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Tue, Dec. 23rd, 2003 12:05 pm


Hello from London! Today is day 7, or maybe 8, of what Art has dubbed my "royal trip". Well, it hasn't been quite so glamorous because I've a pesky budget thing I've to (mostly) work within, but it has been thoroughly enjoyable. Once again I'll be having a hard time leaving this city and country behind, but it gets easier each time because I know I will be returning at some point, and England will be welcoming as always.

I honestly hate keeping any written entries of my travels, just because some things are meant to be experienced and I always feel I'm diminishing the experience by trying to define it in words. But maybe I'm just a crappy writer.

I split this weekend between Oxford and Wales! Oxford, as I remember it, is just too perfect and broken away from general reality. It is such a snuggly town in the winter, with spires everywhere, walled colleges that look like estates, REALLY OLD WALLED COLLEGES that look like castles, cobbletones that cast brilliant reflections when wet, Santas on the street corners, and the little coffeeshops and restaurants everywhere inviting you in for refuge from the cold. Found out that my old principal, Dr Feneley, is retiring at the end of this year and that Dr Philpott, my former tutor, will be replacing him as head of CMRS. Additionally, the whole centre seems to be taking a sharp change, with its recent divorce with the CCCU. Funny how so much can happen within almost no time at all.

Cardiff was funky. I boarded the bus, expecting to be taken to the outposts of civilization -the "simple Welsh countryside". I suppose I was expecting the English version of Iowa -or something.
Only there was no countryside, because Cardiff is a full-fledged city. It has its own Hard Rock Cafe, a lot of shops, the Welsh Parliament buildings are there, and Cardiff Castle sits right in the centre of the city. The whole city sits on the edge of a bay, so the view is absolutely gorgeous and stunning. Wish I could have spent more time there! Learned that the Welsh are about 10,000 times friendlier than the English. At first this creeped me out -coming from London, naturally I assumed there were strings attached to the random acts of goodwill, only to learn that the Welsh really are unpretentious, good-hearted people.

Much more to say! I met cool people at the BBC and the Economist and, with their effort, I now have more direction in my "life". During my second visit at the BBC, the Egyptian foreign minister was attacked in Jerusalem, as I was chatting with my lead, and so I got to witness the newsrooms working their way through breaking news and crises. Way fun.

Okay, enough! If I talk to you, you'll be hearing more details anyway, so no sense in rambling forever here. :)

On another note, I am getting REALLY TIRED of being politically correct with my Christmas greetings. So, regardless of whether you do celebrate Christmas or not, I want to wish everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

bye for now.

Current Mood: cheerful cheerful

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kurosawa
kurosawa
Sarah
Tue, Dec. 23rd, 2003 04:35 am (UTC)

I think it was Angela and I who decided that Dr. Philpott was like a cross between Winnie The Pooh and the Caterpillar from Alice In Wonderland. This image never fails to amuse me.

Wow, sounds like you're having a lot of fun! envyenvyenvyenvy. Hope you have a safe trip back to the continent and have fun in Chicago!


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wongsb
wongsb
Undercover.
Tue, Dec. 23rd, 2003 04:42 am (UTC)

Sarah!!

Well, I won't keep you for too long... but the last time I went to see Dr Philpott, his desktop was littered with Winnie the Pooh and Friends toys. I'm thinking he bought them himself, or some of his students decided to humor him, or Disney Store had a great sale and dumped half their unwanted merchandise at 11 Shoe Lane Road. Whichever it is, it was striking and made me laugh. :)

Why are you up, btw? Isn't it, like, 6am there?!


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kurosawa
kurosawa
Sarah
Tue, Dec. 23rd, 2003 05:15 am (UTC)

I was at work. But now I am home. And am going to bed (it is currently 7:15 am).


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