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(no subject) [Apr. 18th, 2006|01:19 am]
My Study Abroad Adventure

Ahh! Four more days!

Tomorrow I am getting up in the morning and biking 6 miles to Belton House, which was Rosings Park in the A&E version of Pride and Prejudice.

Then I'm studying realllllllllly hard for my British Studies final, which is Wednesday at 1.

And packing! Don't forget that!

Friday morning at 1:30 am we check out of our rooms - and then nap in the lounge until 9:30 am, when our coach leaves for London and then we fly to Prague.

We're spending Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Prague. Then we drive to Vienna, spend Monday night and Tuesday in Vienna. Then we drive to Munich and spend Wednesday night and Thursday there. Then it's back to London and then off to Taize. Whew!

I'll probably be out of touch with the LJ scene until I return to the US of A - unless I go crazy and decide to put up a bunch of pictures on Thursday sometime. But I'll probably just sleep and pack. You know how it is.

Love! Talk to you soon!
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(no subject) [Apr. 14th, 2006|04:49 pm]
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Spring has finally come to England! There are daffodils everywhere, and the sun is shining, and it's absolutely gorgeous everywhere.

Yesterday was our last day of classes (crazy, I know!), so we had a convocation ceremony at the village church, and then a big valedictory dinner with really good food and awards. I won the Principal's Award, which was surprising and happy and exciting all at the same time. Along with the certificate, they gave me this huge ceramic lion (and by huge I mean about 7 inches long by 5 inches high), but it weighs a lot, so I hope I can fit it in my suitcase and not have to carry it on the plane!

I suppose I should update you a bit on what's gone on since my last post....I don't have pictures right now, but oh well. I went to Brussels for a short weekend - just two days - and hung out in the Grote Market eating waffles and wandered around the city. Geraldine (my meet-a-mom) took Nancy and I to see John Wesley's house in Epworth, and then we had a big dinner with their cousins, which was really fun. This weeks was spent doing lots and lots of homework, and we put on a play (for which I was the stage manager) on Wednesday night. Today I slept in, went to Good Friday services, and then spent the day outside studying - which I'll probably do more of tonight.

It's hard to believe we leave in a week! I have two finals tomorrow, church and my last family dinner on Sunday, hopefully a bike trip to Belton house on Monday, then a day to finish studying and packing before our British Studies final Wednesday afternoon. And then it's all over!

Well, you know, besides the week of travelling through Prague, Vienna, and Munich, and then the two weeks at Taize.

Alright, I'm off to dinner and more British Politics studying...Happy Easter!
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(no subject) [Mar. 30th, 2006|05:02 pm]
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Oh boy.

I really am bad at this updating thing, huh?

I guess it's because all of our homework is due soon...three research papers in two weeks! Now that's a true college experience. I don't think you should be allowed to have true college experiences while you're studying abroad...but our faculty seems to, so you know. 

If I were a good person, I'd be really cool and post pictures and stories from Paris right on here for you all to see...but instead, I'm just going to give you a link to click, because I've already uploaded them to facebook.  So here you go: click this.

And that's Paris.  

What's coming up?

Well, those three research papers for one.  
Costume Ball on Friday - some friends and I are going as the four seasons of the year (I'm fall.)
Sunday I'm taking a nature walk, which should be fun - spring has finally gotten here, which makes life a lot more encouraging.
Wednesday night is our Meet-a-Family reception, a sort of end-of-the-semester celebration where all the families come to the manor and we put on a concert for them.
Next weekend I'm going Brussels on Thursday and Friday, and then Saturday our meet-a-mom, Geraldine, is taking us to see John Wesley's birthplace.
Then there's just one more week of class and finals to get through before the semester is all over!

That makes it seem really short...

I'm off to write a paper or two - or at least think about it =)  Later!

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(no subject) [Mar. 27th, 2006|09:30 am]
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i like paris.

more later.
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pre-Paris post [Mar. 21st, 2006|11:12 pm]
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Although I don't have any thrilling pictures, I thought I would maintain the tradition of making a big picture post the night before I leave on a trip. (I'm going to Paris tomorrow at 12:45...woo-hoo!)

So here you go: Life at Harlaxton...Collapse )
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(no subject) [Mar. 20th, 2006|03:46 pm]
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Because several people have been asking me if all I ever do is travel, here's the list of things I have to get done before leaving for paris in 48 hours:

-music history assignment
-music history paper outline
-political science test
-read roy strong
-play read-through 2:30 mon.
-clean room
-family dinner
-paris briefing 7pm tues.
-run errands in town
-upload pictures
-get clean sheets
-turn in departure info
-charge batteries
-dr. gordon's office hours 10-12 tues.
-prepare for monday's british studies seminar

yay exciting! but paris...paris...paris...
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(no subject) [Mar. 19th, 2006|07:25 pm]
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Oh gosh, it's been a while, hasn't it?

Just thought I'd check in...the last two weekends have been less eventful than normal (but still exciting!) Last weekend my mom was here on her way back from Dubai, and we went to Wesminster Abbey and Kensington Palace, plus had dinner with my meet-a-family on Thursday night. Here they all are, except for William, my brother:

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The next week was filled with studying for the second British Studies exam, a Music History test, and writing a Political Science essay about the House of Lords. Yesterday (Friday) was the school field trip to London: we were assigned to visit the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery and find some paitings we had studied earlier in the semester, and then we got a tour of St. Paul's Cathedral, complete with a climb up 534 stairs to the very top of the dome - the view was amazing!

As usual, I'm being lazy about uploading my pictures - especially now that my mom has brought me another memory card...but I'll try to post the view from the top soon!

This weekend is going to be wonderfully lazy...today I shopped for props for the play we're putting on, a murder mystery called Done to Death and took a long nap. Tomorrow I'm getting up for church and then spending the day doing homework. Then on Wednesday afternoon, we leave for Paris to celebrate my 21st birthday! Yay birthdays...and yay Paris!
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Var Svensk Aventyr [Mar. 8th, 2006|01:27 pm]
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"Var Svensk Aventyr". That means "Our Swedish Adventure"...or, rather, it kind of does...In order to really make it be accurate, you'd have to know how to make umlauts on the computer and stuff. And I am just not that adept.

Anyway, do you want to see pictures?Collapse )

And that was Sweden. I liked it a lot. You should all go sometime.

Now, I have to go clean my room and do my laundry....because my mom will be here in 24 hours!
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Hello from Sweden! [Mar. 4th, 2006|08:37 pm]
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Hi everybody!

I'm currently updating from a computer lab at Växjö University in Sweden! I'm here visiting my friend Tim, and he brought us up here to check our email so we can stay in touch with the world.

Sweden is pretty awesome. It's cold and there's snow everywhere - which is really gorgeous. Yesterday we went to a cocktail bar to see a Norwegian rock band, but the band never showed up. Today we got to sleep in (for the first time since arriving in Europe) and then went to the Småland Muesum and the Glass-blowing museum, walked on a lake (because Nancy never had), and then walked an hour (4-5 km) to Tim's host dad's house for a traditional Swedish smörgäs. (Which is like a smörgäsborg, but smaller.) The food was SO good.

Tonight we are going to hang out in the flat (Nancy and I are staying with Tim's friend Dana, who is another international student from Duluth) and watch a movie. Tomorrow is church and maybe visiting another church, and then at 4:30 we begin the long trek home - Swedish train, Swedish bush, Airplane, sleeping in the airport, English train, Tube, another English train, taxi cab. We'll be home an hour before class starts on Monday, yay!
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Athens! [Mar. 2nd, 2006|01:11 pm]
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So I seem to have this habit of only updating this journal when I really really need to get my pictures off of my memory cards. Like now, when I'm about to leave for Sweden and have no memory card space left. So that's pretty exciting.

You know what else is pretty exciting?

Going to Athens for the weekend...Collapse )

This weekend I'm off to Vaxjo, Sweden, to visit my friend Timmy Baumann. We're staying with one of his friends at an apartment on the university campus and going to see a Norwegian rock band. So it should be interesting and fun!

Then my momma will be here next Thursday, and we're going to London.

Life is exciting, I tell you.
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