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Monday, 14 February 2011

"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door," he used to say. "You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to."-J.R.R. Tolkien

Hello loyal followers and you other people alike. 
A very warm welcome to you from the United States!

Silly cat
Yes, despite the best efforts of my cat (Nutmeg) to prevent me from packing (or making me pack her), I have now finally arrived here and am mostly settled into a wonderful B&B, thus all is well. Work is starting tomorrow, which I think I am now suitably prepared and adjusted for, but I'm sure I'll have forgotten something, that's just one of the many things which keeps my life interesting. 

Yesterday was a very long day, waking up at 8am GMT and going to bed at Midnight Pacific East Coast time! This means it was a 21 hour day, which is not amazingly easy for me. 
Still, it was really nice to arrive in America and instantly be invited out for drinks and a meal with people at the lab which I am going to work at. I got to see an American covers band (which is just like a British covers band, except they have American accents) on my first night, so so far America really isn't doing too badly! I would like to say how amazing Soph was when we said goodbye at the airport, she was so brave and strong. I was very proud of her.

Today I have mostly been sorting out stuff at the B&B, including unpacking and things, looking for a place to live (I'll keep you all updated on that) and talking with people back in England. 
I also went for a really nice walk, after going to a "board games group" which consisted of one guy in a restaurant, so only a tiny club. Not really the games i wanted either, still I have more board gaming prospects on the horizon, so hopefully my board gaming needs will be fulfilled soon. 

Main entrance to Yale Campus

The walk around New Haven was very enjoyable. I walked around the Yale campus, downtown and then the East Rock area, where the nice houses are (and where my B&B is) New Haven is very picturesque in the snow meaning that I took quite a lot of pictures, all of which are now up on facebook if you want to have a look. 

It did finally dawn on me as I was walking around the Yale campus that this was where I would be living for the next year. I will miss England a lot, and everyone there. But I could definitely think of worse places to be for a year.

And so works starts tomorrow, meaning that I should probably try and get a really good nights sleep to avoid falling asleep at my desk on my first day!
I'll probably post again when something else exciting happens, dunno how long that will be, so if you want a post, make something exciting happen! 

This house has a tower. A FRICKING TOWER PEOPLE!!

My Trip to America in Figures: 
Number of "Dunkin' Donuts" eaten: 1
Amount tipped (about): $2
Meals eaten out:75%

Achievement Unlocked! (Speaking of that there is a new episode of d6g, should really listen to that)

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