Wales has thus far been good to me. I'm settling in nicely and have made friends. It wasn't that hard to meet some locals. I'm living in a flat of full time students and am the only American. Each of us have our own bedroom and bathroom and we share a large kitchen/common room. My bedroom is HUGE! I love it!! I have a bed, a large desk, a closet, and a shelving unit. My bathroom is also a nice size. I don't think I'm going to used even half of it while I'm here.
I haven't met all my flatmates yet due to it still being final exams and semester holiday still. The one's I have met are AWESOME!! Each of them have lived in the UK at one point or another. Ever since I moved in with them, they have been helpful in answering my "stupid" questions, including me in their festivities, and making me feel welcome. I know I wouldn't have made it without their help.
Last night was a fun night. One of my flatmates was playing at pub's open mic night. It was so much fun! The three musicians I heard where so good. I got to know some more locals and learn more about the Welsh culture.
|My one flatmate performing|
|My two flatmates that I went out with|
Also, the international office here has been very helpful with trying to get my courses sorted out and welcoming us to the University. On our first real night her they threw a party for us and taught us Twmpath, which is traditional music and dance. It was a lot of fun dancing the night away. The North America advisor has been helpful on telling us where to shop and how to travel. I did feel overwhelmed after my first couple of days but now that I'm getting the lay of the land I'm feeling more and more confident.