I’m in London! My flight was pretty awesome! British Airways was very accommodating and I got a window seat! Unfortunately, I can’t sleep on airplanes, so I was really jet-lagged the next day. It was pretty weird departing from the airport in the afternoon (USA time) and arriving in the UK in the morning time. The food on the plane was amazing! I love British Airways.
When I arrived I was greeted by my driver and joined the other AIFS students. There are a good amount of students from my university (Howard University) attending Richmond this semester, so it was nice reuniting with them at the airport. Once we got to the Atlantic dorm, we were greeted by our orientation leaders who were polite enough to help us take our luggage to the dorms- which was great for me because I had 3 bags. Also, they gave us our orientation folders and IDs. It was a very smooth process.
I live in Ambassador, which is right down the street from Atlantic. Although we don’t have a library or dining hall, it is more spacious than Atlantic. I live in a triple. It’s not as bad as it sounds. I never thought I would live in a triple…ever! But, my roommates are great and courteous.
We live in a very nice and wealthy neighborhood. Kensington is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in London. Did I mention we live minutes away from Kensington Palace? I died! We also live next to door to the French Ambassador.
Atlantic has all the amenities you need. So, we walk there to study and eat. The cafeteria isn’t the largest area, but it’s just enough.
Almost everyday of the week was packed with things to do. We took tours of Kensington and visited Kensington and Buckingham Palace.
Later in the week, we saw the classic British play, The 39 steps, which was very entertaining. But, my favorite activity/trip was riding the London Eye. I was so excited for this experience. Although it wasn’t my first time on a ferris wheel, it just made being in London a lot realer.
Now it’s time to get to work! Classes start today.