After a Hard Days Night, we landed in London not really knowing if it was 3 am (our time) or 8 am (Scouser time). We managed to get through customs without incident and made our way to the “Tube” to catch a train out of Euston Station, London. A very pleasant two hour train ride brought us to Lime Street Station in Liverpool where we were met by our host, Drew Li, a faculty member at Liverpool John Moores University.
We arrived at Hatties Hostel on Mount Pleasant St. Our first experience of culture shock was the spartan environment of the hostel. The accommodations are minimal as we had to rent towels and the rooms are cramped at best. There were no mints on the pillows but we did find a zucchini wedged behind the door.
What we are sacrificing in creature comforts is more than compensated by the excellent central location of the hostel,close to all the major attractions and only a block from the Redmond Building of LJMU.
We are looking forward to a great week of new friendships and experiences here in Liverpool.