Looks like it’s time to catch up a few days, these days are all starting to blend together. It is so different from home, we are all on the move all the time. From class to touring to going out, time flies. Wednesday we had our volunteering, I am placed at Listening Books, a non-profit that records books onto the computer to give out to hospices and children’s centers for those who are unable to read. It was not an eventful day, we just got oriented, the real work starts in a few weeks. Wednesday was also my roommate Alicia’s 21st birthday. It wasn’t like back home in the US where 21 is a big deal, 18 is the big birthday out here. We all went out for dinner and went out clubbing in order to bring her birthday in the right way. Thursday we had marketing and business ethics again, the real classwork started. We not have to actually do our homework which is kind of a bummer. We also had a boat cruise on the Thames River that night which was a blast, there were about 200 of us, everyone from our program plus students from other AIFS programs as well. We saw the city all lit up, it was beautiful. Today, Friday, we had a day trip to Brighton, about a two hour bus ride from central London. We got to go on the pebble beaches and experience the little shops (called the Lanes there). We also had our first Mexican food in England, people warned us about it but we just could not stay way from the great deals that they were offering. I can’t say it was amazing but the fajitas were satisfying. While we were there we also went to the Royal Pavilion, I had never heard of it before but it was breathtaking. The huge Chinese intricate designs were incredible along with the fact that it has been there for so long and the restoration process that it went through. Brighton was amazing overall as a city, located right on the beach of the English Channel it was gorgeous and very different. I had never been to a beach like that before but we all laid down on the pebbles and relaxed during our long day, we left at 830am, about four hours too early for me. Tomorrow I am meeting up with a lot of my friends and we are booking our mid-term break trips for October to Spain and Italy!! That trip is the one I am looking forward to the most, along with Paris next weekend.
Real fish and chips: