As we went through airport security, we were all complimented on our new rain boots by one of the security men working there. Later, that kind man saw us naked when we went through the body scanner. Shortly after that, a security woman performed the last portion of my security clearance by squeezing my bun. I'm not really sure what she was looking for. Our flight left about an hour later than planned because there were high winds over the ocean and we couldn't land in the UK until after 6am. Take off wasn't so bad and once we
When we got off the plane we were so thankful to be in London, on the ground. Then we began the next part of our journey: to find the car service we scheduled to pick us up. This proved to be a lot more difficult than we anticipated. We walked around for a few minutes, reading all the signs with names on them, looking for "Katherine Shafer." After a few minutes we couldn't roll our bags around anymore so Allie and Erica waited with the massive amounts of luggage while me and Katie ran around the airport trying to find this man before he left after the two hour waiting limit. "Katherine and Katie Shafer" was then paged over the airport information system. Apparently our car service guy was looking for us as we were looking for him. We went up to the information desk and asked airport security what the man who asked to make that announcement looked like and he descriptively told us he was Asian.
|View from our living room|
After this, we had a slew of things to do in order to check in. This included going to the Foundation House over on Cromwell Road and taking a walking tour of part of the South Kensington area of London. During this, we saw our school, Imperial College (which we're kind of a part of), a Wal-mart type of supermarket called Sainsbury's, and a few helpful places close by. And of course, once again, it was raining. To eat, we went to Starbucks, which we thought would be a safe choice. I still don't even know what food I bought or what was actually in my drink, but it wasn't so bad. We went over to Sainsbury's to buy some food and water for our flat and to see what type of things they had there. It seems like I'll be needing that store a lot. By the time we got home we were all some type of zombie versions of ourselves.We unpacked for hours, showered in our large and very high up bathtub, and went to sleep.
This weekend we have much more to do for our program here (or as they spell it: programme), such as orientations, walking tours, coach tours, and internship information sessions. We're also planning on exploring on our own and getting a few decorative elements to liven up this old place. And yes Mom, I will buy a cell phone (or as they call it: mobile phone) as soon as possible! Now it's time to have some breakfast and figure out how three girls are going to share one bathroom to get ready every morning. Wish us luck!
P.S. - Here's a random clip of one of my favorite scenes from "The Help."
"You is kind. You is smart. You is important."