living vicariously

Right now, I’m procrastinating reading about Venezuela’s national oil company by keeping up with everyone who is using a blog to talk about their study abroad experiences. I don’t think anyone from TU is blogging about Aberdeen, but the girl from Tennessee is. Her pictures on Facebook and her blog are making me crazy…t’s weird to think I started school there 365 days ago.

My dot just arrived in Siena, Italy.

Another girl in EM is in Singapore.

A couple sisters are also in Ireland.

Pictures just make me excited to explore more of the world. I can’t wait to see these places for myself. As for the places I’ve been, it’s hard to not feel like that “place” is yours and nobody else’s. For example, I had a facebook friend that took a vacation to Korea. Why would he go to Korea? That’s MY place. You know?

I was not an annoying facebook overposter (I hope) when I was gone, but now I have to be careful of being the annoying home from abroad poster. (You HAVE to go here, and MUST do this!, When I was here, THIS happened!) It’s hard but honestly, they probably don’t care. This is their experience now, and you just gotta let them live their life…Good luck, little ones. 🙂

 

 

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I should be sleeping.

Or doing anything but blogging, really.

But I am talking to my love and thinking about the last few days. So, oh well… 🙂

Monday, I went in to work for the first time and found out about my project. I get to research a bunch of things about transportation in the offshore drilling sector. Since I know absolutely nothing, it will definitely prove to be both challenging and interesting. There is one guy at my little module at work that is the “funny guy,” and I am glad he is friendly.

We were really unprepared for our tutorial on Monday, but luckily the whole class was. I still don’t like how blatantly disrespectful students are in class. They talk through the whole thing. Sometimes I stare awkwardly intent at the teacher because I can’t hear what he’s saying.

Chase’s kitchen in his flat is…a dismal situation. So last night, he made dinner at my flat because it is cleeeeeean. He tried to make fajitas from a kit, but the seasoning was barbeque flavored. Weird.

I think this is only the second day that I haven’t walked all the way to one of the boys’ flats to hang out. I came home from work, made dinner, chilled in the living room, and then camped in my bed and watched half of season one of New Girl.

I should go running…But it’s supposed to snow again tomorrow. The snow today was…minimal.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

I texted all the boys that this morning. They did not appreciate my Finding Nemo reference. Chase told me to calm down.

Anyway.

This morning, I thought I could catch the bus right outside my dorm at 8:25, and I waited ten minutes with no luck. So then I decided that I would just try to walk to campus (pushing about an hour walk, but I had an hour). I was going the wrong way on the street, and it was just a mess. I finally found a bus stop with a billion students waiting to get on it, so I figured it was the right one. Then I got off too early, and got dropped off at the west side of campus. I found this outside, along the path I was walking:

Sad news day that my phone I use wasn’t yet hooked up to the wifi.

We did all the orientation stuff today – they made copies of our passports, we officially “enrolled” and got our student IDs. The all day bus pass today was 4,8 quid, so I am going to get a bus pass in the morning. It’s 130 quid for 12 weeks.

We then had UK Oil and Gas Law. This class will be very interesting. Although we knew most everything today about the global stage of energy, there are many aspects of the UK law that we are unfamiliar with. For example, they think it’s weird that there are onshore rigs. Ha. But our professor for that class is going to be like our mentor and support while we are here. I think we are all going out with him next week.

For dinner, we went over to Angela’s house. They made us traditional Scottish food, Irn Bru, and even haggis! There was a vegetarian kind, and then the real kind. It was very oat-y, and not bad. Also: Sticky Toffee Pudding + Ice Cream. just YES.

Day #1

It’s not actually that cold. I was pleased. However, it is supposed to “heavily rain” almost all of next week. Very, very gray. everything. Dougie was right.

Today, I mostly unpacked my room. I had to figure out how to use the shower—There are two strings you have to pull to turn the light on. So there was that. Luckily, my flatmate Heather was walking by when I was standing there in the dark.

Chase came over and we went to dinner. We found a high rated Indian restaurant online and went there. We got there and it was only 4:30, so we had to come back at 5… It was really good, and somewhat cost effective. We can’t afford to eat out here all the time though—obviously. That was about £10 per person.

We also walked around on the main road, and found a place where I can “top up” my phone and add minutes to it. We also found PoundLand, which is essentially like Dollar Tree, but more like the $1.57 Store. We didn’t buy anything there, but we will. I’ve got to get a laundry basket, and a lightbulb for my desk lamp.

After dinner, we all went to Chase’s to find the Thunder game to stream online. Part of the way through it, the guy who is watching it on his actual TV kept trying to change the channel. That was frustrating. Hahaha.

So, now it’s 2am and I have to figure out how to use the bus in 6 hours so I’m gonna peace. 🙂

Visa (semi) SUCCESS!

Good news: It arrived this morning!

Bad news: pressing that wrong button on my application made me owe an extra $12.

But out of the goodness of their hearts, they approved my visa in “good faith.”

That’s nice of them. They don’t know the heart attack they saved me.