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Bye London

16 Dec

It’s been a couple of weeks since I last blogged but I figured I would anyway even though it’s not my day. Sorry (Derek)?

Well of course I’m not in London anymore. But last week was pretty great because, since it was my last week, I had a lot of free time to do a few things I still wanted to do. Also, Thursday night was completely insane, because it was the last night everyone had together. We went to O’Neil’s, of course (which I hate and you guys know that) but it was okay because I was pretty uh intoxicated and so was everyone else. Like way over the top. I remember singing “Thrift Shop” at the top of my lungs with Carson as we walked to O’Neil’s from Piccadilly Circus. I’m actually kind of surprised we got in because apparently one of our other friends, they kept telling her to go to McDonald’s and then come back. Which she did, five times, and they still wouldn’t let her in. She later said “It was like everyone was drunk for the first time, that’s how bad it was” which I thought was a very good way to put it.

We all paid for it with killer hangovers at British High Tea the next day. Oops. That’s classic, huh? Memories. That’s how I see it 😉

Then of course Saturday was my 21st birthday! I can’t believe I’m 21, though of course it doesn’t feel too different yet but I’m super excited! I had a great birthday away from home, even though it involved a lot of crying. But it also involved wonderful friends, Big Ben, and chocolate cake. And one drink 🙂

It was super hard to leave London. I’m already missing all my friends soooo much. I can’t believe it’s over and things will never be how they were again. I’m torn between being happy for everyone that they’re back home, but mostly I’m wishing we were all still together in London and the fun could continue.

But on the bright side, I’m in Germany! Having a great time so far. (Do I really have to go home in a week??) Moritz and I went out for dinner last night, my birthday dinner he said, and I had my favorite German food- schnitzel at our favorite German restaurant in Heidelberg. Then I came back to his apartment and he wrapped his scarf around my head while he set up a surprise, which were sooooo many candles and a tiramisu cake and lots of hearts all over the place ❤ and then we watched the Chiefs beat the Raiders 56-31 and ate the tiramisu. Today we hung out in Heidelberg and then went to the grocery store, and then cooked dinner 🙂 And now he’s working on a project so that’s why I decided to blog.

This is probably my last blog from Europe, right 😦 Well anyway, I miss you guys!

Cathy

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Wrapping up

4 Dec

Well it’s my last week of real classes.

I’ve been moderately busy. Last week Derek, Megan, and Kendyl were here and we had so much fun. http://cathyinlondon2013.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/friends-in-london-3/ if you want to read more about it. Even though they didn’t have the smoothest trip home ever, I’m glad they’re back safe and sound now!

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Since then, I’ve caught up on some sleep and done some souvenir shopping and some organizing. I threw away all the trash and things I don’t need, but my things seem to have multiplied since I got here. I’ve also found the suitcase I’m going to buy because I’ll definitely need an extra one.

It’s weird to think that in a week and a half, I’ll be leaving here. Then I’ll have a week in Germany which will be like a weird transitional limbo (in the best way possible) before I’m back home. I can’t believe I haven’t been home since before I went to Germany last time, and Italy, which seem like a very long time ago. So the fact that I left on August 12 seems like a long time ago but it also feels like I haven’t been gone for too long. Most of all I can’t believe that this experience that I’ve looked forward to for so long is coming to an end. That’s disheartening.

For example, what will there possibly be that’s worthy of Instagram-ing once I get home? No more Big Ben. No more Kensington Gardens or Regent’s Park sunsets or the commodity-crazed Oxford Street with its admittedly dazzling Christmas lights.

It seems kind of silly to think about Instagram but I actually think it’s a decent metaphor. Life at home will seem pretty ordinary after this extravagant experience. But I also know that I will have a new perspective on life at home and appreciate the simple things more. I’m really excited to see my family and see you guys again.

But I doubt I’ll ever have mimosas in class at 10:30am again like I did today 😉

Well, time to write my paper for George’s class.

Cathy

T-minus 19 hours

22 Nov

Hello friends! Morgan is probably the only one who will read this because the rest of you are preparing to get on a plane, and Nick most likely doesn’t exist anymore.

I’ve been working hard this week so I can make sure I don’t have to worry about anything while Derek, Megan, and Kendyl are here! So by that, I mean that I spent 12 hours on this theatre project yesterday and I’ve only left campus once in the past 4 days (yikes). I hate doing that. One of the days, I didn’t feel so bad because it was pouring rain, but I hate to spend a whole day inside. Sometimes you just have so much stuff to do that it really can’t go any other way.

The project that’s been eating up so much of my time is a theatre project where I have to cast it, come up with a set, design scheme, costumes, lighting, sound, etc. It’s not a boring or uninteresting project, but it’s reeeeeally time consuming. My play has six characters. Here are the people I casted for it: Emma Stone, Michael Cera, Steve Carrell, Amy Poehler, the guy who plays the dad in Good Luck Charlie, and the guy who plays Schmidt in New Girl. Lawls.

So I’m writing this blog to just take a break from that for a while. I stayed up until almost 4:00am working on it. I got up at 9:30 to go eat breakfast with Hanna because we freaking love the granola in the cafeteria (S/O to American Pecan Crunch). Now I’m in the library again which temporarily becomes my home for a week at a time. It’s not very peaceful though because they are apparently doing some carpentry in the corner, because according to a large whiteboard, “THE NEW RED SEATS ARE NOT QUITE READY TO BE USED.”

I can’t wait until those of you that are coming here can see the types of people I have to go to class with every day, and by that I mean they are all extremely rich. I accidentally almost wore yoga pants to class yesterday and that would have been such a faux pas. Expect to see many large fur vests and Louis Vuitton bags in the hallways here.

I really better get back to my project now, and anyone who’s interested in hearing about my time in Prague last weekend can read my other blog! http://cathyinlondon2013.wordpress.com

I can’t believe it’s been three and a half months since I last saw all of you!

I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU THREE TOMORRRRROOOOWW and I WISH YOU’D BE HERE TOO, MORGAN ❤

Cathy

P.S. Don’t forget, London is calling you. Specifically, Big Ben. I told him you’ll be here soon enough.

We're waiting for you! <3

We’re waiting for you! ❤

Feelin’ like a creep

13 Nov

Hi everyone, guess what? Only TEN DAYS until I see your beautiful faces! I’m so excited!

This weekend, I’m going to Prague (which is in the Czech Republic). There are 10 of us going. 9 of us are people that like each other and are good friends. 1 of us is someone that we’re not really sure why she’s going, and 2 of us have very strong feelings against this 1, so we will see how that goes. I don’t know a lot about Prague but I’ve heard it is really beautiful and I am excited to go to another new country!

Luckily, my hard week of papers (which was last week) is over so I’ve celebrated by not really doing anything, which is okay because I don’t really have to. Out of the past 7 nights, 3 have involved things for my theater class and 2 have involved large quantities of alcohol.

Speaking of theater, I fell in love with a play that I saw last night, the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, and I wrote more about it at my other blog if you want to check that out in a while!
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In other news, my International Relations class has turned into “Read Articles On Your Phone About The Kansas City Chiefs And Their Prospects Of Beating The Denver Broncos, But Don’t Let Your Teacher Notice You’re On Your Phone The Whole Time” class. Needless to say, that’s a lot more fun than trying to learn about something that your teacher doesn’t even know how to explain.

Today I went to Oxford Street to make some videos of social interactions between people. I had to do it for my Interpersonal Communication class, which I actually pay attention in because 1) it’s interesting; 2) it’s easy, and 3) my teacher is not a dimwit. I had to creepily try to film people while they talked or whatever, hoping they would do things such as gesture, scratch their nose, or show facial expressions, so I can make a presentation for my class and explain their illustrators, self-adaptors, and affect displays, respectively. It was super weird and it’s impossible to hold your phone in a way where it looks like you’re texting but you can still get a good video. I felt like everyone knew I was filming as I pointed my phone at them. Also, every store on Oxford Street is huge and has security and personnel around every corner, probably to look out for creepy people like me. Eventually I stood in a mall and filmed a mother and her adult daughter having some food and talking.

I can’t believe that when I get back from Prague, there will only be 5 days until you guys are here! I better start getting my projects done so they won’t be a problem once you get here!

I miss you all!

Cathy

Two months of No Privacy Ever

2 Nov

It’s been a rough few days getting back into the swing of school after a dream come true fall break vacation experience. Shameless plug for my blog again.

I’ve been having some issues with one of my roommates, Megan. She doesn’t know we’re having issues because they’re always when she’s drunk so she never remembers them later. You might recall how she and Hanna almost got in a physical fight a few weeks ago when Megan was being a mean drunk.

The other night was Halloween which of course was a big thing here for all us Americans. I came up with my costume while at the store at 7pm. I got a black and white striped shirt for £3 and a mask for £2.50. I borrowed a hat from Hanna and ta-da, I was a robber, or “The Hamburgaler” as I decided to call myself to differentiate myself from the most annoying person here named Brian who was also a robber but basically only meant he was wearing a mask. Hanna was a cat and Megan was “risky business.” She asked me if she could borrow my tennis shoes and I said yes because I borrowed her black flats a few times this semester. We had some alcohol and took lots of pictures with the rest of our friends for a while.

Our friends left for O’Neill’s at about 10:30, but we couldn’t leave because Hanna had a friend from our school who is studying abroad in Greece coming to visit and for some reason his flight wasn’t getting in until 10pm, so he got here at midnight. He is staying in our room this weekend. Hanna, Madi, and I waited for him (his name is Tristan) and then we left around 12:15. By the time we got to O’Neill’s at 1, everyone else was ready to leave. Hanna immediately started dancing with a random guy from our school (as per usual) and ignoring us. Then I had to babysit Tristan because he was in a huge hot club where he didn’t know anyone except for vaguely knowing me from one class we had together freshman year. “Well this is awkward, because I came to hang out with Hanna…” he said after she disappeared after about 10 minutes.

Long story short, Hanna disappeared with all our stuff like normal, Megan was a huge drunk bitch to me, we went home at 3am, Megan and her “boyfriend” Austin had sex in our room for like an hour, Tristan and I came back to the room at 4:30 to go to bed and Austin stayed the night. Hanna came back inside at 8am and she and Megan were soooo loud. They don’t even pretend to be quiet in the morning. They went to breakfast and then I was alone in the room with Tristan for like an hour and a half, again. So we talked a lot and he’s nice but it was awkward.

I was a little upset with Hanna about the night before and did not want to be around Megan so I went to breakfast at 10 with Carson and then we went straight to the library… I was there for 7 hours. Doing a paper. Sorry I didn’t blog yesterday, it’s because I was doing that. I did not want to see Hanna or Megan and I just needed a break from them. I was able to stay out of the room all the way until like midnight, and I mostly finished my paper. I was kind of grumpy though because I had been writing the paper ALL DAY and I wasn’t sure yet if I was ready to see people again.

I went into the room and Megan and Austin were there. Megan was drunk. I saw she had returned my shoes and they were covered in black stuff. “What happened?” I asked, holding one up. “They were like that when you gave them to me.” I told Megan they were not. “What are you talking about, Cathy? I wasn’t that drunk last night.” I said nothing and dropped the shoe to the floor. Pissed. I texted Hanna and asked where she was.

Megan decided she was going out and “Austin’s just going to stay here in our room because he’s sick and he can’t sleep with people in his room.”

Hanna told me to come downstairs because everyone was leaving. I was on my way when she told me Megan came back so I took a detour to the bathroom and contemplated my next move.

I decided the best choice was to just go in a stall and sit on the toilet lid and just be alone. So I did.

About 10 minutes later I heard Hanna and Tristan come in. “Is Cathy in here?” she asked. Yeah, I’m in here, I said and opened the stall door. She started laughing and hugged me and gave me a candy bar from the vending machine.

We went to talk on the floor in the hallway because Megan came back up and decided she wasn’t going out. I told Hanna why I had been upset the night before and it was fine.

Five people slept in our tiny room last night. Megan and Austin in Megan’s bed, Hanna and I in our beds, and Tristan on a mattress on the floor. I considered sleeping in Carson and Robbie’s room instead but didn’t want to drag my mattress down 4 floors.

It’s just been a little overwhelming. Sometimes you just need your own space even when you aren’t mad at people, and especially when you are. I still don’t want to be around Megan so I have been out of my room since 12:30 today and now it’s 5.

The only privacy I’ve had for the past 2 months is in the toilet and the shower. I think that would get to anyone after a while.

Cathy

I need to do laundry

16 Oct

I just made the executive decision to blog today because Friday I’ll be in IRELAND!

This week has been kind of weird. Friday night we went to my favorite club. We pregamed in our room for once, instead of our guy friends’ room. I didn’t know if I’d be able to drink anything after my Bacardi Mishap of last weekend, but I got a good chaser and my friend Austin recited Shakespeare to me. He said people need a mantra for taking shots, like 3 lines of Shakespeare, but I told him that I only know “wherefore art thou Romeo” and so he said, “O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name” to me repeatedly. It worked! Listening to Shakespeare definitely made it go down easier.

We went out and got to the club after about an hour of wandering around and shouting “PANTY RAID” in various tube stations. Then my roommates almost got in a fist fight in the rain outside the club at 2am. They were both super drunk and Megan didn’t want to come home with us because she was with some guy, and she kept being really mean to Hanna and Madi. I’m surprised Hanna could even stand up. She was even drunker than Bethany that one night over the summer. LOL. She fell asleep so fast when we got home and was super hungover the next day. Megan came home at 4:30am and started shouting “I’m sorry!” the second she came in the door and crawled into bed with Hanna and asked her if she wanted to order a pizza.

The rest of this week has not been too noteworthy. Midterms. I get an A- or a B+ on every assignment. George wore a pink shirt and purple pants to class on Monday. That was the first time I’d gone to his class on Monday in 3 weeks. I ate cake, chocolate milk, and a chocolate bar for dinner. I hope I don’t fail my international relations midterm tomorrow because we haven’t learned ANYTHING all semester.

Other than that, the only thing I’m really concerned about right now is getting all my clothes washed before fall break, especially my underwear. Sharing 5 washers and 5 dryers between 150 kids who are about to go on vacation for 10 days is not an ideal situation, as I’m sure you can imagine.

Anyway, I’m super excited to go on my trip! I’ll try to send you guys postcards 🙂 I’ll blog again in about 2 weeks or so.

Have a great rest of your week!

Cathy

P.S. Yes I got a little schwastey last night at my home bar, The Metropolitan, in the presence of my friends Hanna, Carson, and GEORGE MY PROFESSOR. And I had a field trip with him this morning, but it wasn’t even awkward. It would have been more awkward if I had missed it 😉

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Mid-European-adventure crisis

11 Oct

Hey everyone. This week and next week are sure to be busy with a lot of assignments and stuff like that because Fall Break is quickly approaching (one week!?!? Ahhhh!). Not only do I need to finish things for next week, but I’d also like to at least start on things that are due the week after fall break (meanest teacher move ever) so I don’t have to do them all as soon as I get back.

I guess that means I have to suck it up and get stuff done? Even if it means that I can hardly do anything fun? This is like the worst conundrum of my life. I’m in LONDON yet I can’t go out and enjoy it every second because I actually have real homework. You’d think it wouldn’t be that bad since I’m only taking 12 hours but somehow it’s worse than last semester when I took 17 and was working 20-25 hours a week. Actually, I know exactly why it’s worse.

In Springfield I have no qualms about sitting home and doing homework at night, actually I love it when I can do that because it means that I have the night off from work and don’t have some other event or meeting I need to go to. Here, it’s completely the opposite. I never have work or meetings to go to, but I’M IN LONDON. I don’t want to go to the library for 8 hours and write a paper. Besides, even if I did, someone would drag me to a bar or something eventually (I would go willingly). That doesn’t happen at home (still illegal at home). There’s a lot of peer pressure here. I don’t use that as an excuse. I am perfectly capable of saying no when I really need to, but a lot of times I don’t really need to, so I don’t.

So, I don’t know the answer to this predicament.  It’s all about finding the balance I guess, but that’s actually really difficult.

Last night I stayed in, did some homework, ate a candy bar from the vending machine (holla) and tonight I’m going to a club with Hanna, Megan, and Madi. Don’t know if I’m going to drink though. Public service announcement: please eat more than a piece of salami and a slice of cheese during the day before you decide to drink a third of a bottle of rum. You might just get the worst hangover ever. I would trust this advice if I were you.

Time is going so fast. Tomorrow it’s been exactly 2 months since I left home. Next week being fall break is kind of giving me a mid-life crisis only “mid-European adventure” crisis instead. I’m super excited to see some new places though and just travel around through four different countries for 10 days! When we get back, it will be November already. Three weeks until my trip to Prague, and then one week until YOU GUYS ARE HERE!! Then 10 days of fun fun fun and then finals and then… goodbye London, hello Germany, goodbye Germany, hello USA… Nooooo it can’t be

I hope you guys are having a good week, special S/O to Meiguan, wish I could give you a hug and I know your future is going to be great! Well I would do the same for all of you actually 🙂

Cathy

Wednesday thief

2 Oct

I just blog when I feel like it.

Well I missed out on blogging on Friday because Moritz was here, and let’s face it, I was too busy having fun with him in London to write a blog post. And let’s also face it, Tristan isn’t going to blog because he’s promised us he would for like the past 5 weeks and he never has, so why should we believe he’s going to today?

Of course the weekend was really wonderful. You can read about it in more detail at my other blog if you want. Here’s still a few pictures though.

Saturday night we were going to go out to a club, but we started drinking rum in my room so we never ended up going. We played a reaction game on his phone, so that was really funny. Also I tried to jump on my bed and fell on the floor. I have a few bruises to show for that. Haha. Also, it was really weird sharing a tiny bed in a room with two other roommates. It was actually kind of weirder because Hanna was gone for 3 nights so then it was just us two and Megan.

We had to get up at 3:15am on Monday morning so he could get to the airport on time. I got home at 5:30 and skipped my classes and slept until noon. You see some pretty interesting things on the night bus is all I can say.

Monday I pretty much laid in bed for 5 hours until I went to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre to see A Midsummer Night’s Dream with my theatre class. We had standing tickets, which was okay because we were super close to the stage. It was a good play because I’ve seen this one before, plus we read it in eighth grade, so I knew what was going on. It was a little long though and it was like 11:15pm by the time we got home.

Yesterday I was a little homesick for the first time really since I’ve been here. I think I was just feeling lonely since Moritz had left and it was back to school and stuff like that. This study abroad thing can be hard. It’s a dream but it also can be challenging. But I got over it pretty soon. Last night I also went to the student bar for the first time and had my favorite drink, Bacardi and pineapple juice. And then I went to the vending machine twice, and skyped with my family later.

This weekend half of my friends are going to Edinburgh, Scotland on a school trip and half are going to Dublin. I’m not going to either because I want to save money and I’m going to Dublin in 2 and a half weeks anyway. I hope I don’t get lonely but it might be nice to have a few days to myself to go out and do some photography and shopping.

Here’s some really good news for me: Carrie’s friend’s dad is coming to London over the weekend, and my mom told me that he will bring me some stuff from home that I want. For example, some t-shirts, yoga pants, and leggings. All things that for some reason I didn’t pack when I came here?? Also my black flats, which I can’t remember if we threw away before I came but I really hope not because I always need black flats and can’t find any here that I can justify spending that much money on.

I guess that’s all. I’m not feeling very good today so I was hoping this would distract me, but I have to go write a paper.

Cathy

P.S. The government’s shut down and I’m a little jealous that I’m not home for that

P.P.S. Chiefs

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School is real/FRIDAY THE 13TH

13 Sep

So how come the only people who have blogged in the past week are me, Meiguan, and NICK? (Who?) Derek doesn’t have internet so he has an excuse, but what about Kendyl, Morgan, and Tristan?!?

The past week has been pretty good, and time is starting to go a lot faster it seems like. After my crazy Thursday night last week, I stayed in and had pizza with my roommates on Friday night. But Saturday night we went out again.

I had some Bacardi and Coke back at school and then went with a group of about 15 people to a really close bar called The Metropolitan, and we met some friends there. One of them let me drink half a pitcher of Sex on the Beach (which wasn’t very alcoholic) and then we continued to a place called the Big Chill. I’m not really sure about how we got there on the bus because usually I’m one of the people who navigates us places and I wasn’t really in the position to do it that night. But we got there, and it wasn’t very fun.

We went to Camden Town to go somewhere else, but there was a cover charge of 10 pounds so we were like heck no. My friend Carson needed to pee so me and another friend named Brianna went to this little hole in the wall bar so he could use the bathroom. We ended up staying there for an hour or so, just talking. I knew I couldn’t still be feeling the effects of the alcohol but I felt exactly the same. Then I realized I was just super tired. We waited 30 minutes for the night bus to come and take us back to school.

At 9 am Hanna and I woke up to go to Buckingham Palace for a tour. I had a cold. I thought about the fact that a lot of people share their drinks with me so maybe I should stop mooching off other people. But then I don’t have to buy drinks, but it’s kind of unsanitary. There’s this one guy who kind of hangs out with our group. Every time he gets drunk, he just wants to buy drinks for everyone. Trololol.

But Buckingham Palace was really cool. I’m glad we went.

I spent a lot of the week in the library. School is getting real now, which pretty much sucks. I like my classes, but I don’t like it that I have 3 presentations this week. Maybe that’s a lie, because I love giving presentations. Maybe not 3 in one week, though.

Sorry for all the snapchats I sent you guys today of the Tate Modern Museum. I was just really excited about seeing Picasso paintings. There were four, I think. The museum was fun. I’m so excited for you guys to come! I really hope you bring your red rainboots, Kendyl. You’ll need them. I could use some of those right now. It rains so much here.

G+ soon pleeeeeeease?!?! I miss you guys so much! I’m so happy about Derek getting Instagram and Snapchat though 🙂

Cathy

P.S. I’m going to STONEHENGE on Sunday! What a dream come true!!

Gettin’ Weird in London

6 Sep

The past week has been really fun getting into my classes and settling into the swing of life here in London. I’m trying not to spend as much money as I did in the first 5 days, which I’m doing okay so far. I’m trying to spend 100 pounds per week, which I’m over the budget right now but there are still a lot of one-time expenses I have to buy (like a liter of Bacardi for 14 pounds). That will last me awhile. Honestly though I have been very responsible with my spending so far.

I think last night was the craziest night at Regent’s so far. All of us went to a club for free and most people (including myself) pregamed. I was in a big dancing mood when I got there. After a while, the group I was with decided to leave so we left. I remember we were standing on the sidewalk telling two British guys that we were from Toronto, then we were about to get in a taxi to go home with our friends, but then these two guys invited us to a rooftop bar. Hanna wanted to go and I didn’t want to leave her alone so I went too.

There was a bouncer at the door and at the elevator. One of the guys said his grandfather owned this hotel. We went to the roof and there was a beautiful view of London all lit up. The guys offered to buy us drinks but we declined. The one who was talking to me asked if I had a boyfriend and I said yes so he said he wouldn’t try anything with me. Then I talked about Moritz for a while and told him the story of how we met 😉

This is where we were sitting at this bar.

This is where we were sitting at this bar. (not my pic)

Me and Hanna on the roof

Me and Hanna on the roof

Hanna and I went to the bathroom and came up with a game plan called “Let’s Go Home Now” so she tried to get her guys number as a signal that we wanted to leave. They subsequently called us a taxi, got in with us, got out with us, didn’t offer to pay for it, and followed us into our school. Security is supposed to stop anyone without a student ID and they didn’t even look up when they came in. We wished they would have. The guys followed us into our room. When Megan came home she cozied up with the one who wasn’t with Hanna. The guys declared they were staying the night and would leave at 6am to go to work. They shared my roommates’ beds and it was a little annoying. When they left in the morning today I was pretty happy.

Elsewhere in our school last night, according to our RA and one of our friends, this girl who is always drunk was apparently walking around the guys’ hallway naked. Going door to door. Guess what? That’s my partner for a 20-minute presentation on Marxism in two weeks.

Other than last night, things aren’t too crazy here. There’s always something to do and someone to hang out with. I might go out tonight but only to go somewhere and sit down and talk. Maybe the student bar would be a good place for that.

I miss you guys, G+ soon??

Cathy

P.S. Have any of you gotten a postcard yet??

P.P.S. My London Blog

Me and Harry Potter Are Starting Classes on the Same Day

31 Aug

Hello everyone, Cathy here reporting from London freaking England. My day for blogging this semester is theoretically Friday because Tristan took my normal day of Wednesday but he has yet to blog so I might reclaim it. Actually it’s already Sunday here but whatever, this is like the first time I’ve had any time to myself so I’m just gonna blog late this time.

Earlier I wrote a ton of stuff for my travel blog, and I decided I’m probably always gonna just go ahead and post a link to it if I think it’s interesting. That way I don’t have to say everything twice but also I can make that one more thorough, and if you’re really interested you can read it as a supplement to this one. Also I decided I’m going to say some things on this one that I might not necessarily want to share with the whole social media world since I’m posting that one to Facebook and Twitter. Here is a safe place to talk, even though half of our moms read this (lol).

Well, London is off to a great start. Everyone is really nice and it seems easy to make friends. I’ve been hanging out a lot with my roommates, Hanna and Megan, who are also from Drury, and getting to know them. I love living with them so far and we laugh sooooo much. Our beds are in a little row and it kind of feels like one giant slumber party. Every morning we wake up at the same time and immediately just start talking. Also, we all wear the same shirt and shoe size so we have been sharing a lot of things. It would appear that one of them has no qualms about being completely naked in front of us. Our RA told our floor that we should write our name on the outside of our door so people know where we live, and we had the idea to take a funny Awkward Family Photo or something and put it out there, so I hope we eventually do that. I think I’m going to have a really fun semester with them and I think we will be really good friends for a long time.

Megan, me, Hanna

Megan, me, and Hanna tonight at a pub called The Volunteer

We’ve gone out the past three nights with a lot of other students from Regent’s. We also hang out with the only boy from Drury and about 7 or 8 other people we met. Two nights ago, we were at a huge bar over near Piccadilly Circus (which is kind of like TImes Square) that had like four floors. One guy in our group met some English guy in the bathroom and introduced him to all of us. He and one of the girls started talking a lot and ended up talking for the most of the night. They kissed when we were about to leave, and they talked a little more, and guess what? She found out he was 30 years old. So she has an interesting story to tell about her second night in London.

One of the funniest things about being here are the super basic phones that we bought so that we can keep in touch with each other or use in an emergency. Everyone has iPhones which work great as long as you have Wifi, which a lot of places do, but you still can’t call. I bought this phone for 25 pounds – the phone cost 5 and I got 20 pounds of calling credit. Me and Hanna kind of love these phones. We get so excited when we get a message and we only have like 4 contacts each. It has this really basic Bejeweled game on it and we laughed really hard this morning when Hanna said, “I’m going to play Bejeweled for a while and then I’m going to take a shower.”

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Other than a lot of orientation activities, I’ve really had a chance to use the Tube (Underground/subway) a lot and learn how to use it effectively. It’s pretty fun and not that difficult to figure out. I also finally got to see a lot of the good sights and do a little shopping for necessities like towels and alcohol (just kidding on that.) I’m trying soooo hard to save my money but in this first week it goes so fast because there are so many things you have to pay for, like a prepaid card for the Tube, a boat party/booze cruise, and toothpaste. The food at the cafeteria is okay. I feel like I do a lot more walking than eating substantial food so I will probably be pissed if I don’t lose any weight this semester.

I start classes on Monday, September 2nd, which I don’t know what supplies I need or even where the classes are at so hopefully I find that out sometime. I realized that Harry Potter and I are starting classes on the same day. In the book he always went back Hogwarts on September 1st and then school started the next day. We’re such twins because I’m in England too and King’s Cross Station is right here in London. I kind of feel like my school is a little bit Hogwarts. I need to go to Platform 9 3/4 soon. And do laundry, but not at Platform 9 3/4.

I’m gonna leave it at that for now, check out my other blog at http://cathyinlondon2013.wordpress.com if you want to read in detail about my Germany-Italy trip and more about London!

Cathy

P.S. I just keep getting so excited when I think about you guys coming to visit and us riding the Tube together and going to all my favorite places that I haven’t discovered yet.

Rest In Pieces to My Summer

7 Aug

Well, the end of my summer is nigh. I’m down to 5 days until I leave for my semester in London now.

Last Sunday (July 28) was my last day at IHOP. Since then, I’ve been all about trying to have as much fun as I can with the people here that are important to me.

My family and I went camping in our backyard on Saturday night. We played 20 questions in the tent and Harry Potter Uno, just like always. On Sunday morning, we went to IHOP (not the one I worked at) for breakfast to celebrate my parents’ anniversary. It’s actually on August 19 (but we won’t all be around on the 19th this year) and we started the tradition of going on their anniversary 13 years ago in San Antonio, Texas, when we were on vacation there. That was back when you could be on vacation on August 19 because school didn’t start until September. Those were the days. Anyway I was definitely an expert on the menu when we went the other day. I didn’t even need to open mine to know what I wanted and I was able to counsel my family members on their breakfast choices by providing guidance and ingredient information.

Here are the things that Derek, Kendyl, Megan, and I did last week: went to Derek’s house, had breakfast at Burger King, almost went to a Silversun Pickups concert, changed our mind and went to a movie downtown, had homemade chow mein at Megan’s, went to World Market (world market, we’re talkin’ bout world market), had pie from Burger King, and made sushi just to name a few activities.

Yesterday was also a very fun friend-filled day. We (along with Gentry) went to the Kansas City Zoo and we rode the Skyfari. It was pretty fun, unfortunately it started getting pretty hot and then we really needed to get out of there. Then we took a trip to Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue for lunch and all had the Z-Man sandwich except for Gentry. Lolz.

Later I invited them over to my house for dinner because we’ve eaten dinner a lot at Megan’s house this summer but not at mine. My mom made us stuffed shells and I made cupcakes. It was really nice sitting around the table and talking for hours. Also I learned how to do the cup song from Pitch Perfect.

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I decorated these cupcakes with the UK flag 😉

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These three will be visiting me in November! Love them ❤ #london2013

Well, there’s definitely more fun to come at the end of the week. Friday is Megan’s birthday and we’re going to have dinner and swim at Kendyl’s house, then go camping 😉 And Saturday night I’ll go to the Sporting KC soccer game with my dad, just the two of us.  We went to a game last fall and it was awesome so I’m pretty excited for that too! 🙂

Don’t know if I’ll blog again before I leave for Europe, I doubt it 😉

Rest In Pieces to my summer (and to gray squirrel).

-Cathy

Cathy in London

25 Jul

Hey everyone, I can’t believe this summer is almost over already. 😦 😦 😦 It’s been awesome and I have my last two days at IHOP this weekend. Now it’s time to start thinking about the fact that… I’M STUDYING ABROAD IN LONDON THIS SEMESTER?!?! I’m so excited that Megan, Kendyl, and Derek have already bought tickets to come visit me over Thanksgiving break! You guys are the best 🙂

Well, today I made myself a blog for London because I realized that I kind of liked this whole blogging thing. I will still write on this one weekly, but I made another one so that I can write a lot about my experience in depth for my family and friends. I just thought I’d take a minute to make a shameless plug for the blog. I probably won’t write anything in the next couple weeks until I actually leave, but whatever. I’m proud of it 😉

http://cathyinlondon2013.wordpress.com

Jansen Panettiere Doesn’t Go Here Anymore

6 Mar

Hi everyone. How is it Wednesday again already?? This semester is flying by.

This past weekend, Kelvin came down to visit. He stayed at Laura (Graham’s girlfriend)’s apartment. Graham is studying abroad in Greece this semester. On Saturday the three of us went to lunch at El Maguey and I talked to the waiter in Spanish. Then we went to the grocery store to buy cake mix and ice cream. We were sort of celebrating Kelvin’s birthday which was last month.

For Kelvin’s birthday, I presented him with movie called Fantastic Mr. Fox. This is funny because he let me borrow that movie almost 2 years ago and I don’t know why he did that because I was scared to watch it. The animation creeped me out and I had no desire to watch it and I told him that I wouldn’t. Anyway, it was lost at my house for the past 2 years but finally my mom found it so I gave it back to him and said it was his birthday present. We watched it (and it wasn’t that scary) and we also watched the Breakfast Club which I had never seen before. Then we went to Potter’s House and played Chinese checkers.

That was a pretty fun Saturday, because sometimes I get into too much of a routine and that was nice to shake it up a little bit.

Housing sign-ups are this month, and I was a little worried because I won’t sign up like normal since I’ll be gone in the fall for study abroad. Caitlin is living with 3 girls in her sorority, and since one (named Grace) is an architecture student, she will have to study abroad in Greece in spring 2014 or fall 2014. If it was spring, then I could move in there when Grace went to Greece. But then Grace found out she was going in the fall. So as far as I knew, I would be homeless when I got back.

Then on Monday, something wonderful happened. I saw one of the girls I’m rooming with in London that I kind of know, named Hanna, and her best friend Morgan. Hanna asked me where I’m living next spring when I get back, and I said nowhere! Then she invited me to live with her and Morgan in University Suites (the really nice apartments, 4 bedroom/4 bathroom, living room, dining room, kitchen, laundry, dishwasher, etc.) Hanna said Morgan is moving in with two girls in the fall who will study abroad in the spring, then when they’re gone Hanna and I will move in. Now we just need to find one more person for the whole year.

That was really nice because I kind of really wanted to live in University Suites so I hope it works out. Mostly though, I thought it was really nice because I don’t know Hanna or Morgan very well but I was a little bit flattered that they asked me to live with them! I see it as an opportunity to make some more friends.

Cathy

P.S. Jansen Panettiere doesn’t go here anymore. I saw online somewhere that he said he liked it here but was “taking some time off” to “focus on his writing.” I call BS. You’re not a writer.

I <3 Traveling

22 Feb

Hi, it’s Cathy again, and it seems like no one else ever writes except for Megan and I so I’m going to write something today really fast.

The newest development in my London study abroad plans is that I might get to go to Barcelona with Moritz for a week or two before I start school! He has a cousin who lives there so we wouldn’t even have to pay for a hotel or anything!

I’m so excited because we’ve been learning about Spain so much in my class called “the Culture of Spain” and I can’t wait to check it out!

I’m trying not to get my hopes up too much, but whatever, SPAIN! Luckily though, if I don’t get to go there, I’ll go to Germany before London instead.

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¡Qué emocionante!

Cathy 🙂 🙂 🙂

P.S. My offer for you guys to come visit me in London still stands 😉

London Calling

30 Jan

Hey guys!

I’m having a pretty good start to the semester, and by that I mean that I don’t totally hate any of my classes, which I think is a first. Granted, it’s still only my second week, but I’m pretty sure that in semesters past I could at least tell which class I hated by this point.

Mostly since I’ve been back, I’ve been working a lot! I kind of have to pay back my parents about $1,200 and I don’t really want to be indebted to them for my whole life. I picked up 3 shifts this weekend, so I’m really looking forward to payday. But you know what I’m trying not to do? Spend money using my debit card. For this reason I have no food in the house. I guess I’d rather starve than spend money. Because you know what I need to save for?!?!

londonThat’s right. In 210 short days (probably long days) (also known as August 28) I will be arriving in London!!! We had our first orientation meeting yesterday morning and got all the official paperwork that suddenly makes it seem like it’s really going to happen, instead of how it felt when I first signed up about a year and a half ago (like it was forever away). There are 5 girls and 1 boy signed up to go, and I only kind of know one girl, so we are going to room together. The dorms are triple though, so I guess we’ll get put with a random, which will be cool! Oh, and they told us that Regent’s College is super okay with people coming to visit and staying in your dorm for a week with no extra cost! Sooo I wanted to say that you’re all cordially invited to come visit me in London at any point during the fall semester 🙂

Now I just have to register for classes before next Tuesday, which is proving tricky, and I was kind of freaking out a little when I was looking at my four-year-plan. But the good news is that it looks like I will still be graduating in time 😉

Talk to you later, mates!

Cathy

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