Hey guys, hope everythings going well back home! Sorry that I haven’t posted anything in over a month, but I’ve been crazy busy over here. I will describe my last weekend just so that you kinda get the drift of my life. Classes here only go from Monday to Thursday and then field trips run on Friday and Saturday, but basically, I have only one class at 8:30 Thursday morning so I get most of Thursday off as well.
So my weekend started with an 8:30 philosophy class, then I helped out in the gardens here raking up leaves and trimming hedges and such and just getting to know all the staff in the area, everyone is so nice here. So I did that for about 2 hours (which included half an hour for tea and another half of just chatting with the gardeners… I love English life) I then ate lunch… and promptly ran into to one of my friends who was going horse riding in 10 minutes and asked if I wanted to come along. Of course, I said yes, but seeing as that made a rather uneven people to horse ratio (ie. I didn’t have a horse), I had to walk…. and every now and then run. So please imagine this situation if you were just a nice little english farmer… Two people on horses, one of which is a rather small pony which wouldn’t be out of place under Napoleon, and following those people is a skinny, tall kid running after the horses waving a tree branch about (I found a nice walking stick…). Now, the odd part about this is that because the horses (or rather ponies I guess) were so small, that tall kid is actually running faster than them, therefore making this a very strange event to witness.
Now after my adventure frollicking around through rolling english hills chasing horses, I decided that it would be a good time to get some homework done… bad idea… trying to read a chapter of political science after having had 6 hours of sleep, and running around for 4 hours, isn’t very useful. I woke up two hours later just in time for dinner with my face stuck to page 32 on political ideologies.
The next day, I went up to london at 2 for a Jack the Ripper tour of London (which is pretty sweet if you ever make it over here), and returned to the castle at 11:30pm, which was lots of fun because I had to wake up at 6:30 the next morning to go back up to London to see the British Library collection.
The British Library is amazing for book-lovers (like me!), they have original manuscripts of the Canterbury Tales, Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre, two Gutenberg Bibles, the only surviving copy of Beowulf, Buddhist illuminated texts, the Magna Carta, some of Leonardo Da Vinci’s notebooks, along with Galileo’s, original music by Mozart and Beethoven in their own hand, and original Beatles lyrics (did you know that Ticket to Ride was written on the back of John Lennon’s 5 year old sons birthday card? You think he would keep a notepad handy or something like that…). So after 2 hours or so in the British Library, I wandered out of there with 4 hours until the bus returned to the castle, so I wandered down Oxford Street with some friends, and turned onto Regent Street where I saw…. the coolest store in the world… Hamley’s. Now for those of you who know what Hamley’s is, you know my amazement upon walking into that store. For those of you who don’t, it is an amazingly large and amazingly cool toy store where you can find anything your heart would desire as a child (or a child at heart as I am). It has six… I repeat… SIX floors of craziness, including a Build a Bear section, and the most amusing Tickle-me-Elmo I have ever encountered. It was incredible. So I kinda got a little to in touch with my childhood and spent about 3 hours wandering through the store, before we realized that we had to leave if we wanted to get to the pick-up point on time. So I returned to the castle, and then promptly went down to the pub as it was my friends 18th birthday. Eventually, I went to bed and spent all of sunday doing homework.
So that was basically my weekend in a nutshell, and I’m going to finish this quickly because this is getting longer than most essays. But basically, life is busy, but amazing.