Hello my dear supporters!
I want to let those of you who have donated to my campaign already know that I am currently processing rewards—backers who are waiting on Sonnets and Soliloquies should get them very soon, and postcards will be going out in the next few weeks...
If you haven't yet donated and would like to, or want to pass on the campaign to friends and family, it will remain live though the term of my study—the U.K. ain't getting any cheaper and with the amazing head start of over 55% funded, I'm confident we can get close to my goal of $15k before the year is ended. Please feel free to donate any time, it is always appreciated.
I will try to do justice to the pure JOY I've been feeling this week, but I may fall short.
So, school starts tomorrow and excited doesn't even begin to cover it, but I've been here since Monday night and this week has been beyond AMAZING. Of course it was raining when I first arrived in Bristol, but many warm and sunny smiling faces have dried up any residual dampness. A student from last year's class was kind enough to pick me up at the station and bring me to my new flat—fully furnished, welcoming, and cozy.
My bedroom has a majestic stained glass window. I spent the first night unpacking and settling in. See some photos of my room and hall above, and check it out below... Jane Austen is on the money here!
I was the first to arrive at the flat, but was soon joined by the loveliest roommates imaginable. We spent some sunny (!!) days exploring the neighborhood and getting acquainted while figuring out the logistics of British SIM cards, the local library, and the NHS (what a blessing)... and of course adjusting to the time zone... much easier on me than my dear Aussie colleague, Mercedes, who travelled 30 hours to get here!
On Thursday we settled into our group, celebrating the first of many birthdays, and on Friday a group of us made our way down to the place that started it all—The Bristol Old Vic Theatre— to see Harold Pinter's The Caretaker. The set design was amazing and the acting—incredible, particularly Patrice Naiambana.
Of course, the theatre itself was stunning, too.
The school has been nothing but welcoming this week, even though we haven't officially begun... new program head, Geoffrey Brumlik, generously took time to sit down and get acquainted in the busy week before classes, we were offered copies of our first text project to dive into —The Last Days of Troy by Simon Armitage— and yesterday I had an incredibly exciting adventure down to the Christ Church Recording Studio, former home of BBC Radio, and my future narration for the year!
At some point I will try to document all the beauty and whimsy of this incredible city, with it's secret passages, shining sun, and delightful flora... but tonight I'll be a good student and get a full night's sleep before the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL! More to come soon...
As the marquee on the University of West England says, "I am forever changed. I will never be the same again."
Cheers to you for getting me here!