It has not even been a week since I finished my last final, yet it feels like it has been ages. I have been able to do so much in the past week that I haven’t had time to think about how much time has passed.
I went to Brighton on Tuesday and Wednesday. It was amazing as usual. We went down for one of my friend’s gigs. It was epic. He performed in venue above a pub. It was very edgy. I am from Washington where there are a lot of alternative people, so Brighton’s personality is rather familiar. The group of people that were at this gig reminded me so much of Seattle. Flannels everywhere. I was so impressed by their band Hake. They write all their music and perform with so much personality and character.
The next day a group of friends and I went to Thorpe Park. My friend had been asking to go all year, so I finally gave in and took him. It was great! There were loads of massive rides with loops, massive drops, and one with 0-80mph in less than 2 seconds. That is better than many supercars. If you buy online the tickets are about 23 pounds and parking is 6. It is only a quick 30-minute drive away and is one of the best amusement parks in the country. Definitely would suggest visiting!
On Friday I took a drive up to Oxford for the day. It was about an hour and a half to two hour drive away. You can also take the train however. We wandered through the Christ College of Oxford University to see what the campus looked like and also checked out some Harry Potter filming locations. For instance, the great hall in the movies is inspired by the dining halls in this college. To clarify, the University of Oxford is broken into many different colleges. I’m not sure what is in each different one or why they do that, but they do. The people I have asked here also don’t really understand! After we went to the Bridge of Sighs and through an alley way to a great little pub where some very famous people have eaten. To name a couple: Bill Clinton famously “did not inhale” illegal substances here and the former Australian prime minister entered the Guinness Book of World Records for drinking a yard of beer in 11 seconds! I ordered the mac n cheese and I can honestly say it was one of the best mac n cheese’s I’ve ever had. I am a big fan of the meal and have had it all over the world. We also checked out the covered market and the Radcliffe Camera.
I went out for the End of Year Show at Rubix on Saturday and it was great. The last night stays open until 6am! Needless to say, I didn’t make it out that late. I went home around 3am. Everyone was out though. It was bittersweet to say goodbye to them all knowing I won’t see them for a year or potentially never again if they aren’t doing a placement. I feel as if college is going by too fast.
Finally, I am in Lisbon this week. I will tell you more after I get back to England. Spoiler: It’s hot. It’s beautiful. It’s exactly what I needed after finals.