend. Anna and I got a lift in to London from her Aunty, from there we went and visited Piccadilly Circus and then took the tube to Covent Garden. Covent Garden was quite nice, a hot spot for street performers.
The weather wasn't too great but it didn't stop Londoners and other tourists from taking in the atmosphere.
The day was drawing to a close so we quickly visited St Pauls cathedral and then took the train back to Guildford.
I was looking at my final week in my trip, the week just involved creating a photo project for Anna and Job interviews.
And although this is a blog about the last 2 weeks in Guildford, it is turning out to be more of London. It was my final day of my trip, I wasn't due to be at the airport till later in the evening so we organized to meet my friend Kamil for lunch in London. We met at London bridge station and checked out the London bridge and walked through the streets to the tube where we grabbed some lunch at a small cafe just off Oxford street in the Soho district.
Not far from where we
had lunch was Hyde Park, we took a short walk there, I had been carrying my 17KG backpack with me all day too. We sat on the grass for about an hour before we departed ways.
Well all I can say is this trip surpased my expecations, I have enjoyed everyday and enjoyed every place and every event, I have enjoyed meeting everyone.
I want to thank everyone for everything and especially the most amazing 5 weeks spent with Anna, my whole reason for this trip.
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