Friday night I took a catering job at the Roedean Girls School. I found out that the Marina is not the same as the Pier, in fact they differ by about an hour walk. I only discovered this about a half hour before I was meant to start work so I ran most of the way. The girls' school looks like a castle, sitting on top of a hill, overlooking the sea. It must be absolutely gorgeous during the day. One woman I worked with said how much she loved the view, and that 'the sea is different everyday'. The walk home with the sea by my side, after a long grueling day, with a clear night above me counting a full moon and many stars, was enchanting. I was very grateful for my good fortune this past week.
Our lovely Kat visited us this weekend. Matt and I were glad to have the chance to reciprocate for the wonderful time we had with her last weekend in London. Right from the train station we walked down to the sea. The sun was shining and the air was warm. We passed a lot of little shops and cafes and strolled along the Brighton Pier (not to be confused with the Marina). We spent a few good hours at the water, stopping for refreshments and big fat chips with mayonaise and ketchup (we all three like them like that). We went on a rollercoaster ride called the Crazy Mouse that spins you over the edge of the pier so that the water is far down below you. I was dizzy and wobbly afterwards and it was getting cold so we started to walk home with the setting sun at our backs. There were millions of birds in the sky, flying in swarms, moving like waves.
Matt made a delicious green thai curry for dinner with things in it that I hadn't eaten before, like white sweet potato. We had a little party in his room with some other people before going out to the Concorde for some breakbeats. The venue was full but there was enough room to dance. Somehow Kat and I managed to wiggle right up infront of the stage, through security gates and everything, and then Matt and Gemma joined us. So we pretty much had an exclusive front row dance party! That was a highlight for sure. The music was great and we had a blast.
After a relaxing day of drinking tea, eating croissants, and watching TV and a movie, the three of us went for dinner at a place called "More" in The Lanes. We all had a 'traditional Sunday roast' and it was amazing. There was butternut squash, peas in the cup of the yorkshire pudding, red cabbage, carrots, green beans, broccoli, an herbed tomoato, and roast potatoes as well as a choice of beef, lamb, and chicken (we got one of each). If you're ever in Brighton, I would reccomend this place. The atmosphere was very comfortable and the music was interesting but not overpowering. There were some couples dancing the tango or ballroom as part of a regular Sunday night thing, which provided some dinner entertainment too. It was really comforting to have some good food at the end of a great weekend with two dear friends. We wished each other well and said goodbye at the train station and then each went our seperate ways.
Things are going well. Day by day I am learning more about the city and getting to know more people/getting to know people better. This weekend, Brighton had some fabulous weather and I smiled a lot.