Posts Tagged ‘joy’


19 May 2009

*England Adventure with Hannah!!

We’re having a JOLLY GOOD TIME! We’ve already seen Hampton Court Palace, Windsor Castle and Eton, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Parliament, 10 Downing St, Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery, St. Martins in the Fields, the British Museum, Covent Garden, and Picadilly Circus. 

Here’s proof that we’re together:

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And here’s proof that we’re together in England:

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Tomorrow, we’re off to Salisbury and Stonehenge (GASP!)…but I should have more time for a proper update.


Snow Day!

6 February 2009

It’s snowing AGAIN (I think…the precipitation is a bit dodgy looking- it might actually be a snow/rain combo) , so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to recount the experiences of my first ever SNOW DAY.

For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, a Snow Day is quite similar to a Hurricane Day in that school is cancelled, and it’s hard to get places, and the news media goes INSANE talking about it. Except instead of worrying about trees crashing through the roof or rising floodwaters, you frolic in magical fields of snow. With puppies. 


You think I’m kidding. But I’m not. I frolicked in that field (among others), and no joke, there were people with a dog also frolicking. The dog, not the people. The people were just sort of walking like normal.

I’m not sure if I’ve shared this with you yet, but everything in England is either exactly like a) Harry Potter or b) The Chronicles of Narnia.

So, in this particular instance, Snow Day=Narnia. We were in that snow field when suddenly, as if by magic, a mystical opening appeared in the bushes/fence that was THE ENTRANCE TO NARNIA.


Several epic snow battles commenced, including one that I would call “an attack by Savage British 1st years.” A whole gang of them came out of nowhere and rushed us (us being a small group of RoHo Int’ls peacefully frolicking) screaming like Anglo-Saxon warriors.


At one point, I believe the preamble to the Declaration of Independence was recited/shouted and there was even patriotic song show down between The Star Spangeled Banner and God Save the Queen.

BUT there was still opportunities galore for me to take artsy shots of snow. Many snowballs hits were endured to bring you these photos.



And you love these photos so much that you are just DYING to see the rest. Well, they’re right here.

Besides that excitement on Monday, the rest of the week has been really low key. Classes, cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, hanging with my homies…All of the joy about the snow has turned into annoyance as a general sentiment about campus.

Tomorrow I’ll probably head into London, and hopefully the weather will be more favorable than it is right now. NEXT WEEKEND is going to be CRAZY brilliant though. Saturday, I’m going on a day tour of Canterbury and Leeds Castle, and THEN, a group of us is heading to OSLO, NORWAY early Sunday morning.


In which politics are discussed (BEWARE)

21 January 2009

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you this special important breaking news:


I had six straight hours of class today, otherwise I would’ve gone to London to party it up. If you watch this video, at 0:53, you’ll see 2 tables full of my peeps celebrating at the Hard Rock. Pretend I’m one of the people with their backs turned.

Instead, I wore my Obama buttonday-132

and managed to catch the Inauguration on the telly at Medicine, one of the campus pubs, with a friend of mine from New Zealand. It was rather fun to provide commentary during the opening bits about who was who, and what was going on, and why I was laughing at the ornery looking man in a wheelchair. There were a handful of other students there (no other Americans as far as I could tell) but everyone got really quiet when Obama started speaking, and there was polite applause at the end, by which I mean, everyone went back about their business while I cheered like a maniac.

It was a bit upsetting that after all of the great orating that has come out of Barack Obama, he stumbled over the oath of office!! However, I maintain that it was all John Roberts’ fault.inaug-3

Every time I think about the speech, I get goosebumps all over again. Here’s one of my favorite parts:

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less.

It has not been the path for the faint-hearted, for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame.

Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor — who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

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I agree. Thumbs up.

Other exciting events in my OBAMA DAY celebration include watching a billion hours of coverage of the post swearing in events. Rachel Maddow is my new favorite person, and I don’t really understand by Chris Matthews says “Americans” the way that he does, but anyway, gotta love that non-stop coverage.

Tomorrow morning, I fully expect to wake up to angels singing from the heavens and baby bunnies prancing in the meadow and people spontaneously hugging each other on the sidewalk and cookies wafting their fresh-baked goodness through the air.


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