Hello humans of the internet! How have your weeks been? Good? Bad? Somewhere in the middle? Whichever it is, I hope next week is better. As you may have noticed from reading this blog, I have had three months of amazing adventures (and dys-adventures) in England. Studying abroad in London has been an amazing experience and I am so glad that I chose to go on this trip. I was going to write a post about more of my adventures but as I’m sitting down to write it, all I can think about is how in just over a week (like a few hours over a week) I will be back home in South Carolina. So, that’s what I’m going to be talking about today.I’ve already started packing because I know how long it takes me to pack. It’s actually a bit sad to have my partially packed suitcase all set and ready to get on the plane. Naturally, looking at the suitcase has me thinking back on the past three months and how they have changed me.
One of the main things that I’ve noticed in myself is the amount of British slang that I have picked up. If you’ve read any of my blogs before you may have noticed in Expectations VS. Reality I talked briefly about some British slang. Well, three months later I not only understand it, but I have adopted some of it into my vocabulary. I caught myself saying “mate” the other day instead of “dude” (which is actually something that I say a lot). I also found myself saying “cheers” instead of “thank you” and finally I now say “can’t be bothered” when I don’t feel like doing something. For example: “I thought about cooking, but I just can’t be bothered, so I’ll eat out instead.”
I’ve also found that it’s fairly easy for me to get around the city now. I don’t freak out every time that I have to cross the street (This is convenient seeing as I have to cross two streets to get to class everyday). I don’t panic and end up getting on the wrong train when I take the underground. Still can’t get around on buses, but those are unnecessarily confusing.
Outside of obvious things like slang and life skills, I feel like I’ve grown as a person. I have always been interested in travel because I love seeing how other people do things. Just walking along the South Bank and watching people live their lives is sort of relaxing. I’ve found it inspiring to see the street performers, aggressively walking business people, young families going out for the day, old couples on vacation, and all the many people living their lives. It’s relaxing to find a nice place to sit and write poetry about the city and its inhabitants. This is something that I’ve thought about before, but meeting so many new people at once sort of drove it to the front of my thoughts: Every single person is unique and vibrant and every place is beautiful. I have always wanted to travel the world and I feel that I have finally begun that journey.
Funnily enough, while this trip has inspired me to continue traveling, it has also inspired me to get to know the people and places closer to where I live. I guess what I mean is that even though I’m going home in a week, the adventures have just begun.
I can’t wait to explore more places. Any suggestions? Favorite places? Scroll down to the comments and share with us.