I didn't really know what I expected when coming over here in terms of friendships, but I guess I didn't realize it would take as long as it did for people to warm up to Danielle and I. Don't get me wrong, British people are nice, but they can seem a little standoffish at first. For example, our first time at the student lifegroup, no one introduced themselves to us. I felt a little bit awkward in a room full of people I didn't know but who all knew each other and me being the one who had to initiate conversations and introduce myself. That's just not how it's done in Texas. If someone is new at church or wherever, I welcome them in!
After meeting the university students though, they became more friendly and would talk to us at church. Danielle and I initiated hanging out with some of the girls and made plans for tea, etc. However, this week there has been a breakthrough!
People have asked us to hang out!
Yes, the tables have turned.
We went over to our friend Noel's house for dinner on Wednesday night and played games. I even learned how to play poker, but I don't have much of a game face. When I had a royal flush in my hand I got really excited and squealed...then Noel and Danielle folded immediately. We had fun though, despite not being aloud to put sugar in our tea. Noel insisted that British people don't do that, but I know that they do because I have seen them do it!
Thursday morning our friend Emma picked us up, and we drove out to The Peaks, a famous National Park in England. We only saw a sliver of it, but we hiked six miles! There were some ugly parts, only because nothing is green yet, but once we got to the top it was well worth the journey. There was a beautiful view of the reservoir down below, so I'll post some pictures of it here soon.
After our hike, I took a really long nap because I was worn out and then got ready for girl's night. Our friend Pip from lifegroup (we go to the 'YoPros' group now which stands for Young Professionals) invited Danielle and I over for dinner, along with our friend Rosie. Pip and her housemate Hannah made us homemade pizza, and we just hung out and watched a chick flick. I love being around British people because I always learn a new word for something or learn what a phrase I keep hearing means....always enlightening let me tell ya.
Did you know that 'torch' is the word used for flashlight? I also kept hearing the phrase 'taking the mick' but had no clue what it meant. Apparently that is slang for when you are mocking someone...which I might do on occasion. :)