Things I've Learned So Far!

1. Keyboards in the UK (or at least Cambridge) do not have a shift key on the right hand side where it's supposed to be. Instead there's a \ - rather annoying.

2. Drinking coffee at dinner is not a good idea - even when you're jet-lagged, it can keep you up until 2 a.m!

3. Playing Solitaire on your I-pod can relieve frustration when you're still awake at 1 a.m.

4. Americans (myself included) are impatient people - the students from GMU have been frustrated that people don't walk up the elevators ("lifts"), that people don't walk fast enough, that dinners (even in the dining hall) are 3-course meals that take up an hour and a half of your time. I kind of like how everything's slower...

5. British university involves lots of lecturing - good lecturing - but hard to follow when jet-lagged...

6. Cooked mushrooms for breakfast aren't that bad...but I'm still not brave enough to try the baked beans and stewed tomatoes.

7. The British are way more energy-conscious than we are. There are little signs everywhere reminding you to turn off the lights when you leave the bathroom, etc.

8. The dining hall at Hogwarts is for real - the professors really do have a special raised table!

More to follow soon...