. Saturday saw Alex and me walking up and down Kensington High St. which is full of high end stores, kind of like a 5th Ave. I bought a hat for 3 pounds, because that was all I could afford and the frigid weather demanded it. That evening we went to a little Italian place that was once one of Princess DIana's favorite Italian places to frequent. Sunday we started a BU instigated scavenger hunt in which student life gives away three top prizes all great gems to try for, and 7 other small prizes-a great motivation to get out and take advantage of the sites London has got to offer and seize the many opportunities here to learn. We visited the Royal Festival Hall, Millennium Bridge, Trafalgar Square, and the National Gallery, all of which we got to by trudging through the blizzard and slippery roads of London. The National Gallery has been my favorite museum thus far, seeing as they had some truly remarkable and famous paintings including Monet's Lilies on the pond and Van Gogh's Sunflowers. We ended our day in a tiny cafe getting hot chocolate that was so dense and delicious it made weathering the weather worth it. This weekend it seemed we are getting the hang of the tube system, and after getting on the right night bus, but in the wrong direction, we may even be able to master that by the end of the semester too. Today is my first British and Irish Poetry class and as I sit here listening to our 'tutor' speak, I am learning he is quite a character: fat, loud, affluent and fluid with language, and really very funny. Before class, a few of my new friends and I booked a trip to Amsterdam for next weekend, February break in Spain, and also my roommates from PC are visiting London this weekend (can't wait to see some of my best friends-something familiar!), and my good friend Marie from Kennedy and PC is coming as well and we are planing 2-3 days in Paris in early March! Needless to say, my mind is not really in the classroom at the moment as I envision eating Parisian Bread after pondering paintings at the Louvre and visiting the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam, and strolling along the beaches of Barcelona and Seville! Oh the many adventures to come preoccupy my mind but I know that if I blink it might all be over so I plan to thoroughly take it all in and live fully in each moment.
So according to Dad, its been "a while" since my last entry, but being that I have only been here a week, I am left questioning, as always, my dad's notion of time. However, that being said I guess I have done a lot of a bit since I've last posted. Thursday night I was able to see one of Kristina's best friends who moved to Japan 5 years ago and now studies full time in London. She's become so "Euro' and is actually one of the most poised women I have ever met and me thinks she'd make a great model. She took me to a very upscale night bar where I could not afford anything but tap water but clenched my teeth and bought a fancy martini anyway because she was so excited to take me there. There, we happened to meet the coach of the Wales football team, who is actually from Cyprus. Friday I caught up on much needed sleep, went to the gym, visited the Victoria and Albert Museum, and made a trip to Muriel's Kitchen again for their excellent Beef Stew, all of which was followed by a crazy fun night at this 4 level pub/bar called O'Neill which was so awesome because they had a great live cover band which played rock songs easy to dance and sing along to and much better, in my humble opinion, to crowded dance floors blasting top 40