I don't particularly enjoy "richness." As I said in an earlier post, I am living in Kensington, London. It's a very posh neighborhood and the most expensive place to live in London. While it is a beautiful section of London and not to mention how incredibly lucky and fortunate I am to be living in such a neighborhood, I don't think I fit in very well. So this whole week, I have pretty much been getting used to the area, how people treat each other, and how to react to certain things.
Waiters and waitresses in England don't come and talk to you to find out how your meal is. They have only done that at the more pricey sit down restaurants. They don't refill your water unless you ask them to, and they include tip in the bill. I've noticed that they won't give me the check until I am completely done eating or unless I ask. This is because British people don't want to be rude by bothering you during your meal. They certainly don't want to push you to leave. This whole restaurant situation is still taking some getting used to, but I am getting better about being more forward about things I want. It'll be good for me, I'm sure.
I say all of that to say this: While I have felt like an outsider for most of this week, I finally felt something wonderful when I walked up onto the bridge (come see my photos here!). London became so real to me in that moment. I had that feeling like I was really meant to be here. I was breathless, and while there were a few other tourists there taking pictures, I started snapping away. I didn't care if I looked like a tourist or not. One kid walked passed me and saw my camera and said, "It's just a clock for Godsake." But he's wrong. It might just be a clock to him, but to me, this whole view symbolized so much. It was more than everything I expected of London, and that meant a great deal to me.
I love my video production class very much. My teacher sees me as an adult and talks to me like one. We are having class in the Tate Modern on Wednesday, which is the same day that I meet with the professor of a university I'm interested in seeing. I'm nervous about this whole next week for some reason, but I think it's easier taking one day at a time.
We have to turn in our first projects tomorrow. When I hear feedback about it, I might post it on here. We had to make a trailer of a movie we made up. A pretty difficult project for something so seemingly easy. I'll keep you updated. :)
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