Thursday, March 3, 2011

Spring Break Plans and Vlog #2

I didn't want to say anything until everything was finalised, and now everything is... so I am going to tell you of my super-secret-except-not-I-just-wanted-to-use-that-phrase spring break plans! As you probably know, I have all of April off- yay!- and while I don't need to be traveling constantly, I do want to take advantage of the fact that I can get to a different country in less time than it would take me to get to a neighboring state back home. I mean, seriously... no longer are my nearest visiting spots New Jersey and Maryland. No, now I am near to Norway and Germany and Spain!

As it happens, I'm not going to any of those places. Instead, here's what my calendar for April looks like:

April 1st-14th: Recover from the millions of essays I just turned in. Go see London-y things that I've not yet done, like the Imperial War Museum, Camden Markets, the V&A again, do a Harry Potter walk, etc. There's still a ton of stuff here I haven't done.

April 15th-18th: VENICE! Yes, I am going to Italy with Adrienne! While I've never had an extremely burning desire to go to Italy, I've definitely been mildly interested for awhile, thanks to The Lizzie McGuire Movie and 13 Little Blue Envelopes. And now that I'm going, I can't wait! (I'm also terrified because the only Italian word I can say is "spaghetti" and I have to get from the airport to the hotel all by myself; Adrienne's coming from previous travels.)
April 22 & 23: Overnight bus tour to Oxford, Cotswolds, Bath, Lacock, and Stonehenge.

April 24-27th: LILLE! I'm returning Megan's visit and staying with her in France for a few days, which should be awesome. Again, I don't speak the language (despite the valiant attempts of my two wonderful French teachers, I'm still terrible), but Megan does, so I won't die.

Then I come back and prep for exams in May. This is all very exciting, but I do need to make it through March first, and that's going to be the tricky part. I got a great group today for my Adaptations performance, and we have lots of cool ideas, but we're going to have to rehearse a lot, as we only have three weeks, really, to put a performance together, including tech and a full script and everything.
I handed in two essays today. One was a pseudo-essay that wasn't too much stress except that the teacher sent out yet another e-mail about it that I didn't get and so myself and a classmate were running around trying to figure out what to do with our essays. The second was my Proof essay. I turned it in a full twenty-four and a half hours early, but keeping it wouldn't have done me any good. I was stressing over it too much to keep it any longer; now it's out of my hands in every sense. I've determined that it's not the students who should be stressing us out, as was suggested to us before we came here; it's the academic system, and the English students are just as freaked out by it as we are. There was a regular QMUL girl handing in an essay at the same time I was and she was in tears from the stress. Yeah...

I recorded another vlog for you. I hope you enjoy. I'm working on my editing, I promise (also, they won't be made this regularly. I was just bored the other day.)

Is there anything you'd like to know about my time here? Food, people, even more school, what places are like outside of my uni? I am missing my commenters :p so let me know what you want to see!


Anonymous said...

Hey Rachel!
First of all...HARRY POTTER WALK!!!! Awesome. I just home from my school's opening night of Les Mis! Ahhhhh! Also, how much tea do people really drink over there?
Chloe Nagle

Rachel said...

Hi, Chloe!
Yeah, I really want to go on one... they look so cool. You can also do much more elaborate ones where you go to the more distant places, but I'm not willing to put down 200 pounds for it, LOL.
Who are you in Les Mis? I love that show :)
They drink tea quite a lot. I can't really speak for older generations, but I'd say the people our age drink tea and coffee about the same amount. They really do love their tea here.

Anonymous said...

Had to laugh at the tea sipping. :0P
You should have looked for the "lightest brewed tea" there was.
See that is why coffee is sometimes much safer.

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