Back after a long time!

Posted: January 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

Hey all, sorry for not writing in the ol’ blog and leaving you all in the dark because after all, blogging is my number one priority in London! Just thought I’d throw in a snarky comment in there for the lulz! haha! Also, jet lag has stopped due to the trifecta of trying harder to sleep, doing more walking, and drinking the really good (and cheap) alcohol served in the dorm’s bar…that’s right, in Europe some of the dorms have a full on bar! I love it…sometimes too much. Ah well, when in Rome! Anyway, here’s just to fill you all in!

Tuesday the 18th:

London Museum. Pretty much went through most of it in three hours and saw dead people. That night, a few friends from the program and I drank a few British brews while listening to a talented musician play original cabaret versions of Pop music. He sang and played piano and it was all very entertaining and impressive. I love overusing “and” a lot fyi. This isn’t some school writing so I don’t care (maniacal laughter)! Went to a neat little hole-in-the-wall, cheap fish and chips place with a very witty and cool new friend from Canada. She’s cool! We took up half the restaurant and were very loud from the laughter. However, the owners and soul operators (an old husband and wife duo) seemed to like us, however, I think they liked us more for the 100 pound bill we accumulated (there were 11 of us…just to justify the big bill).

Wednesday the 19th

Second day of classes. The Irish history professor was a sweet old man; very nice and endearing in his lack of knowledge about technology. He lectured on the history of the Irish-British conflicts and got emotional a few times. I didn’t know IRA bombings still went on and I didn’t know the lack of rubbish bins in the subway and lack of parking in London was due to the bombings during the past few decades. In this class, we went on a walking tour. I saw where a Zeppelin dropped the first bomb on London during WWI. I also saw the Royal Homeopathic Hospital. Prince Charles supports the practice and there is a considerable debate going on whether to include it in the national healthcare service. I can’t believe they are giving that piece of pseudo-scientific shit practice the time of day but, thats the problems with royalty…their neuroses can influence public policy debate. Anyway, the big children’s hospital in London is supported by royalties/profits from the Peter Pan franchise. Shakespeare class was next. The lady professor was very entertaining but had no qualms about putting you under the microscope by asking the most personal questions! She asked me who my celebrity crush was…I wasn’t expecting it so I faltered for a second…she asked me if I was gay…I said “no” and quickly answered Emma Watson which is the truth. That night was very fun! I went to a social hosted by the dean of students in the common area at the other location (MTH). It was a welcome celebration which included free beer, wine, and pizza! I love how in Britain official school functions have free alcohol. Needless to say I indulged and played a very intense game of fooseball and nearly won! After that I drank more at the ISH bar while getting to know three new friends from the local music college. They are all English. We mostly talked about the differences between America and Britain. They were astounded by our harsh alcohol laws and our incredibly idiotic marijuana laws. Anything to keep the DEA Jobs Program alive right? Sorry for the needless political jab! Also got to know my Bulgarian (not Polish as previously thought and definitely not Romanian because according to him, Romanians are all gypsies) At the end of the night I made some really cool friends (its now facebook official…SCORE!!) and got pretty tipsy!

Thursday the 20th.

Got up at noon. Had breakfast/Lunch and spent the afternoon exploring the rest of the British Museum. I paid the extra fee to go into the special exhibit on the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Its purpose was to provide the spells necessary for the living to help the spirits of the dead family members to achieve passage into the afterlife. The Egyptian family was very dedicated, coming in day after day to leave offerings and spells. It made me appreciate my own family more for what they do for me and, more importantly, what they put up with. I feel very lucky to have the family I have and to have Parents that pay for my schooling/this semester abroad. Needless to say I got homesick while looking at a few thousand year old fragmented papyri piece. Anyway, LOVE YOU ALL! ANYWAY, enough with the emotional lovey dovey crap! I’M A MAN! SOCIETY’S GENDER STANDARDS DICTATE I DON’T GET EMOTIONAL! WHERE’S MY BEER! Okay, got my testosterone levels back up!  lol! Hung around the interwebz (brief break for dinner) until Karaoke. I let ‘er rip. Sang a 3 Doors Down song (Kryptonite) and an Afroman song (Because I got High) and rocked it! God I really want to be a rock star! The rest of the night was filled with a constant flow of alcohol (got kinda drunk) and hits from now-a-days (got wild to Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok”, thats right, I like Ke$ha and proud of it so screw you all) and some good songs from the nineties. I danced my feet raw and had a blast with the Wisco. crew! Apparently we bring the party to ISH Bar Karaoke nights. I am thinking about doing a Limp Bizkit song this Thursday.

Friday the 21st

Woke up. We had to attend a musical called “Fela” that night for Theatre class at the National Theatre which is on the other side of the Thames river so the group and I decided to walk down early to see the sights along the way. Went through the posh shopping of Picadilly Circus and still felt like a total bum even though I was wearing my most fashionable stuff. Thats right…I dressed my age for once! Anyway, hung out in Trafalgar Square for awhile. There was a street performer there. Me and Bryon (one of the 5 guys who’s in the group) helped the performer out. I put him in a straight jacket and Bryon, along with another dude, and I helped him on a 6ft. unicycle where he escaped the straight jacket. It was all very funny and very entertaining. He also juggled too! We then walked down and saw the Westminster Abbey/Big Ben/Parliamentary building. There was also an anti-war protest going on as well. Anyway, the play was cool! Too lazy to write about it. Sorry!

Saturday the 22nd

Cambridge. Too much to write down, much rather talk about it later. Beautiful architecture, amazing college facilities, and a neat view provided by a Church’s bell tower. I also bought two CDs at the local market. Story tiem! The spiral staircase that led up to the neat views was extremely tight and narrow. The makers apparently didn’t look into the future to notice that a pudgy 6 foot brute needed to use it to sightsee…the inconsiderate assholes! Anyway, I exclaimed very loudly in exasperation, “Holy Jesus Balls…wait, probably inappropriate to say in a church”! The other people I was with laughed out loud. On the way down I uttered similar blasphemies. Sorry God! lol! Bus ride on the way back was dodgy. Got a tad motion sick.

Saturday the 23rd

Hung out and did homework. Watched THE PACKERS MAKE IT TO THE SUPERBOWL!! The whole crew turned out and we took over the Bar’s televisions to watch the game and got very wild. The locals and the other foreign students looked at us like we were idiots. Anyway, there was a Bears fan there with her Bears fan friends from Stout’s program. We didn’t talk throughout the game. Thought it best not to gloat however, I did make fun of Cutler. Man, what a pussy! Brett Favre played on a broken ankle!

Today

Classes. Laundry. Nothing Special. BYE!!

Tomorrow is Hamlet and Buckingham Palace!

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Comments
  1. Lexy says:

    Awesome post Pete! I read portions of it aloud to Paul and we LOLed. You are a very funny writer my friend. Love you! Hope to read more stories. Don’t drink too much. – Lexymom

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