Settling In

Well, I’ve only been living in York for two days but it’s already starting to feel pretty comfortable. I guess visiting the city in April really helped me to get a feel for the town and the general “vibe” of Yorkshire. I am, for the most part, all moved in. I’m still working on unpacking my clothes but I should be done by the end of the week. I really like my room. It’s very spacious, with a big desk, shelves, sink to wash my face and brush my teeth, and tons of cabinet space to put my clothes. The room isn’t a horrible shade of purple like it was in France, which is a definite plus. My bed is right up next to the window, so I wake up to the sweetest view. Although, a lot of heat goes out the window at night so I close the curtains and I stay pretty warm. I know that in a few weeks, I’ll definitely have to spring for an electric blanket.

The house I’m living in is really nice and cozy. On my floor, there are several shower rooms, a kitchenette, and a laundry room. No more schlepping my dirty laundry over a mile to wash it! But on the main floor of the house is the big kitchen, which has lots of cabinet and refrigerator space. Right now, we have ten people in our house. We aren’t sure if more are going to arrive, but we’re hoping that our numbers will stay small!

One of the things that I love about England is that I can get really good quality food for a reasonable price. For example, I went to the grocery store today and bought two medium-sized canvas bags full of food for £11, which is amazing. Many products are only £1-2, which works great for my student budget. And it lets me splurge on items that I really want, like high quality olive oil or a pepper mill. Even shopping for my toiletry items wasn’t bad at all. I was able to get everything for about £115, including a hairdryer, flat iron, and electric toothbrush!

This week is pretty chill, I have some orientation activities on the 4th and 5th. And the week after that, I have my department orientation stuff. So… I have a few weeks to get adjusted, see the city, and get my bearings! It’s a nice transition into grad student life. but once my program starts… oy.

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