I'm going to copy [livejournal.com profile] yaminokaitou and start off with just pictures/descriptions of what I bought. Partly because I enjoy crowing over it, and partly because there are far, far fewer pictures of what I bought than of everything else, heh.
I still managed to ramble quite a bit ... )
Severely jetlagged. My stomach is still queasy from airsickness (felt ill half the flight; almost vomited on the landing, ugh, that's a new one), and I feel a bit unsteady on my feet. But uh, yeah, other than that ... back in the States with a heavier suitcase and a lighter wallet, hurrah!

I guess I might post some stuff here, hmm ... but not right now. (Which means, don't hold your breath, or you'll die :D)
For some reason, I find myself without the ability to be concise today. This entry rambles a bit, so I apologize in advance.

So, last night did not go quite as planned -- but our plans weren't very set anyway, and it all turned out all right in the end.
Taking the train downtown )
My, my. It's been almost a month. Plenty has happened and yet ... it still doesn't feel like enough to do regular entries.
posting ... stuff ... )
Let's see ... last weekend was a busy one.
Fireworks, marriage, and video games )
I always mean to update. Haven't I been starting a lot of posts the same way lately?
life )

-My parents procured for me three 7-ft-tall bookshelves. Massive! I'll post pics soon. It's so nice to have a place to put books, though they really dominate my room ^^; Thanks is due to craigslist and my mom's slight addiction to browsing stuff there XD

-I finished watching Eden of the East (the series) today. Whooo, good stuff, but there are still two (2!) movies to go, so the story is not finished by any means. I haven't decided yet what to rate Eden. There are so many good things about it (the humor, the intrigue, the characters, the hoards of naked man-flesh and johnnies), but it's hard to say before seeing the movies if everything will have come together. So, now the wait until November, January, and then whenever someone subs the movies x.x In the meantime, I'd definitely like to re-watch the series so I can try to catch hold of all the nuances.

-lol Yuri Lowenthal you are everywhere. In my Ultra Maniac (Tsujiai!), in my Persona 3, and even in my Scrapped Princess?! Yes, Yuri Lowenthal voices Leo. I feel more desire to watch the dub of Sutepri than ever before.

-Speaking of P3, I'm nearing the end of the game. I'm on the final month, and I took the opportunity to watch the bad "happy" end before again steering toward my true destiny. (Bad as in, it's not the "true" end; "happy" as in, on the surface it's happy until you remember, oh, right, the world's gonna end.) Persona 3 is such an interesting game ... the bulk of it is non-linear, but in this case, I don't mind. You get to know so many people through Social Links ... even the NPCs who just sit at the train station or hang out at the club have different things to say every month or so, and I feel like I've even gotten to know them pretty well. I don't think P3 will displace any of my current favorite games, but it's definitely been a good one thus far. (Well, and even after I play the end of the game, I have FES, so then I get to play the "extra" portion which is like 30+ hours orz)

Erm, that's all for now. Tomorrow I have another wedding to attend in GR, so I'll be hitting the road once more.
Saa. Long drives are LONG! But, obviously I survived my trip to Grand Rapids. Which is good, because I get to do it again next weekend, when I have ANOTHER wedding to go to.
I put you on just like a wedding dress and I run down the aisle )
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( Jan. 24th, 2009 20:19)
This has been a crazy couple of weeks, and I'm sorry I haven't provided more updates. I do however have a ton of pictures that I will upload when I get back (maybe to my Japan blog so I can make comments on them there), so perhaps then you will get more of the story.

Right now I am back in London. I miss Edinburgh a lot -- we had so much fun the whole time there: touring the highlands, checking out Edinburgh Castle, and just bumming around the beautiful "Old Town" area. Yesterday we returned here to England, and it has been grand as well. In the evening we watched Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre. It was amazing. It was really the perfect production to see because I adore Les Miserables, and with my experience as student director when Illiana put it on, I could've sung along 90 percent of the time. We were far to the back of the theater, but we could see all but the very front of the stage (which was a revolving circle -- very good for staging). I really enjoyed it.

Today my friends Christy and Emily and I went to the Tower of London for a few hours. A few of the Tube (subway) lines were closed down just for this weekend, so we had to switch around the lines and finally rode a double decker bus to our final destination. (Well, we had wanted to ride a double decker anyway, so that was fine with us.) The Tower of London is actually a complex of buildings -- "towers" of London would be a more accurate description. We saw the Crown Jewels (dazzling!) and explored all of the different exhibits on defending fortresses, torturing prisoners, murdering princes, etc. It was a very good time. (And we did a whole lot of stair climbing, so yay exercise.) My favorite part was perhaps seeing one of the six ravens always kept on the ground (it's an old superstition that the Tower will fall if there aren't enough, so their wings are clipped) at close range. The raven cawed threateningly at Emily and I actually saw its breath in the cold air! (I really wish we had a video of this.)

I only have one day left in the UK, and although I'm eager to return, I'm also very sad to leave. And there's so much left to do! I still don't know how I'll be spending my last day here, but I'm sure it will be jam-packed with exciting things.
I write from a noisy internet cafe. (The internet in our hostel went out.) The man behind me is speaking in a language that I don't recognize, and I cannot decide if I want to be very cold by taking off my coat or very warm by leaving it on, as I only have a T-shirt underneath (at the moment, I'm opting for 'very warm'). It is not actually *that* cold in Edinburgh -- we have been enjoying temperatures in the forties, though I think today is below that.
Chaaaarlie~ )
Sent this to my family on Jan. 12 (two days ago):
British Museum )
And now for the current status:
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( Jan. 11th, 2009 21:53)
Now that I have time, I don't know what to say.

(That is, I have internet time which needs to be used before 10 or so tomorrow morning, and I will not have time in the morning -- but it's almost 10 p.m. now! I want to write in my cross-cultural engagement journal and go to bed.)

Ear is still blocked up, but I haven't taken any painkillers since this morning and it doesn't hurt terribly right now, so that's probably good.

(It's rather shameful that I've used Tylenol more in the past few days than in the rest of my life as a whole o.o)

I really want to write about Westminster and how it was so, so, so, so, so, so so so sososo ... yes. Wonderful. It really was, even if the sermon itself was very, very short and we couldn't explore at all (will have to go back for that). But. I am going to write that in my CCE journal, then perhaps type it up here? I don't know. This is an entry about nothing but my sitting here at a computer in front of a large glass window of a hostel. (Er, the inside of the front, that is. In case you were confused.) They play very strange music here -- the other morning we had a song sequence of Jennifer Lopez, Oasis, and Marvin Gaye. How does that fit?

I am just wasting my internet time now because I have a half hour left but no time to use it and it is officially 10 p.m. and I want to go back to my room but I don't want to waste the time and I am running on and on in this sentence purposefully.

(UK keyboards are just a bit different from American ones, didn't you know?)

Anyway. Time to go. Good night. Tomorrow will include giving a presentation on R. Burns and visiting the British museum. I think you can make a good guess about which I am excited about and which I am sort of dreading. Anyway. Off.
mossygirl: (Default)
( Jan. 11th, 2009 09:58)
I am writing again already, which sort of surprises me, but computers are clearer in the morning than the evening, and it is morning now. Yesterday we toured St. Paul's Cathedral. It was a very lovely building and our guide was a sweet old man named David who really disliked the Victorians' sense of style. Today we will be worshipping at Westminster Abbey, which is really, really exciting. (I even feel like using some exclaimation points in honor!!) I hope we have some time to tour the building because many, many famous people are buried there.

In any case, though my writing feels a bit off, I am doing much better after two (somewhat) good nights of sleep. My earache is still there, but once I take Tylenol, it really only feels blocked, so perhaps it's getting better. (I'm waiting to end up near a pharmacy/store so I can see if there's any over the counter meds that might help some more. For now, I'm just tilting my head at strange angles to try to unblock things. At the least, it hasn't gotten worse.)

So far we have eaten a variety of foods here -- from pizza to Tiramisu to quiche Lorraine. I think I've yet to eat anything truly "British," but I suppose that is the nature of food in a city as big and international as London is. (I think I have heard nearly as much French spoken as English.)

Our first day here we went to the National Gallery, by the way, which felt much the same as any other art gallery I've been to, but with a lot more famous paintings contained -- the most famous I think was Sunflowers by Van Gogh. Very exciting, though I was perhaps too tired to really enjoy it (but I did nonetheless travel nearly the whole place). Anyway, though I haven't been writing long, it's time to go off again. Perhaps I will post more tonight, because I still have an hour's worth of internet to use in the next 24 hours.
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( Jan. 10th, 2009 09:44)
No time for pics, but here's an e-mail I sent to my parents so you can get some sense of things. I don't have time for anything more :( but I hope to post up more later.

Here I am, writing from the cool, foggy city of London! The hostel we are staying in has computers available for internet use (though with a fee, but our lovely leaders are covering it for us). It has been such a trip so far. My ear still hurts (I'm easing that with Tylenol, which helps a lot), but yesterday I was complelely jetlagged (the lack of sleep for two nights in a row was certainly not helpful), so I'm feeling much better in general today.

It is very strange to be in London. In some ways, it feels much the same as any other city, but everyone has a different accent (and they don't always understand me). Riding the London tube (the subway) reminded me a lot of my experiences with trains in Japan, with the same sort of awkward silence and hesitance to even meet the eyes of other passengers (and on the positive side, the same wonderful convenience).

Our hostel is rather old and worn-looking. I'm staying with three other girls in a room narrower than Calvin's dorm rooms (luckily, we're all getting along well!). The bathroom could not be more tiny! (Well, I suppose it could be, but not by much.) The shower is just a stall with a flimsy curtain and a ledge in front too low to really stop the water from escaping, so our bathroom floor is always wet. But, we do have our own bathroom, and this is a cheap hostel, so it really could be much, much worse.

There's not really that much to say right now -- yesterday is a complete blur thanks to my sleeplessness, and I think my mind should be much more collected after today (certainly, it's much more collected now than it was at any point yesterday --- the six hour time difference is such that my body was always confused about whether it should be asleep or awake). I'm going to try writing in a journal so that when I have the ability to write on a computer, I can just type that up (which is not the case now). Anyway, I've just about used up 20 of our minutes, so I will sign off here!
I keep meaning to update, but it's been impossible to fit it in. It's hard to believe that a year ago at this time, I had just gotten to Japan ...

Tomorrow I travel again. Despite the fact that my health is marginal (my right ear has had a pain since last night -- nothing I can really do about it) and both my new contacts (grr, they were only supposed to take a week or so, and it's been two and a half!) and my C.C. figure have not arrived yet, I'm going to try not to be so gloomy, since this will be my last entry from the States for a few weeks, and odds are I will not be updating much at all in the UK.
Shuppatsu! )
I went ahead and put in an order at RightStuf yesterday since they were having another Bandai sale ...
It's as if I'm playing with fire )
My lack of updates make me seem a bit like a loser who is obsessed with Code Geass :/

(Which is true. But never you mind that.)
Artistic posturing ahoy! )


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