The First Weekend

Trip Start Dec 29, 2007
Trip End Jun 25, 2008

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Friday, January 4, 2008

This has been an extremely busy couple of days. Starting out with one of the worst sleeping experiences I have ever had (on a bed that actually made camping on the ground of Joshua Tree National Park feel like a feather bed-not kidding this was like sleeping on cement- in a room where you can hear the clicking of a keyboard through the walls of the people next to you...a mattress pad and earplugs were i think the best purchases i have made thus far), we woke up early to the whirlwind of orientation. You would think after going through it once in the US it would be easier the second time around. Well, it's not-it's just as stressful, intimidating, and long-winded as before...except this time with British accents. Following the day-long orientation session, the University treated us to dinner and drinks at Falmer Bar, the student bar on campus. It was nice to get to hang out with my fellow international students and meet people from all over.

On Saturday, a bunch of us went into Brighton for the first time (to buy that mattress pad) and the city is absolutely beautiful! Most of the buildings are old and Victorian but absolutely gorgeous. It is set against the ocean and a stone beach and even in the grey winter weather it was absolutely exquisite. The town was bustling and so full of life...nothing like some of the sleepy beach towns I had been to in the States. And the shopping! AMAZING. You could probably spend your entire life savings if you wanted to here. There are a ton of boutiques,chains, as well as pound stores (where everything in there only costs a pound or less!) Unlike the US dollar stores where a lot of the products are cheaply made and aren't very useful a lot of the time these "dollar stores" are actually really nice-the stuff is well made and is actually a pretty good deal. That night we went out to the famed clubs and pubs of Brighton. SO MUCH FUN, The city completely comes alive at night. The whole pier is completely lit up and all of the clubs are directly on the beachfront (and most stay open til 4am or so!)

Today we took a guided tour of Brighton as well as a tour of the Royal Pavilion and learned all about King George the IV and his many mistresses.
Classes start tomorrow!
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