On Sunday morning, my friend Kristin and I walked back to the village of Oadby and had breakfast at the coffee shop, Costa. We sat at a little table outside, sipped our lattes, and people watched. That evening, the British freshman (“first years” or “freshers” as they call them here) began to arrive. There are several girls in my house from England and one from Ireland that I have met so far. On Sunday night we went to a pub called the Dry Dock. It was really cool because it was actually a boat on land. We met some girls from Denmark there and some more locals.
Early Monday afternoon, we went to visit the Botanic Garden. It was beautiful. There were so many gorgeous plants and sculptures that I could have stayed there for hours. There was even a pond with fountains and giant goldfish swimming to the surface. There were greenhouses within the grounds of the garden that house plants from different climates. There was a Desert House with cactuses, an Alpine House with mountain plants, and a Tropical House with rainforest plants. It is said to be the most diverse garden in the East Midlands of England.
After visiting the garden, I headed to campus to sort out my schedule. Classes don’t officially start until next week but we do have a couple welcome meetings this week. I mentioned in my last post that I have class every day except for Thursday, but I found out that I have a seminar that day. The lectures are not mandatory but the seminars are. I think that the seminar is comparable to the labs we have for some classes back in the states. It’s very strange because I do not take any exams. Instead, for each course I have to write two 1,200 word essays on assigned topics. I have four Psychology courses so that means eight essays. I think that I will like this, as I prefer essays to exams and I have had plenty of practice using APA style. Let’s hope, anyways.
Tomorrow we are heading to Brighton at 4:45 in the morning via train! It’s a beautiful coastal town about three hours from Leicester. Since we have a few more days before class, we thought it would be nice to visit before the weather gets too chilly. Thanks for reading!
“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”