Sunday, September 23rd marks my ninth day away from the comfort of my own home and into the chilly, grey,dreary land that is the United Kingdom and Bristol, more specifically. I think someone up there has grown really tired of my incessant complaining about the weather, because yesterday (at the time I wrote this post) was the warmest day I could have possibly asked for! (has now been raining for the past three hours incessantly) Thus, I left home in just a jumper, which is an unusual outfit for me, since everyday until now I’ve been bundled up like a burrito in blouses, jumpers and coats. But let’s start from the beginning..
I landed in London Luton airport on the 14th of September, at 7:15 am, after the most uncomfortable plane ride I’ve ever experienced..I had flown with WizzAir before, but I had forgotten how the seats were not able to double in any way , shape or form, so I had to sleep for three hours with my head on the little tray in front (embarrassing, I know, but I was too tired and other people were doing it,so!) . After landing, I was ,again, faced with the chilly and windy weather outside , but once I got my luggage and met with my friend , everything seem to fall into place. We had to wait for the bus that was taking us to London Victoria Station (from where we had to take the other bus to Bristol), and I couldn’t believe my eyes that we had actual free WiFi throughout the two and a half hours that our journey lasted..Simply stunned I was, I could already feel the civilization reaching a whole new level. Oh, and I feel the need to brag about the fact that I had to carry by myself my two suitcases, one of which I could have fit in and a smaller one, and I succeeded in doing so.
We arrived in Bristol at about 2pm and thankfully, I slept all the way from London ( which looks absolutely BRILLIANT, I felt like I was in a Harry Potter movie every time my bus went through the lane so close to another car or bus), but brilliant as I am, I didn’t bring any type of coat or jacket, so my only hoodie (a prize I won in an UWE competition, thank you Creative Industries) was a lifesaver.
I had to take a taxi from Bristol city centre to my house (would’ve been a 20 minute walk , that otherwise costed £8,50), and after being introduced to everything and choosing my room , I proceeded in speaking with my family and friends on Skype, complaining about how I missed home and maybe even looking at flight tickets back to Romania, reason why I did not even unpack for the first five days. Yes, my clothes definitely suffered from that, but they are now sitting on a clean shelf inside my wardrobe, so I’ve started to act like a girl who cares about her appearance , although I have not brought ANY type of make-up from home (mainly because I didn’t have anything left that was worth taking, and I figured I can just buy it from here – big mistake , every time the Queen leaves my wallet, I cry a bit inside).
I’ve not started lectures properly , that’ll be my lovely present for my 19th birthday on Monday, but I’ve been to UWE’s Bower Ashton campus quite a few times until now, to attend Induction lectures, student events ( Free roast , yay!) and campus tours and I can honestly say I love it there, the library is especially AWESOME. I’ve also visited UWE’s main and far bigger campus, Frenchay, but for some reason I like mine better. It’s still modern and big, but that not that big that it will take me an hour to get from D block to F block and then another hour to search for my floor and room. Oh, that’s another confusing thing, but that luckily we got explained – whenever a room is named something like 3B1, 3 represents the floor, B the block and 1 the room (I pray I’ve not gotten it wrong..). My time right now is split between going out and visiting more of the city with some friends/coursemates, trying to cook decent food (a separate post on that later) and not spend money on useless things (*ahem* been to IKEA yesterday..) and keeping in touch with my family and friends, because I miss them so much and they still got about eight days of summer holidays!
I had so much to write about, but I feel like I can’t jumble everything into a huge post that doesn’t make any sense, so I’ll try to do a separate post on food/cooking and Uni stuff soon. Meanwhile, I’ll leave you with a few snaps of Bristol, my house and room, campus and everything. Enjoy and good luck to everybody who’s starting Uni sometime next week!