Wow…long time no blog, yeah? sorry about it! I suppose I should start at last Friday…
Ashley and I decided to take Maddie on an abbreviated version of what we’d done the previous weekend: Twinings to start, followed by visiting Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese before looking in the window of a lobby with an Art Deco motif(since Maddie loves that style) and lunch at our little Irish Pub! It was just as wonderful as it was the last time, and after, we walked across the river to Borrough Markets, which are AMAZING 🙂 That was actually where I had this Polish Cream Cake, called Karpatka, that was incredible! More about that later, though…
On Saturday, we all got up early and jumped on a train to Oxford 🙂 by the time our little group of 4 boarded the train, most of the seating together had already been taken. Maddie and I ended up sitting by two guys(named Jack and Josh) with whom we talked for the rest of the trip. Rather, we talked to Josh more so than Jack, until we started discussing our internships. I said I was interning at DLA Piper, and Jack practically jumped out of his seat while Josh started laughing hysterically, prompting Maddie and I to look at each other with extreme confusion. As it turns out, Jack is training at DLA Piper next year, but that’s the extent of the conversation we had with Jack(aside from when I saw a deer and said, “Oh, deer!” and he turned around and said “What’s wrong?” while smirking…ha.ha.ha…)
Oxford itself was as beautiful as ever, but I actually went with a small group led by Dr. Mee to The Kilns(that used to actually have massive kilns on the property), which was the home of C.S. Lewis for the majority of his life. Everything was pretty cool, especially getting to see “the” wardrobe that wasn’t actually THE wardrobe that The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe is based on. Afterward, we ate at the Eagle and Child Pub, where the Inklings(a literary group including Lewis and Tolkien among others) would eat, chill, and read their works to each other. Since Ashley, Asiarea, and I elected not to go to the Christ Church College tour, we hung out for a while until it was time to catch the train…except that we didn’t ACTUALLY catch the train. There were some problems that led to us not being able to actually take the train until about an hour-hour & a half later.
After we got back, I went to celebrate Alice’s birthday with Ashley and the Poli Sci group. It’s so ironic that Alice had a birthday that day (well…technically the NEXT day) because Maddie’s birthday was
Monday! Tuesday! So on Sunday, I went to Chinese New Year with a small group, and then made Karpatka for Maddie’s birthday! We followed that up with a birthday dinner on Monday of Baked Mac and Cheese, hamburgers, and a Lime Meringue! It was a pretty fun celebration, if I do say so myself 😉
On Wednesday, I had my meeting with DLA Piper, meaning that I had to miss the field trip to the Museum of London with Dean Jan Williams…except it didn’t! As soon as I got to the building, I saw that it was actually RIGHT NEXT DOOR to the Museum of London! This made it super simple to meet up with everyone after the meeting! I met two members of the team that I’ll be on: Frances and Anna. Apparently, what they focuses a lot more on trade and politics than the traditional conception of “law.” I will be researching current political events in the UK, the EU, and possibly some in the US, too, so that they can advise their corporate clients what the best course of action will be for their businesses(at MY OWN DESK!! How cool is that?!)
On Thursday, we had our last Statistics test, and on Friday morning at 2:30 AM, I woke up to get ready to meet everyone for our trip to Munich, Germany! Munich was amazing, and I a great time, despite the fact that it was literally below zero degrees the ENTIRE TIME. We got to go see a really cool castle that had been built for King Ludwig II of Bavaria (Neuschwanstein Castle), but we had to hike 40 minutes up in the Alps, where it was EVEN COLDER… yeah…. Let’s just say, I’m never leaving warm weather again without a full snowsuit. Later that night, we made more friends, which is always fun, and then left around 8AM this morning! Whew! Now, I’m headed to a Hillsong service with Kathryn W. Hope everyone’s weekend went well!