Ok… one week left of Cambridge term 2. What the hey? I’m just barely getting used to the new people and friends that I have met and the classes that I’m taking. To think I’m almost done kind of scares me!
Sorry, I haven’t been updating… My only excuse is that I’ve been having too much fun seeing things, going to class, writing essays, and hanging with friends with the little time I have left here. I’m actually writing this while waiting for a friend to finish reading something for a half hour. We decided to help the linguistics department with a thesis they are working on.
I can’t even remember the last thing I posted here! That’s quite sad… I think it was last weekend.
Term two has been very fun. Unlike term 1, where you had to just attend classes and expect to meet friends via them and the lectures, term 2 has had a couple people who arranged large get togethers so everyone can meet and greet! It’s been amazing! I’ve made some really incredible friends (not just in term 2, but still) in just one week. And my classes this time are quite good. My first, Short Story, is very interesting. We read short stories and discuss them in class. It is not unlike my classes at the U, so it’s not too bad. My third class is History Everywhere: Landscapes of England. Won’t lie–it’s really boring. Not at all what I expected. Cool professor but the subject matter is snore-worthy. But we did go on a walk through Cambridge on Friday so he could show us the different landscapes of the city.
Now my third class, Key 20th Century Plays and Playrights. Hands down, my favorite course all summer! The professor is seriously darling, and he’s been a director and actor for much of his life while also teaching. He’s so enthusiastic! We get to read from play scripts and watch clips of plays of the playrights we study. I’ve yet to have a boring class with him! This is the only class I’m writing an essay for. Still trying to decide which playright to assess… it’s a toss up between Alan Ayckburn and Harold Pinter. We’re discussing Pinter tomorrow so maybe that will help me decide!
Over the weekend, I went to Stratford Upon Avon once again and saw Shakespeare’s As You Like It. And I must say it was monumentally better than Julius Caesar! The seats I had this time around were much better and the show was much more engaging. Saw Mary Warden’s farm and that was quite cool, then I saw Shakespeare’s grave. All in all a good excursion! Unlike Warwick on Sunday. I was sorely disappointed. It has been said that Warwick is the most medieval castle in England. Yeah, I’m sure it was a millenia ago! Any history that that castle used to have seemed to be completely stripped from it. It was basically like a castle disney land kind of thing. A kiddie play ground castle. From what I saw of the shows, they weren’t half bad. I quite liked the trebuchet and eagle demonstrations! The castle could have been stunning if it weren’t dripping with commercialism. I want to see a real, honest to God castle that is still true to it’s roots and hasn’t been turned into a theme park.
I’ve also been planning my trip to Ireland! Now I finally feel like I know what I want to do… Should be a fun trip! Going to London on Friday and staying until Sunday morning when I fly out for Eire… I missed out on the British Library so I’m dying to see it. I may do another London walk as well as a send off and since I love them so much! Then I got invited to dinner by a friend from term 2 whose going to London as well for Saturday night. Yay for friends!
I have a feeling my friend will be done here (same one that invited me to dinner) in a minute so I should probably wrap this up.