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Saturday, February 6, 2010

My first blog! Sorry it took so long, I'll try to be more diligent about this!

Keele is great! I'm having a lot of fun, meeting some nice people and enjoying setting up my life at school. I feel very independent, I think it is due to making my own dinners. Hopefully I'll be more creative and maybe make something other than lentils!

Apparently Keele is one of the biggest schools in Europe. However, the populated part of campus is relatively small. The size comes from the miles of forests next to Keele Hall, an amazing mansion that belonged to the Sneyd family who owned the land that is now Keele. There are some tunnels that date back to WWII (at least) for escape routes located on the grounds as well as a lake with paths that go around the lake and into the woods. In the house there is an incredibly huge fireplace and library. I'll have more information about Keele Hall in two weeks when I go on a tour, so stay tuned! (If you like!) There is also some more information about the Sneyd family and Keele Hall located on the website: http://www.keele.ac.uk/alumni/alumni_heritage.htm

Settling in has been quite easy, but there are some blaring differences that I thought I would share: everything is smaller like ovens, cars, roads; tax is included in prices; there are no clocks...anywhere (I bought my first grown-up watch and I've been wearing it daily); Pants are underwear, trousers are pants...;only boys wear backpacks (and even finding someone that wears a one is rare-- everyone wears over the shoulder bags); drinking is just part of life- there are bars all over campus, every dorm cluster has its own bar- I thought that was really crazy when I first heard that...; the market is still very much a part of daily life (in Newcastle there are plenty of shops but also tents in the streets with vendors selling everything from vegetables to batteries. Yes, batteries! And tents that sell vacuum cleaner bags, another tent for underwear and I saw one today selling paper towels. OH! And in one section of the street there were some people with owls. There were about 15 owls, some were huge, others were small and they could be pet. It was so cool!)

So that is about it for my first post. I wasn't exactly sure what to write but I hope this is a good start. Let me know if you have any questions about British life; I'll try to find out!

Happy trails to you!

Cheers,
Emily

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