Well this weeks blog is going to be short and sweet since the week has been pretty much consumed with getting into the swing of school and doing the usual grocery shopping and everyday stuff. But here are a few highlights of the week:
- On Sunday I had my first ever Sunday Roast at a pub called Hobgoblins. I wasn’t too impressed. Although the beef was really good and the meal was very hearty I was a little too picky about the vegetables. Maybe this week we’ll try a new pub and see if I like that better!
- Since many of us USACers don’t have class on Wednesday we made the trek into town for Thai food and signed up for several trips at a travel agency. There is a section of Brighton called the Lanes which is a tangle of alleys and sidewalks that cars can’t get to and is full of shops! I’ve yet to actually make a trip there to go shopping but on our search for the Thai restaurant and the travel agency I got to do a lot of window shopping! My next full day off you will definitely find me there hopefully with some shopping bags in hand!
- Last night (Thursday) our friend Lars who is a USAC student from Denmark told us about a really sweet artist called Zeds Dead that was playing at a local bar. We had to get there by 10 pm to get in for free and when we got there we found out Zeds Dead wasn’t on until 2 am! Needless to saw we stuck around for the long haul and were well rewarded. The show was awesome and afterwards we snuck around the back to meet the artist himself. We were ecstatic but incredibly sleepy on the bus ride home which we paired with a bit of Burger King to keep us awake!
- Today, we hit up one of our favorite ice cream and sweets shops in the Lanes called Cloud 9! Then we headed to the movie theater to see a British film called “Made in Dagenham.” Its about a group of female Ford factory workers in the 1960’s who demand equal pay for their work. It was a great movie that had me throwing up the Spice Girls “Girl Power” peace sign every other scene!
Things I’m loving: Getting almost all my travel plans in place, My professor telling the class she finds it hard to read for more than 3 minutes at a time (I always thought profs were magical reading machines), Google Talk, Galaxy caramel chocolate bars, my shortest walk to class ever,
Things I’m not quite loving: Feeling old at the bar when at home I’d be the youngest one there, Being so far away from the city center, Being on the wrong side of the currency exchange,
Things I’m learning: A lot about the UK’s social history from old school welfare laws to the fight to women’s right to equal pay in the 1960’s!
The next few weeks are going to be very exciting! Tomorrow morning I leave at 6 am for a weekend of visiting Warwick castle, Manchester, and Liverpool (THE BEATLES HOMETOWN!!!). I love the Beatles music but I know very little about their story so I am stoked to get to go to Liverpool. Also, every weekend from now until the end of November is pretty much booked up with travel plans or events! The rest of the semester is going to fly by and I’ll find myself in the Minneapolis Airport in the blink of an eye!
Peace, Love, Late Nights and Beatlemania!