September 22, 2004

Finally arrived and almost unpacked!

Well, I've decided to set up a blog (to keep those of you who care up to date about my life here at Warwick..hehe..)

I have finally settled in my dorm room. I arrived yesterday at about 7:20am in London, Heathrow airport. Air Canada was horrible w/ customer service and probably that could be a reason they are going under. The immigration line-up was extremely long…like a line-up for a ride at Disneyland. When we came out to the arrivals there were Warwick orientation ppl holding signs and they led us to this big truck where we put all our luggage. Then we piled into a coach that took us the the university in Coventry which was about a 2 hr ride. The campus is pretty nice and big…not as big as UBC though, has about 16,000 students. We arrived at a huge tent – a marquee and got our orientation packages w/ meal vouchers, etc. We then went to get our accomodation keys and waited in another long lineup. My dorm room is quite nice, not too small and I have FLATMATES! how cute eh? There are 5 of us and we share the bathroom and kitchen. They are really nice and they are all girls – one from Toronto, Barcelona, and Belgium…one still hasn't arrived yet.

Anyway, it actually was pretty cold yesterday and there's a whole story behind our luggage. I didn't get my luggage until 11:30pm yesterday – 12 hours later from the time we arrived on campus. So of course I didn't have my jacket and was freezing. All the luggage got held up at the airport b/c apparently the trucking company didn't inform Heathrow that they were transporting the luggage for the university and Heathrow wouldn't let them leave b/c they thought they were highjacking all this luggage – about 850 students worth of luggage. It was a little frustrating. But while waiting for the luggage I met a girl from York who's here for a year, a guy who's caucasian but has lived in HK for the last 16 years of his life (he can't speak any chinese tho…too bad..haha) and 2 singaporean girls. I did some unpacking last night and put up some pics and a poster of Chad (thanks steph hehe and ur doodle rumesh) made my dorm room more cozy) and showered and finally got to bed at about 2 am. It was freezing last night too b/c they turn off the heat at night!! Who does that?! I had 2 sweaters on too (thanks sai low!).

I got up this morning at 7:30am and went to breakfast at 8:30am. The weird thing about the english is that the taps are separate so you have hot water coming out of one tap and cold water coming out of another…so u can't have WARM water b/c it doesn't come out of the same tap…it's a little annoying. Another thing is that they call bicycles: PEDALCYCLES, weird eh? So, today went to some info sessions and to Tesco (like a Walmart equivalent) and bought some hangers and 5 L of water….yah…I carried it all the way back to my dorm too…quite heavy. I'm totally missing my car…haha. And now I should be doing more unpacking but i'm writing this – killing some time before dinner at 6pm.

We'll be going to Warwick Castle on Saturday, so that should be cool and my cousin, Sue Fern, arrives on Sunday and I'm sooooo excited! I have taken some pics already too of couse and will try to get them on here soon.

Thanks for the emails (to those of you who wrote me!) and I'll try and keep this blog updated as much as i can….hehe…

~ Sue I


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