Welcome to the Chingford Challenge 2010!

So, here I am, in Chingford. After a few days of getting used to the crazy culture out here, I thought it was finally time to write a blog to let you know how I’m getting. I arrived safely on Tuesday, whereupon I travelled to where I’m staying while here by the local transport system, which they call ‘the tube’.It’s basically a series of high speed trains, that travel underground! Mental, right? So, after negotiating the journey with more or less no problems thanks to the power of something they call an ‘oyster card’ (honestly, they name their payment methods after seafood!), I arrived safe and sound at the end destination, somewhere called ‘Walademstoww’ or something where I was met with the woman who’s putting me up, ‘Mum’ who was very welcoming and greeted me like an old friend who she hadn’t seen in aged, or even like a son! It was lovely. Although I thought the extra hug before we got in the car was a bit unnecessary, but hey, that’s just the culture, right? I’m already living life outside my comfort zone! Apart from all the hugging, the next thing I noticed was how quiet Lonndan is. Honestly, I was expecting busy and bustling city, but I don’t think I heard a single honking horn! Weird, how do they not constantly crash into each other with out honking their horns!?!? These westerners, eh?! After settling in at ‘Home’, I was taken out for my first ‘Lanndon’ meal, we went to a local restaurant and had a beef (!!!) steak and chips! It was very nice, maybe a little un-spicy but I’m sure I’ll get used to that in my time here. With dinner I also had a local delicacy, a drink called ‘Beerr’, which was very nice, although it did make me feel a bit funny! I liked it though! In the recent days, I’ve met a few great people, eaten some more ‘Inglish’ food, gone for a coffee (well, I say coffee, it tastes nothing like our coffee, some of them don’t even have sugar!!) and experienced some Lonndan nightlife and tasted more varieties of Beerrs, they definitely have a funny effect on me!
All in all, it’s great here, and I am enjoying it, although I am missing some of the home comforts of Chennai, such as parottas, autos and air conditioning. It rains here too, but when it does, not only is it rubbish, drizzly rain, it’s also bloody freezing! Also, it’s really hard to cross roads here, you have to wait for a gap in the traffic, ridiculous! I tried waiting for an oncoming bus, but he nearly mowed me down, the nutter!
This is it from me for now, I’ll be in touch soon to let you know how I’m getting on.
Thanks for reading,

Alex x

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