Classes are going along well. It is still very strange to me to only have each class once a week. However, it has given me a lot of free time to enjoy my trip and still get homework done. Though, it’s also strange not having assignments due every time I attend class. Instead, I just have one or two assignments due per class throughout the semester (except British Life & Culture – I have four papers and a presentation).
This week will be my last week of class before having a week off – Enrichment/Reading Week. Eric and I will be spending most of that week abroad in Italy. We will be avoiding Rome and Lampedusa, where there have been riots/protests recently. We will be starting in Pisa, then traveling to Florence, Venice, and Trieste by train and flying back to London on Wednesday the 2nd. We are cutting our holiday a little short so we can register for Spring classes without having to bring our computers with us. We don’t want to worry about losing those!
Other than attending class and planning Enrichment Week, I’ve been traveling a little bit. I spent Saturday in Oxford with the British Life & Culture class. That was fun. Especially since we got to see lots of places where Harry Potter was filmed! First we had a guided tour of the colleges, then we went on self-guided tours of Christ Church College. The guided tour was nice and very informative, but our tour guide was very offended by people taking pictures and not appearing to listen. That was something I’ve never experienced before. So far, none of our tour guides seemed phased by us taking pictures. Then, our self-guided tour of Christ Church College was also very interesting. Here, I got to see the actual room used for the Hogwarts Great Hall. Got to love Harry Potter!
Since I had today off, I decided to find Pooh Corner. It’s basically a Winnie the Pooh souvenir shop, including information to help you find Pooh places (“Enchanted Places” – Poohsticks Bridge, Galleon’s Lap, Where the North Pole Was, Roo’s Sandy Pit, The Heffalump Trap and The Enchanted Places Memorial Plaque). Yes, I’m almost 21 and I still love Winnie the Pooh! In case anyone is interested, it is located in Hartfield – about a two hour trip by train and bus from Kingston. Tip: You have to take the 291 bus from Tunbridge Wells to Hartfield, but it only leaves about once every hour. But, if you get to town at an odd time, there are lots of stores to waste time in near the bus stop.
All in all, it’s been a fun week. Very busy. I’m looking forward to a few days’ rest, then lots of traveling around Italy! I’m also hoping to go out with some friends this week to celebrate Halloween early, since I won’t be here on the day.