More than week has already passed since I arrived in Cardiff.
It’s been a week of figuring out the left-hand traffic, waking up to the sound of seagulls every morning, understanding the Welsh accent and exploring the city.
Last Saturday my mum and Lothar brought me to the airport in Dusseldorf – Checkin and everything went smoothly so that we still had a little time to have a coffee outside of the airport.
Then it was time to say goodbye to Mama and Lothar and head to the gate. Unfortunately my flight was delayed for one hour but everything went well in the end and I arrived safely at Cardiff aiport. There I met a girl from Germany who is also studying in Cardiff and we shared a taxi to our houses. In my new home I was greeted by Rob and Anna, two of my 5 housemates. They showed me around and then it was time for me to unpack.
That night Rob and Anna already took me out for a night of partying so that Sunday was kind of a lazy day with watching TV and Anna showing me around the city centre – it is so beautiful!
On Monday during lunchtime I went to the University’s Student Union to collect my student ID. Since it was Fresher’s week, everything was totally crowded and people handed you flyers and goodies everywhere. In the end I had to wait in a queue for half an hour before I finally received my ID.
That day I also walked around the beautiful campus and tried to allocate myself a little. My classes are in Bute Building, which is home to the College of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. It is about a 15min walk from our house, so that’s perfect!
The rest of the week passed rather quickly – it was orientation week so I didn’t have any classes yet. Around 60 other coursemates are studying with me. At first I was kind of shocked by how many Asians are studying with me, I didn’t expect this. In general, my course consists of a bunch of people from various nations which will probably make it exciting and challenging at the same time.
From Tuesday to Friday I explored the city a little more, spent time with my roommates or prepared myself for the upcoming first week of classes.
Saturday afternoon I met up with Jana (the girl that I met in the taxi) and we spent the day shopping and having a coffee at Coffee#1. It is a café-chain but the atmosphere is still cozy and really personal.
That evening, Anna, Agenieszka (another one of my roommates, she is originally from Poland) had dinner together and went to a house party at a friend’s house.
Yesterday was a typical sunday – we cleaned the kitchen, watched TV, chilled in our living room and went to the city centre for a little while. Today I didn’t have any classes yet. If everything goes as planned, I will have classes from Tuesday to Thursday whereas Tuesday is the fullest day. I will have 5 classes in total in the first semester: Multi Platform Writing, Global Communication Management, Research Methods, International Public Relations theory and Law. I am really excited to finally start tomorrow!