In this blog series, BFA student Kassi Ferry shares an authentic look at her study abroad experience in Brighton, England, during the Spring 2017 semester.
All packed up and ready to go! The last few days in America were great and also kind of sad. I hung out with as many friends as possible before my departure on Sunday.
Early Sunday morning: Suitcases were loaded into the car, my mom, brothers, and boyfriend piled into the car. The drive to the airport was long.
I made it to the airport, checked my bag, said final goodbyes to my family, and headed toward the TSA. Surprisingly it only took twenty minutes to get through, and then I was on my way to the gate. Once on the plane it only took three and a half hours to get to Calgary, Canada. I arrived around 3:00 p.m., proceeded to go through claims, and then located my next gate and a charging station for my electronics. I was all set to board my next flight at 5:10 p.m. However, there was one problem. No one was there! I stood at the gate for another minute and another passenger approached me asking if I was headed to London. We both went to the information desk to find out that it was delayed eight hours due to some technical difficulties. So the other passenger and I took our vouchers, grabbed dinner, and chatted while we waited for our replacement plane. Finally at 1:15 a.m., we left for London. Liftoff was super smooth, and the plane was lit up with these cool blue lights on the ceiling. I watched Inside Out and then fell asleep.
We landed in London on Monday around 5:00 p.m. We were sent towards passport checks, followed by baggage claim. I exchanged numbers with the passenger from earlier, and said goodbye as I headed towards the thirty-minute train ride for Brighton. After what seemed like forever, I was finally in Brighton!
My friend Daniel, whom I met while he was studying abroad at MCAD in the fall, greeted me at Brighton Station. He very kindly showed me the laines—Brighton’s equivalent of an outdoor shopping center—and how to work the buses. He also pointed out the buildings I would need to know for classes and helping me unload my luggage in my dorm room before saying goodbye. Then I met up with the other two MCAD students, Skylar and Thad, at the main building known as the “Hub,” and we went out to explore. It was such a nice evening walk; we ended up at a little pub called the HobGoblin, which felt very Harry Potter-esque! We returned to our respective dorms and agreed to meet at the Hub the next morning to grab breakfast and head into town for some essentials. The first night I had to craft a makeshift pillow out of my jackets and scarf as I didn’t have a pillow or sheets and all of the shops were closed.
The next morning we ate breakfast, boarded the yellow bus known as the “Big Lemon,” and headed towards the Brighton Laines. There were several familiar stores: Starbucks, H&M, Urban Outfitters, Zara. But there were also loads of European stores that I had never heard of. We stopped at one called Primark where I bought a pillow, blanket, bedding, towels, and some other necessities. We also stopped at the famous Brighton Pier. Even though it was extremely foggy, it was super neat to see the pier for the first time.
I look forward to exploring more, meeting more people, and starting classes on Monday!
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