Jan 18th continued....
For our brittish Lit class we had to have this whole play read by tomorrow and me, laura, jenny, emma, ali, and ali #2 all read it out loud together and took turns. It was so fun/funny haha . all of us cuddled up on the floor reading to eachother. It was like story time. I loved it.We all talked about boys tonight and it was so funny. I love girls. Sometimes we are so silly and giggly and immature and It just is great to be a girl J haha.
Today was another lazy day sordof… ha. I had 3 classes. The homework situation here still sucks. But what ya gonna do….. J
I went running for a quick second at hyde park. I seriously… rant about that place so much.. I know.. but I love it so so hard! I brought my camera too and have been filming/ taking pics which hopefully someday will come to good use J I didn’t have my camera at hyde park the day it snowed and it was sooooo adorable I am still mad at myself. There were probably a kajillion snowmen EVERYWHERE … because it doesn’t snow often It was a field day! Cute kids making snow angels everywhere… it was a movie scene I swear. I am so mad I didn’t bring it that I now bring my camera evertime I go running.
Today I went to the british museum! After classes for a my civ. Class we went and saw some certain pieces in it. It is huuuuuuuuuuge. The building itself is gorgeous. I find myself commenting on the architecture of buildings a lot. Maybe I will just change my major again and do architecture haha. jk. Hags. So the british museum… was pretty cool… maybe this sounds ignorant but it just seemed like it was kindof like a giant…. Trophy house haha. It had all these artifacts from all across the world that the british had taken during their reign. It was like a museum of all the loot ( ß yup just said loot) they had stolen from other countries ha. Still however, it was impressive. I didn’t come close to covering even probably a third of it… but that’s ok cause were going back J
We got soooo lost trying to find it though. We eventually ended up taking a double decker bus there ( which comes free with our tube passes.. can I just say, the transportation system in London is incredible. I love it. ) The busses are so cool. I would die if I had to drive one though. the whole opposite side of the road thing… and then they have NO respect for pedestrians here. I guess… the rule is unless you are at a designated cross walk… pedestrians do not have the right away… so I’ts like a free for all. People sprint across the street in front of busses and cars … and nobody slows down. Its madness.
After the museum and dinner we watched Henry the VI for my shakespear class. It is so long and so boring I thought I was going to die. We watched for 2 and a half hours… and were only barely half way through with part 2! It was kindof funny/fun at the same time to be In a room with a bunch of friends from my class laughing at how ridiculous the movie was. If anyone has seen these old versions of the play… they will know what I am talking about hahah. I am definitely going to have to put a clip of Shakespeare in the movie I want to make after study abroad is over with all my pictures etc.
Anyways… I never sleep anymore. Im exhausted… and am getting up at six thirty tomorrow to shower and go to STONE HENGE! Yowza! Yowza! Xoxox
P.S. I saw the Rosetta Stone today. J Nbd.
STONEHENGE ROCKS!!!!!!! J haha ( come on. )
Today I woke up at the butt crack of dawn and showered. I blow dryed my hair for the first time since being here haha. I wanted to get ready though cause I knew that today was going to be picture mania.
The bus left at 7:30 in the morning. Its so weird… I have been so happy in the mornings lately. I have more energy and am cracking jokes and have been so lively! Ha. It might have something to do with the fact that every morning I check my e-mail and after I read e-mails from the fam and friends.. it just starts my day off so good J. I was on the bus taking videos of people sleeping for the movie I want to make. And I was taking pics and videos of the scenery as we drove further and further… so… England is beautiful. In case anyone didn’t know. After we got out of the city… Rolling hills with green everywhere. Scenery like you can’t believe! Its heaven.
Our first stop was…….. STONEHENGE! I couldn’t believe I was there. It was such a surreal moment for me. I just kept thinking.. “ I live in Europe and am 20.. on my own, with all my friends. How lucky am I?!”
Stonehenge is exactly like I pictured it. It was raining/snowing and was soooooooo cold unfortunately though L. Nobody wanted to be outside longer than a half hour cause it was sooooo cold. My fingers were legit purple when I got back on the bus. We took a lot of really cute umbrella pictures and jumping pictures and just had a blast. I was at Stonehenge this morning….. incredible life moment.
After Stonehenge we drove to salisburry and took a tour of the Salisburry cathedral. Also called St. Mary’s cathedral, has the largest spire in all of England. It even had the largest spire in all of Europe pre- 1400’s and only took 38 years to build! That is crazy! This cathedral was beautiful. I love the cathedrals. That is one of my favorite things about Europe is how many churches and cathedrals they have everywhere and they are all exquisite. Our tour guide was the most adorable old british man and I loved him. He was the kind of cute old man that called you “ love” and you just wanted to take him home with you haha. I also saw one of the 5 original Magna Carta documents. Life is going to be so boring after I come home. I keep doing such crazy things!
Then, continuing our journey, we went to Bath. Or as the British pronounce it BAHTH haha. It was the cutest little English town I’ve ever seen. I saw all the places Jane Austen wrote about in her books and can’t for the life of me understand why she disliked it. The Roman baths were exceptionally cool. I hung out with Rachel almost all day today ( I love her) and we have giggled and just had so much fun. We were taking pictures outside by the baths and out of the corner of my eye I see flashes going off.. so I look over and some random Italian man is snapping pics of me and Rachel and we started laughing sooooo hard haha. We invited him to come get in a picture with us and it was hilarious.
Rachel and I threw in some good old American money into the Bath because… apparently the greeks used to do it with their gold coins and we wanted to be apart of the crew.. I figure if dreams are ever going to come true.. it’s going to be at a place like Bath England J. We also drank some of the water. They have it at the end and its been purified a little.. but is DISGUSTING! It was still warm and salty and so gross haha. But I just HAD to drink it … It’s the elixar of life! So now.. I’m going to live forever I guess haha.
On the bus home I sanpped more videos and pics and listened to my Ipod. I Love listening to my ipod. I always feel like someone is paying music to my life story. Haha like.. theme songs or something.
When we got home… 12 hours later haha we watched the rest of Shakespeare.. which was like another hour and a half. So ridiculous. I was skyping and e-mailing a lot through it but oh well. It's so weird how life is so hard sometimes and so amazing other times. I wouldn’t change a thing though … and that is a very nice thought
Jan 21st 2010
I slept in today and was late for class but it felt so good. I think I’m getting sick. I am playing too hard haha. Today I had 3 classes again… I hate having class. It seems so ridiculous to even say that but its weird to be doing homework sometimes or having class when all this other stuff is going on. I have to keep reminding myself I can’t just play and live the dream all the time cause its london… even though that’s what I do anyways haha. 10 out of 10 on my shakespear quiz! Holla! I am doing good at not stressing school too much but not completely blowing it off either.
I am failing at sleeping enough. Bad news bears. But I will work on it.
Jenny and I took pictures at the peter pan statue in hyde park and it was another surreal moment for me J. The sun was out today J which doesn’t happen very often; its always so dark cloudy grey. But the sun today… ooooooooooooiiiiiiiweeeee. It was making silhouettes with all the trees and statues and buildings
After running and classes and dinner I was going to do homework because I am getting behind but a bunch of girls were going to WICKED! I wasn’t about to pass up my opportunity a second time!
Wicked was soooooooo incredible. I loved it so much. It was by far the best play or musical I have EVER seen. I wished my mom was there with me so bad I couldn’t stand it. The 2 leading girls in the play… wow. Most incredible voices ever. The one girl who played Elphiba could belt it soooooo loud. I was jealous. People with talents man! I loved it though. I would see it again and again and again. I think I am obsessed.
J I love my life. Thursday night and I am seeing shows at the theater J I am also going to bed.! Xoxoxo
Jan 22, 2010
Today is Friday! Wohooo! I went to Westminster Abbey today. It is GORGEOUS! I never thought I’d find another church/cethedral whatever that I would like more than Saint Pauls but I think Westminster abbey ties! I saw Isac Newtons tomb, the tomb of henry the vIII and a lot of other henrys haha. I saw the coronation chair and so much history!
It was incredible to see how beautiful it was and how old! It is seriously a miracle. I do not understand in the slightest how they built that at that time. Almost every king or queen since 1308 has been coronated there fun fact.
When I came out of the subway.. Big Ben was there. And it took me by surprise completely! I literally … took my breath away haha. It was so amazing.
Laura and I have been hanging out all day and having so much fun J we went to primark and spent way too much money again.
Tonight probably half of us watched Young Victoria on the big screen. Can I just say also how amazing it is to watch a chick flick with 40 girls haha. It is a historical movie but one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. It has the cutest love story and I want to be a princess so bad haha. I love queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Did you know…. Prince Albert dies at like age 43 and the queen didn’t die til she was 81 or something but she had his clothes layed out for him every single day after his death in honor of him. It was said she was in mourning the rest of her days. Such a cute love story. I want to marry a man like Prince Albert.
Jan 23 2010
Today is Saturday. It felt so good to now have to be up and downstairs and ready by a certain hour. I loved it. This morning I went running again.. Im obsessed.. but I went with laura and jenny and they are in such better shape than I am and it kicked my butt! We probably ran 5 miles. I hopefully…. If all goes according to plan haha will come home in rockin shape. I am already so sad about leaving my byu friends… it’s disgusting how I can think that I want to go to byu so I can live in a house with them haha.
I thought of another reason why I love hyde park so much though.. Everyone is always so happy. Its like going to get an icecream cone. You don’t go to the ice cream store or to the park when your grumpy or in a bad mood. Everyone is just out.. enjoying themselves… loving the nature and the day… and it is just so fun.
After metting iveta at the park ( travis friend from the czech republic) laura, jake and I went to borough market again. I had an ostritch burger… and it was amazing. I love borough market to cause its so… privial looking. Dead fish and octopus haning over the edge… haha fruits and veggies and cheese and chocolate everywhere. Its like a medieval market with a bunch of farmers and sailors. Its beautiful. ha
I talked to my mom and dad on the phone today for 5 min. it was SOOOOOO good to me. It actually made me a little homesick after. L its weird to think that I’ve almost been gone a month. I left dec. 30. I miss them so much and am sad on what im missing out on.. but everything in life has its ups and downs right?
Tonight we watched harry potter on the projector and just took it easy. I sat next to Rachel. I love her. I talked to travis after for a bit, THOUGHT about doing my homework …and then THOUGHT better of it haha. and now I’m going to sleep.