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I'm going to start with fun stuff, because that's a nice place to start. I'm really starting to enjoy living in England. My housemates are really cool and it's becoming a lot easier to talk to them when we meet in the kitchen or something. I was a bit hesitant as they had been living together for a while already, but now I feel like I belong (I might already have said this earlier, but well). On a different note, books are really cheap on Amazon UK... sooo I'm really going into extending my book collection (though I know many might not necessarily consider that as a good thing, it certainly is to me). I've started purchasing the W.I.T.C.H comics again, in English this time, in collectors editions (which were recently published by the Walt Disney Company), really excited about those (especially as they are also quite cheap).
I also went to visit my dear friend Lea this weekend, who's in Hull for this whole year (our last year of our BA). It took me 9 hours (!!!) to get there on Friday, but luckily that was followed by a free complimentary dinner in the Lawns (where she lives, part of Hull's campus) cafeteria. On Saturday we went into Hull (after a typical English brunch with one of Lea's friends) and Lea showed me all the good stuff in Hull, which is apparently not a very good representation of what Hull is actually like. We began by going to a few thrift shops and buying ridiculously cheap books, followed by a cup of coffee in one of the cutest café's I've ever been to (though I do not remember the name..). We then went into Hull itself and visited a few sights and shops as well. Luckily, by then it had cleared up. It was sunny, but cold.
We went to a free museum in the art gallery in the centre and visited a new exhibition, which was really awesome. The art was a bit all over the place, but that's what made it interesting, some pieces were really good, while other's weren't to my taste; however, some pieces, that were clearly part of a series, weren't put together. We also visited the marina. Super beautiful, especially at that time of day.
If we would have had more time, we probably (though not necessarily) would have visited the Deep (an aquarium in the marina) or the Dinosaur Exhibition. We had the chance to do so, but honestly, we we're having too much fun doing the things we are good in (and by that I mean.. reading and talking). We might also have visited a cat-cafe, or the waffle place she kept talking about, but again. We were too busy doing the things we always do when we are together. Nevertheless, we did go out on Saturday night, to drink cocktails with her exchange buddy, Veerle. We went to three different places and I was introduced to the party culture of Britain. I don't know why, but nobody brings coats when they go out! It's just girls walking around nearly naked, in ridiculously short dresses, heels most of the time, without anything else! And I'm not talking about in the club, or in the pubs. No no, on the *insert swearword* street. Just, when they are going from place to place. They do not bring a coat when they leave the house! I'm so confused by it.. honestly. It's cold outside man! (Sorry, that's the end of my rant)
On Sunday I met a few more of Lea her friends in Hull and it was honestly a lovely experience, they were all really nice. The whole weekend was exactly what I needed and looked forward to: just a lovely, normal weekend with my friend. Unfortunately, Monday was not as great.. We got up at 6:15 to prepare for her class and to get ready to get me on a bus back to Norwich. But for some reason, the busses decided not to show up, and eventually came really late.. So I missed my bus at Hull Interchange by 5 minutes (still frustrates me) and it was the last bus that day that would be able to take me to Peterborough (at 9:10 AM). Luckily I was able to purchase a last minute train ticket to my layover to be albe to get on my second pre-booked bus there. This also was not without difficulty, but I got there in the end and that's all that matters.
So, since I got back (yesterday around 17:15), I've watched Call Me By Your Name, Wonder, Stuck in Love (which I have decided is one of my favourites), Dear John and Love, Rosie, with sleep and some bathroom breaks in between. I don't know what I'll do for the remainder of tonight, but I'm probably gonna read a bit (finish Milk and Honey) as I don't have any classes this week and most of my housemates are away.
Now, in terms of the strike. So.. there's a big thing going on around the pension of university staff, all around England. I'm not entirely sure about the details of it, but it basically means (I think) that all uni staff will lose 40% of their pension. Needless to say, they are not happy about it and do not intend to take it, so there's going to be a strike for however long it takes. This might mean I won't have classes for a rather long time. As it is now, the strike is set to start on Thursday, I hope to have more information then, but it looks like I won't have classes next week. I sincerely hope that it will end soon, because this is not what I came to the UK for, but I understand the situation. It is what it is, and I'll keep you posted. Hope you have a good week!