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To London Tomorrow
July 10, 2008, 8:19 pm
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3 Things I’m thinking of doing!

* The National Gallery
* Tower of London
* The London Aquarium

oh and Harrods. duh.



Oxford Update
July 8, 2008, 2:34 pm
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I realize that I haven’t actually written anything about what I’m doing at Oxford (I mentioned it a bit on my “About Me” page). That’s for a few reasons:

1. I just recently got my computer hooked up to internet.

2. I haven’t had much time to devote to writing something worth reading.

3. I want to tell stories with pictures. I left the cord that connects my camera to my computer at home.

So, I’m going to do most “site seeing” posts after I return home.

But, quick and dirty:

I’m at Oxford’s University College (Univ) for three weeks to study International Economics & Commerce. I have class Mon- Thurs from about 8:30 to 10:30 (though this varies because my tutor has to travel). My class has 9 people in it and our tutor (a prof. at Univ) is known around as “Slick Nick”. He has, in the past, taken a liking to his female students. I’ve heard that he’s been asked to “tone it down”, but it’s still quite apparent that, in his own words, he is, “after all, a man”. Nick is mostly harmless and a pretty good lecturer.

A run-down of the past week. Again, I’ll do longer “site-seeing” posts with pictures. I’ll also add pictures of the campus and my dorm room, etc.

Sun. 6/29

Arrived at Univ. My room is on the very top floor of a 13th century building. It was hell lugging my suitcase up the last set of stairs with was narrow and incredibly steep. We went on a 2 hour walking tour with the program director, Mark Thomas (History/ Econ prof. at UVA).

Mon. 6/30

First class with Nick. This was a jam-packed day of activities. After class, we went on a library tour, did a scavenger hunt, and then went punting. After all of that, we had our first Banquet Dinner (there’ll be another the last evening of the program). Then we all went to a club. That was pretty fantastic even though a piece of broken glass went through my flip-flop and cut my foot a little.

Tues. 7/1

After class we went to Blenheim Palace. Pics to come! Went out to a pub after dinner.

Wed. 7/2

My class didn’t meet today. Nick was in China. Went to a club, danced dirty.

Thurs. 7/3- Sun. 7/6

Went to Edinburgh. 7.5 hour train ride each way– TOTALLY worth it! Edinburgh was amazing. Walking tour, pub crawl, museums, unveiling of an Adam Smith monument, met great people at the hostel– pics and more to come.

Mon. 7/7

During class we had a debate about the pros and cons of globalization. After class I mostly just hung out until dinner. Then a bunch of us hung out in the beer cellar.

Tues. 7/8

After class a few other girls and I went shopping at this really cheap clothing shop in Oxford. After that, my croquet team won our first match, putting us in the semi-finals of the tournament. Tonight is Trivia Night in the beer cellar.

Anyone for Pimm’s?
July 8, 2008, 10:29 am
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You probably already know about Pimm’s because you’re far more cultured than I am. In the past week I have fallen in love with Pimm’s and lemonade (aka lemon-lime or Sprite).
From Wikipedia

Pimm’s No. 1 Cup is the essential ingredient in the Pimm’s Cup, which mixes one part Pimm’s No.1 with three parts lemonade or lemon soda (sometimes ginger ale or Indian tonic water), ice cubes, borage leaves (nowadays a wedge of cucumber is usually substituted for this ingredient), mint leaves and slices of lemon, orange and strawberry.

Pimm’s is listed on VA’s ABC site, so we’ll see if I can find it in the US. If not, I’m starting an importing business.

While discussing with a friend the possibilities of playing croquet (another new *love it*) on the Mall and/ or the Lawn at UVA:

me: oh, and we’d need to import some Pimms
Friend: hehe wooooo pimms
me: love that stuff
Friend: heh yeah it’s cute
me: cute?
Friend: yeah you got to england and fell in love with cultural booze

Well, duh.