12 Things I Won't Miss About Being In EnglandSunday, July 12, 2015
Friends, it's only fair to share the truth. England has been wonderful, really and truly. I love it here and will forever cherish this beautiful experience — I've spent some of the happiest days of my life here in this idyllic country.
Not everything is perfect. There have definitely been the days of frustration, long hours, unsatisfying food and situations. So let's pull back the curtain a little, shall we?
1. Sketchy wifi.
Actually, the very fact that I have enough wifi to share this post is a miracle. I am convinced that I shall never again complain about wifi at my house or at Wheaton. It's nothing compared to the overloaded systems of the small country hostels when there are 41 Americans desperately trying to upload every iPhone picture imaginable.
2. Bleh coffee and too much caffeine.
3. Hostel bed rooms.
5. Just, hostels.
Granted, the hostels have been better than I expected and they really are ideal for a trip of this size. But still. Everything is "hostel" green and the eggs look suspiciously like a science experiment.
6. The same clothes for 2 months straight.
7. The near constant state of fatigue.
9. The waking up.
10. The one coffee shop that went to war with us.
Sunshine. Lies. Rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, rain. Sunshine! Sun, sun, sun — rain, rain, rain. So hot you're sweating. Now you need a coat and scarf. Rain, rain, rain, rain.
12. The "field trip mentality".
We've been a moving amorphous hoard of 41 people inching down the sidewalks, taking up full restaurants, always in people's way. I've had a continuous look of "So, sorry. Yes, we're in the way. Yes, I'm part of the big American group. Please excuse us."