||[Jun. 23rd, 2006|11:45 pm]
The US Meets the UK
|||||Keane - Atlantic||]|
It's been a while since my last post, and I'm back in the USA now!
I spent my last weekend abroad taking a ferry (an AMAZING ferry with restaurants and cinemas) across the North Sea to Holland... where my bag was promptly stolen. My bag contained my passports, my wallet (which thankfully held almost no cash, but did contain my debit card, King's ID, room key, etc.), my British cell phone, my digital camera, my London A-Z (yes, that actually does upset me), my Nine West purse, some makeup, and some clothes (including my favorite pair of jeans and sandals). I was not happy. at. all. However, I am thankful that I uploaded almost all of my photos to my laptop/online, and I'm also thankful that I didn't bother stopping by an ATM before getting on the ferry! The items I was most upset about losing were my passports (partly because this happened 2 or 3 days before my flight home, and partly because my old passport contained all of my stamps from my Europe trip in 2001) and my digital camera - obviously I won't be posting any pictures from my Holland trip!
I went to a police station on the outskirts of Amsterdam and filed a report with them. I have a copy of the report, although it's entirely in Dutch. The police gave me a form that allowed me to travel back to England without a passport. From there, I went straight to the US Embassy in London and managed to get an emergency passport in about an hour and a half. My passport was reported as stolen and blocked, my debit card was cancelled, and my phone only had a couple of pounds worth of prepay credit on it, so I'm not too concerned about that. I just hope that whoever stole my bag is dumb enough to try using my passport.
The whole stolen bag debacle took up the majority of my last few days in London, and the rest of my time was spent packing, so I'm afraid I don't have too much else to tell! I flew out of Heathrow to Boston on the 13th, spent a few days on Nantucket, and did some house hunting with my parents before heading back to PA on the night of the 17th. Since then, I've mainly been helping to clean up the house and box things up in preparation for selling our PA house and moving up to Cape Cod toward the end of the summer.
I don't have plans to live in England again anytime soon - for now, I'm transferring to Penn State, finishing school, and getting settled with my career - but if I do return (I should say when I return... I can't imagine that I'd go the rest of my life without living abroad again) I'll certainly let you all know about it. This spring, I learned a lot about myself and about other people. I learned how healthcare in the UK works and made it through 5 hospital visits. And I learned how to get by when your most important items are stolen! I have more confidence in myself at this point, now that I know that I can handle myself in emergency situations better than I thought. Despite the ups and downs, I really loved living abroad.
Thank you to everyone for following along with my two semesters of adventures in the UK, and thanks for the comments! I hope you all enjoyed reading my journal as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Bye for now...