Archive for February, 2013

London graffiti!

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

London graffiti!

A Beautiful Day in February

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

This week is Reading Week at my Uni here, so we have no classes but a decent amount of reading, papers and presentations to work on. We basically get a week of for midterm preparation, which is something we’d never get at home! So today I planned to work on one of my papers this afternoon but went out with Kerstin this morning because it was beautiful! It is rare that when you pull open your curtains in the morning the sun will shine through. If it is… GET THE HECK OUTSIDE! 

So Kerstin and I walked around our area (we live right by the financial district) so there are lots of cafes and business buildings as well as shops. So we walked around all morning aimlessly and ended up pretty close to the water so we walked right down to the Thames and hung out by the Tower of London in the sun!! It sounds so silly to be able to say I could just go hang out at the Tower of London for the morning.

And it was finally warm enough to get a 99 flake..I’ve been waiting so long!

99 flake…meet the tower of london:

Oh we also found a place called the BoxPark which is a sort of outdoor strip mall of pop-up stores. Pop-up stores are lots held my companies for a very short amount of time and while the retailer is there so sell their products for very cheap! 

It was a great day! and now I’m back to study and get some work done… cheerio!

9/11 – A World Event

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Something that I’ve realized so much while I’ve been over here is the relevance of America in other countries, especially UK and Europe. The one thing that really got me thinking about this is September 11th. Being an American and this event being such an American heartfelt day, a day when really pulls together each year and remembers… I never really thought what this day may mean to the rest of the world or if they really even thought about it. Being in the UK, I’ve heard 9/11 referenced by my professors on multiple occasions as a day that really changed the world. This was not only surprising to me to hear English people referencing 9/11 at all, let alone in this way but it was extremely comforting. It is so nice to know that America was not completely alone on that day that the UK (and probably many other European countries) were pulling together with us and acknowledged that attack as something as deeply profound as we did. 

It seems obvious when you think about the Western world, that of course the UK would acknowledge it…but I really had never thought about it before and when the US is mentioned in the 3rd person, it really makes you realize the connectedness of the world on a greater level. 

Le Weekend de mon Anniversaire

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Samedi soir, je suis allée à un spectacle de cirque “Le Bal des Intouchables” avec ma partenaire de langue et sa famille. C’était INCROYABLE! Le cirque n'avait pas d'animaux, de clowns, etc. juste des personnes. Ils ont marche sur le fil et ont fait de l'acrobatie avec des cordes et des trapèzes.  En plus, la musique qui l'a accompagnait était autant fantastique. Une fille a traversé le fil pendant qu'elle jouait au violon! 

La thème du cirque a combiné les éléments de vieux et jeune, de fort et fragile, en célébrant la vie d'un homme du cirque qui est tombé du trapèze en 2000 et s'est fracturé des vertèbres. Maintenant, en dépit du fait qu'il a du mal à marcher, il a aussi participé aux spectacles. Il a fait des acrobaties en fauteuil et avec des béquilles. Une de mes parties préférées était un autre homme plus agé qui s'est tenu en équilibre sur la tête au trapèze pendant longtemps! J'avais vraiment peur qu'il allait tomber. Une autre, une jeune fille qui a fait du “vol aérien” avec une corde suspendue.  Oh, et en plus, ils sont arrivés dans les sacs poubelles avec les mains et pieds saillies!

Apres le cirque, je suis sortie en ville et j'ai rencontré un orchestre de jeunes qui jouent aux instruments à vent. Ils jouent au Vieux Port le dimanche, mais ils on fait un concert surpris au Cours Julien a 1h du matin! Ils ont joué beaucoup de chansons de pop.

Et, comme les photos montrent, ma famille d'accueil a fait un dîner pour mon anniversaire qui était incroyable! Je suis vraiment chanceuse!

Le Weekend de mon Anniversaire

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Samedi soir, je suis allée à un spectacle de cirque “Le Bal des Intouchables” avec ma partenaire de langue et sa famille. C’était INCROYABLE! Le cirque n’avait pas d’animaux, de clowns, etc. juste des personnes. Ils ont marche sur le fil et ont fait de l’acrobatie avec des cordes et des trapèzes.  En plus, la musique qui l’a accompagnait était autant fantastique. Une fille a traversé le fil pendant qu’elle jouait au violon! 

La thème du cirque a combiné les éléments de vieux et jeune, de fort et fragile, en célébrant la vie d’un homme du cirque qui est tombé du trapèze en 2000 et s’est fracturé des vertèbres. Maintenant, en dépit du fait qu’il a du mal à marcher, il a aussi participé aux spectacles. Il a fait des acrobaties en fauteuil et avec des béquilles. Une de mes parties préférées était un autre homme plus agé qui s’est tenu en équilibre sur la tête au trapèze pendant longtemps! J’avais vraiment peur qu’il allait tomber. Une autre, une jeune fille qui a fait du “vol aérien" avec une corde suspendue.  Oh, et en plus, ils sont arrivés dans les sacs poubelles avec les mains et pieds saillies!

Apres le cirque, je suis sortie en ville et j’ai rencontré un orchestre de jeunes qui jouent aux instruments à vent. Ils jouent au Vieux Port le dimanche, mais ils on fait un concert surpris au Cours Julien a 1h du matin! Ils ont joué beaucoup de chansons de pop.

Et, comme les photos montrent, ma famille d’accueil a fait un dîner pour mon anniversaire qui était incroyable! Je suis vraiment chanceuse!

Joyeux Anniversaire à moi!!! Mes parents d’accueil ont fait…

Monday, February 18th, 2013


















Joyeux Anniversaire à moi!!! Mes parents d'accueil ont fait un dîner du polenta pour moi. A la tradition italienne, on le mange sur la table sans assiettes. C’était délicieux et plein de surprises! Voici moi avec ma famille d'accueil, quelques amies, et ma partenaire de langue.

Happy 21st Birthday to me! My host family made a traditional Italian dinner of polenta, which you eat directly off the table! It was delicious and full of surprises! Here are some pictures of me with me host family, friends, and my language partner.

Joyeux Anniversaire à moi!!! Mes parents d’accueil ont…

Monday, February 18th, 2013


















Joyeux Anniversaire à moi!!! Mes parents d’accueil ont fait un dîner du polenta pour moi. A la tradition italienne, on le mange sur la table sans assiettes. C’était délicieux et plein de surprises! Voici moi avec ma famille d’accueil, quelques amies, et ma partenaire de langue.

Happy 21st Birthday to me! My host family made a traditional Italian dinner of polenta, which you eat directly off the table! It was delicious and full of surprises! Here are some pictures of me with me host family, friends, and my language partner.

British Museum and Tower Bridge

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Started meeting with groups and continuing to work on projects this week on top of regular classes.  On Wednesday I went to a bar with a couple friends to watch a great match between Real Madrid and Manchester United for the Champions League.  On Thursday, in celebration of Valentines Day, a local club had a party for international students in London, which a bunch of friends and I went to and had a really good time.  These past few days the weather has been really nice, warming up a little and finally getting to see some of the sky and sun, making for a nice weekend.

On Saturday, we all went to the British Museum.  This was one of the largest museums I have ever been in and contained interesting artifacts from every age and every culture you could think of.  We walked around for over 3 hours and still didn’t get to see everything.  While walking around I saw artifacts such as swords, shields, books, pots, sculptures, coins, clothing, and so much more from sections such as the Enlightenment, Renaissance, and ancient times, and from cultures such as the Vikings, medieval Western Europe, Ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece, Mayans and Aztecs, Native Americans, and many more.  I got to see some very famous historical artifacts, such as the Rosetta Stone, other ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian sculptures, and even pieces of the Parthenon from Greece.  After the museum, we had a good lunch in an Irish pub and eventually headed over to the Tower Bridge.  We came out of the tube right below the Shard, just opened to the public on February 1.  We walked along the Thames River from the London Bridge, got a good view of the financial district, past the new City Hall, and across the Tower Bridge itself and along the Tower of London.  I passed by all these my first week during our little river cruise rather quickly, and got to appreciate them more getting to stop and take some great pictures of this part of the city.

 

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Class and Carnevale

Monday, February 18th, 2013

All of my classes have officially started. I have been enjoying all of my classes so far. I am taking business classes that relate to Milan, which makes them even more interesting. For example, my instructor has incorporated Italian fashion and luxury brands into our marketing class. This is something I would never have the chance to learn about in America.

After my first full week of classes I visited Venice for Carnevale. This was my second time visiting Venice and it was even more beautiful than I remembered. All of the streets were packed with people decorated with masks and costumes; it was a lot like Halloween. The Carnevale celebration continued when I was back in Milan. There was a parade at the Duomo and everyone in Milan was dressed in costume. The streets of the city were covered with confetti by the end of the celebration. It was so cool to see the city transform!

 

 

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Crowded street in Venice

Crowded street in Venice

Carnevale in Milan!

Carnevale in Milan!

 

Borough Market

Friday, February 15th, 2013

I am not sure why it has taken me so long to write about Borough Market, I go here once a week. Sometimes, by myself but mostly with my two mates (hehe..don’t judge me, I am just trying to fit in) Ashley and Danielle. It is off the same tube stop as my work, London Bridge. 

When you arrive, you walk down a set of stairs next to Southwark Cathedral and you are immediately greeted by the grilled cheese man..compte and cheddar..what more do you need? 

(Also, do not judge my poor pictures. I was not prepared picture wise to write this post.) 

There are fourish different parts to the market. You can buy fresh vegetables and fruit, baked goods (my one true weakness in life), turkish delight (TURKISH DELIGHT..it’s a song), fresh pasta, sauge sandwiches  curries, salted meat sandwiches, duck confit sandwiches, pies, pasties (!!for Ash), different types of meats and fish, fresh juice, and salads!! The list could go on. OH and goat milk ice cream (which we can eat Maddy..they had maple and honeycomb!!) (this sandwich is for you Daddy!)

When I go with my mummy, I will take much better photos. 

Also, everyone tonight is the eve of when PAMELA CAPRIOTTI MARTIN FLYS TO SEE ME. I could honestly not ask for a better mother in this entire world. And, she is going to write a nice guest blog about her journey here. Tomorrow, I will meet her at her hotel and we will meet up with Cat to grab brunch at the Breakfast Club before we see Helen Mirrin in The Audience. I know I am excited to see it so that must mean she is CRAZY excited. 

I hope you all have as wonderful of a weekend as we do! Also, Alex and Kirsten are hanging out this weekend and I wish i could be there with them! Missing my bebes.