Hey everyone! We arrived in Nottingham safe and sound on July 6th and have been busy exploring ever since! Many of our days have been spent getting ourselves orientated to the hectic bus system while acclimating to the 6 hour time difference that left us all severely jet lagged! Everyone continues to settle into the flat and find their "weekly duties" for meal and cleaning crews.
During our first couple days in the city, we traveled to a few of the local attractions including Wollaton Hall and the Nottingham Castle. Both were beautiful sights, indeed! It was a privelege visiting Wollaton Hall and the gorgeous landscape/park that surrounds it. We were bummed that we couldn't tour the inside as a dinosaur exhibit caused it to be temporarily closed. However, we did enjoy touring the Nottingham Castle and learning lots about the story of Robin Hood along with viewing the many unique art forms that were part of the city's history. During these first few days of travel, we caught a glimpse of Nottingham's culture—including the transport system (driving on opposite sides of the road, unique perception of being on-time, and getting around town on double decker buses), and different ways to describe things ("queue" meaning line, "wee" meaning pee, "bathroom" meaning toilet to us and a literal bath in a room to them, and "cheeky pint" meaning come over, hangout and have a drink).
We are so excited that we officially have our first day of clinical tomorrow! Everyone will be split off into different parts of the city experiencing a different healthcare system than our own. We will have many unique experiences to share with one another (and you!) to help us continue broadening our knowledge and scope of practice as future Norse nurses.