Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Day Ninety Eight: Closing

This will be the briefest closing in all time:

If you followed my adventure in europe you know what this all meant to me. you know how much i love my experiences, and my chance to see the world. this was the greatest memory, and i am proud to add it onto the list of memories i already have made. This was the chance of a life time, and i got to take it.

i thank everyone who supported me, and i love you for it.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Day Ninety Seven: This was my Paris

WHoops, so last night i passed out at 7 so I failed to write about Paris, so I will tell you about Paris today! I am also going to make my last entry for my 6 days and 3 months abroad blog tomorrow. It will be a great closing. Anyway Paris:

I woke up at 4:30 and got to Paris around 12. By the time we got to out hostel in maumount (i dont think i spelled that right). We decided we would go on the free tour at 6. The tour took us all around the place we were staying. this included: the MOULIN ROUGE!!! The last windmill in Paris, the sacred heart church at the highest point in paris, and many other locations. On the tour we made friends with the two other tourists, a girl from NJ and a boy from Austrlia (i think? he was job training in paris anyway.) the 4 of us went out to dinner afterwards, we got this half a wheel of cheese which they set up to melt out onto a plate. you can put the melted cheese onto potatoes, and sliced meats. It was delicious and filling.

Woke up at 9 to get out free breakfast of croissants, tea, coffee and cereal. We then went on a second free tour of paris that took us through the more touristy area of paris. we saw notre dame, the eiffle tower, the louver, the damage from WW II, where the last temple knight was burned, the bridge that has the faces of Henry 8th drunken friends, the love/artist bridge, were one of the french rebellions started. We saw a lot, the tour lasted for about 4 hours, a little more. After the tour we went back to explore on our own. we went back to the notre dame where allie wanted to go to confession, i waited for her and listened to some really excellent music. we learned how to use the metro, which was exciting.

Woke up at 9:30 and got more free breakfast. Then we went exploring for our last day in Paris. We went to the effile tower again, where we climbed the 700 steps to the first floor and the 700 steps to the second floor. that was a lot of work because we still had out backpacks on, and i dono about allie but mine was really heavy and got heavier the further we walked up the stairs. we only had an hour to spend at the louver by the time we finished that and we got on the train to come hom. we pulled into KING CROSS STATION around 11:30 (i think) and got home a little after 12.


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Day Ninety Five: COOP

Today, i finally made it to cooperstown so tomorrow i will update on paris@!!!!!

Saturday, December 19, 2009


Today i arrived home in america after a 7 hour flight. landing in a bliszzard was awesome, so happy to see snow. I am spending the night in manhattan with aunt sandy and will be heading up to coop tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Friday, December 18, 2009

Day Ninety Two: Au Revoir London

Today was an insanely busy day. I woke up at 7 so I could finish my paper for my portfolio that I have to turn in today, because I am leaving the country. Technically it is not due until January, but as I will not be here... Then i went to class, which is canceled which made me mad because I needed my tutor to sign something, but dont worry i emailed her and she said it would be fine. Then i went shopping in Kingston where I got Hanna the best christmas present and I also exchanged my leftover euros into dollars. Then I went home and relaxed for a minute, for the first time in awhile. Then I went to a goodbye lunch set up by the international office and I got to see everyone for a last time, that was sad but I am not thinking about that now. Then I went to the library with Ruthie to return books, for the last time.

From the library I got on the train and went into central london. I ended up walking around for 3ish hours, I walked a lot. Also, I ended up getting 15 scarves for 25 pounds... AWESOME and they are a really super good quality! So, it was a killing and I got a free pin with them! It was sad saying goodbye to the Big Ben and the London Eye and Parliament and Trafalgar Square, the west end, the west minister... London in general. It was so sad. But I am not thinking about that.

As i walked through the city i couldnt help but think of a line from gilmore girls, which i thought was really funny, "its not scary anymore." and thats how i felt, it wasnt a scary place anymore. I didnt feel lost, overwhelmed or confused. I knew that if i wandered off my beaten path i could figure out how to get home, even without a map. i knew that i did not need to be afraid and i realize how homey london was to me now. the idea sprung up on me, but i liked it. being independant is not scary anymore.

When I got home, I repacked my already super full suitcase to fit in the scarves and then we had a "family dinner" It was a lot of fun, we did the pork and apple recipe that dad did before I left, and it was really good. Allie cooked, of course, haha. We sat around and had a really good time. There were christmas crackers with the crowns that you always see in movies, and we wore them when we ate. It was fun, i really felt british then. and I should i have lived here for three months.

we played a game called articulate, we being me allie john philipa joe and kia, where you had a word and had to get ur team to guess it. it was kinda like balderdash but without the list of words you couldnt use. joe, kia and i were on the winning team and that was fun. these people are a lot of fun and i am going to miss them a lot. they got allie and i presents which is also packed in my suitcase, i am not allowed to open it until christmas.

i am going to miss everyone so much. even my american friends live all over the usa from cali to north carolina ... like everywhere!

one last night in this home, my english home. how weird.

cant wait to see all you home people!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Day Nintey One: hahaha

I made it through my all nighter and turned in my 4000 words today. I feel better. When i was done with 6 hours of classes I came back here and fell asleep until 6. Then i began working on the next set of homework which i am working on right now. I will be done shortly and at least I will make it under the covers tonight.

2 days till home

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Day Ninety: All Nighter

Sorry I wont be writing about Paris tonight either. Instead I will be spending the whole night writing 4000 words for two papers that are due tomorrow. AWESOME. I have never pulled an academic all nighter before so this should be fun.

Love you and see you all in three days!

UPDATE: I realized that i didnt talk about how allie and i had some of our awesome friends over for tacos. it was a lot of fun and we laughed soooo hard, i put some pictures up from the night, it was a ball!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Day Eighty Five - Nine: No Paris today, sorry

I woke up early so I could write my papers, instead I packed.

it was a really productive day.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Day Eight Four: Got Sleep!

After class i took a three hour nap, so that is helping to fight off my sickness i am sure will come as soon as i get home and breath. The rest of the day i picked up my room and worked on a little schoolwork, not as much as i should have though. When i get home from Paris i will be writing a paper due for the next day, hmmm, go me.

Tomorrow i am waking up at 4 so i can get to Paris!!!!!!!!!!!!!! where i will be until Monday. I dono when i will find the time to write about it considering at the end of the week i will be home!!!!!!!!!!!!

love u!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Day Eighty Three: Need Sleep.

I am never going to get my papers done, because all I want to do is sleep. Um, I went to class today and that was fun. People started to say good bye to me, which was sad. It was pretty realistic.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Day Eighty Two: 1,500 Words (or a little less) in One Day!

PICTURE: This is a scene from one of the Elf videos I made tonight! HAHA!

I set my alarm at 8:00am so that I could get up and write my papers. I did end up getting it done, making it be 2,3000 words in two days awesome. One was on Parliament and and the other was on King Arthur. The last two papers I have to write are a comparison of the great David statues, and how I can make showers more sustainable, so if any of you have ideas, I will take them.

I was late to class because I needed to print but then it turned out I did not have enough money to print out the second paper, so I emailed it to him instead. I let him know what happened and he seemed okay with it. In class I doodled a snow scene which everyone loved because, just like me, they all wanted to be in the snow. I did not really pay to much attention in class because I was thinking about all I have to do before I come home. Which is a lot, 2 1,500 word papers, packing, day trips into London, a final, a portfolio and Paris this weekend. It will be awesome. Between jet-lag and recovering from the last couple of weeks I foresee little movement on my part in coming home.

After class I went with some friends, Erin, Stacey, Devish, Kristy and Ruthie to a pub for dinner. Allie wanted to go home and get organized for schoolwork so she did not come with us. It was a lot of fun, lots of laughter and discussion of the party Allie and I are throwing to say goodbye next Wednesday. Its going to be a taco and Harry Potter night, hahahahahaha. That will be a lot of fun and I will be all done with everything by then!

Now I am lying in bed and not doing anything for the first time in a long time. It is very nice, I made a lot of those Elf things on facebook and they made me giggle. Okay it's time to do more nothing!


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Day Eighty One: IRELAND

PICTURES: 1) The Guinness Factory, by Allie. 2) Me and Allie standing in a Viking made bridge, by Allie. 3) The View of Dublin from St. Mark's (???) tower, by Allie. 4) Brightly colored buildings, "why did you choose those colors," "because I liked them," OH the Irish haha, by Allie. 5) A view on the Liffy River, by Me!

SO, I am not certain if you could tell how tired I was by my entry yesterday. From the day Seventy Six-Ten.... really... haha I guess I meant to say Day Seventy Six - Eighty, but Seventy Six-Ten has a nice ring to it. I am skipping class today, so I can write the paper for the class that I have to do for that class. It is due next week, but I am running out of time. I will be in Paris all weekend and I have to write two papers for tomorrow. I have decided to stay home today to write my papers, and figure out how to bring everything back home. I may have to mail things. Now here is my entry on Ireland, I hope it excites you!

I am going to start on friday, because that is when I left. Allie and I headed to the bus station in central London around 4pm. We had to take the train into Clapham station into Victoria Station where we walked to the Victoria Coach station. This is when the longest part of our journey. We were on the bus for 12 hours, yes 12 hours. There was a 2 hour ferry ride, but whats the difference. We left London at 6:35 at night and arrived in ...

... Ireland at 6:45 in the morning. When we got there we had suffered sleeping on the bus and the ferry. Dazed we walked off the bus, in Ireland to a beautiful old building and a giant stature. While I cannot remember what exactly the statue was of, I remember it being a good entrance into the city of DUBLIN. We decided that the best option would be to see if we could get into the Hostel now and get a few hours of sleep before exploring. Not to mention that nothing is open at 6:35am, so we got to see all the streets completely empty. It was lucky that Allie made a mistake in booking the Hostel for an extra night, so when we got there they let us have our beds. I slept for about three hours, but it felt like 10 after the uncomfortable positions I was forced into on the cold bus. After waking up, we decided that we were really hungry, so the first thing we did was look for a breakfast. We had found a place earlier that morning, and that is where we headed. The had breakfast with 4 items for 5 euros, it was great. While we ate we found the places we really wanted to check out in the city. We circled places on the map and made sure everyone would get what they wanted out of the trip. The first stop we decided on was a free tour, which are available in all major cities in Europe, which was going to take us all over Dublin. It was a three hour tour, yes I sang the song too, and it was the greatest tour I had ever been on. The tour guide was sooooo friendly and informative. The amount of information we learned was incredible, there is no way I can remember it all, but I loved all that I heard. To sum it up: Dublin means the Black Pool, which never existed but it was a name picked up when the vikings came. Dublin was taken over many time by the English, the Vikings. Our tour guide let us onto the secret of how the Irish "loved temporary solution." Basically in every story of their history this happens to be the under lying theme. The funniest of the stories was how they could not fit the safe for the Irish Royal jewels into the building through the door. So, one of the government employees volunteered their desk for the jewels to be kept in until they could get a safe to fit in the door. Seven years later they went to get the jewels but when the man opened his desk, they were gone. So, the Irish Royal Jewels are still missing, haha. We also saw how influential the Vikings were in the city. Their architecture and the artifacts left behind and the name. After the tour we looked for a pub for dinner, which we found in the Temple Bar area (which is bar, after bar, after bar and full of many drunk Irishmen and women, haha). For dinner I had a chicken ceasar salad and then I had an Apple Cumble for dessert, it was delicious. Afterwords we went into another bar and I got a Guinness, when in Rome... haha. On the walk back to the Hostel, we stopped to watch a bunch of Irish boys play their hearts out on the street. They could play any song that was requested, which was funny because all the people walking by were drunk, oh Irish people. They were really good at the instruments and they were really attractive = a really good time. We then headed back to the Hostel. We made plan to stay in a play with the cards I had just bought. However, plans changed drastically. In the lounge there was a crazy crowd of French kids who were drinking and celebrating one of their friends birthday. We had a singalong, yes Allie and I sang aloud in front of a bunch of french kids, it was awesome. It was best when everyone was singing. They soon invited us out to the bar which is where they were headed next and we decided to go with them. On they way one of the french boys got into a fight with an Irishman and the police came, it was really funny but i walked away with a few of the french girls. They were very very excited with the fact i was from New York. No matter how much I tried to explain I was from the state they would just say, "the city, the city!" over and over again. It was a lot of fun. We did go to a bar, but I did not feel like spending money on anything, so I just had a water. The night ended after we made a few more international friends and made it back to the beds in out Hostels. In our room there were 4 sets of bunk beds in a room about the size of Hanna's room back home.

We got our free toast and tea for breakfast and then headed back into Dublin. Its funny, but in one day I could kind of figure out where I was going already. Dublin is an easy and beautiful city to get down. The streets are wide and there is this giant spire statue which is basically like a giant needle pointing out of the ground. It is great marker to pick out where you are and where you need to go, you can see if from everywhere in Dublin. Allie and Erin wanted to go to church and on the tour they saw the one they wanted to attend, Christ Church. The service was a lot like mine back home and they were in the middle of advent, they had the same candles which made me really comfortable. The church was very very beautiful and old. It was constructed by the Vikings who had been converted to Christianity, so I really liked it. In the crypt they held a coffee hour after words, which was very interesting. We went and they had really good coffee. Also, they had a mummified cat and rat which had been found in the organ during one cleaning, it was gross but funny. Next we went to a Viking museum, because I really wanted too. At first it was very silly, but there was a lot of great information. It was also interactive which made it fun. I learned that Vikings did not have horns on their hats, they had many kinds of ships, how to spell my name with their letters and that maybe I should get my masters in Viking art. It was great. Then after that, we decided to become Irish and we took about an hour walk to the Guinness factory. It was time for lunch, but on Sundays nothing is open in Ireland, so we got food once we got to Guinness. Then we started the tour, I learned a lot here too. I learned that the beer is made from water, hobs, yeast and roasted barley. I also learned how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness, I was awesome at it too. It was a lot of fun. By the time we were done we had about 2 hours to get to the bus station on the other side of the city. We knew if we walked there was no way that we could make it on time. So, we got on a horse and carriage that would take us all the way to the Liffy, the river through the middle of Dublin. That was a lot of fun, and we did get to the bus station about an hour early. Which was fine because we got to chill before returning to the 12 hour bus ride. A bus ride which started at 8:35 and ended on...

The ferry ride was fun, we got food and played cards. I taught Erin and Allie how to play pitch and once they got it it was a lot of fun. We did have a few moment where we laughed so hard we cried, we were so exhausted. It was a fun ride across the Irish Channel. The bus ride, however, sucked because all I wanted was my bed and a shower. This bus was really fancy, but not well equipped for sleeping. They seats had a weird bump, and the window wall had a weird extended plastic piece which dung to the bone if you leaned on it. Also, the bus was really cold, so to stay warm you had to curl up, but that was not an easy position on this bus. Anyway, we made it into London around 9:30, so it was an hour longer than it was supposed to be. When we hit the traffic jam, I hit a drastic point of cabin fever and thought I would go insane, haha. It was great to make it back home and the first thing I did was shower and then I slept.


Now, I am going to write three papers. Awesome.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Day Seventy Six-Ten: Ireland TomorrowG

I will talk about Ireland tomorrow hopefully. I have three papers to write by Wednesday and in the last three nights only one of them was spent in a bed. So I am tired, and I have a lot of work to do.

I will talk to you all soon.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Day Seventy Five: Library

I had lots of classes today, a whole two. I learned a lot of good stuff, but I do not really want to review it again. After class I went to the library and spent an hour there trying to get books for all the papers I had to write. I ended up getting 5, but that only covers 2 out of the 3 papers I have to research and write. So, I am going to have to go back... and by back I mean go to two other libraries that are part of the Kingston system to collect all the books I need. I think they need to have one collective library in a central area of all the campus. Like and Kingston Union, it would make things so much easier.

Anyway, when I got back I asked Allie to go with me to the Albert. We went and I got fish and chips, or as the Albert puts is: fresh cod yadda yadda lightly battered yadda and chips. It was fancy-like. It was delicious. It was really nice not to have chicken for the third night in a row and it was really nice not to have to cook tonight.

When we got back home, we went and talked to Philipa. We wanted to ask if we could have another dinner tonight, which they said yes too. Philipa also ended up telling Allie and I how she does not want us to leave and that she does not want new tenants. This made me really sad, and made me realize how I am not ready to leave. I am going to miss Philipa and this home so much. I love my room and my flat, because it is mine. I like saying that I live in London and that England is pretty much my second home. However, Philipa saying all of this made me feel a little more realistic about the leaving thing. Ah well, what am I going to do. Staying is not an option and I do want to see my friends and family again, I do miss you guys a lot. If I could bring these two worlds together it would be AWESOME, and save a lot of heartache.

I am going to try and motivate myself to do work for the rest of the night. Not sure how that will go but all of those books are staring me in the face and my fingers are tired... I do not know why.

Tomorrow after class, and... packing? schoolwork? creative writing? napping? ... I am going to get on a bus to Dublin. I will be there until Monday morning. This is my plan. Oh and I am going to have to bring a lot of schoolwork with me because I sill have 8,000 words to write. My new story I am working on... I have written 8,000 words of it in the last two days, this is what we call irony.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Day Seventy Four: The Tubes and Rain of London

I skipped my class today to meet Ryan in London. I had to email in my paper for class, but the professor accepted it, mr p. woods. It is nice to have that out of the way.

Meeting Ryan in London was a giant mess of a failure. After speaking to women I did not know her speaking in a heavy German accent and me not really understanding what they were doing. Eventually I figured out that I could meet them at Harrods. However, do to the loudness of the tube I misheard the stop I got off at and had to walk about 30 minutes longer than intended. By the time I almost had got to Harrods they had to leave to catch the plane. I said we could meet a tube station, but he went to a different one than I did. So, we missed each other. It's sad but I guess I will see him in the summer. Also, I am about to see everyone else in less than 17 days so that is that. He sounded happy and good on the phone though, so he is doing well.

After that whole fail of a situation, haha, I ended up taking the tube to the National Gallery. I did have to walk a bit though and it was really wet. I spent two hours there before it closed, and it was great because I am finally seeing all the artwork. Today I saw art my Monet, Manet and Van Gogh... just to name a very small percentage of the paintings I saw. I love looking at all the art wort that is in this museum. I am going to make a list of all the places I want to see before I come home in London and finishing the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery are on that list. It will be great to get to Paris and just step foot into the Louvre. I decided to walk back to Waterloo because I want to spend a lot of time with the Big Ben while I am still here. It was down pouring but I was okay with that.

For the rest of tonight I am going to look over my Visual Arts paper and get an idea of what I have left to add.

What a quick three months!

Day Seventy Three: and 19 days to go....

Yesterday I finished 1000 words of the 9000 i have to do, so that felt good. i did have class and i spend my day writing more of that story. I have about 12.5 pages now, so i am on a role.

I am trying to get in frame of mind of being American again and it is weird.

also, i should be meeting Ryan in London today.