Posts tagged ‘Tea’

January 26, 2011

Oh yeah, I have class.


This is Mariah. Mariah is Charlotte’s dog and is extremely friendly. I’m not cheating on Sandi, but it’s soo nice to have a dog and its happiness around.

In a nutshell, our classes are just an introduction meeting to the field trip we’ll be taking in an hour. The way our schedule works is that we have one class once a week, (i.e. I have my politics class on Monday mornings, media on Tuesdays) anddd that’s pretty much it. We learned in British Media & Politics about the queen/prime minister and it turns out that being royalty literally involves doing nothing. You make no decisions, you have to be politically neutral, you are only a figurehead. The prime minister is basically our equivalent president. He’s got the power. Our outing on Monday was to the British Library which has toonnns of awesome/interesting/historical/amazing stuff. Other marvelous non historical things include this bench:

For theatre we go to a show/play every Monday night, and this week was Hamlet. After sprinting throughout London from dinner to the National Theatre for a 3 hour and 50 minute show…I was slightly tired. I am, however, making a presentation of my critique about it for next class so I’ve learned a lot about it in the past few days. The show we saw was modernized and has more “brilliant” (heh :)) reviews than bad ones, so if you’re a Shakespeare fan and ever in the area…go for it. Tuesday morning had class for British Media & Society and our teacher (a Steven Tyler twin) seemed disappointed that he had so many SMAD majors..which I still don’t get. It’s not weird that there are media majors in a media class. Besides that, he is probably one of the more interesting teachers I’ll have this semester, even though they’re all completely unique & funny. He took a break in the middle of class to show us Eve’s cafe, where we juiced up on caffeine to get through the rest of the day. Our outing was to the British Museum (free and right around the corner from us) to briefly show us the different exhibitions. A lot of this trip is just reflections and critiques of everything we do. After class we ate lunch and then I scadaddled over to Wriglesworth for my first day. So crazy how much I learned about London’s market in just half a day. Decided to make my first shopping spree and what a wonderful decision that was, because I ended up getting 20% off for student discounts and getting so much for so little. I. Love. Bargains. Speaking of that, anyone who knows me will find it hilarious to know that we have a T.K Maxx (yes, it’s K in London) approx 5-10 minutes away from our house. Hallelujah.

Last night we went to the Sports Cafe, Tuesdays is college night, aka a very cheap night and tons of students from everywhere. Woke up bright and early yet again this morning and headed off for a full day at Wriglesworth. 8 1/2 hours later, ate some dinner, had some meetings, and I am pooped. In our internship “class” aka weekly meetings to discuss our lives as British workers, Charlotte taught us how to make a proper cup of tea & coffee, so from tomorrow on I’m planning on practicing & perfecting those skills. (Which are surprisingly more important than you think! I’m not about to be the intern who makes bad tea…just saying.) We don’t have a free weekend to travel until the weekend after my birthday, but this weekend we’re doing London Tower & Westiminister Abbey on Friday and the following weekend is Brighton and Greenwich.

I’ll work on getting the pictures tab of this blog going soon…it’s getting a little unmotivating when I look in my photo library and see hundreds of pictures, but I’ll get it eventually.

Last class tomorrow of the week and then the weekend…Rusty says that he normally tells students that this trip is split in two halves. The first ends the end of this week, and the second is the end of the trip. Apparently the amount of time in both feels the same, and I don’t doubt him for a second. More time on here means less time out there…so…

Cheers!

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