Thursday, August 6, 2009

Day in Camden and lack of pool skils.

I feel like I am finally living the college life I was supposed to have all this time.
Honestly, I don't understand how people do it for four whole years. I'm going to be exhausted after a month of this.

We were up late last night (me particularly, as I proceeded to film and edit a video after we came back to our flats) and then were up early again for class. Class was a bit dull today, except at the end when we got into a pretty heated debate. The idea is that we're in an exploration seminar, not a lecture hall, so instead of the teacher just talking at us for 4 hours a day, we're hoping to engage in discussions and things.
There were two reasons people signed up for this course. One reason was because they're really into the topic of race or health or are public health majors.
The other reason, the one that I fit into, is because they wanted to study in London. xD

Because of this, I don't often have much to say on the content matter, aside from a (in my opinion) very good point I brought up today using America's Next Top Model as an example. We were talking about diversity and stuff and blah blah I know you're bored, I was too - during class I was dreaming about going to Camden Market, which is where me and about 7 other girls went after class.

I guess this is the equivalent of where the hipsters would go were we in Seattle, and I'm not really the hipster type, but the idea of shopping at an open market where you can haggle with the owners was really exciting. I'm not particularly good at haggling (my mom is amazing at it - why can't things like haggling skills be genetic??) but our roommate Rowena, a tiny little girl who is one of the youngest on the trip, was AMAZING at it. We were having tons of fun just walking around and letting her go at people - she was doing our haggling FOR us.
I bought a green dress and a grey jacket shawl swooshy thing. I bet a million other girls in London have the same green dress, but no one in Seattle will have it. :D

After the market closed up (stupid early closing times ahjshfghjdfg) we walked a little further up the street and checked out a bunch of silly tourist shops where the creepy shop owners tried to not only sell my other roommate Sarah these gaudy silver earrings, but also tried to come home with her.

We ate dinner at this crazy foodcourt area that had literally the same food about 15 times over but labeled "Chinese", "Moroccan", "Indian", etc. I had Chicken Curry and rice and it's so different than getting curry from a Thai place back home but it's sooo good.

Our study abroad group got us Travelcards which has been amazing so far, because if we're bored we can just GO somewhere. I mean, we have to hop on a bus to take us to the station to take us to an above ground train that takes us to the Tube, but still. It's not costing us anything and it makes being in London so much more fun because I am not constantly obsessed with how much money I am losing each time I swipe my Oyster card.

We got back and immediately went back to the Jolly Fenman for night two at our favorite local pub (it's the only local pub we've been to xD). My friend Raika and I saw that some guys left a game of pool with 5 balls still on the table, so we decided to finish it. After 15 minutes, when they were closing up the pub, we'd only managed to get one ball in. Pathetic.

So that's why I am tired.
Alex is coming to my campus tomorrow! I am excited to see him, and show him what my life is here, and introduce him to my new friends. They keep asking me where he is, haha, since I brought him to the meetings in Seattle.

Okay I told myself I would write in my blog until my iPod charged and now it has so I am going to bed. Bye!


Krazy_4_Kelly said...

Glad to hear you're having such a great time. And I wish I could have heard that ANTM example lol.

Anonymous said...

I love Camden - it's so bright and colourful - did you go past (or into) Cyberdog? It's very loud there and I'm surprised anyone can think lol - it's near the Stables Markets.

There is a Starbucks there with a roof terrace so you can watch the boats on the lock.

Did you spot the themed buildings along Camden High Street?

If you like Camden you might also like Portabello and Notting Hill (Yup the actual book store is there and the house with the blue door now has a black door)

VicMorrowsGhost said...

I love how excited you are about stuff that's pretty normal to me. :)

There's a phrase, "A skill for pool is the sign of a miss spent youth." I guess your lack of talent for it is a sign you've been a diligent student... up till now :D

BenCracknell said...

I'm glad you finally found something!
Camden is one of my favourite places, too!
It seemes like your really settling into the Brittish life, the only thing now is a full roast dinner,(Complete with yorkshire puddings!)
Have a good time introducing Alex (:

VicMorrowsGhost said...

Also there's this

Caitlin said...

I'd be rubbish at haggling because I can't talk to people I don't know. I don't even like paying for things in shops...

and I hope you have fun seeing Alex!

Anonymous said...

i never go to go to camden when i was in london this past june. i'm jealous. i'm hoping you're having a wonderful time.

RhianonLives said...

Yay, you and Alex should vlog together... How long is he staying?
I hate pool, pool is racist_ it's just a white ball hitting all the colored ones and making them disappear xD haha... ha...

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you're having an amazing time:)

I'm glad the trip has been awesome so far! <3

janitorbud said...

i wouldn't like haggling. i'd feel bad taking money from them

you are so lucky

seurat2 said...

Tthanks for being so dedicated to doing your blog over there, this is so much fun to read. I love Camden Market, such a great place and very good for pictures too. There's a famous street fair in London on either Saturday or Sunday that I remember was great fun. I'm sure someone there can lead you to it.

Mel said...

Haha, you've discovered why I love shopping in Europe! ;] I bought some cool jeans that I saw quite a few other girls wearing over there, but back at home no one has them and are always asking where I bought them! xD

It's fun reading someone else's experiences when they're abroad! Have fun with Alex! (:

the_who_ru said...

I had no idea there was another campus uni in London. I was told by the uni I'm going to that it's the only campus university in London, and it's definitely not Greenwich!

Glad you're settling in, and hope you enjoy your time in London. :)