London, here we go!

It’s been a while since I wrote anything on the blog but hey, this time I have an excuse. I’m in Kingston Upon Thames (London) to study computing science and games development for a whole year with an Erasmus exchange scholarship. I arrived on September the 13th and since then, it’s been a nonstop of activities: tourism, paperwork, parties, meeting people, housework, etc. Finally I can sit for a while to write this.

Kingston is really close to Central London

Kingston Upon Thames is a little city in southwest London, the advantage of its reduced extension is that you can walk almost everywhere. However is also really close to Central London, if you catch a train (there’s one each 15 minutes) you’ll be in Waterloo station in about 20 minutes. So far I think it’s a great combination. I live in a hall of residence, specifically in a flat shared with other 5 international students, such a great place to meet new people and party! My hall is 5 minutes walking from the center, which has a nice main street full of shops. Of course, I couldn’t forget the pubs and clubs. Although they close extremely early, we always have a great time hanging out there. It’s real fun when we gather to watch a football (soccer if you’re American) game while drinking a pint!

I live just next to river Thames

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  Computing science is taught at the main campus which is called Penrhyn Road, 15 minutes away if you walk. I was amazed with the huge amount of money they should invest to have proper facilities: a huge library, great fully equipped labs and comfortable classrooms. It&#8217;s unbelievable how active the people is around here, there are students societies for almost everything you can imagine: DJs, skydiving, fencing, cake eating, wine tasting, gaming, market investment&#8230; And the list goes on!
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  <figure id="attachment_1742" class="thumbnail wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 610px"><img class="size-full wp-image-1742" title="IMAG0235" src="http://saltares.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/IMAG0235.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="359" srcset="http://saltares.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/IMAG0235.jpg 600w, http://saltares.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/IMAG0235-300x179.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" /><figcaption class="caption wp-caption-text">Freshers fair: three huge tents with all the students societies</figcaption></figure> 

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    I&#8217;ve chosen 4 modules in computing science and 4 in games development, so it&#8217;s going to be some kind of mixture. I&#8217;m very excited because the year looks really promising! I&#8217;ll try to learn as much as possible not only in games development but in other skills such as English, speaking in public, teamwork, etc.
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    I&#8217;ll keep you posted!
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