After a few days the Norse Nursing Crew has finally settled down, here in Nottingham! Our first stop on Friday was wandering through downtown in Nottingham before setting up our bus passes, as this will be our transportation to and from clinicals!
Saturday, some of us went to Wollaton Hall & Deer Park. Wallaton Hall was home to Sir Francis Willoughby and his family. The mansion is now a Natural History Museum with many wildlife exhibits. We explored this and the 500 acres of beautiful landscape the mansion overlooks, and saw many deer in the park who were soaking in the sun just like we were! In the evening we got a taste of the English culture by eating dinner at a pub called Ye Old Jerusalem, which is the oldest pub in England.
Today, we started bright and early as our travels took us to Newstead Abbey. This was the home of many important people however, it is most famously known as the home of Lord Byron who wrote eloquent and moving poetry during the Romantic movement. Newstead Abbey overlooks a large pond full with wildlife, as well as many enchanting gardens. We all were able to take part in a guided tour, and had some fun going back in time! After returning to the flat, we enjoyed spending time together before our first lecture.
Tomorrow, begins orientation at the National Health Service Center. This will help prepare us for venturing out to our multiple clinical sites where we will emerse ourselves into the English Public Health System for the month!
Stay in tune for the next chapter of the Norse Nurses Adventure! Until then Olivia and I are signing off!