Thursday, June 10, 2010
I'm still going through tons of pictures that I've taken from the past week or so, so there will be a post or two with those as soon as I get my computer back online.
Anyway, back to MN today. Still not sure how that's going to work since as far as I know I still don't have a car.... Hmmmm. Looks like my parents and my brother are going to have to drive me to work!
Monday, June 7, 2010
No time to worry about it now though, lots to do and see and clean and pack before then. If I am a crazy mess of panic and emotions I do apologize.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
For all of you non-European people like me, you more than likely have no idea what Eurovison is. Pretty much, it's crazy. Each country selects a singer or band to represent them, and then it's a free-for-all karaoke competition. Apparently it is a massive thing here. There were house parties, full bars, and even block parties based entirely around watching the finals. Whichever country wins hosts the event the following year. This year, the finals were hosted in Oslo Norway.
This year, the winner was... (drum roll).... GERMANY!In second place, Turkey; and in third place, Romania.
Here is this year's winner...
Friday, May 28, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
- The airways were closed and reopened yet again thanks to that crazy Icelandic volcano.
- No one that I know of (including myself) have been terribly affected or deported yet with the conservative government.
- Lauren and I enjoyed a great free meal from of London Met.
- I went up to Bicester this past weekend to see my family friends one last time this year. Enjoyed the summer weather and good food!
- TODAY IS LAUREN'S 21st BIRTHDAY! Party tonight, and probably all weekend long :)
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Right so last I updated on this we had a hung parliament and Gordon Brown (labor party) was still the Prime Minister. This essentially meant we still had a leader, but no government. Today however, Gordon Brown resigned (leaving us without a leader OR a government (technically giving the power to the Queen), and about fifteen minutes later (ok I exaggerate, still under 2 hours later...) it was announced that David Cameron (conservative) had accepted the position as PM from the Queen with the intent to from a 'full and proper' coalition with the liberal democrats. Ummmmm, wait.... what?! Suddenly US government and politics doesn't seem so far out there. To change PMs at the drop of a hat, or to have a system that even allows for such things as a hung parliament, I guess I just don't understand. (Not that I ever did to begin with, but really.) Apparently Nick Clegg (lib dem) will now sit as the deputy PM as "Mr Cameron said he and the Lib Dem leader were both prepared to put aside their party differences and "work hard for the common good and for the national interest". "I believe that is the best way to get the strong Government that we need, the decisive Government that we need today," he said." I guess we'll just have to wait and see how this pans out.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
So what will I be doing for this last month you ask? Well, aside from scrambling to finish the paper I have due tomorrow, 3 finals, and starting (yes, starting) my online summer class, I'm thinking it will go something like this...
Lauren and I will sleep in, spend as much time with our friends as possible, grab
Except, that is, the whole leaving in one month part of it...
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Now, I will be the first to admit that I know very little about politics, economics, or foreign policies for the US (though I would venture to say that I know a great deal more than Sarah Palin....); however when it comes to UK politics, I know next to nothing. Assuming the majority of my readers are American, I will venture to say that most of you don't know much about the upcoming elections here either. So here is a very brief overview of what is happening.
Like the US, the UK has a party system. There are 3 main parties; Labor, Conservative, and the Liberal Democrats. Each party has one leader, respectively; Gordon Brown (the current Prime Minister), David Cameron, and Nick Clegg. There are other parties involved, however they do not currently seem to have enough support or seats in the House of Commons to warrant much talk of them here in such a short overview. There are 650 MP (Members of Parliament) seats in the House of Commons, all of which are up for election on May 6th.
This is about where my knowledge of this issue ends (I told you it would be brief), though as election day draws closer I hope to learn about more about each party and what they represent.I will update you with the results on the 6th!
Monday, May 3, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Wednesday I will be attending a performance of Psy, check out the preview here. Looks like it's going to be amazing! May 7th ISH is hosting a Hollywood styled charity event called the May Ball in Aid of Mind. With DJs, dancing, and drinks, it is sure to be a great night for a great cause. May 10th Lauren and I are off to Camden to see Foals!!! Check out some of their music here. Then, as if that weren't enough, London Met decided to put on another night of free pizza and a trip on the London Eye for the international students on the 13th! Lots to do and see still, London is never boring!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
- Easter was spent up in Bicester with the family friends! Very nice mass and dinner, and it's always nice to get away from the city for a bit.
- School started again. Uggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. To be read like this:
- A Volcano erupted in Iceland spewing up so much ash that flights coming into and leaving from nearly the whole UK have been canceled for days! Check out more info here.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Lauren: "Necesito dos mojitos por favor."
Lauren: "No, no. Mojito."
Old lady: "Si, bocadillo."
Lauren: "No, mojito. Mo-hee-toe" Makes drinking motion.
Old lady: "Ah! Patatas!" (Potatoes!)
Lauren: "What? No!"
Needless to say, we were doomed to leave Barcelona without our drinks. That would prove to be a terrible decision in and of itself after frustration and delays at the airport. But, we survived. I'm sure their mojitos would have been over priced and mediocre at best anyways.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
- Hookers- there were tons of hookers in Madrid. It was bizarre.
- Purple- Purple seems to be the new black this season. EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE. Purple.
- Back to the '90's- from mullets, rat-tails, and hammer pants, we were for sure in the 90's.
- TACO BELL- OMG there was a Taco Bell!! Highlight of the trip for sure. One of 2(?) in all of Europe. What did you do in Madrid? We got Taco Bell. YESSSSS.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Quick Update: Lauren and I just bought tickets to Spain! Spring break here we come!