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T-minus 6 days before I’m home in Boston. My next update may just be a wrap up from the lovely shores of Boston.
Monday night, it was off to work – schoolwork that is. I ended up finishing my research on my Multiculturalism paper and completing a final edit of my Tutorial paper.
Tuesday it was back to work. I mostly was wrapping up my loose ends – sending final emails, updating the church database, and prepping for our newsletter. Tuesday night I worked on my paper – getting about halfway done. Wednesday it was prepping for the mailing, all 400 letters and copies. Wednesday night I finished my paper- a very rough version though. Wednesday night I finally got a chance to talk for a while with my parents – very very good.
Thursday was the final day of the mailout and my final day of internship. I met up with Mal for lunch at Pret – in the rain. And then finally posted all of the letters. Thursdsay night, I came home, changed quick, and headed out to Islington to go to G’s for dinner. G made meatballs and pasta, along with salad and this cobbler-like dessert with custard. We had wine (red and rose) and champagne. It was a feast. I had the opportunity to meet Chris (and his friend Robbert) who were both really nice. It was interesting to view the middle class English family (this is the US-equivalent of upper class) in their home environment. Pete and G gave me gifts and kisses as I left. I got two books, a dishtowel of the Tube, and an Ethiopian cross necklace.
Friday I had off (because Pete was going on a trip). So I headed off to Oxford to hit up Primark and the souvenir stores. Then it was back home to get money out of the bank and stop at Tesco / Partridges to pick up food for what we thought was going to be a quesadilla dinner cooked by Mal. Instead it turned into just cheese quesadillas with Corona and Vodka Tonics. Then it was off to the Portobello Gold to initiate Tulsi and bring back some good memories of last quarter. Our favorite dog was there and the bartender with crazy hair was there too. Further – only the girl barmaid carded us – which is fine, we’re legal in England anyway – but still weird to be carded. After endulging in Freedom and Thatcher’s Gold it was back home – and off to bed.
Saturday Mal and I were up early to head to Hampton Court – Henry VIII’s favorite palace. We had lunch at Pizza Express – one food place that I will surely miss back in the US. Hampton Court was amazing and so beautiful. We saw William’s apartment, Mary II’s apartments, the King’s apartments, the Chapel, the kitchen, and the young Henry exhibit. We came on the day when Henry and Katharyn Parr were getting married – so we saw all of the people dressed up. We also came on the day of a real wedding – so we saw the bride and groom and their whole wedding party. The gardens at Hampton Court were extremely beautiful. My camera died taking all the pictures. We went though the old maze – getting lost of course – and nearly poking our eyes out because of the annoying music. When we got back, after unsuccessful attempts to go to High Street Ken and the laundromat, Mal made quesadilla. Then the whole flat engaged in a major beer pong tournament – while I just relaxed after a busy day in my room.
This morning, Markey and I were awoken by Mal, “knocking on your door at 10am?” (said Mark) – um, no, not quite. Today it’s off to Hyde Park to enjoy in the warm weather, then reading, and editing papers. Fun times.
Tomorrow’s our last class, Thursday papers are due and we have exams, and Saturday I leave London for Boston. See you soon!
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