I realise that I missed a bit of my initial story, in particular my first weekend in Nottingham, however it has been too long now since the actual events to write a full comprehensive tale about it. So I’ll very quickly summarise.
I awoke Saturday morning feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. I went downstairs to have some coffee and toast, and while I was eating, Jessica and Emily overcame their fear of me and jumped simultaneously on my lap. They started tickling me (I am incredibly ticklish) and so a tickle fight ensued. After being completely tired out by two kids who have enough energy to power the north side of Brisbane, I started packing and got read to venture forth to Nottingham!
I arrived at John’s place with one bag. My second (lost) bag arrived the next day. When I left John’s for Nottingham I had the following extra items:
- A Samsung A300e mobile phone (email me if you want the number). I never had a mobile back home (to the annoyance of some of my friends), but within two days of my arrival I got one.
- A PII 333 computer. It’s slow, but it meant I could get on the net quickly.
- A nineteen inch monitor (see guys, I had to come to the other side of the world to get a decent sized monitor).
- An Epson Stylus Color 740 printer.
- A CD player. I haven’t used this much as I brought a whole bunch of mp3 CDs with me.
- A subwoofer and speakers, which are hooked up to my computer
- A hot water bottle, which I had to be shown how to use (yes there is a trick to it!).
- A kettle, which I later found out we weren’t allowed to use in our rooms.
- Assorted other bits and pieces, cloths, power boards, etc.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, my cousin John is such a legend.
So anyway Jackie was taking the kids up to see her parents for the weekend, so John and I drove down alone to Nottingham. It was a pleasant drive and we made good time until we got to Nottingham itself. The place is a maze of one-way streets! We eventually found a park and walked along to the Lace Market Hotel, where we were booked in for the night. We met Simone in the Cock and Hoop, the bar next to the hotel and had a few drinks before checking in. It was good to see Simone again, and we had a lot of catching up to do, even though I had seen her less than half a year ago when she came across to Australia for her honeymoon. That afternoon and night went by like a whirlwind, we went out to the Quilted Lama, but they couldn’t make good Bloody Mary’s so we went to the Living Room, where they could. Then we went to Wagamama for some noodles but it was packed full of people, then we wandered around a bit, and then I woke up the next morning. Interesting night.
So after checking out of the hotel we made our way to the University. We went to University Park first (which is the main campus) and then tried to find our way over to Jubilee Campus (which is five minutes away). We got here, found my hall, I signed a few forms, paid a bit of money (key and damage deposits) and then I went to move into my room. I’ll write another entry soon (during a boring period… whenever that will be) about what my room is like, but for now lets just say I moved in, unpacked a few things, said goodbye to John and Simone, and then fell promptly asleep. And that’s the story of my arrival in Nottingham.