It's bad enough that Sarah had to grow up and go away to college... so that I only see her now & then and she's living on a campus three hours away. Now, I'm headed for far worse...
In January, Sarah is leaving to spend a semester abroad. In London. That's over 3,500 miles away! Across an ocean. And as the time draws nearer, mommy angst is creeping up in a big way. I'm missing her and worrying about her just thinking about it.
But wait a minute. I have friends in the UK! So here's my pitiful plea - one Mom (Mum) to another - I need advice. All kinds. Anything you think I should know!
What is it like in London? Is it generally a safe place? How easy is transportation for college students wanting to see Europe? What sights are within easy travel that should be on her "must see" list? She has to make or buy all her own meals - where are the cheap places to shop for a student on a VERY tight budget? She's also lactose intolerant - how are UK stores about stocking soy milk?
Sarah tells me she will be living in the "Marble Arch" area. I have no idea what that means, but hope some of you will. I still am unclear how I will be able to communicate with my baby while she is away, or what to do if/when she needs money. I wish the school was giving us more information up front. At this point we know her departure date, but don't yet know exactly when she returns beyond "late April."
So... any and all thoughts and advice GREATLY APPRECIATED!
P.S. Sarah would very much like to meet and fall in love with the Prince of a small European Country while she is abroad.... are there any available at the moment? ;) (Yes, this from the kid who is a Junior in college and whose standards are so high that she hasn't even dated yet!)