Pride and Predjudice

Trip Start Dec 29, 2007
Trip End Jun 25, 2008

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Sunday, March 2, 2008

They say that you cannot appreciate the good without the bad. That said, this week has been the most stressful and miserable week that I have had this semester. And now that it's over, here's what I've learned:

1. Never completely rely on anyone else and always stay informed with a primary source. The only person who is really going to look out for you is you (and maybe your dad if you're lucky.) So if you are completely in the dark about information regarding important things like where you are living next year, it's your own fault.

2. If you have to write a history essay, start it at least 2 weeks before you would normally start any other type of paper. There is a reason that I am not a history major. This essay gave me some of the worst writer's block I have every encountered and was still writing it at 2am the day it was due (which says something because this is coming from someone who usually finishes papers 2 days before the deadline at least. And if not it's because I'm revising like crazy. This paper didn't get that privelege. Thank god it is not graded.)

3. Sometimes it's good to be an international student-especially when you need a fax machine. As I was frantically trying to find a fax machine to turn in my leasing forms, I was informed that students are not allowed to use the fax machines (I even resorted to bribery and that didn't even work.) After 4 failed attempts (2 including bribery and 1 lie about being a faculty member-they didn't believe me), I was almost in tears when I went to the International office. But lo and behold-THEY HAVE A FAX MACHINE!!! SUCCESS IS MINE!!

4. If you have a problem with someone's behavior (ie your flat mate's) get over your own pride and prejudices (haha i had to tie it into the title somehow) that you have against this person or persons and solve the problem otherwise it creates a lot of unnecessary drama.

So anyway, after a week that has been extremely exhausting on both an emotional and physical level, I was really really happy to have a great day today. The international office organized a trip to Stonehenge and Bath. Now I had been both places before when I was thirteen, but I'm glad that I went back. At 13, I didn't really get that much out of Stonehenge. It had been raining and to me it was just a pile of rocks. But going back actually knowing some of the history of the place, actually listening to my audio guide, (and it wasn't raining this time) made the trip that much better because I could appreciate why the place was so important. And I learned some stuff too!
After an hour at Stonehenge we continued onto Bath which I absolutely loved. Now, like I said before, this was my second trip to Bath but this was the first time that I was able to spend a decent amount of time exploring the city (at 13 I only saw the Roman Baths and don't really remember much except for the fact that it smelled like rotten eggs.) Well, the water did still smell like rotten eggs (thank you sulfur) but yet again I actually learned some stuff at the Baths this time. For example, back in the day people thought that the minerals in the water could actually cure leprosy, obesity and rheumatism... except the people with these conditions never even got near the water because they didn't have the money so the rumor could persist without question. Guess times haven't changed all that much. We also went to the Jane Austen museum which I think was my favorite part of the day. Jane Austen actually lived in Bath for 5 years and the museum is actually in one of her old houses. There was a lecture about her life and writings and then an exhibit with all things Jane Austen. Now because I'm a huge dork, I got a huge kick out of seeing the actual streets where the characters from Persuasion and Northanger Abbey wandered about, as well as Jane herself. We also went to the Assembly Building (which mostly was closed because of a wedding but we got to go in anyway), the Royal Crescent, the Royal Circle, and then just walked about the town. It's funny because it's so easy to imagine Elizabeth Bennett wandering about the city with a parasol and horse-drawn carriage because the city has completely retained it's old fashioned look flawlessly.
Well on that note, I'm gonna go make some tea and watch Pride and Predjudice
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