Well, let me just let you all know that going to bed at half 3 and then getting woken up at 10am by a fire alarm is just not the business. What a lovely way to start the day, don’t you think? Basically, I wasted my day by sleeping. This whole alarm messed with everything. So I woke up at 10am, came back in and then I decided to not go to bed but to write my last blog post. Around noon, took a shower, then went back to sleep. I finally woke up around 4pm and made some lunch and had to stay awake because Bierkeller was going to start at 6pm. I texted Luke to see what time he wanted to meet up and head on over… but while I was waiting I ended up falling asleep again (I have no idea why I have been so tired lately. I’m blaming it on jetlag). Finally, he shows up, then I come downstairs and open the door for him since he needed to come in and I had the twinkies upstairs. Got everything and finally we headed on over to the student union for Bierkeller.
It was a bit awkward at first, I mean, isn’t it that way with any party especially when everyone is sober? Got my stein of beer, saw some faces, and finally got to meet the Lauren. Haha, me and her under one roof - I don’t know how it didn’t blow up with such big egos. Haha! Kidding aside, she was nice and got to relax and meet some new people while enjoying some beer. Then I got a message from Claire, another person that I have been talking to on Facebook but had not actually met in person! She ended up being at Bierkeller and I moved and sat with her and her group of friends for the rest of the night; I also met Gemma, Rachel, and Cenk.
The band started playing some German music and then pop songs in the style of German music so it was all a bit hilarious and cheesy but it all worked. It was so much fun. The band was teaching us bavarian dances and songs so everyone sang along and danced along. It got a bit tricky when we all had to move around and drink at the same time and then stand up.
Hahah, it was hella fun though and I’m sure everyone was having a good time. I ended up talking to Cenk and Claire about random things such as differences between the US and the UK, politics, and the weather! Throughout all of that I kept having people come up to me because they knew who I am and wanted to take a picture with me. I also finally got to meet Joe, another friend that I started talking to on the Facebook group but up until today, did not actually know him in person. Jamie was also hanging out with him so we all ended up taking a picture as well.
One thing that did stick with me today was when I was talking to Claire and she was telling me how she reads my blog, as do others, and she was telling me that her and a few others have been talking about how I said in my last post that I was feeling a bit left out and just shy. Claire told me that she couldn’t believe that since I had about half the students added on Facebook and everyone sees me on campus just chatting it up with everyone. I don’t know, I didn’t really know what to say. I feel like I’m the opposite? Like online I think I’m shy but in person is when I am more confident and just talk to everyone. I guess out of the norm; most people are confident online and then seem shy in person.
I don’t know. I was just having an off day that day and was just missing being at home and being able to call/text/hang out with my friends whenever I wanted to. Obviously, I can’t do that since I’m 5,500 miles away from home. But I am enjoying my time in Winchester and happy with all of the people that I have met so far. Lately, I’ve also been talking to Gustavs, and we have a lot in common. He understands the struggle and how much we want to get ahead in life. He knows how to be confident and in tune with yourself. Who would have known that an American and a Latvian would hit it off so well? "Heya! You alright?" Hahaha, I can’t get over that phrase. He’s a pretty cool guy too! Anyway, it’s half 2am and I should be getting to bed. I have my first day of classes tomorrow and I officially become a real grad student! I was a bit nervous but now I’m just excited to start and get into the groove of things.
Everyday is a good day when your new family has your back and is there for you when you need them. Always someone there to greet you and ask about your day. I’m hella lucky.
Goodnight! See you next timeee!
thanks for reading! :)