This week has been chaotic to say the least. There is a lot to catch up on! Since coming back to London, it is really starting to feel like home. I forgot how happy I was to be back in London after being gone, it’s just like coming back to your own bed from a vacation or a weekend away. Between all of the catching up on sleep and finishing up homework, the days have been full to the brim. We had our first exam in marketing and first full day of volunteering this week.
Mondays, as previously mentioned, are our long days. From our classes in the morning to our night class with hours in between, they are usually taken up by studying, sleeping, or wasting time on Facebook. So needless to say our Mondays are pretty boring. Except I think tomorrow for our night class we get to go out to dinner, I hope I have my days right! Tuesday was our art history class, and we spent that in another museum. I really can’t complain. We get to look at famous paintings with our own tour guide explaining what each little thing means. People pay big money for stuff like that. Wednesday was my first full day of volunteering. This was not the best. While most of us are in schools hanging out with kids and working with them, I am stuck copying files onto a computer for four days. Not really what I was hoping for. The rules around the building are quite interesting too. We spent an hour learning about fire safety and I swear there is 15 fire extinguishers in the three levels of the building. Also, they told us that they has asbestos in the walls (not airborne thank god, still a little scary though). Thursday was our first exam of the semester in marketing, not too bad (I hope). With classes ending on Thursdays it makes the week go by so much faster! Friday we had a day trip to Oxford which was amazing. Not going to lie I had no idea what to expect. I thought it was just one school, but it is actually a lot of schools all together under the name. Each school (ie business, biology, arts, etc) has its own name. We saw some weird outfits there, it was their robes for their finals I think. We toured the town and explored downtown Oxford. Had to buy a sweatshirt obviously. The tube was down that morning in London so a lot of people missed the bus out to Oxford, really shows how the tube can affect people’s work and school days, making everyone almost an hour late.
Our school, UCL, is made up of a lot of little schools that make up Univeristy of Central London, our campus center is the Union with food, and even a pub inside. On Fridays, this Union turns into a huge nightclub. We decided to explore this for the first time they opened for the school year. We heard to go early so we went around 10, only to find out when they mean early it meant before 9. We waited for almost 45 minutes just to get in. They hired a DJ and had cheap drinks, really the cheapest and worst nightclub in London but it’s all UCL students which makes it awesome. Saturday was the NFL block party for the game this weekend. They had performances, player appearances, food, and all sorts of American things. It was great to hear American accents again! Kare 11, the local news station, was there and interviewed us for back home about our time in London. Hope you guys caught that but here is it! Don’t mind my lack of public speaking ability…
We planned on being home early and staying in since Sunday was going to be a long day. But those Vikings fans can really stay out and party. We found ourselves at the pub all night drinking with St. Thomas parents, alumni, and Vikings fans alike. We even found someone who went on LBS 11 years ago in 2002, boy did he feel old when he realized we were on the trip now. From what he said not much has changed than when we went, a lot of the same clubs, pubs, and even the same school.
Sunday was the day we had all been waiting for this weekend. When we found out we were getting tickets for the Vikings game in a stadium that holds 90,000 we figured we would have nosebleed seats. But when we got our tickets on Thursday we found out we were in the end zone in the first six rows. Literally next to the diehard face-painting, Viking World Order men. If you don’t know what Viking World Order is, don’t worry I didn’t until Saturday night either, look it up, it’s different to say the least. Wembley stadium is about an hour commute so we left around 130 and got there in time to experience the tailgate. We got our faces painted and hung out with our friends before the game. Pictures cannot do the view justice, it was amazing. We were just behind the end zone, literally right there. The balls almost hit us when they kicked field goals. Yes even the Vikings made theirs today. First win of the season! I am still a packers fan, but I will also be a Vikings fan…. except when they play each other then Go Pack Go! It was absolutely amazing until right at the end when 110,000 people all tried to get onto the tube, the wait was horrible and those Steeler fans were not happy. The weirdest thing was seeing people in all NFL jerseys just because a lot of Europeans wanted to watch an American Football Game in Wembley so they all just wore their favorite jersey and came to the game. We would yell “Go Vikes” to a person in the tube and they would have no idea what they were even wearing hardly know who Peterson on their back was. We even had a man who worked at Wembley ask us who this Adrian Peterson guy was and why he was such a big deal. Oh you Brits kill me. Wembley stadium was huge and just an amazing place to watch my first NFL game altogether. I can’t wait to go home and be able to compare the atmospheres of home to here. Like I said picture’s won’t do it justice but here they are:
Oxford: -This picture on the stairs is the first scene in Harry Potter, the stairs are located at Oxford. The dining hall is what the Great Hall in HP is modeled after.
Regent Street Tailgate:
I hope you all enjoy the facepaint, I really tried to get in the Vikings spirit. I did see a few cheeseheads around though! And Maggie if you read this that picture of me and Eric is for you! We had to represent Opus at the Vikings game! I can’t believe it has already almost been one month here, it feels like we just got here yesterday! Off to Scotland on Thursday, it should be amazing! I have more pictures on Facebook if you want to see those as well! Email me too, I love to hear from everyone back home! Or you can all come visit 🙂