WELL. Now that things have calmed down a bit, I finally feel like I can update everyone on what’s been happening here at Chez My Flat (title pending).
I’ve been in school for about three weeks now. Even though I was super excited about going back to school and getting back into the swing of things, I’ve gotten to the point where I can see and feel my lack of knowledge. In all of my previous academic experience that was the point where I became frustrated and felt like giving up. Now I’m trying to use it as a teachable moment: if you don’t feel like you totally get it, you’re probably heading in the right direction. I will always feel like a fraud around other writers, like I don’t take it seriously enough, but I really think if I push myself through the difficult bits something amazing will happen.
I’m starting to get to know my classmates and they’re a fun bunch. Lots of different personalities and backgrounds, proving writers aren’t all anti-social hermits with drinking problems. But I think most of us would agree that burgers are fantastic.
My flat is still a work-in-progress. I would show pictures but nothing has changed aside from the food in my refrigerator (i.e. there is some now). A lot of “setting up” the flat was buying boring things like can openers and toilet paper. I’ve finally gotten around to ordering ACTUAL FURNITURE so when that arrives in a week or two I’ll be sure to update.
And then there’s just London in general. I think I’m finally getting the hang of it. Which is not to say I have the hang of it. I’m sad to admit this but when I first got here I was nervous about doing certain things because I didn’t know how they worked (or thought I didn’t know). Getting registered with a GP, ordering drinks at a pub, taking a taxi… all things I was hesitant to do but eventually forced myself to. And it wasn’t as scary as I thought. I’ve found that if you’re really nice and apologize constantly, most people will forgive you for anything (except for murder. I don’t recommend it. The court case was hell). I met someone last week and she was shocked when I told her I had only been in London a month and a half. That was a huge compliment. I’m assimilating.
And now, because no post is complete without an ode to food, here are some of the best places I’ve eaten so far:
- Boom Burger: I’ve eaten so many burgers since getting here and this is still my absolute favorite. I’m basically free PR for them at this point, like a Boom Burger Jesus.
- Danny’s Traditional Fish & Chips
- E. Mono
- The Chicken Shop: Just had it tonight. The apple pie! The fries! The CHICKEN!
- some stall in Camden Market with fresh doughnuts
- Paris: Just, like, the whole city. Trust me on this one.
- Borough Market: Again, just the whole place. (apparently Sunday is Apple Day so… that’s where I’ll be)
Since my sofa bed is on the way, I’m now taking reservations to stay at Chez My Flat! (again, we’re working on the title – sorry)
See you guys in London! xx Eileen