Hehe can you tell I’m running out of ideas for my blog posts?
While it may be a bit of a phonetical stretch I could not think of a better name for this week’s blog, given, this week was a friendly reminder that I am indeed still supposed to attend school and I also indeed have 3 essays to complete. It was also a reminder (by my friends) how lucky I am to have so many friends in so many places. Whether it be Ben Wu for hosting me in England for a week or reconnecting at a local pub with all the internationals, I’ve got a lot to be thankful for.
Soo yes back to England I take you now. On Tuesday Ben and I decided to take a train and visit Leeds for the day. YAY MORE PUBLIC TRANSPORT. But hey, now I know you can make a connection with a 3 minute layover annnd that reserved seats do not in fact guarantee an old englishman will not lecture you about Shakespeare and life for a half an hour on the train…(more to come on that later).
SO yeah, LEEDS! It was beautiful. A city that very much reminded me of Omaha for all you Nebraskans out there 😉 It was a nice mix of old and new. We managed a very successful day, grabbed coffee at a place that had squirrels everywhere, spent hours in the Armoury museum which was very very very cool ( I saw King Henry VII’s actual armour!), then took a free water taxi, ate lunch AND afternoon tea AT THE SAME TIME at a nice cafe (which we received plenty of weird looks for), then checked out more museums, finally ending at a brewery before heading back. I was enjoying myself so much I kind of forgot to take pictures….whoops! But here are a few I snapped at the beginning.
Sooo back to the story about the old man on the train. Well, on the way back from Leeds we sat in our assigned seats across from this older Englishman. He promptly started a conversation with us, ultimately letting on that he was a retired actor, and loved Shakespeare. So of course I (mistakenly?) ask his favorite play, which results in King Lear, which then results in him literally acting out some of his favorite scenes. Quite loudly. On the train. For all to see. Then the convo got switched to our lives (which I’m sure the entire train now knows Ben and I’s future dreams and aspirations) and some advice about living life to the fullest, and then it finally ended with a talk on religion as well. He even gave us his contact info before he left. It was definitely a train ride to remember, and I think the rest of the train certainly will remember it as well!! 😛
The next day was the last day in Lancaster, so we decided to hike up a small mountain (ha jk just a hill) to visit a memorial, then explore the city a little more. It was nice and trust me I was wiped out by the end of the day.
The next day, I was off early to catch a bus, two trains, and another bus to the airport for my FINAL RYANAIR FLIGHT OF ALL TIME. Which, was, quite awful, (bumpy) but hey I’m done!! And that is all that matters. It was so nice to be back in Cork, where I had a ‘friendly reminder’ based on my inboxes and the influx of rain for the next 72 hours that I was definitely still a student and I was definitely still in Ireland.
But it was nice to be back sleeping in my own bed and catching up with some friends that I hadn’t seen for almost two weeks! I also was so so so so happy to be back to the Euro. The pound is killer people! KILLER!
My time is totally flying here, I can’t believe I’m almost done. I also can’t believe the amount of essays I need to write in the next two weeks. I’m guessing these next couple weeks will be some of the busiest times so far, but hey, I wouldn’t have it any other way. On top of this I have music and oboe rehearsals, but I am just pumped to be able to walk to rehearsal in daylight because sunset is now at approximately 8:11 pm. (The time changed in Europe as well).
So yeah if you are wondering why this blog is about 1000 words less than the usual, well, it’s because I’m saving those 1000 words plus about 7000 more for my essays that I need to complete…which REMINDS me…
I better get to work.