There comes a time in every university student’s life when they should be working on that essay that’s due in only a matter of hours, and so they make themselves busy doing something else. Usually, it involves cleaning their room—today, it involves writing something I should have done five weeks ago…
There’s a reason why I haven’t been keeping up with these things, and I’d like to say that it’s a pretty reasonable one—I’ve led a pretty boring existence, really. That’s not to say that London is boring, or that I haven’t done anything fun or exciting, but that I haven’t done much worth talking about.
Let’s run through it:
- I haven’t left London
- I generally stick to three or four locals (Kingston, Roehampton, and Central London, to name a few)
- I haven’t had any terrible experiences
- I haven’t had any surreal experiences
- It isn’t that much different from what I’m used to
At least it doesn’t seem different. Like I said in my first (and thus far only) post, I’ve cleared my mind of all preconceptions and have erased my pre-existing notion of what is normal and comfortable, so nothing feels out of place or difficult.
In a way it reminds me a bit of Portland in how my first experiences have paved the way for future ones. Going to Portland for school, everyone I knew was telling me how difficult it is to drive in the Pearl District where my school was located. But I’d never driven in Portland before, and the first time I did was in the Pearl, so the difficulty was lost on me, since I didn’t know that it was easier elsewhere (to this day, I can’t drive in downtown to save my life). Yes, it was different from driving in Salem, but it wasn’t hard.
London feels the same way. It only took me a couple days to get situated, two trips into Central to learn my way around, and now I just sort of…live here. Every once in a while I’ll remember that I don’t live here, and that’s what’s confusing.
The other reason I haven’t been writing is also a simple and reasonable one: The stereotype of the British being alcoholic sexual deviants is actually pretty true here. My flat is rarely, if ever, sober, and we’re not called “Hoehampton” for nothing. (I have developed a good spiel on the concept of dry campuses, but won’t get into that here—maybe on my own blog sometime, or else just talk to me in person.) So that leaves out discussion on antics and drama, and what else is there to talk about? Surely you don’t want to hear about the French Revolution and how much I still hate philosophy…