Basically Newcastle University is the best school ever. NO JOKE. I am not just saying that because in our student center there are 5 bars and a bajillion computers and a Starbucks (I even accidentally stumbled upon it). No it is because of this beautiful thing called Freshers Week.
This week is specifically designed for freshman to get used to the school while meeting new people and enjoying fun things around Newcastle. To participate in Freshers Week you need to buy a bracelet. Yes I bought one and I am
mildly ashamed at how much I spent on it. And then I started going to the events and realized it was completely worth it. The school has a plethora of activities during the day and then night activities as well. At the same time there are actually class/school meetings to go to.
So my friends and I decided what we wanted to do and when it would work best with our schedules. With to many things to do and not enough time I had to pick which things I wanted to do the most. This is what our week has looked like; Full Moon Party, Go Ape, Rubix Cube Party, lots of meetings and activities/clubs fair, cocktail training, grub crawl, lots of meetings, Cocktail Training (again..seriously it was fun), Mud Buggies/quadbiking, Jungle Party.
Freshers Week has officially come to an end. Sunday-Thursday was the days activities were held on and I assume the school now wants everyone to get ready for school on Monday. It is still totally shocking to me that I haven’t started school yet. Some people are having midterms, its parents weekend, fall weekend is coming up and I haven’t even had my first day of junior year yet.
I have broken up my posts into the most important activities that I went on and they shall appear in the very near future. Enjoy!!
I love my flat mates…fair and square. They are so cute and so nice, I mean you can tell they are younger than us, but it makes no difference because of how social they are. I was very nervous we would be placed with someone really weird and not social. Everyone is so social, during most times of the day we can all be found in our living room chatting away.
They have already introduced us to new foods and new sayings. It is funny because sometimes I will find myself speaking words in their different accents. Which by the way is super funny. They each have a different accent and it is so interesting to see what accent goes with which part of each country. Which is the same in our country, but here it just seems so much more real.
Two of our roommates are from England, one from Northern Ireland, and one from the Isle of Mann. They are each amazing and they keep asking us not to leave in December. It breaks my heart a little because what if when Erin and I leave they get horrible roommates.
I don’t really know what else I want to say about them they are just great!!
Last Sunday, well now I guess it was two Sundays ago we travelled from London back to Newcastle while making one stop. This stop was a stop at the birthplace of William Shakespeare. I am unfortunately not the HUGEST fan of Shakespeare, maybe it is because I didn’t read it enough in high school or maybe it is because my lit teacher was obsessed…literally she was obsessed with him. She focused on Shakespearean work for her doctrat…weirdo in my opinion…but to each his own.
As we wandered around the town we walked to the river that the town was situated on and in the end my friend Jenna ended up buying a butter beer (Harry Potter anyone?). I had to drag her out of the store though before she bought a wand for 23 pounds. Seriously, who would spend 45 dollars on a wand that you could easily make yourself. Just ask all the children at DBCR about my wand. I found it on the ground and turned it into the best wand ever.
The one thing I found interesting was the house that Shakespeare grew up in. Each individual room was small, but the house was long. It seemed to just keep going, but each room was tiny within itself. After we wandered through the house we found a cute little restaurant to eat lunch in. I have another WIAW post ready with a picture of my lunch but it was so good. I got an iced frappuccino and a strawberry crepe. YUMMMMM
Here are some pictures of our stop in Shakespeare’s birth town! ENJOY AND I WILL BE BACK SOON WITH ANOTHER POST!
Another early day was in store for us last Saturday. We awoke to a continental breakfast at the hotel. It was your typical hotel breakfast; eggs, bacon, sausage, cereal, fruit, and toast. I made sure to take advantage of the fruit and stole a couple of apples for a snack later on. After breakfast we hopped on the metro again and were headed to a guided tour of the House of Parliament. Of course while we were there everyone had to get a picture with BIG BEN. Funny story though, BIG BEN isn’t actually the name of the clock, it’s the name of the sound the clock makes when it strikes the hour.
While we waited in line many pictures were taken and an HUGE accident occurred. As Erin attempted to get in the back of someone’s picture she smacked my camera out of my hand sailing hard to the ground. When it hit, the lens broke…have no fear I fixed it and everything is good. After our hour-long tour we then had the rest of the day to our self. My group decided we would hit up Westminster Abbey (William and Kate were married there), Harrods, and then Kensington Palace. Harrods was totally unreal. IT WAS HUGE!!!!!! We walked to the food area just to see what it was like, but quickly had to leave because everything looked so good. At the end of the day I had originally asked my group if I could drag them to Kings Cross (platform 9 3/4 anyone?). I changed my mind because I thought there might be a long line and didn’t feel like waiting in it because I was exhausted.
As a larger group we all decided to spend our last night in London out on the town. After getting on the wrong train thanks to some guy, half our group arrived a half hour later than everyone else. Tiger Tiger was staring us in the face as we stepped off the metro. We ventured into Piccadilly Circus and there were people everywhere. After paying a
small fortune (that I semi regret) to get in we were in awe of the club. This club has other venues around England and there is actually a smaller version in Newcastle about a 10 minute walk from my flat (we haven’t gone yet). Four floors with different themes awaited us all. As we be-bopped from floor to floor it was funny to see so many people dressed up for different parties. I saw some birthday parties, some bachelorette parties, some bachelor parties, and I am sure so much more as well. I wanted to leave in time to make it for a metro so I wouldn’t have to pay to get home, but that didn’t happen, which I ended up being okay with because we still made it home at a decent hour.
That concluded our actual weekend in London, the next day was spend traveling but with a site-seeing stop half way to Newcastle. So a post on that will be coming soon as well as a post on, some Newcastle stuff, Alnwick Castle (Harry Potter castle) and some others!!