Waiting to Begin

“It is very strange that the years teach us patience – that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.”–Elizabeth Taylor

Patience may be a virtue, but it is one that I have gone through most of my life without.

One of the downsides of moving in on Tuesday (8/28) was that orientation did not begin until Friday and classes do not start until tomorrow (9/4).  The result has been that Aleks and I have literally been spending most of our free time in London so far simply waiting for the MA program to begin.  We’re all set to go.  All of the syllabi have been read and downloaded.  We know the Kensington campus inside and out.  To use a readily available cliche, we’re all dressed up with nowhere to go.

What we have been able to do, as evidenced by the above picture, is see virtually all of London’s landmarks.  St. Paul’s cathedral remains the lone holdout that needs to be addressed.  One of the benefits of being a tourist in London is that all of the iconic images are within a 2 mile radius.  Want to see the London Eye and Houses of Parliament?  That’s easy.  They’re right across the river from eachother.  How about Tower Bridge and the Tower of London?  They sit adjacent to one another.

This has all allowed me to cross the following landmarks off of my list.
-Westminster Palace
-Westminster Abbey
-The London Eye
-Tower Bridge
-Millenium Bridge
-The Tower of London
-The Shard
-Piccadilly Circus
-Buckingham Palace
-Horse Guards Parade
-Old Royal Naval College
-Kensington Palace
-Hyde Park
-Princess Diana of Wales memorial
-Greenwich Royal Observatory
-King’s Cross Station (for all you Harry Potter fans they actually do have a small mark on the wall between platforms 9 and 10 delineating where platform 9 3/4 is)

Anyways, all of the waiting ends tomorrow.  Though this week will more or less be the typical “syllabus week” that all University students must suffer through, it will nonetheless feel good to get back into the feeling of being a student again.  It will be nice to start the process of getting into a routine.

To be fair waiting hasn’t been completely boring.  The University-sponsored boat party was a success.  Yesterday we were able to go to a pub on Earl’s Court Road (literally around the corner from us) and watch Liverpool lose to Arsenal.  Friends have been made, etc.

One additional note on the weather.  It’s weird.  Though I’ve now been in London for a over a week it has only really rained for 2 days.  The majority of the other days it just looks like it’s going to rain all day long.  It’s a sort of eternal gray.  However, of course, as I’m writing this I’m trying to see through the sun glare on my computer, as today’s weather is one of pervasive sunshine and warmth.  Like I said it’s weird.

I do not yet know when my next blog post will be.  But for now I would wager that it may be sometime next week while my head is buried in illegible academic journals doing the draining readings that make up graduate school.

We’ll see.


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