Wow. I can’t believe I’m finally here!
The plane trip was a success, surprisingly—I hate heights and rollercoasters, so I was kind of nervous about flying, but I have faith in science (is that an oxymoron?). I lucked out and had a window seat over a wing for both flights, and while the view was lovely, seeing a plane wing wobble while you’re tens of thousands of feet above the ground is very disconcerting. (But other strong stuff like bridges and trees has to be able to flex too, I remembered, which made me feel better.)
I’m living in a beautiful house with very sweet host parents and three wonderful housemates. It’s kind of far from the city proper, but it’s apparently close to the university where we’ll all be taking classes, which will be nice (we take a placement test on Monday, and classes start Tuesday).
The weather is a little brisk (40 degrees or so), and it looks like it might rain today, but spring is just around the corner!
On Friday one of the CEA staff took us on a bus tour of the six neighborhoods we’ll be spending most of our time in, to get acquainted with the layout of the city and where everything is in relation to everything else. The architecture is gorgeous—lots of different influences from all over the world. I took a couple quick pictures but my camera was running low on battery, and I’ve got lots of time here yet to take more. 🙂
All for now! More to follow when classes start. (I’m sorry for the weird picture layout—I’m still getting the hang of using WordPress. Prettier posts in future! Maybe even with the pictures all facing the right way up, if we’re lucky.)