Sunday, January 18, 2009

9:25 PM in Britain: The roommate arrives!

(Due to Internet connectivity issues, this post has been added after actual composition.)

So, as announced in the previous post, I was planning on sleeping in this morning, and I did to an extent. My alarm went off at 9 AM, but I turned it off and rolled over. Around 9:30, I woke to a rattling of the door handle, the scrape of a key in the lock, and the door to my room inching open. In my groggy state, I saw a girl walk in with a few luggage bags, which she quickly laid in a chair. I was pushing my way out of bed, trying to say “hi,” and she was apologizing profusely for waking me. She hurriedly said that her name was Julia—I tried to say my name cheerfully in reply—and she told me to “please go back to sleep.”

When she came back later, I was up and dressed, and I officially met my new roommate, Julia Sattler. She’s American and attended Regent’s last semester—she’s doing a year-long program through her school, Webster University (where my two other friends are from). She is very sweet, very girly, and knows London like the back of her hand. I got to know her really well this afternoon: our little group plus Julia got on a bus to see Buckingham Palace (again, for me), and we ended up walking all the way back to Regent’s. It was SO much fun! We talked a lot about all kinds of stuff, and I think we’ll get along very well.

While watching “Hitch” in Reid Hall lobby this evening, Kristen, Caris, and I started planning our first trip in February! To Paris, France! To see Caris’ brother’s girlfriend! We looked up flights, prices, hotels, etc. It was very exciting, and it looks like we can get a really good deal through RyanAir. Taking the Eurostar to Paris is actually pretty expensive, unless you book really early or at exactly the right time (which no one can really pinpoint). Details to follow…

The wind is blowing really hard here… no rain yet.

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