From day one, orientation is far more curious than the British experience of Freshers' Week. We are treated to champagne mimosas over breakfast, are wined and fed, partake in a mass "speed meeting" of our future classmates and enjoy an outdoor screening of Legally Blonde (yes, the concept of irony has drifted across the pond too).
Last summer some friends and I took a trip around a few parts of South-East Asia. Of the entire trip we'd planned, getting out of Thailand was the part I was really the most nervous about. Pick up any guidebook to SE Asia and you're faced with page after page of warnings about the scams and the nightmarish coaches and tuk-tuk's between the Thai-Cambodian borders.