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!
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