Dec 18 2008

It’s over! ….Umm…I mean…It’s halfway through!

I’ve got to be honest…I’m pretty amazed at how proficient of a blogger I am. I mean, daily–sometimes even twice a day I’m posting something new about school here in England. What? You mean, you haven’t seen any of those posts? Hmm…it must be because of the shoddy internet here.
So this is our last week at The Kings Lodge in our lecture phase. That feels very strange to type. Sunday we are leaving to go to London for a week, then we are back at the school for 12 days doing local outreach. After that, we are on our way to Bolivia!
Here’s a pictorial overview of the last three months, because…well…I’m just too lazy to write everything that has happened.

My birthday in London. We spent the day at the British Museum. It was really incredibly and overwhelming. I spent quite a bit of time in the Egyptian section, but then had to move on because everyone else wanted to see the rest. Then we went to Covent Garden, and later on spent the evening in Kensington. Had a grand time up until we missed our train back to Nuneaton and had to spend the night at the most disgusting hostel imaginable. I was really sick, and spent most of the night awake listening to snoring from one of the roommates. Disgusting, disgusting, disgusting. No other word.
Spent a weekend in York doing some outreach.
Wished we could have explored the city a whole lot more. It was very neat….we hope to go back sometime. York is known for still having it’s original walls around the city. It also has a beautiful cathedral that is world famous in the city center. The city itself is really beautiful, and has a lot of history. It was very cool that the downtown area is all just for walking.
The first evening we were there we got to wander around the city late at night handing our water bottles to people coming out of the pubs and night clubs. Dave & I got to chat with a bunch of teenagers who were high as a kite. It was funny/interesting….they seemed super impressed with what we were doing in the city…possibly a little confused, because they couldn’t understand anyone wanting to help drunk party-ers.
The next day we spent in Leeds, a city close by, doing gardening in some single-moms homes where their lawn and garden had been completely overrun. The lawn that we had was amazingly overgrown, and we ended up hacking down almost everything, just to give the lady a fresh start.
In early November we went to Stratford-upon-Avon. This house is the house that Shakespeare was born in. We wanted to go in to some of the museums, but they were quite pricey. It was cold and rainy outside, but still very interesting to see all the Tudor style houses and buildings. We also got to see the church that Shakespeare was baptized in and married in.
Was so close to getting tickets to see Patrick Stewart in Hamlet, but missed out.
So sad.
Winter here has been pretty much non-existent. The other day everything frosted over and it was very pretty. But overall, it’s just been cold and wet. Heating is very expensive here, so we end up wearing a lot of layers during class time, otherwise we will freeze our bums off!

Well…that sums it up. Kind of. Oh well….until next time…