This fortnight has been overwhelming, amazing and such a change. For those of you that don't know on Friday 2 weeks ago I took the long trip south to Plymouth to start my university adventure. I left Suffolk not knowing anyone down here and within hours had become so close to by flatmates. I have now finished freshers week and have started lectures properly. I am just so eager to get started, I can't wait to be a proper primary school teacher.
1. Plymouth. I think I love this city. They call it the Ocean City and the fact that it takes me 5 minutes to walk to the sea makes me so happy. We had a faculty welcome party last week in a marquee on the Hoe. For those of you that haven't been to Plymouth this is a park overlooking the sea with a lighthouse in its centre. The sun was setting as we walked there and it was just beautiful. I have also explored a little - found a park, been to a seafood festival and walked a good 40 minutes to get to the cricket ground. The city feels so comfortable, it's a great halfway house for a country bumpkin to be in the city but not overwhelmed.
2. New friends. This week and last have been a buzz of meeting new people and getting to know them. It's so much fun to hear everyone's stories. The photo is of the first night I got here and my flatmates. Love them all! I also love that I'm meeting such a range of people that in my life back home I just would not have had any contact with.
3. Laughing. I don't think I've laughed as much I have in this week. Everything from sharing stories to having a competition to see who can wear the most amount of clothes at the same time (winner had 26 if you're interested) we made each other laugh.
4. Good luck cards. This is a soppy one, but at the weekend I finally worked out how I could get my post and found 3 cards waiting for me. They were all good luck cards. My Grandma had written me a long card all about how she was going to dig her allotment. Meanwhile friends sent me such motivating cards that I had a little tear escape. A good tear, one that knows I'm supported.
5. Starting lectures. In our first week we manly had introductions to everything, but the best day was PE day. I came back to the flat buzzing and my flatmates had to tell me to calm down. On only the second day of the course we had children come in to the uni and we planned and taught activities in groups. It was so much fun
6. Cooking. I am so proud of my cooking this week. I planned before I shopped and have cooked properly not just quick junk food. We're all eating really healthily in my flat which helps. Some of this week's menu includes cheesy pasta, cottage pie, spag bol, jacket potato, tomato pasta. Ok so I'm eating a lot of pasta, but that pasta is good!
7. Exercise. Once I had been here for a week I realised I had not exercised at all apart from a little bit of PE in lectures. I was starting to get achy and not flexible so woke up early one morning to get in half an hour of toning exercises and it felt so good. I felt able to move more freely and was ready for the day. Since, I've trained for cricket and done a zumba class. I've realised that for me it's so important to exercise. I'm really not interested in losing weight, but it makes me happier and helps my body move in it's best way.
So that's the week. I have so many more stories to tell, but only short windows of time in which to do it. Everything s happening so quickly and I've only been here for a week and a half, but it feels lke so much more. Today I have my first presentation so fingers crossed that goes well.
This Wonderful Wednesday gang (which I dip in and out of because I'm a little bit rubbish with keeping up with it) is the bran child of Sally who is fabulous. Please go and read everyone else's list, they are bound to put a smile on your face. The rest of the gang are here: Jo, Helen, Michelle, Sarah, Cat, Sam, El and Kerri. Go and check them out, comment or find us on twitter with #wonderfulwednesday to share the good bits of your week.