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Chiyo: Orientation Day

September 1, 2011

Today I woke up around 11 am after a night of bonding with all the CAPA students, and hung out in our flat until 2 pm, when one of my roommates and I ventured out to explore more of London before orientation at four. We’re getting used to the fact that some roads here have no designated pedestrian crossings, and with roundabouts everywhere, it can get quite confusing. After a short bus ride we ended up at the Underground station near our neighborhood, and hopped on the Tube to go to our final destination of Gloucester Road. I haven’t been on the Tube in 8 years, and for some reason I remembered it being a little more…”glamourous.” (I’m not sure why I thought the Tube was glamourous) The Tube is like any other subway system, and no one talks on the Tube. They’re either too into their paper, or ipod, and even in a group of people do you rarely see them conversing with one another. They just want to get to their destination and on to the next location. 

After getting off at our stop, we roamed the streets for an hour, and I found it funny that one of the first things you see is a KFC, Starbucks, and Burger King all lined up next to one another. Very American. We went to the CAPA building for orientation and all I wanted to do at this point was sleep, because the jet-lag had definitely started to set in. It was longer than we thought it would be, and after what felt like eternity, we were allowed to go. Tomorrow morning we have internship orientation, followed by police safety orientation. All four of us from my flat went off to find dinner, and wound up at a restaurant called Garfunkels, which is known for their Fish and Chips, and Garfunkel Burger to name a few. I decided to try a typical British dish called Beef Ale Pie, and boy was it delicious! After dinner we hopped back on the Tube to go to our neighborhood of Ealing Broadway, bought some groceries, and are now all having downtime. It’s been a long day, and I can tell jet lag is catching up with me and it is a matter of time before I pass out.  

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