Monday, July 10, 2006

Things I've Learned So Far!

1. Keyboards in the UK (or at least Cambridge) do not have a shift key on the right hand side where it's supposed to be. Instead there's a \ - rather annoying.

2. Drinking coffee at dinner is not a good idea - even when you're jet-lagged, it can keep you up until 2 a.m!

3. Playing Solitaire on your I-pod can relieve frustration when you're still awake at 1 a.m.

4. Americans (myself included) are impatient people - the students from GMU have been frustrated that people don't walk up the elevators ("lifts"), that people don't walk fast enough, that dinners (even in the dining hall) are 3-course meals that take up an hour and a half of your time. I kind of like how everything's slower...

5. British university involves lots of lecturing - good lecturing - but hard to follow when jet-lagged...

6. Cooked mushrooms for breakfast aren't that bad...but I'm still not brave enough to try the baked beans and stewed tomatoes.

7. The British are way more energy-conscious than we are. There are little signs everywhere reminding you to turn off the lights when you leave the bathroom, etc.

8. The dining hall at Hogwarts is for real - the professors really do have a special raised table!

More to follow soon...

4 comments:

steph-a-ninnie said...

Abby, I hear you about those stinkin' Euro keyboards. Hang in there, you'll get used to it...just in time to come home again. :)

Thanks for taking us along on your journey! Can't wait to hear more.

Love ya lots,

Steph

Jess said...

Hola chica! You're such a teacher...commenting on what you've learned already :O) I'm glad to see that you've made it to Cambridge okay and that two of Austen's novels are now on your "top reads" list. I can't wait to hear about the professor! LYLAS ;O)

MelL said...

hey abby ! hope you have a wonderful trip. thanks for keeping a diary of your happennings for us to read =) - MEL

Nate Martin said...

Abby! Did you find Harry Potter yet? Or at least a pathway to Narnia!