Spring is finally here!


When I first got to Exeter one thing
I wasn’t looking forward to was the cold UK winters. Everyone knows British
weather is notoriously unpredictable but I had read that the South was
supposedly the “warmer” (or rather the less frosty) part of the UK. However
once I got here I was told all I had read wasn’t quite true and heard tale upon
tale about how cold it could get during winter.

Having lived all my life in warm
and sunny Nigeria I was unsure of how I would be able to deal with the cold. I
decided I wasn’t going to risk myself or the children getting frozen and
stocked up on thermals, socks, gloves and even got an electric blanket. I was
ready to face the cold and I waited anxiously for it
…and waited…and waited! 
Winter is
officially over (though a few frosty days still creep in) and I am left thinking
to myself “is that it?” Although my friend who’s lived in Exeter all her life
had told me that winter never got that cold in Exeter I had reasoned that what
not “that cold” to a girl from the UK may be a “ deep freeze”  to me. To be honest there were some days that
got really cold but it was nothing close to what I had imagined…I barely used
any of my thick socks and thermals and I will be sending the electric blanket
to my friend in Scotland.  Perhaps I was
just happy for something different from the 37 degrees on the average I normally
get back home, whatever the case I am absolutely loving the cold! (Well, except
the days when you almost get knocked over by the wind or its pouring rain).  It is lovely to be able to go for walks and
not get scorched by the burning sun or not sweat unless you’re exercising and
my skin absolutely loves the fresh cold air!
Talking about fresh air I haven’t
much time much time to explore the beautiful University grounds, so I was happy
when I had lunch recently  with some
classmates at Reed Hall. The building and its surrounding area is quite
picturesque and the food was quite nice. After walking there I promised myself
that I really must spend more time exploring the beautiful campus.

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