It feels like I just moved in a couple of weeks ago, but in fact: my exchange has almost ended! This week the last lectures will be held and after that the long study break starts here. Since only one of my modules is examined by an exam, which is planned at the end of May, I’ve decided to go back home in the period after the semester ends. I’m planning on applying for an internship or finding a part-time job in the next couple of months. Besides that, my cousin is getting married soon: this is a is special occasion I definitely don’t want to miss.
Since my lectures are only on Wednesday and Thursday this week, I’ve got plenty of time to make the most out of my remaining days. What I’ve planned for the last couple of days: an afternoon tea, a daytrip to Cambridge, shopping sessions to buy presents for my family/friends and hanging out with friends. The end is near, but I’m eager to make my last days in London memorable ones!
I took these pictures on the 42th floor of Duck&Waffle, a restaurant/bar situated close to the Liverpool Street Station.
First of all: my apologies for my absence the last couple of weeks. It was quite hectic since I planned a lot of activities with friends and besides that, I had to finish some assignments on deadlines.. but I’m back! You guys need to catch up with a lot, so I’ll make sure to write about all my adventures in the near future.
I’ve been living the London life for more than 2 months now and I’m still loving it. The city has got so much to offer that even after this period I still have a lot of places I want to visit. Some of my closer friends and family members know that I created a bucket-list of things I really wanted to see/do here, but I felt like sharing it with you as well. Here it comes:
Visit a musical/theatre: Wicked! √
Visit the London Eye/Shard
Afternoon tea: √
Meet the Queen: (One day… ;-))
Daytrip Oxford/Bath/Brighton: Bath √
Visit the Emirates Stadium: √
Shoot at sunrise
Feed a squirrel
Visit Platform 3 3/4: √
Visit the Court: √
Eat a full English breakfast: √
Picnic in a park
As you probably noticed, I’m half-way through so I’ll try my best to accomplish the remaining points within these last weeks.
Now, let’s talk about my exchange-programme. I’m following three modules at the moment, which all have a quite different outline, but that keeps it even more interesting. The English examination system of the subjects I’m studying is mainly based on writing essays, so that was definitely something I had to get used to. Luckily every assessment was explained very clearly and my professors provided sufficient feedback. It was quite a transition to adapt my writing style to Academic Legal English, but being surrounded by international people and living in an English-speaking country for more than 2 months now, made it all easier for me. Besides that, the seminars are different from what I’m used to in the way that they are more interactive: British students participate on a higher level in classes and professors assume from their students that they are very well-prepared, able to think beyond the prescribed reading material and ready to enter into discussions. Having noticed this, I became more motivated to adapt my study methods. The examination of two of the modules is mainly based on a final essay and for the third one I have an exam in May (for which I need to come back to London).
Since I like to stay active, I bought a gym membership at the sport centre of my university where you can find me lifting weights 2 or 3 days a week. Furthermore, I regularly go to salsa-nights which I really enjoy here in London. When it comes to food, I usually make my own lunch and dinner, but when I’m with friends I like to eat out. One of the best places to try out new food are food markets: cuisines from all around the world are represented and usually free tasters are offered. The Up-market on Sunday in Brick lane & the food market on Portobello Road in Notting Hill are my all-time favourites. Also, I became a fan of Indian food! The list of restaurants with the Indian cuisine is endless here. You can wake me up in the middle of the night for naan bread with paneer and a nice chicken curry 😉
I hope I gave you guys a better insight in my daily life. Blogposts about my activities and trips are coming soon!