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05/02/2014

If My Shoes Could Talk

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If my shoes could talk, they would tell you they were a little bit tired. They might tell you that they love to step in mud, and that they don’t mind the rain. But if you dug down deep into their “sole” they would tell you all of the experiences that the United Kingdom has to offer. After all, they have only been with me on this unforgettable journey…saying bye to my family, flying to London, and all the adventures after that. And let me tell you, they are some pretttttty great shoes.

I feel like I say this every week but WOW this has been one heck of a week. New experiences, New friends, and a whole lot more fun.

Last Wednesday, Tess, Emma, Kelsey and I went to a “musical” (if you could call it that). It was called “Let it Be” and if you are down to watch a Beatles Tribute band for 3 hours than this is the musical for you. I thought at some point a story would come about….nope, but it was awesome! They went through each of the albums and played all the best music! It was not exactly what we expected but it was so much fun! Before the musical, we walked through covent garden which has easily become ONE of my favorite places in London. It is full of live performers, playing violin’s or singing. The musicians are hired to play there so they are super talented. Kelsey and I thought we heard Ed Sheeran one night so we ran to hear if it was him…it was a little bit of a let down, just an old man who sounded exactly like ed sheeran.

This week I also started making my own meals. This is the first time I have had to do this since going to college. My diet consists of sandwiches, sandwiches, a couple of sandwiches and some pasta. So last week I picked out some mustard for a sandwich. I saw Heinz  but decided to go for something new, it was yellow and looked a lot like Heinz. So I went back to the dorms and made myself a sandwich with mustard on it. Get back to my room and I take a bite and my eyes are watering. I was the color purple because there was so much horseradish in this mustard. It was the spiciest mustard I have ever eaten. I also experimented with some potatoes (didn’t realize they took 20 minutes to boil), some stir fry, and various other foods.

Throughout the week I attended classes. Listening to the british “lecturer’s” speak is entertaining in itself. I love all of my classes, I am taking a Victorian British History class, Cognitive psychology, understanding race, and modern art in London. A lot of the classes do “field trips” which is an awesome way to learn. For modern art in London we analyzed some modern art in the Tate Modern. And for my history classes we walked around and saw a lot of victorian era architecture. It is amazing how old London is. On my own, I was also able to check out the science museum this week.

This weekend, Emma Tess and I took a trip to Cardiff, Wales (which is the capitol of wales). The weather was not ideal but we got to see some of the most amazing things. On friday night we went to a pub that has bed’s in it. There were only a few bed and we were able to get to sit in one of them. It was a relaxing night just talking with friends and having some beers.

The Bunk HouseThe Bunk House

 

The next day we went on an adventure to the coast of wales. We traveled to Llantwit and took a bus to the coast….the towns were so quant. When we got to the coast it was absolutely beautiful! There were cliffs everywhere and just fields and fields of green. There were a couple of falls along the way only to add to the enjoyment of the journey. At the end of our walk along the coast we were all covered in mud, rain, and smiles.

Coast of WalesCoast of WalesVale Of GlamorganVale Of Glamorgan

 

Then we realized we had to find a way to get back…..and like I said we are in a small town. Bellies hungry and bladders full we hiked to find a bus station. As the rain pelted our backs we hiked and hiked until we finally found a bus station and the next bus was coming in ten minutes! As we were checking the times, the bus zoomed passed us! We started sprinting..but the bus never stopped. However, we found a place to eat and warm up before the next bus. It was quite an experience, and honestly i’m surprised we’re all not sick from the rain.

Finally we get on a bus and headed back to Cardiff! The next day we went to the Cardiff Castle, the National History museum and shopping! It was an awesome weekend full of unforgettable stories.

Cardiff CastleCardiff Castle

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The many Phrases of British people

  • “Many Thanks” instead of thanks a lot
  • They pronounce Garage, like Carriage with a G at the beginning
  • Umbrella’s are called “Brolly’s”

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