Great news! Study abroad associate student orientation at Queen Mary is finally over, and I am now an official enrolled student at and more importantly I have my class schedule (or “timetable” as they call it here) I’m taking Health Psychology and an english class called Terror, Transgression, and Astonishment. I’m also taking an environmental science class Environment, Nature and Society, and an anthropology class called Society, Culture, and Space. Thankfully Kelly, Julissa, and I all don’t have classes on Friday! So we will always have long weekends which will be great for when we start traveling! How lucky did we get?!
Speaking of traveling, we booked our plane tickets to Barcelona the other night, with the airline Easyjet! We will be leaving Friday October 7th and returning Sunday October 9th. Julissa has a friend who will also be there that weekend, and he is providing us with free hotel accommodations! Which is great because that’s just another expense we don’t have to plan or pay for. Also in October, the weekend of the 14th-16th, IFSA-Butler is taking all of it’s students on a free adventure weekend in the Lake District (which is in northern England, close to Scotland) We will be able to do a bunch of different outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, gorge scrappling, and this thing call the Via Terratta which is a series of iron beams fixed high up along the gorge which you can harness yourself into and slide across the gorge on. It all sounds really exciting and I’m definitely looking forward to that trip as well!
Our classes don’t start until Monday, so the past couple of days Julissa, Kelly, and I have been exploring central London and have gone to see some more tourist-y things like Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. Westminster Abbey is one of my favorite things about London. It’s architecture (especially in the Royal Airforce Chapel) is breathtaking. I wish I would have taken some illegal pictures. 🙂 We are planning to go to a couple mass services at Westminster. How many times will we get to do that? Buckingham Palace was so ornate and…royal! Definitely fit for a queen! Architect John Nash who designed the redecoration and modeling of the palace definitely knew how to impress.
So that’s what I’ve been up to the past couple of days. Classes start on Monday, so I’m trying to make the most of my last free weekend before school begins. Wish me luck! 🙂