Published: May 7th 2009May 7th 2009
I am really truly sorry to have been so bad with the blog for the last month or more.
I can't really catch up on the whole time in this one sitting, at least the 3 or 4 weeks before Spring Break or Easter Holiday they call it. Jori, one of my travel buddies for the holiday break, is writing about our adventures. As she is already putting forth that effort to do so and she is most likely a better writer than me, I will just repost it here! Yay for you! You may recognize a bit of her style and writing from when I quoted her in a section of one of my blogs before...I think about Coventry? Who knows anymore?!
I can try to fill you in on what happened since....well the last one. I didn't do much travelling, I knew I would be a busy busy bee starting when Kim came to visit me from Kentucky for a week, then heading out for Italy and Greece for Easter Holiday for 2 weeks, then 2 days later going to Amsterdam for 4 days. Then 3 weeks of exams. Of which I am one exam and
one project down with 3 exams to go. Gr my life right now.
Anyhoo, life was going on as normal around here I was hanging out with Aubrey daily, going out with the other subgroups of the International Posse group at night or just hanging out at night. The English weather was trying really really hard to turn to Spring time, and a few days it succeeded. (It is really succeeding now that it's May, despite the rainy days!) We actually got to hang out in the outside world!!
On one particular beautiful day, the courtyard was full of people grilling out, hanging out, playing footy, or just loungin around. We wanted to enjoy it too for just a little bit, so we sat outside the center circle on the sidewalk to catch some rays. Low and behold, our Preston life changes forever.
One of those errant footballs (soccer balls for us Americans) came streaming right for us. Fortunately a boy named Niall saved our lives. He was funny and entertaining, and his friends for whatever reason kept tryin to hit us and he kept saving us. Did I mention they were all Irish? For those who know
me....you know why I mention this fact. We introduced ourselves and met the other Irish boys, Barrry, Seamie and the one English of the group, Craig. Eventually we met a few others, Damian (one of my favorites) and Kevin. We hung out for a bit longer and then we had to go, but they invited us for a barbeque. Which, come to think about it, never actually happened. Despite that, we quickly became friends which to some would be surprising since they initially tried to kill us by footy. I guess crazier things have happened. Initially, we got to know Barry and Niall the best and they would call us and invite us to do things. It started out as dinner to make up for the barbeque that never happened and yes they cooked, and very well.
We would watch movies and hang out, usually my room as it quickly became the social party place for some reason. All of this hanging out merited many pictures, because let's face it. Sometimes the best time you can have is when you do nothing with friends, and that's when possibly the funniest things ever happen. We have met up randomly at
the club and gone out together also. We all went and watched Aubrey sing in a talent show for our university. Just before the show we met up in my room, and at that point I had probably 12 or 13 people in my tiny dorm room. A little cramped don't you think? It turned out to be a pretty awesome night starting with Aubrey rocking the talent show and ending with a night out at the campus pub next door.
During this whole process, Aubrey and I also hooked up with Jori and Carly who are the equivalent of Aubrey and I for each other and all of a sudden we were a group of the phenomenal 4. I am not sure when or how, but it happened. I think I realized it the night of Aubrey's talent show. And it's been awesomely amazing...except when one of us is missing. We have gone on trips to the park to play on the swing set and enjoy some sun, watched movies, and just hung out and been silly together. As I say, it's been awesome!!
To be completely honest, clicking with the friends I have (the other 3
Irish boys and English boy!
Left-right: Craig, Barry, Niall, and Damian
of the phenomenal 4 as well as Vanessa, Matt, and Alma from California and some folks from England as well) has made studying here worth it, even minus the travelling and seeing and doing the things I have. (And that is saying something!!!!) Another thing that made life here in Preston surviveable was making new friends in the Irish boys. Sometimes drama happens when you get people together of different cultures and personalities, and it's sad when things change but I am still glad every day that we met the people we did, and that I decided to come to England. That's the most important thing in the end, right?
I will be back as soon as our Easter Holiday adventures featuring JSC (Jori Susan Cassie) are written about by Miss Jori Stanek. For now, enjoy these photos from around Preston!
I miss you all, and love you more!!
PS Back in the states May 31st!
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