Well it is Wednesday morning so I guess it is the beginning of my fourth day and I have already learned a lot. I have decided to make a list of the things I have learned because I like lists.
-When they say London is an international city they are not lying. There are as many Indians, Arabic/Persian/Middle Eastern, Asian, and Africans as there are white people. Everywhere you look a new language is being spoken, don't know how one sees a language, but you get the picture.
-English bacon is not bacon, but rather a combination of country ham and Canadian bacon. I still eat it though.
-An extensive public transportation system is far superior to driving cars. The tubes (subways) are easy, quick, efficient, and go everywhere. I don't want to say that I have mastered the tubes, but I have become much more proficient at getting from point A to point B. I still spend much of my time looking at my tube map praying I am on the Bakerloo line heading towards Baker Street.
-There are no such things as waiters/waitresses. No matter how long one sits at a table in a pub no one will ask for your order. I learned from experienced. I sat for about 30 minutes and was about to get up and complain about the service, when I noticed the only person working the pub was the barkeep. I promptly stood up and awkwardly ordered a beer. This is a sample conversation between me and the barkeep. Me: "Umm, yeah, like, umm, what is your favorite beer?" awkward eye contact Barkeep: "Well are you looking for something dark, light, hoppy, nutty, full-flavored, sweet, bitter, wheaty or Guinness?" more awkward eye contact Me: "Yes" even more awkward eye contact and a long silence Me:"Okay, you guys got Budweiser?" Barkeep: "Yup" Me: "I will have one of those." Barkeep: "That will be (some amount of money that I can't quite understand)." I then hand him 20 pounds and receive about fifteen to twenty coins back, at least 3 lbs worth of specie. Okay so it normally isn't that bad, but I am no pro.
-The parks over here are way better than parks in America. I was not expecting to be blown away by the flora and fauna on this trip, but I really have been. Regent's Park has a garden right in the middle known as Queen Mary's Garden which has about 3 billion different plants and trees and 2 million ducks and pigeons. It is quite incredible.
-People from the southern United States are way more normal, nice, and attractive than Yankees. I already knew that but there are some Yankees from schools I have never heard of in my classes, and I have some advice. NFL themed hoodies are never okay, unless you are in Green Bay in November. Oh and hair gel should be treated like a fossil fuel, use only when necessary so that we do not run out in forty or so years.
-Going to one class for three and a half hours is awful, especially if you have two of them back to back. Four day weekends sure will be nice though.
-It is possible to get 4 papers and two tests assigned in one class even if you do only meet twice a week for six weeks. That is a test or a paper a week. The good news is that we really only have class on Thursday because every Tuesday will be spent at a different cathedral around England. Thank you Lady Sophie Laws (that is my Religion and the Arts teacher, she is a member of the aristocracy, and is married to a Lord--crazy ).
-Concerts are the same everywhere. People bobbing their heads, awkwardly dancing, making out, and getting high.
-It is chilly over here. I don't think it got out of the 50's yesterday. No rain so far though. Which is a little bit of a bummer, because I really want to try out my new rain coat.
-Oh and London is legit, dog, for real.
Well that is a brief list of the things I have learned. Hopefully there will be more to come.
P.S. I totally got this British girl's e-mail address at the Andrew Bird concert. Everyone knows what that means, right?