As I was reminiscing about my study abroad experience last year, I dug up this old post that never got posted…
During my weekend in London, i got to try plenty of yummy food in addition to visiting all the touristy places. As much as i love my own comfort food, trying the comfort food of other cultures is always fun, too. i think food has become more than just nourishment and an energy refill–the environment and people matter, too! Sharing even a meager meal with great company is satisfying, but in a different way. Check out all the food experiences i shared with friends in London!
Canton in Chinatown</a>
My friend’s vegetarian stir fry crispy noodle (: Oh man, this place was great for a late scrumptious dinner! It was a pretty small place, but the service was prompt and the food was tasty. Chinatown is also pretty gentle on the wallet, too, especially in London!
My friends in London use the term “London-price” for anything, well, priced averagely in London. Chinatown was still London-price for Chinese food but not that bad in general.
If you love gelato, this is great stop for you! i was surprised at the plethora of gelato and ice cream places i’ve seen so far in the UK–you’d think it would be too cold! That’s what I thought… until I remembered that where there’s a will, there’s a way. Naturally, then, where heating systems have been invented, there are gelato places! Just kidding; the London afternoon thankfully wasn’t chilly in the slightest, and we even had lots of sun.
Gelato is fabuloso anywhere, anywhen, and Gelatorino was so promptly present to fulfill our craving. I often go for raspberry, but there were so many other flavors that it was difficult to choose. The service at Gelatorino is as splendid as the gelato itself–even though the place was packed, the gelato server was kind enough to explain all the different flavors to me. You can see the flavors here. Even flavors like chocolate chip had fancy names like stracciatella. Maybe it’s a universal thing, but my tongue doesn’t need to know the name, only the taste, hehe. Ultimately, i went with raspberry as usual, and it was the correct decision. They all would have been correct decisions. Just get all the flavors, capiche?
…so those are some of the places i managed to visit during my short stay in London! If you have favorites you highly recommend, please share in the comments below! i’d love to try them next time (:
i love how Caltech has an exchange program with University College London (UCL), too. i got to meet up and stay with friends who are part of that program. There’s a connection among the people with whom you study abroad, but there’s a different sort of connection with the friends who are studying abroad in different places–when you do get to meet up, you can explore each place together! When my best friend (who kindly hosted me in London) comes over to Edinburgh, i’ll get to show her around. It would’ve been fun to be at the same uni (what people here call university), but we’re starting to realize more fully the benefits of being in different places. (;
cheers + keep lookin’ up!
Starting college can be a big transition. You’re moving to a new place, starting a new school and classes, and faced with making new friends in an unfamiliar environment. And, of course, there’s that whole “becoming an adult” thing. But, you’re also leaving a lot behind. Every new beginning means that an old chapter must come to an end. Leaving behind our friends at home may seem difficult, especially if they’re going to be a long distance away from you during the school year. Something I made sure to do was to spend a lot of time with them during the summer after high school. Of course, going to college doesn’t mean you’ll never see your friends again, or that you will no longer be friends with them. Good friendships will last if you put effort into them. It may seem hard initially. Coming into Caltech, it’s a sharp adjustment and many are caught up in the excitement of Orientation, Rotation, and starting classes. It may be hard to remember to check your phone frequently and to make time for phone calls and such. Rest assured that if you have other friends going to college, they’re probably going to go through similar things you will. In this transition period, it can feel like you’re going to immediately lose touch with people that mean a lot to you.
Let’s face it: the US loves being just a little different from everyone else. The obvious example? Units of measurement. As an international student from Canada, even I have no clue what’s going on half the time when my friends talk to me and use these weird nonsensical units. And I’ve literally lived on the border between Canada and the States for all my life. After a year here, I’ve finally got a sense of how the two systems of measurement compare and how you can more easily get your bearings with these weird units.
After a year spent in “soft-lockdown” at home in Atlanta, and as Caltech students prepared to finally return to campus, I was aboard an eight hour flight towards Edinburgh, Scotland. Since my junior year plans were interrupted by the virus who shall not be named, I’m spending my first term of senior year studying abroad through the Caltech - Edinburgh University International Exchange program. I’ve only been here just over a week yet have been exposed to so many new people, perspectives, foods, and classes.
When the announcement was first made that fall term was going to be online, I started talking to friends and looking for places to live. We were debating locations around the country: California, Florida, New York, etc.. there were plenty of options. Then it suddenly hit me, what is stopping us from going to Hawaii, covid numbers were better and a two week quarentine would ensure that numbers stayed down… I proposed this to my friend and we agreed it would be an amazing experience, but we didn’t want to get out hopes up. A month or so later we still haven’t decided where to live, Hawaii seemed too far and too difficult to plan. But we couldn’t get the idea out of our heads. We spent some time looking into plane tickets, places to stay, etc… and it actually didn’t seem so impossible after all. A couple weeks later and we were arriving here on the big island!