the courtyard and I wanted it.
(Pictures are newest to old. The ones at the top are the most recent.)
Stranger things have happened, but England so far it not one of them. I really feel like I am still in America. About the only strange thing I have seen is people who dress like me. Oh yes, they exist. You have seen the bright safety green shirt. It's like that only in every day glow color available. Then there are my flatmates. I have 5 German flatmates and one Swede, named Linus. Linus and I refer to the others as "The Germans."
The first day was hard, I had jet lag. I honestly didn't think I would get it. I tried sleeping on the planes but that didn't happen. After going to and fro for a variety of events and inductions I finally got to sleep after 48 hours of no sleep. The next day was so much better. sleep=happy chema. I took a tour of the city with a campus leader and some other students. It was really great! I saw so many different things, it was mostly the market but it was huge. Eldon Square, Grey's Monument (Earl Grey tea anyone?), the first department store whose name is escaping me. Everything in Newcastle is within walking distance. 35 minutes will get you across town. Later in the day Linus and some of his Swede mates asked if I wanted to hang out around town that evening. It was a hoot. We wandered around the same shopping area as I had been in twice earlier that day.
It was really actually quite fun because the Swedes wanted to talk about American culture a lot and practice their English. They talked about how American entertainment was the highlight of their own entertainment. We talked about movies, music and religion. One of the Swedes is going to Mexico next and wants to be in a gang because he likes like "kind of stuff, like Eminem, and short skirts...yeah?" Let me point out here that no other country, as far as I have see, wears as short of shirts as the girls at night in Newcastle. And I mean short. They asked me what I thought of the "lack" of attire. I replied I didn't know how they were not freezing. Religion was funny because they asked some unique questions. To be quite honest I was really surprised it came up was I was thrilled to talk to them. Yes, politics did come up, and yes I told them how I felt. Linus was the one who asked and was really cool about it. He was thrilled I kept talking to him after he asked the question. What? Apparently he has asked other Americans and they are really put off by him asking and don't speak to him again. Maybe it was because he was in Montana? He studied there in the Spring.
The next day I adventured. I met an older couple who I had asked to take my picture. That turned into a tour of the Tyne river. Patrick and Valerie live in Gateshead which is on the other side of the river. They told me about all sorts of things you couldn't find in a travel brochure. it was really cool. The took my by the Millennium bridge, the Swing bridge, the Castle Keep, the old district, the Tyne bridge, the Baltic Art Center, and many other things. At one place near St. Mary's church, now a heritage center, Patrick told me about how the river caught fire and boulders were shot into the church. This was because Newcastle had two industries, coal and shipbuilding. So get any of those on fire and well...have fun. Also we saw the Millennium bridge do its thing. It tilts. I kid you not, it really does. I don't have a great picture of it yet, or video but I will.
After that grand adventure the next day was also spectacular. Also have I mentioned there hasn't been any rain...at least not then. Well, I went to the beach with the Christian union. It was load of fun, we took the metro. I have not been to the beach for quite some time and it was great. It was sunny mostly. We had a barbecue and ate hamburgers. They call the bun on the burger a bap. Ya, a bap. What? Oh and hotdog buns are called finger rolls. other then those two I have know everything else, but those were weird.
A bunch of the guys played rugby in the sand and frisbee. Later on frisbee became extreme. Like in the ice cold sea extreme. Did I join in? you betcha. This was of course after much debate as I did not have a change of clothes. So in I went Schrodinger shirt and all. It was COLD!!! it was fun though. After some went back to the campus, but I stayed with a few others and we went to a chip shop. The fish was friggin huge! I mean HUGE! It was so good though. After that one of the guys drove us back. Can we say opposite side of the road?
Once back Linus again invited me to join him and the Swedes for the night out, although this time the a few of the Germans came along. None of the American clubs have anything of this. Glowsticks and Techno! Yes there are pictures but on another girls camera, which I was in charge of because I was the most sober. As in...sober. Seriously even though I can by it does not make it cheep.
When I started back to the flat I say some of the CU people outside doing a "tea trolly" for all the inebriated students. I talked to them a bit they went home. The next day I met up with them and went to church. I met my first American, Missy. She is from Seattle and studying Medicine for a year. She leaves in December. The church invited me to go with them for a get together in Scotland! The rest of Sunday was spent wandering around at the beach again. I stayed until just before sunset. I wanted to stay at they light out until sunset but the pier was closed of before it.
Monday was pretty...quiet. Minus the testing of the fire alarm. Oh and we have cleaning ladies...what?! Orly? Well then...haha. Other then that all I had was the Graphic Design induction where we get out timetables. Those are weird. I have five classes for six weeks then a different five for the last 6 weeks. Projects are due in December...huh. I also met my second American, also in the GA. Paul from Chicago.
Finally today. It's still early here, 5:53pm, so more may happen. but so far I have had two classes, more like introductions. Animation and Web Design. Both should prove interesting even though I have done them before... other then that...I went and got fruit again. The first time I got 4 bananas, three apples, two large carrots for 79p ($1.25.) That was cool.
BTW the box it for a project for Web Design, part of the second page on here as well.
So there you go. Chema in England.
2 Corinthians 4:7
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not us. We are hard
pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in
despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down,
but not destroyed.