Friday, February 26, 2010

Bath and Stonehenge

This past Sunday I had the pleasure of traveling to Bath and Stonehenge. Bath is a town about 3 hours away from Brighton (where my university is. If you want to go with some british lingo a university is called a "uni"). It was really great looking out the window on the way there because it was all country. Imagine rolling hills with sheep and cute wood houses. I may or may not have seen a pig farm... I mean I saw a field with pigs roaming around. Lots and lots of brown pigs. I would go as far to say that yes, I saw a pig farm. However, once we got to Bath you could easily tell it is something totally different! There were perfect rows of identical stone buildings. It was a city of perfect rows and lines in the middle of the country. In the middle of Bath there is an ancient Roman bath (wonder where they got the name of the city from).
This is one of the many baths in the roman structure. This was a public bath used for swimming and play. All of the water for the baths was taken from a hot spring in the center of the structure. It was amazing to see the pipe system they used to get the water from the hot spring to the bath.
This is overlooking the public bath seen in the picture before. In the back you can see a beautiful church and statues of famous Roman figures.

This is the entrance to the structure. It just gives you an idea of what all the stone buildings in the city look like.

We got to spend a lot of time in Bath which was nice. We shopped around and got lunch at a local pub (that played club music?).
Here we are at Stonehenge!! These are my lovely American people that I like to call my friends! Spek, Michelle, and Amy. They are nice and make me laugh. It was almost surreal to drive up to Stonehenge. Once again it is in the middle of the country but there are more houses around. We were driving by a little town of houses and then BAM! Stonehenge! We had about an hour to view these random rocks, which after listening to the headsets of information I realized that they are not just random rocks!
It is still a mystery as to why they are here and why they are set up the way they are. Yes, they are huge and heavy and carved very nicely, but I think the mystery of the whole thing it was makes it so cool.
There was so much thought put into the placement of the stones. For instance, one possibility for the purpose of the stones is that it works as a calendar. One certain days of the year, the sun shines perfectly on certain stones letting the people know what time of year it was. The sun also shines perfectly on an alter in the center of the structure on summer solstice. There are crazy myths about how the stones were placed there. Some say it was the devil others say it was God. Either way, it was cool to see such amazing precision for something that was obviously organized and planned out with an unknown purpose to us.

GREAT NEWS!!! Will is arriving tomorrow!! He gets into the airport at 11:30 am and i am just bubbling with excitement! I can't sleep and so ready for 11:30 to roll around!! We are going to London for 3 nights and then hoping on the EuroStar to travel to Paris for 3 nights. Then we will hope over the water back to Birghton until he has to leave. CANT WAIT! I will update my blog when we are back in a week!


Saturday, February 6, 2010

Stratford-Upon- Avon

And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
- William Shakespeare, As You Like It"

Today was a great day! I happily woke at 7:00 am after staying up until about 3:00 am to get on the bus to travel to a wonderful wonderful place (I'll give you a hint, it's the title of this blog oop!) Why did I stay up until 3:00 am when i had such a wonderful field trip mapped out for me the next morning!? Well! Some person decided that it would be a PERFECT time to play the
bongo drums at 2:30 am right outside my flat. Why would it be a PERFECT time to start playing the bongo drums at 2:30 a. right outside my flat? That is the same question I asked myself over and over and over while tucked away trying to sleep with the rhythmic beats of bongo man parading through my head.

anyways! i went to STRATFORD-UPON-AVON today! (and the crowd of English and theatre majors goes wild!! ahhh!!!) If you do not know what is the significance of Stratford-Upon-Avon is i will give you three hints

1) there was an important man born and raised there
2) "To be or not to be..."
3) The famous playwright died in 1616 at the age of 52. He wrote on average 1.5 plays a year since he first started in 1589.


This is a photo of the foundation his house was on. This house was purchased after he was married and had a family. The first picture on the top left is William's childhood home.

This is William's school that he attended from age 10-12. It is still a school today. Imagine saying ," oh yea.. i go to school where William Shakespeare went to school." KINDA COOL!

This is Ann Hathaway's (Shakespeare's wife) childhood home. We actually got to go inside and it was really really neat! it had the original floors (meaning I stood where William stood at one point in his life!). It also had most of the original furniture. the ceilings were also very short. I'm a whoppin' 5.4" and i had to duck under every doorway. I guess they just didn't have tall American football player men like they do these days!

Overall the trip was great! The town of Stratford was very cute. It had lots of little shops and pubs. Oh! we ate lunch at a place called the Windmill Inn and it was a small hole in the wall pub. It's known for the fact that William himself wrote some f his wonderful work inside that very pub. -the food was great and I just had so much inspiration from the man himself that i decided to write my own genius play. so I did. During lunch. It should be published by next month. it will be a hit.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Biscuit or Cookie?

Correction: I am taking 4 classes not 3. Thank you and good day!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Campus PUB

Hello everyone!

Here I am at 1:05 am (6 hours later than the time in the states) and I am snuggled up in my newly purchased pink blanket! I bought it today in Brighton! We took a trip into Brighton today for the international students to buy items they forgot or needed. Things that I bought today:

  1. Pink blanket mentioned above
  2. Hairdryer (I forgot mine)
  3. Hair straightener (the plugs in England have different watts than American plugs therefore making my straightener I brought from home BLOW UP!)
  4. Kleenex (can never have enough!)
  5. New boots (more on that to come)
  6. Hangers
  7. A lufa for half off!

I took a bus to Brighton with a bunch of international students I have met. It was only a 5 min ride, quick and easy! We went to the pound store. It’s like the dollar store but the British use the pound so it’s the pound store! Get it! Ha! It was the same as any American dollar store. A bunch of cheap stuff for cheap, obviously. Then we went to this great store where I bought my blanket and boots. I can only describe it as a Forever 21. Cheap clothes and accessories for cheap, obviously. However it had bedding and kitchen stuff too so take that Forever 21! I got some fun spunky boots! I figure if I’m going to dress fun and spunky, England is the place to do it!


That’s right. London is in a snow crisis. They haven’t had snow in forever so they don’t have the machinery or the resources to deal with snow. Sure, it has only snowed 4 inches. However, they think it is best to close airports, campuses, and shut down everything to do with life! London, it’s okay. I guess Klein High School closing down for ice is the same thing. They just don’t know how to deal with the unknown. This is why I bought some boots today. I wasn’t planning on snow (nor was the rest of the world) therefore I did not bring any proper foot attire for snow. So that is where the fun, spunky, snow appropriate, foot attire comes into play.

I am yet to unpack everything. My excuse has been that I don’t have any hangers. However, this excuses is useless now that I have hangers. I shall unpack tomorrow. Or the next day. Or the next day. Meh meh!

Speaking of procrastination, I am still yet to have classes. Yes, school does start in less than 48 hours. Fabulous.

The plan for tonight was to drink. Sure, socializing and meeting new people were also in our plans, but drinking was at the top of our list. We (being the wonderful girls I clung on to while traveling) went to go to the campus bar…oh wait.. I’m sorry… PUB. We went to go to the campus PUB tonight. We get ready to go and all grab a pint to drink. Yes that is right. I said a pint. A pint of BEER! As many of you may or may not know, I dislike beer. Dislike beer to the point that I would rather drink sour milk over beer (not true, that would be gross). Buut at the first free meal we had yesterday I thought to myself, “Hey! I’m in England! I need to have a pint of beer”. So I watched the bartenders pour some draft beers and chose the one that looked the lightest. That so happened to be Strongbow. And boy! It was delicious!!! I drank that beer like it was apple juice! I only had a pint but there was no struggle to try and look like I enjoyed it. I actually enjoyed it!!

If you Google it, you will find that it’s actually a strong cider not beer…cool.

Anyways, back to the point. The campus PUB closed at 11! Yes, you read it correct. This campus PUB, in a country that I thought could kill Americans in drinking, stopped serving at 11 p.m. We only had a chance to get ONE drink. Whelp. There went our plans to drink. So instead we socialized and now I’m in bed. It wasn’t a horrid night; I was just expecting a little more help from my strong cider friend Strongbow.