London

Jul. 25th, 2006 06:39 pm
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And now I'm in London. I'll be here until Aug 24th and then traveling until Sept 5th. Sadly, I don't have a regular internet connection (no internet cafes in my neighborhood, which sucks) and so my ability to update/contact people will be limited at best.

For some reason, I guess I expected the sky to be different. I guess my mental picture makes it out to be grayer. It's so amazing, though, walking around. You'll find yourself in somewhere modern with huge steel and glass buildings, then in a few steps, you've gone back to Shakespeare's london with those wooden framed building. A few more steps takes you into Victorian London but then suddenly you're somewhere near an old retired church where monks were hanged for supporting Catholicism in the face of Henry VIII's division. And then in the distance, when you're expecting horses and carriages, you see something like the Gherkin and you remember age is nothing here.


My homestay family is awesome. They're laid back (though not the most laid back homestay as that prize goes to the old pot smoking hippie couple). Their house is this amazing old victorian style place that's surprisingly huge (5 bedrooms). Both me and my roommate each have our own rooms. And my bed is so soft. It feels like a down pillow in mattress form. There are probably actual geese inside.

Everyone's so British, it's great. The guy who teaches the art/architecture class walks us around London and calls any building upgrades, 'tarting' it up and complains about 'that old woman' (Margaret Thatcher) and her effect on the London architecture/buildings.

And now my meter is running out so I have to cut this short. Cheers.

Date: 2006-07-25 07:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kieubert.livejournal.com
gah! i wanna be where you are so bad right now.

Date: 2006-07-27 03:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] celestialfray.livejournal.com
Heh. Hey at least you had a whole quater to hang out. Here, I'm trying to pack as much into 5/7 weeks as possible.

Date: 2006-07-27 09:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kieubert.livejournal.com
isn't it just great there? *sigh*

is peter buckroyd one of your professors?

Date: 2006-07-29 04:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] celestialfray.livejournal.com
Yep. We have Peter, Mike (doing british society) and a UW professor named Normon Wacker who does the 'British' novel class.

So how's London doing in London?

Date: 2006-07-28 09:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] woundeddragon.livejournal.com
Also, have a great time! (and avoid frumious bandersnatches, if you can)

Re: So how's London doing in London?

Date: 2006-08-02 04:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] celestialfray.livejournal.com
London is very London-y. I'm a little disappointed. I expected a bit of Parisness. (And nice to see you back around...)

Re: So how's London doing in London?

Date: 2006-08-07 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] woundeddragon.livejournal.com
Heh, I'm sorry kinda disappointing; I'm envious anyhow, having never been to any part of Europe, dratzes, and happily it sounds like you're having a blast.

Re: So how's London doing in London?

Date: 2006-08-07 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] woundeddragon.livejournal.com
Err, left off the part of that which kept me from sounding like a slow-witted idjut. There was 'spose to be something about "lack of Ms. Hilton-ness notwithstanding", or something like that. I can't remember now. ::goes back to hiding in the belfry::

Re: So how's London doing in London?

Date: 2006-08-07 09:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] woundeddragon.livejournal.com
Oh, and just plain forgot to say, uh, damn, what was it I forgot to say? Oh yeah. I must be introduced to her parents sometime. That sense of humor must be observed firsthand, somehow.

And for one of your later posts . .. try getting tipsy on mixed drinks. I hate beer too. Tipsy only; really drunk sux.

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