During the flight we watched “The Young Victoria” and “When in Rome.” Victoria was incredible. I loved it. Such a fantastic movie with great actors. Huge crush on Prince Albert now. Rome was predictable, but entertaining. I should have been sleeping. I have honestly gotten about 6 hours of sleep in the past 72 hours. My head is throbbing, my balance is impaired, my mental dexterity lacking, and holding my eyes open to type this is a struggle.
But watching the sun come up over the ocean a few minutes before we reached London was fantastic. Our world is so beautiful and we’re just so lucky to be in it.
We landed, caught a train to our bus station, grabbed an earlier bus than anticipated and arrived in Cardiff around noon. We checked in with our group and headed to Tesco for food and supplies.
Our houses are in the college-town section of Cardiff, just a few minutes from downtown Cardiff.
The houses are narrow, vertical and old, but the character is amusing. My carpet is purple with embossed (?) flowers. The strangest thing is that I had to come all the way to Wales on a study abroad to have a queen-sized bed of my own. No, seriously. I’ve only ever slept in twins.
I have a cute little desk area and a lovely breeze and view from my window, including a cathedral.
Our neighborhood is really cool. We live on a street called Penalyn, pronounced Pen –ah-line, but we call it “Penny Lane.” J We are surrounded by little shops, charity stores, restaurants and a great park. For dinner, we walked over onto Albany Street for some authentic Mediterranean cuisine at Puccini’s. I came home excited to finally be able to shower and sleep, only to find that our downstairs shower doesn’t work. The upstairs one is also quite dinky and changes temperature faster than Lady Gaga changes costumes. Normally, I’d be super grossed out by this old house, imperfect utilities, and generally “icky” circumstances here. I’d be thinking, “can I really do 6 weeks of this?”
I recognize that I’m not very adventurous. I recognize that I cling to what’s safe and clean, metaphorically and literally. I don’t like tolerating things. I don’t like “dealing” or “coping.” So why do I avoid those things? Why don’t I take them and turn them into “living” and “loving?”
Exactly. I have this weird calm, accepting, trusting feeling, and I’m excited to see what this new adventure does for me and those I come in contact with. Wish me luck! :)