Trip Start Jan 21, 2010
8Trip End Apr 20, 2010
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Classes started yesterday at 12:30 for me, but it’s impossible to sleep in around here. Every step you take makes the floors groan, and the walls are so thin, I can hear people’s alarm clocks buzzing four rooms down. I don’t mind it, strangely. It’s kind of impossible to destroy the peacefulness of this place. I haven’t watched TV since I left, as the only one here is in another building and really not worth it anyway
I go to the same classroom for every class, and I have mostly the same people in each one. This may seem mundane, but it’s something I’ve never EVER experienced, growing up in Pearland with a 5A high school. Small communities allow people to grow closer so much faster. The classes seem great, but it’s hard to tell how they’ll pan out. One of my American teachers describes herself as “an angry feminist”. I kept a tally of how many references she made to feminism as we were discussing The Odyssey. Sixteen! And none of them related to the book.
I’m already overloaded with homework and reading, so, looks like I’ll be catching up with homework on the train!
Speaking of trains, my roommates and I just finished booking our first weekend trip, to take place the weekend after our required Amsterdam trip. We’ll be hitting three cities in three days– Bruges, Brussels, then Antwerp. Booking these trains was an absolute nightmare, and certainly an experience I’d caution all to avoid. If you’re ever doing what I’m doing– one city per weekend, I implore you. Ticket booking sights are very temperamental and each of us took our turn having a heart attack when our payments wouldn’t go through. We ended up staying awake until 2AM booking hostels and train tickets.
::EDIT:: I should add that I'm TOTALLY excited about this!!!
Yesterday we also booked our tickets to Venice for the weekend of Valentines Day. This means we’ll be in Venice for Carnival! Casanova was in Venice for Carnival. Though I think he had a different agenda.
Expect another entry after Amsterdam.