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Learning things the hard way!

Following on from my previous post ‘Amigos‘, these are the series of unfortunate events that took place…

First impressions of the apartment were good, the location was perfect, we liked the layout and the space was more than enough for 5 people (he did tell us the fridge door was a bit dodgy, but for one night we didn’t mind). Before getting to the apartment we asked for the “free wi-fi” password. As soon as we put our bags down we tried to log in, it didn’t work for any of us, so we called the guy and he kept giving us the same password but it wasn’t working. He even called the internet provider but it didn’t work. We realised that there was no way of getting wi-fi so we started getting ready for the night.

Like normal human beings, some of us had to use the bathroom. My friend went, flushed the toilet and said the bath plug hole was bubbling but we all thought nothing of it. The next person went, flushed and noticed the bubbling plug hole again, but this time “stuff” was coming out of it (*WARNING* If you have a weak stomach or if you’re eating something, skip the next couple of lines!!!). After the smell that started coming from the bathroom we soon realised what that “stuff” was. POO! yes, poo/poop/excrement, whatever you want to call it was coming out of the baths plug hole!!! I was so disgusted and shocked that in a wealthy area of Madrid you can still find places like this, I have stayed in a village in Africa that had better toilet facilities than that! We had to call the guy to come back and explain what the heck was going on. He came back and was “surprised” to see the situation in the bathroom and claimed he didn’t know why it was happening. At this point I was ready to leave.

The guy left once again and we carried on getting ready, trying to ignore what was happening in the bathroom. Nothing else could go wrong we thought. How wrong were we! While getting ready one of my friends went to sit on the bed and one of the legs broke (after looking at the bed we discovered it was already broken to begin with). Shortly after that the electricity cut out and we had to wait for the guy to come back again. After this point all of us were so annoyed, but tried to stay positive given the circumstance. We finished getting ready once the lights came on, played a couple of drinking games and headed out to meet my friends at the club.

We got outside and met a couple of people, we got talking and the next thing we knew was two undercover policemen came at us demanding to see our ID. We were so confused but soon realised that you’re not allowed to drink alcohol in public. After taking our names down and getting a verbal warning, we finally made our way to the club to meet my friends. (I got us on the guest list which gives you free entry and 2 free drinks before 1:30am), we made it to the door, only to be told we were in the wrong queue! It was either pay 20 euros or leave. So we left and went to an Irish bar down the road instead. I felt bad for my friends visiting Madrid and on the first night out we experienced all of that.

We tried to stay positive despite the unfortunate events, but the reality of it was a mess, literally. We look back on it now and laugh, but it was not amusing to say the least. Moral of the story is to ALWAYS check and listen to the reviews online, not everyone is exaggerating!

BEWARE OF APARTAMENTOS HAPPY MADRID HORTALEZA – http://www.booking.com/hotel/es/happy-madrid-hortaleza.html#tab-reviews

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There’s no place like home

After my semester abroad in Minnesota I flew black home on the 23rd December 2013, just in time for Christmas. It was definitely bittersweet; I missed America and all my friends over there, but I was so happy to be back home and see my family and catch up with all my friends. If you have been following my blog, by now you can probably tell I love keeping busy and doing things in my spare time. Instead of chilling during my Christmas holiday, I was out and about with friends, house hunting for my second and third semester at university and visiting family.

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Once I settled back in London, I realised that parts of my experience in America rubbed off on me. I constantly wanted to do new things, explore and make the most out of life. One of the main things I did was teaming up with two friends that I’ve known for a few years and we started up our own events company called Xel Club. I was approached by one of the guys who put Xel Club together, my first thought was “I can’t do this, I’m only 20 and still at University?!”. I thought he was mad to ask me. The more I thought about it, I felt like I’d be stupid to turn down an opportunity where I could gain insight and valuable knowledge to the events industry. And who says you’re too young to start your own company? In January I had my first meeting with the guys and we basically started it off from that point. I believe it has potential to go far.

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A couple other things I did whilst in London before heading back to University, was going to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park and watching the New Years fireworks in Waterloo. I normally stay at home or go to Church for New Years, but I wanted to do something different, it was so cool. New Years Eve was also the day I was finally reunited with my best friend after my 4 months away!

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Blessed…

I have been in the US for about 6 weeks now! (Yes i’m behind in my blog lol) I can’t believe how quick its going. I think i have settled in quite well here, i’m truly loving every minute of this experience, sometimes it doesn’t feel real. I know it’s cliche but this really is a dream come true! Thank you God, Coventry University, my family & friends for helping & supporting me!

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Before America

I had about 4-5 months to sort out everything in preparation for studying abroad, from visa applications, shopping, filling in forms and packing!

We had our first meeting with Janna LaFountaine, who is an associate professor, back in May. She told us about the university and asked us about our interests so she could place us in an Internship Programe that suits us. And we got a freebie T-shirt!

After that i moved back to London, where the preparations began!

 

 

Got my visa!!!

Surprise!

A couple days before i went to America my best friend Jo organised a surprise meal for me 🙂

All day i was getting my hair done (braids), which took around 6-7 hours, at the time i had no idea what was planned. She just told me we were going out in central London for a meal.

Time passed and i was still doing my hair and it was getting late. From where i was it takes around 40 minutes on the tube to get to central London. After 7 hours of sitting getting my hair done, i rushed to the station to meet Jo. I got there and i felt so bad for making her wait so long! (sorry Jo x) we walked from oxford circus down some random road (I’m rubbish with navigation in central) and we went into Tinseltown which is an American diner style restaurant, to “use the toilet”… to my surprise my friends were sitting on a table waiting for me! I felt so loved ❤
I felt so bad for making all of them wait so long for me to arrive but i was sooo happy to see my lovely friends before i went off to America for 4 months.

 Thank you Jo for an amazing surprise!

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Summer so far

Summer has flown by! I can’t believe August is coming to an end.
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I have been quite busy over the summer. Finished my first year of university in May and came back to London, working here and there, catching up with loved ones and going on holiday.
I’ve been trying to get as much work as possible to save up for my study abroad to America. But that was unsuccessful so i had some shifts at my old job and had to sell things on eBay to get some money,
but its all worked out in the end 🙂
I love spending time with family and friends and I’ve been doing that a lot. I had my birthday in July so was lovely seeing my friends!

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Last week i was in Spain for a family holiday with my Dad and sister, it was really hot but bearable heat. It was more of a relaxing holiday, which is what i definitely needed!
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The study abroad to America will be for 4 months, in Minnesota. Its taken a while to get sorted and involves quite a lot (I’ll do a separate post about what is involved with studying abroad).
I have 4 days left in the UK before i embark on this new journey to America.