For starters, let me fill you in on the subtle(yeah…right!) theme that has permeated all my blogs thus far: I now have started drinking my sugar with a splash of tea instead of a splash of coffee! I know, I know! It shocked me also, but we’ll see how far this “I’m a tea drinker!” thing lasts because I don’t think I’m quite ready to forsake my Starbucks addiction just yet 😉 Anyway…
Sorry it’s been so long since I last blogged! I think if I weren’t on updating on facebook everyday, people might have started to wonder if I’d fallen into the Thames or something! Nope, just been busy, mostly with Statistics Class! It’s a tough class, but as Gloria Gaynor assures me, “I Will Survive!”(she didn’t say anything about anybody else…shhhh!) I’ve also found myself referencing both Economics and Accounting topics this past weekend(thing #2 I wasn’t necessarily thinking I’d say!) I was really proud of myself for completely understanding an “adult” conversation about fiscal problems within companies and countries,respectively. Let me brief you on the past week, though!
So my last post left off after the play, and after that, nothing major happened that week. On Tuesday night, I went with a bunch of people to hear Dr. Mee’s discussion on C.S. Lewis, which was very interesting! He and Cherol provided mince pies and fruity tea(which is actually kinda the reason I bought mine!!) On Wednesday, we went with the Study Centre to Somerset House, where Tiffany & Co. is sponsoring an ice-skating rink! OF COURSE, we took lots of pictures with the Tiffany Shop, as well as with our (collectible…to us, at least!) Tiffany-blue coffee cups!
After taking a million pictures, Laura Burgin, Kathryn, Kristin, and I decided to walk towards the Millennium Bridge. We got some amazing pictures of the most iconic parts of London, including shots that include both the Eye and Big Ben! I also picked up an Orange scarf at this cute market that we went to, so watch out football season! We walked back to the Study Centre after that.
On Thursday, we had our first Stats test, and it was tough, but not unimaginably so. It was cause to celebrate that we survived not only our first week of classes, but our first week in London, and our first Stats test! Hooray! Good thing we had the next day off because it gave me some much appreciated down-time to just sit in the flat reading 🙂 I know, I know: I’m a nerd. I’ve come to terms with it!
So on Saturday, everyone in our group went to Cambridge…except me! Since I was living there for a solid 2 weeks in May(if you’re interested, the link to that blog is http://lebassett.tumblr.com/), I opted to go and visit some friends who live just past Gatwick Airport. To get to their house, I was advised to take a train, which was quite an experience. It wasn’t difficult or anything, but just the whole leaving-my-flat, catching-the-tube, knowing-my-stop thing had me feeling like an actual resident…well, aside from my apparent (I’d never noticed it!) accent that was called adorable when I pronounced Birmingham,Alabama 🙂 At least they didn’t ask me how to pronounce Lah-FAY-ette, Georgia! I took the tube at Tottenham Court Road to Oxford Circus on the Central Line, where I switched to the Victoria Line all the way to Victoria Station! From there, I went to the train stop to meet Mrs. Bet and Graham! We went back to the house, and I got to be there as Karen, Matthew, Sophie, Mr. Jack, Danielle, Pete, Jackie, Georgina, and Michael arrived for dinner. Sitting around talking and playing cards with them was a nice attempt at a substitute for my own family, and I really enjoyed my trip. The next morning, I just reversed my journey and went back to the Study Centre to attempt to work yet another British appliance: the washing machine! Luckily, this went a lot better than the cupcake debacle.
As Maddie and I were doing laundry, we met several new friends, and Maddie ended up staying an hour after her laundry was finished, which resulted in me finally seeing all of the first Harry Potter movie…what can I say, I never watched them! Anyway, that’s my week in long drawn out words to assure you tht I didn’t fall off the top of the London Eye or get run over by a double decker bus…etc! Wish me luck on Week 2 of Stats because you may or may not get another update until it’s over!