我没想到会听到Chariots of Firetheme song at my British citizenship ceremony.事实上，也没想到会听到詹姆斯·邦德的主题曲。But then again,我真的不知道该期待什么。
和两个朋友排成一队，他们慷慨地放弃了早晨的时间来为我加油（当有人获得国籍时，这是正确的说法吗？),我禁不住对音乐产生了好奇。威廉希尔真人娱乐场Between it and the slideshow detailing random statistics 威廉希尔真人娱乐场about the local council,the atmosphere in the historic room with the long half-moon benches in Camden Town Hall feels a bit surreal.
I work my way to the front,跟随我的新公民，移交我的原籍国护照和英国公民接受书。A woman checks my name off a list,派我和我的朋友去拍照，然后指给我看小礼堂的一部分，我的朋友们上楼去看画廊。
接下来的20分钟，I watch the slideshow and listen to more random music while studying a small sheet of paper with the words to my affirmation of allegiance to the Queen on it.最后，从名单上查到我名字的那个女人走了。欢迎大家，and tells us that our group of 50-odd people hails from 25 countries.She then asks us all to stand for the entrance of the former mayor of Camden.
The former mayor gives a speech,which is mostly 威廉希尔真人娱乐场about the council.If I didn't know any better,I would think that I have just been granted citizenship of a small wedge of the British capital as opposed to the whole country.
但当我被要求站起来说出我的全名时，我很放心，then led in a swearing of my allegiance in unison with the rest of the group.Afterwards we listen to the national anthem before being called up one by one to receive our certificates and pose for a photo with the former mayor in front of a portrait of the Queen.
唯一的问题是我的名字不叫了。I wait patiently while the other new British citizens take their turns in the spotlight,慢慢地让恐惧潜入。Did something happen?他们决定在最后半小时内取消我的国籍吗？作为一个天生的烦恼者，每一个可能的灾难都在我的脑海中闪过。
然后，还有三个名字要打，I finally hear it.我几乎要和前市长握手，collect my certificate,摆姿势给我拍照，afraid that they might change their minds before the official document is irretrievably in my hands.
姓叫完之后，一个小时的仪式结束了，我在门厅里和朋友们见面庆祝。They have brought flowers and British flags,and we take turns posing for photos with the portrait of the Queen.
外面是一个小自助餐，有茶和小吃。It is a nice gesture,尽管考虑到我多年来在签证上花了多少钱，,永久居留在英国，and公民身份,a small part of me feels I deserve a bottomless champagne brunch with all-you-can-eat lobster.I'm pretty sure that's not in the cards,though.
卡片上的内容是我成为英国人的最后一步：护照。Now that the official British citizenship ceremony is done,我有资格要一本栗色的护照来配我的蓝色护照。But it can take up to six weeks to process,and I have to send in my American passport while I wait.Finding six weeks when I'm not traveling could be a challenge,but I think I'm up to the task.线索Chariots of Fire主题曲。