HELLO FROM ENGLAND!
Heya lovelies! I’m here! In England! Ah! Ah! Ahhhh!!! 😀 (Just in case you were wondering why I haven’t been updating anything recently)
Last Tuesday (on the 17th), I flew from Toronto Pearson Airport to Manchester Airport. The days leading up to the flight were super hectic – rushing to collect all of the documents that I needed, trying to cram the last few clothing items into my suitcase, saying my goodbyes to friends, etc. I was quite anxious leading up to the date as flying across the world to live in a different country was something that I’ve never done before.
Leaving my parents at the airport was really hard, I was trying really hard not to cry haha! Super bravefacing. After I got through security and met up with one of my fellow exchangees, the anxiety melted away! It transformed into excitement! 😀
I flew out with two other girls (Tabetha and Naomi) who go to my university! Our flight departed Toronto at 11:50PM EST and we arrived in Manchester at 11:30AM GBT. I was crammed in the Window seat with two pudgy ladies beside me who always gave me sour faces when I had to squeeze past them to go to the toilet. I actually offered for them to move in the window seat and the one day said she wanted the aisle seat because of her “long legs”. Sure lady, you’re 5’4, don’t talk to me about having long legs.
Pesky titans on the wings.
Flying over Manchester~!
Next, we had to take the train to Leeds. Luckily, the Manchester train station is connected to airport. Naomi left to meet with some family who were picking her up, so Tabetha and I went to the little station cafe and waited for our train.
We actually got a bit lost because our ticket said to “Leeds”, but when we went to the time board, we didn’t see a Leeds train! We had to ask for help – we had to get on the Newcastle train, where Leeds was the third stop or something.
Passing some charming little English houses~ With some typical English gray skies.
Arrived at the train station in Leeds. The Leeds University International Meet and Greet help set up taxis to take us to our residences. Passed by the Leeds City Hall!
STILL FEELS WEIRD SITTING WHERE A DRIVING WHEEL IS SUPPOSED TO BE.
Arrived at my room! Stuff everywhere. I’ll do a room tour soon!
For the next few days, we decided to just explore the city and get all of our essentials.
Set up my figurines and put all of my clothes away. My room is super messy ughghghhhhh I also need to do laundry.
THE PHOTO I TOOK IS LIKE A PROMOTIONAL PHOTO AHHH I CAN’T BELIEVE I’M GOING TO BE STUDYING HERE FOR A YEAR.
I’m really not used to seeing such beautiful buildings everywhere. Compared to this, Toronto is bland. Seeing industrial block buildings and skyscrapers everywhere gets boring.
That evening we decided to go to a pub! I think eating at pubs is one of those English things that you have to experience.
Walked down by Trinity Square, which is this big shopping district with lots of charming shops, as well as big brand names! Can’t remember the name of the place we went to, but it’s the place that has the sparkly fairy lights outside!
Live music! We went with some other students from my home university and one of their flatmates. It was nice just being able to sit, relax, listen to good music and enjoy each others company! 😀
The walls were lined with books! 😀 We had lots of fun being the loud table of Canadians haha, cheering on the musicians after they were done their songs. :>
I’ll do a blog post and vlog about some other stuff later… Everything has been super crazy this past week with International Welcome Week and Freshers Week (which is their version of Frosh.) The nightlife here is insane, but so much fun. Can’t wait to blog about my adventures! You can find all of my exchange posts in the exchange
Seeya soon! 😀