Goodbye London

Goodbye London, I hardly knew ye’.

I have left London and don’t know when I’ll be back again. To fully reflect on the past three months will probably take more than a quick blog post, but I can say that by this final week I was sad to be leaving.

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A less sentimental version of my final week

After my finals were over, I went into a touristic frenzy. Most of my British friends had gone home for term since they don’t have to take exams until January, and I had said my goodbyes last week. So I didn’t feel all that guilty about being a tourist my last few days.

I went to the V&A museum to see the “Club to Catwalk” 80s fashion exhibit,  relived my childhood with the Harry Potter Studio Tour, saw a few of my favourite British actors in two Shakespeare plays and a musical, ate a reindeer burger at Borough Market and took a ride on the London Eye. Continue reading

Coming home to London

“The natives’ reticence, and the prevalence of small buildings instead of high-rise apartment complexes, promote a feeling of self-containment, even isolation. In New York you live in one another’s pockets and in one another’s faces; your business is their business. In London, people keep themselves to themselves, as the expression goes, and this can feel either liberating or lonely.”

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Carolina in my Mind

“With a holy host of others standin’ around me
Still I’m on the dark side of the moon
And it seems like it goes on like this forever
You must forgive me, if I’m up and gone to
Carolina in my mind

Reading the Kvetching Board during lecture, listening to the Clef Hangers’ version of “Carolina In My Mind” and Mipso’s “Carolina Calling,” and trying to explain to a Brit why sweet potato fries are the best.

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The Globe and English Weather

I’m very behind on blogging because of school work and my friend Janie visiting from Ireland, but here’s a quick post:

The English weather finally arrived on Friday.  Yesterday in Bath was gorgeous, but today in London was rainy and dreary.

Despite the weather, Janie and I visited the Globe this morning. On Thursday night we watched Shakespeare in Love because I had never seen it and Janie loves it.  This didn’t necessarily influence our decision to visit the Globe, but it was a nice precursor. Continue reading