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Seventh Day: Last Day of Study

May, 19th, 2012

This was my seventh day in London. Leicester Square = another great London’s attraction!

Saturday already but I had two classes today in the afternoon. So in the morning, I planned to travel around (again) and my destination was Indonesian restaurant. I had searched on Google map and found that the restaurant is near to Leicester Square. I went there by tube from Waterloo Station then continued my trip by northern line tube to Leicester Square. I alighted there and walked around to find the restaurant. Walking is my favorite one when staying in London because I love the view when I walked along the street; the architectures of the buildings, the neat and cleanliness of the city.

Image Unfortunately, although I had tried walked along, looked for the restaurant for almost 2 hours, I could find it out. Poor me. I asked some people around but they didn’t really know. They said that I had to go the Chinatown to find it out. by the way, in Leicester Square, we can find any Chinese culture in China town. There are Chinese restaurants, health centers, etc.

Still, I could not find what I was looking for and it had been 2 hours, so I gave up and decided to go back to school because I would have classes in the afternoon. The school was a bit quiet compared to other days, perhaps because it was Saturday and not many students had classes on this day. By the way, this was my last day of school and I really enjoyed my classes here. Thanks a lot, my General English Teacher, Ben Findslay 🙂

Actually after the class, my Indonesian friends planned to go to Indonesian restaurants in Leicester Square. I really wanted to join (you know I couldn’t find any Indonesian restaurant in the morning :p) but since this was my last day of school, I needed to take my final test after the class. The test was ESOL Examination and it was quite difficult. I had 40 minutes to finish doing my exam and I strove to do it well. Time was up and it was not so long time to get the result. I only spent a few minutes to get my result and certificate. Wohoo, thanks, EF! The result itself was good enough, said one of the EF staff. Haha I hoped so. Since this was my last day in EF London, I wanted to thank my friends for their helps during my stay in London.

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Anyway, I haven’t told you about my host family. They are very kind, their daughter, Monique, is also friendly. My Mom and Dad here are also nice to me. 🙂

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Third Day: And Classes Were Getting Started

May, 15th, 2012

This was my third day in London. Let’s see what happened today.

This was Tuesday in London and I had full classes today from 10.35 until 18.35. Therefore, I would be here in school all day long. After having breakfast with cereal (It was not really common for me actually, haha), I went to school with Akari because I didn’t know the direction how to get school from my house. She advised me to buy a 7-day-travelcard so I could travel around London unlimitedly during my stay in London. We got school by train. The nearest station from my house is Gipsy Hill. From Gipsy Hill, we have to transit at Chapman Junction station then to Waterloo Station, the nearest station to school. I enjoyed my train trip. The train is always on time and the coaches are clean and luxurious. Love it!

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We were the earliest in school, haha. It was still quiet and no one here, in school. My first class was in iLab where students including I did some online exercises prepared by EF. I love this kind of online learning, it is very interactive and the directions are clearly defined.

In my first day of school, I had an unforgettable moment; it was when I missed my next class.haha it seems strange because in my campus in Indonesia, I am seldom missing my class. What was it caused actually? Well, when I was going to have lunch, my friend from Indonesia, Ruth, asked me and other Indonesian students to go to Wasabi, a Japanese restaurant that serves rice for its menu (yeah, it was rare to get rice here and we missed rice already!). We bought a big bowl of tofu fried rice and ate it in the restaurant.

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After having lunch, we went back to school. Unfortunately, it had been 15 minutes after my next class started. So…. you can guess what happened. Hahaha, shame on me!

I joined next classes until 06.35 then went home. What surprising me was the long hour of afternoon in London. The sky was just dark on 9 p.m. So London has a very short night hour. It was summer in London too, but the weather was soooooo cold. Moreover, I forgot to bring my own jacket. Great. Haha

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Second Day: Hello, My School Friends!

May, 14th, 2012

This was my second day in London. I had such a school orientation in EF International Language Schools, London.

After getting the airport and did some immigration checks, I was already waited by an older man from EF that would pick me up to the school. He was very nice. We talked a lot during my journey to the school. In the school, EF International Language School London, I filled some forms and I belonged to Upper Intermediate Class based on my placement test result. After then I joined the orientation session. Isabella, an EF mentor gave us some information about London and London culture, so we could deal with such things in London which would be our new atmosphere. I met other students from all over the world here, we made friends then. There are Sammi and Meiki from China, Paula from Colombia, Alba from Italy, Amy and Phit from Thailand, Nicky from Holland, etc. I also met some Indonesian students there, Kristin and Nisa. They are very nice friends. I am so happy to have them all as my new friends.

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We joined the activity to have a boat trip along Thames River. It is not so far from the school, so, we just walked to get there. During the trip, I took some photos of the view and also with my friends. It is very beautiful. I finally saw closely the Big Ben, London Eye, and Thames River. Whoooa, it was not only pictures that I saw from the internet anymore. I lively saw it. Oh my God.

From the boat, we also could see the beautiful view along the trip along the Thames River for example London Eye, London Bridge Hospital, Tower Bridge, London Bridge, Museums, College, etc. I love London’s architectures. They are such a mixed of modern-classic and it is very beautiful.

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After having a boat trip, we went back to school to receive our weekly timetables. Then I went to my host family’s home in Camden Road Hill, South-east London. My host family was Cambpell family and they are very nice. They kindly welcomed me and gave me the guidance to use the facilities in the home. I had a roommate who stayed here too. She is Akari Shiraishi from Japan and she is a very nice girl and she helped me a lot.

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I took a rest and got ready for the next day. My first impression of London: It is incredibly awesome!!

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