Dinner 1: Pizza Express

I’ve passed this restaurant a few times without exploring it further..

One of my friends decided we should try it out, so the 6 of us made our way to our table (after the manager explained to me that my reservation was made for the next day-oops) and ordered a few drinks. My beer of choice lately has been Peroni.
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I ordered what they called the ‘Sloppy Guiseppi’- A meat pizza with ground beef and the usual toppings.
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For dessert, a slice of cheesecake (Anyone who knows me knows that I have a MASSIVE sweettooth).
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I must say I was impressed with the service and the food! I will, however have to make a trip out to Italy sometime this school year to compare their pizza with authentic pizza in Rome!

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Remember, Remember…

The 5th of November follows the tradition of Guy Fawkes day, the man who wanted to blow up Parliament many, many years ago..

If you’re a fan of Nicky Romero, the movie ‘V for Vandetta’ or Anonymous hacking group you’ll recognise this famous mask:
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The ‘holiday’ is celebrated by a fireworks and bonfire show in many cities in the United Kingdom. Brunel University in Uxbridge was no exception last night.

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We ended the night with a few rounds of Beer Pong in our university nightclub (We won all 4 rounds :))

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Please drink responsibly!

One more thing

Some people have asked me what made me choose the UK over my home country/USA to study and move…

Simply put, I wanted to see the world before I made some big steps in my life (Career, family, etc). I knew I wouldn’t be able to (financially, physically) if I had stayed in North America unless I was to fly back and forth between ‘The West’ and Europe. Living here gives you the ability to see more and do more than if you were to simply stay in Canada (unless, of course you have access to a G6 on a regular basis!).

It was a decision I made after much debate with myself and my family and friends. It wasn’t an easy one either- who can say they would move from all those close to them without felling a bit uneasy? Yes, it was tough, but it gave me an opportunity to find myself. Putting yourself if an unfamiliar situation allows you to see exactly who you are and what you’re made of. I can confidently say after 3 years of living here on my own I’m more of an ‘adult’ than if I was to decide against it all and stay in Canada.

Of course, you’re never on your own here. You learn very quickly that you need to get yourself out in the open and meet new people. I have created a circle of friends whom I’m able to confide in and talk to when I need someone to talk to. Of course, I still have my friends and family back home, but the time difference makes it difficult to communicate as often as I’d like. So be sure to set up times that work for both parties in order to make communication easier.

I suggest anyone who is thinking of making the move to DO IT! It’s a once in a lifetime experience, and when you’re young its that much better. Gain experiences you wouldn’t have been able to make while at home and meet people from cultures or backgrounds different than your own. Of course, study hard and make a circle of friends. Remember, you’re never alone!

Post #1…Here goes.

Hey guys,

So the whole blogging scene is new to me, but like anything new I’m embracing it and learning as I go along!  The point of this blog is to share the experiences I have had over the past 3 years of living in the UK with you, as well as, as the description states:  work towards checking off the second objective on my bucket list.

First,  I thought I should introduce myself to you all.  My name is Jamaal Julien, and I am a 26 year old final year student at Brunel University in West London.  I moved here from Canada, after a long, thought-out process during the final stretch of my first stint in university.  Both my friends and family fully supported my move to the UK 100% which made things a bit easier.  Fast-Forward to 2015 and its still a surreal experience.  Things are definitely different compared to life in Toronto, but not by that much.  The longer I live here, the more I see similarities to life back in Canada.

I have a bucket list, which is constantly growing.  Some of the highlights on that list include:

*Go to a shooting Range in Las Vegas (to be completed May 2015)
*Skydiving (Completed that during a vacation in Cuba in 2010)
*Get a tattoo (I completed that on my 19th birthday and have been addicted since)
*Visit Europe (So far I’ve just made it to the UK, but I’m working on it!)

 

Which brings me to the idea of the title of this blog.  Number 3 on the list is:  Eat 5 unusual foods from every continent.  While that sounds like a big feat I’m definitely excited to complete it.  Number 2 is a bit easier:  Eat at least 10 different cultured foods while in the UK.  I plan to complete this before graduating in July.  I have been told that there are many different cultures that can be found in London, so the task shouldn’t be too hard to accomplish.  I am bringing one of my closest friends with me, who, like me also likes trying new things, so be sure to take a look at our photos and stories!  It won’t just be about food however;  I plan to visit different attractions around London- maybe things that the average UK citizen might not have even known existed!

 

Stay tuned!

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This blog is about my journey in the UK, and the process of checking number 2 off my bucket list.