Days two and three- Why America is awesome and why it is less so.
I was going to do another "what I've learnt" but I decided to mix it up :]] This is my list of things that, so far, i love and hate about being in America. Don't worry, the pros far exceed the cons.
I have just made myself a cup of tea by boiling water in a pan. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and I really wanted a cup of tea!! I have to be honest, I'm surprised how quickly I've settled in and how okay I feel. Everyone has been really nice and we've been really well looked after. I haven't really met my roomates yet or any other people outside of the international office people and the other international students but I'm having a really good time!! I spoke to my parents on Skype today which was lovely and kinda weird, but once I got used to seeing and speaking to them it was so nice. It was like being at home!! God bless Skype!!
Liz and the other girls from the IE office have been looking after us. Liz studied at Birmingham a few years ago so she always talks about things from home which makes us feel much less homesick which is amazing!! She took us out for burritos the other day :]]
So far everything is very...different. More different than I expected. I've had a little bit of culture shock but I just sort of see it as being on holiday in a new place- things are different so I accept that and get on with it. I haven't come to America to do all the things I do at home. But I can't get hold of any vegetarian gravy which is upsetting me a lot!!
Duluth is a proper American university which I love. It looks and feels like an American university. We're right near the footbakl field and it's so cool to see them practising!! I can't wait for their first game!! Everyone also wears UMD clothing which is so cool!!
(that building in the background is where I live :]]])
Thursday we just went to Target (mmm Target) and bought kitchen and bedding and stuff, then we had dinner and went food shopping. Food is really expensive here though :[[[ I don't think people cook as much as they do at home- but who can blame them when there's so many places to eat!!
The student centre is amazing. They have so much going on and it's huge!! All of the building are connected so you never have to leave if the weather is bad outside. It's a little confusing but I really like it. The library is amazing!!
Yesterday we had orientation, had a tour of the campus, opened our bank accounts (free hoodie!! yes!!) and had a free lunch!! I got all my books yesterday. I'm really excited about all my courses; in particular my feminism module and my journalism course. I just want to sit at home and read my books!!
Then in the afternoon we had a tour of Duluth and went to the beach. Duluth is absolutely beautiful. I was worried there'd be nothing going on but it's just absolutely lovely. I'm really glad I decided to come here now!!
The lake is huge!! Way bigger than I thought!! And you can see Wisconsin when you look out!!
Then later on we went to graffiti graveyard. It wasn't easy to get there but it's so cool!! I'd love to take some outfit photos down here one day. I found out you can rent SLR cameras for free from the library!! There's an outdoor photography trip in a few weeks and I think I might go and maybe rent a camera, or just take my own and see how I get on. I really want an SLR for my birthday. Please mum!!
So, now onto my list!!
Awesome things about being in America
Okay, I love Mexican food. A lot. And they do it really, really well here!!
So far I've had cookies, lemonade and a hoodie for opening my bank account!!
Free Gym Membership
Just for coming to the University!! How awesome is that?!
I'm really enjoying just going with the flow. Being spontaneous. Doing what I want. It's very different from how I usually am!!
People liking my accent
Instead of taking the mick like they do at home!!
The cute guy in Target, American boys gushing about England. The accent makes me melt.
Duluth is beautiful. Such a lovely little city. I'm so glad that I'm here.
I love Birmingham. I really do. But it's so cool to be at a real American university. Our bookshop sells iPods!!
Okay, I hate the beach, but having one is so cool!!
They've made us feel so welcome and really looked after us. I think we've made some great friends with the girls who work in the office :]]]
eeeeee I can't wait to start my classes!!
Less awesome things about America
Food is expensive
:[[[ i like food!!
Your sweets suck
Free candy= good. American sweets= bad :[[ why would you put chocolate flavoured gunk in a lollipop?! I miss chocolate and sweets from home. Although I did have my freddo curtsey of my BFF Ellen on Freddo Friday!! Yay!!
Okay, this could be a Northern thing, but I love gravy. Veg and potatoes should never be eaten without gravy. Americans, quite literally, don't do gravy. I have asked for a care package of vegetarian gravy granules!!
I just managed to make a cup of tea with a pan of water. It is not the same. I think I need a kettle presto.
(how do you boil water over here?!)
I have a "cell phone" now but I'm pretty sure the guy in the shop lied about how much everything costs to use. Hmmm.
Lack of Blu-Tack
Okay, any Americans reading this- what do you use to stick photos on your walls etc? No-one understands blu-tack here and you defnitely can't buy it!! Tape? nails? sticky tabs? help me out!!
Waking up at 6.30am may make me productive, but it also makes me drowsy at 4pm. Hey, it's bedtime at home!!
I promise I will get outfit posts up once I've settled in but you'll have to cope with just updates for the next few days :]]
How is everyone at home?