So, the Wimbledon tennis courts (Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Courts and Museum) were relatively unexciting, since Eric and I were broke. It would have cost us £11 to enter the museum and £20 to tour the courts and enter the museum. All we really wanted to do was see/touch the courts, so we did not think it was worth it. But, we were allowed through the main gate and were able to wander around the shop. So, that was cool. At least we can say we’ve been there!
Classes were also relatively uneventful. The only exciting thing was that Wednesday’s morning classes were cancelled because of a scheduled faculty protest, which took place in front of the main building of the main campus. From what I gathered, the faculty was protesting the UK’s planned rise in tuition, which will happen next year. The max students may be charged will be a whole £9,000… PER YEAR! I am sure you think that’s a little ridiculous to be complaining about, as I did when I first heard. But, when you put it into prospective (just a few years ago, higher education was FREE), then £9,000 sounds like a lot.
Saturday was a lot of fun. Eric’s mother bought us tickets to go see a live football game. The game we went to see was Queens Park Rangers vs. West Bromwich Albion. It ended up being a tied game, but I was impartial. All that mattered to me was that it was a good game, which it was! It was great, in fact! I’ve never been an overtly passionate football fan, but I really enjoyed it. And, it was the first professional sports game I’d seen, which added to the excitement for me. I was pleasantly surprised by the crowd, too. They weren’t really rowdy, like I’d been led to believe, but they did get really into the game. Tip: If you’re afraid to see a European football match, don’t be. I’ve heard since I’ve been here that they have made large efforts to keep the crowds calm. Eric was even wearing the wrong color (he was wearing red; our side was cheering for a team wearing blue playing a team wearing red) and no one said a thing.
To keep the merriment going, I spent Sunday with a typical British family. My friend Laura’s parents made a English Sunday roast – roast pork, roasted potatoes,Yorkshire puddings, steamed vegetables, and something reminiscent of applesauce. Then, for dessert, they served cherry crumble with warm custard on top. It was delicious! Probably the best meal I have had all semester. Then, our friend Ellie and I watched Friends and helped Laura attempt to decorate Laura’s house for Christmas. It was a lot of fun.
I planned on spending this afternoon walking around Richmond Park with Eric – we haven’t been back since our second week here. But, it was fairly cold and Eric got last-minute notice that he had to be on campus at 4:00, so we stayed inside where it was warm. :) When he went to campus, I attempted to go shopping. My 21st Birthday is this Thursday and I am supposed to be going out with some of my friends, so I went looking for a “going out” dress. Sadly, I couldn’t find anything that suited my style, but oh well.
This week should be a lot of fun. Thursday is my Birthday! Then, Eric and I will be spending our weekend in Paris! I am VERY excited! Au revoir pour l’instant!