Enjoying England by the pound

Tuesday, September 6, 2005

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Written by Chantelle Petersen

“London calling to all the far away towns…” – The Clash

Well, we’ve heard the call in Guelph, and a group of us have eagerly responded. This fall, I will be one of the U of G students participating in the London Semester Abroad program and I cannot wait!

I’ve never been to Europe so I feel tremendously privileged to be able to live there for four months to experience things I’ve only ever heard or read about. I plan to travel as much as possible; outside of England on weekends and in and around London during the week. My main worry is that my wallet may not be able to keep up with my curiosity.

In truth, my wallet may not even be able to keep up with my social habits. A night out in Guelph will be a mere divot relative to the crater that a night in London will leave in my budget. This has been my sole motivation to continue serving disgruntled and grumpy guests at work all summer. I’m convinced that the experiences I gain will be worth every inappropriate drunkard and goaded soccer mom who tested my patience.

My family agrees that this is an invaluable opportunity, however they worry about my safety in light of the recent terrorism in London. I, for some reason, do not share in their concern. Perhaps the combination of my youthful arrogance and naiveté are keeping such worries at bay.

Besides monetary issues, my only other fear is of being struck with homesickness. It is inevitable that I will miss my family and friends so I’ve packed a lot of photos and a calling card in preparation. I have a feeling though, that I’ll be so busy exploring London and Europe that the months I spend there will fly by. While I’m partaking in this adventure I’ll be sure to keep my family and my fellow Guelph students informed through the cannon of all the goings-on across the Atlantic.

I can’t wait for this semester to begin. London here I come!

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  1. Posted by: Sylvia on Sep 6, 2005 @ 11:50am

    This is the most talented writer I have ever had the privelege of reading. This column should be kept under wraps, at least until Chantelle is safely back in the country. The London Daily will abduct her en route to her favourite pub and exploit her for her literary genius. Good luck and godspeed, Chantelle!

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