It's laaate and I should be going to bed, but I want to keep up my blog. I don't want to forget parts of this trip, even though it hasn't been the greatest lately. Thus, sleep gets the axe.
Today we had guest lecturers in class (we have them all week actually) and they're all varying degrees of interesting. I haven't really had my mind on class much for the last week or so, but I think I've decided on a topic for my paper anyway, so I don't think it'll affect me much anyway.
After class, Jazza came to my campus. It was really, really nice to see him.
I haven't seen him since I dropped him off at the SeaTac airport after his 12 day stay in Seattle back in November of last year.
We haven't really spoken much this year, which is weird because of how close we used to be. But I needed to talk to him about things and he was wonderful, so I was thankful that he was willing to come all the way to Eltham to see me. :)
A bit later, we hopped back on the train to head into central London, where a sort of spur-of-the-moment gathering was taking place. I only knew I was meeting Jerry, his girlfriend Fawn, and a few other random people. I was not prepared for all the people that I got to meet today, haha.
We got to... I dunno, some station, where Jazza and I met up with Dave (blueskies Dave! I was so excited to meet him!) and SophieBeard and Ian-something and Charlie - no idea I'd be seeing Charlie today. :D We walked around a bit before finding Jerry's group - there were too many people there to name but among them were Tom Milsom and Gary with the Cheeky puppet and a nice boy named Zack (Zach?) and a few other people whose names I knew but had never met or known what they looked like (like Hatti and Tino and ... I'm bad at names, I'll just say other people who were nice).
We hung out in a pub for awhile, and Jazza introduced me to ginger beer.
Then we were all going to go to Wagamama (I don't even know if I remembered the name right) but then we saw the prices -- woah. Jerry, Fawn, Tom, Hatti, Tino and I hightailed it out of there and after a while of being indecisive, were ushered to the upstairs of this Chinese place against our will. The food was - eh. But we had fun anyway. We all got water but Jerry paid a 1.20 for ice and a straw in his. Apparently it was better water or something, but honestly - it's water.
It was actually kind of an uneventful sort of gathering, looking back, but it was nice to get out and do things with people, even if it feels a little strange right now.
I realize I have been kind of vague about a lot of things in this blog lately. I got quite a few comments from people that mentioned my being a bit down lately, and I want to assure you it's not from being away from home or traveling or living out of a suitcase or homesickness or any of that. I love traveling. I love being away from home. I love gathering new experiences.
I'm dealing with some personal issues but I'm not really ready to talk about them yet. It's affecting my ability to be able to have as much fun here in London as I'd earlier anticipated. But I am amazed, yet again, at the number of amazing people I have in my life who are always there for me right when I need them.
Molly, Emma, Jazza.. to just name a few.. have literally saved me this week.
Anyway, next big plans for London is a night out with Rosi and Emma. I feel like I am neglecting my school friends here a little, but I am so happy to be with people I know and love right now. :) I need it.
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