Time passes so fast yet so slow. It’s been 16 days in Canterbury and I think I’m getting the hang of it. At least my stomach tells me that 😀 (it took me some time to get used to the food). Everything here is so different: from the way tap water comes out from the pipes to the way people behave.
Ok, let’s take it from the start, cause I didn’t have the opportunity tell you how I got here. On the 17th of September I left Romania (with my face all swollen from crying at the airport with Chris), was my first time flying and I found it amazing. The sadness had gone once I was in the air, with my face stuck to the plane’s window. I had 3 hours to realise that the step that I made like 10 month ago, when I applied for university abroad, was starting to affect my whole life. I wanted to scream, cause I knew what was left behind, actually whenever I think I feel like screaming.
I got to see when the planed crossed from Belgium, over the English channel, to England. I saw how Thames was making it’s way into the British Isles. I will never forget that feeling when I first saw English land. The trip from London to Canterbury confirmed me the pictures I had in my head about Britain’s lands. All so clean, all green, beautiful scenery once we entered Kent County, and the roads, oh the roads…, if the drivers in Romania could see them, like 4 lanes on each side, no jams, no anything. Just smooth and relaxing, right-side :D, driving.
I got to Canterbury, and went to the hall that I was going to live in. When I first saw my room I couldn’t believe my eyes, it was just as I dreamt it’s going to be. The girl who helped me carry my bags left and I was alone in the room. Then it struck me. I was alone. And it felt like something was holding me from breathing, it was a horrible feeling. I started to unpack as quickly as I could, trying to get out from the suitcase all those things that connected me to my home. And the room came to life one step at a time. I then met up with Georgiana, my friend, who was already there for 2 weeks, and we went shopping for all the things I needed, got a first glimpse of the city. That night I slept at her place because I just couldn’t stay alone in my room.
This was the start of my journey. I wanted to share this with you because it had a great impact on me.
Canterbury is a beautiful beautiful city, with old Tudor houses but also nice new ones, but still in the same style, There are flowers and grass wherever you look. I once told Cristina, my other friend who is here with me, that you can’t find in Canters one single spot of soil that is empty, with no flowers or fresh grass planted on it. All the buildings seem to match, the old buildings, like churches or schools, are all covered with the same sort of stones. So is the city wall and bridges. The stones are black and look like they are freshly cut, really shiny, and they get different shadings depending on the light. In the night time they work as a camouflage.
The University campus is a pleasure to all my senses :P. It’s like a flower blossom, birds are singing, young people everywhere, the air is fresh :D. Everyone from the Uni staff have been so nice with us, making sure that we have all things working well and that we cope with the changes that are taking place in our lives.
There is a strong relation here with God. Maybe because is the town where the Cathedral and the Archbishop is. There are a wide range of churches from which to choose, so that no one gets left behind. I joined the Christian Union from the Uni and I must say that they are fantastic people, guys you can really look up to when it comes to their faith and their devotion to God. I fell great in their presence and I am sure that my stay here will be a lot easier with them around.
I really miss my family and Chris. I try not to think so much but at night, when I am alone in my room I can’t help from going back to Romania in my mind and my dreams.
There are many things to say but I will try to end this first ‘’story ‘’ from Canterbury. Oh, I forgot to say that it’s hell without a camera here. I just go crazy when I can’t freeze all the beautiful things that I see. I used the camera from my mobile 😛 to catch something, they’re awful, I know, but don’t have an alternative. See you!
At the University, view to Ramsey Building, The Business School, where I have my lectures
A window from Canterbury Hospital, which was use for pilgrims to take shelter on their trips
Stour River passing through the center of the city, there’s a boat trip organised on it as well
Busy high street, St. George’s Street, great architecture, huh?