Today was my first day of class!
I'll start at the beginning.
My alarm on my iPod Touch went off, which I have set to the xylophone noise (I already hate that noise) and I forgot for a second where I was. When I finally remembered, it took me a good 30 minutes to coax myself out of bed because I hate showering in foreign showers (I don't mean European showers specifically, just any shower that isn't my personal shower). And now that I know what my shower is like, I bet it's going to take even longer tomorrow. xD
The shower is in a tiny little room all on its own that contains only a water heater, a mirror and a mop. I opened the glass sliding door and immediately found that the hot side made the water insanely cold, and if you then turned it to the cold side, it was scalding. Before I could sort this out, though, something else happened.
Then the shower made a clicking noise and something happened so that suddenly a bit of the water was spraying directly out AT me, rather than downwards in a normal shower-style arc. I had to hold my left hand up to block the spray (unsuccessfully, as a puddle was forming on the floor beneath my bare feet - must be what the mop was for xD) while I adjusted the temperature recklessly with my right hand.
Eventually I got it right back toward the middle where I finally found an agreeable, warm temperature I could deal with. I hopped in and closed the door behind me before I could do any more damage to the already soaking floor.
The rest of my morning was pretty uneventful, until we got to class at 10. Our lectures are taking place in a building that is literally a 3 minute walk away, which is amazing. We're also really close to the Dome, which is the general eating area/gym/lounge spot on campus. Also nearby is the laundrette (cute name haha) and a little store with helpful things (albeit being mildly expensive).
Class was fun - our entire group was finally all in one place. We also have 4-5 actual University of Greenwich students joining us for the entire month, which is fun and helpful. I got to know 3 of the girls pretty well on our tour of the campus - they showed us the pub and told us which buses were best and where to go shopping. These are the right kind of friends to have in London.
We had a mild Internet crisis when everyone thought for about 24 hours that we would never have any wifi. We were already mapping out group trips to McDonald's (free wifi! I know, weird right?) and Internet café scavenger hunts (because I am NOT using a crappy slow PC that is only available until 6pm on Mon-Thur for a whole month - I have blogs to write), but finally, and I don't know what the problem ever was, but we all got access codes to the wifi in the lounge. It's still only open until 8pm, but at least I can use my Mac. :)
Anyway, that's where I am sitting right now. I'm about to go find someplace to eat with some of my friends here... I really need to stop spending so much money on food that other people make for me (I bought sandwich stuff and everything but it's just sitting in my minifridge!) but we're using it as an excuse to hang out and explore this town, so I'm okay with that.
There are automatic motion sensor slidey doors at the entrance to the Dome, and they keep opening on their own when no one is nearby and no one is walking in through them. It's freaking me out. That's my cue to leave.
Edit: I've found my new love... Indian food! I'd only had it once before today, but three of us went to this Indian place that is walking distance from our campus and it was amazing. None of us really knew what anything was on the menu, but we all just ordered something random, and it all turned out to be good, and by the end of the month we hope to be pros. :)
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