October 2011 Archives

Halloween

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Hey everybody, it's my favorite time of year: Halloween!!
I've always loved Halloween, and luckily for me there's been lots of opportunities for me to be ridiculous this week. Wednesday night was Zombie Night at one of the clubs here in Worcester. Lots of fake blood. Last night I went to a costume party as Katy Perry. It seems that they take Halloween much more literally here. For Halloween people dress up as Halloween-related things like pumpkins, zombies, witches, vampires, etc. It's not like in America where we dress up as whatever we want. But, that's not stopping all of us in SIE from having crazy awesome costumes. I'm extremely excited for the weekend because four of us crazy Americans are going to be the Ninja Turtles. I'm Raphael :)
We'll probably stand out like sore thumbs, but sometimes you just have to let your freak flag fly. Please email me with questions or comments, I would love to hear from whoever is reading this thing!
Cheers!

Classes & Life in General

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Hello everyone, and by everyone, I mean Jen :D
That reminds me, I'd like to do a shout-out to my friends from R2! I miss you guys bunches!
Also if anyone has any questions you'd like me to answer on here or there's something you think I should talk about, feel free to email me at temme004@d.umn.edu.
Okay, on to today's topic:
Today I want to talk a little about what our classes are like here, because it's completely different than UMD. This semester I'm taking four classes, 15 credits, and I have class three days a week. Each class meets once a week for three to four hours. That's right. One class, for three hours :S Fortunately we do get breaks. Having class once a week means we do a lot of outside work ourselves. In our UMD Shakespeare class with Paul Cannan we're reading a play a week and only spend on class period talking about each one. The nice thing about this system is only having one or two classes a day and being able to really focus on that subject. The bad thing is being in class for three hours at a time. It was hard to get used to at first but now that we're five weeks in it's a lot easier. In other news, I've decided that in each of my blog entries I'm going to have one piece of English slang that I enjoy. This week is...drum roll....
"couldn't be bothered"
This is a lovely alternative to "I was too lazy to" For example: I needed to do laundry and write a paper, but I just couldn't be bothered. That's all for now!

Cathedral Tour

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Hey everyone!
This weekend was our SIE cathedral tour, or as Judith liked to call it: "The Cathedral Express". Friday we attended a lecture by Kathryn Martin about the structure and history of cathedrals, and then took a tour of the cathedral here in Worcester. I was surprised at how much of the cathedral was from Victorian times, as opposed to the original structure from the 1200's. Another interesting thing was the Worcester Pilgrim. During some renovations to the cathedral the body of a pilgrim was found. He was reburied in a different place in the cathedral, and his boots are on display in the crypt (they're in surprisingly good shape!). The Worcester cathedral is the only one in England that has a pilgrim buried in it. Then on Saturday we left campus around 8 am (much to the despair of many of us) and set out for cathedrals in Gloucester and Hereford. It was so cool that even though the cathedrals all have the same layout, they also all have their own special characteristics. The cathedral in Hereford had beautiful new stained glass windows, which was my favorite part of every cathedral. I also found it kind of funny that every cathedral had a cafe and gift shop...capitalism at its finest I guess. Anyway, I've got to be writing a paper for my Shakespeare class. Until next time!

Panhandling Bagpipers

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Sorry it's been so long since my last entry folks, things have been pretty crazy around here! Classes are in full swing now and so are the societies here at University of Worcester. I've joined a musical theater society that is doing a rewrite of Alice in Wonderland as a musical! Auditions were about two weeks ago, and I'm part of the chorus as a playing card.
In other news, this past weekend we took our SIE trip to Edinburgh, Scotland!! It was absolutely amazing, probably my favorite city I've ever been too. It's a beautiful combination of really old historic buildings and fun night spots. Plus, I stumbled upon the cafe where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone (nerd alert!). I also visited Rosslyn Chapel, which may sound familiar because it is featured in Dan Brown's book The Da Vinci Code. It turns out Mr. Brown made up a lot of stuff, but the carvings in the chapel are still really cool. We also toured the parliament building and went on a ghost tour of Edinburgh's old alleyways (or closes, as they call them). I learned that Scotland is the only country where Coca-Cola is not the most popular soft drink, and that's because they have their own: Irn-Bru. It's a fluorescent shade of orange and yet it tastes exactly like bubble gum. Strange...but pretty awesome. One of my favorite parts of Edinburgh was the various bagpipers performing on the street. At one point some of us weren't sure where we were going, and someone said "Just follow the sound of the panhandling bagpipers!" And on that note, I must be getting to some homework.
Cheers!

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