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I'm going to cram this whole "study abroad experience" into one entry

Posted on 2006.12.17 at 11:30
Current Music: Magnolia Electric Company
Ok, here goes.

I'm leaving in 2 days and I suppose I should at least mention the fact that I've been in London since September. All and all, the whole experience has been amazing and I'm going to miss to the hell out of London (and Europe) crazy much. London is a really great city to live in, there is always all sorts of crap to do, museums especially. (which works for me) In terms of traveling, I had a lot of really great experiences as well, the brief run down of them are, Paris, Italy (venice, Florence, and Rome), Berlin, Scotland, and Dublin. The last three were with Stefan, which twas a lot of fun, we had a very silly time, and also, saw each other every other weekend in November, which is great. (and weird, the last time we saw each before that was new years, I don't like getting old) But yeah, I'd be more than happy to tell you all about those trips some time, and show you a lot of pictures, and do it in a very gloating way.

Also, I had an internship here for the second half of the semester, which was really great. I worked at the Natural History Museum of London, at the Joseph Banks Archive Project. Which is transcribing and organizing all the letters written to and from Banks, who was a really important Botanist and Explorer in the late 1700s. So I was a Research Assistant for that project and I usually was given the job of Transcribing, it was really fun and interesting. My boss was a very silly (but very smart) British fellow who loved to argue and babble about history stuff. (so perfect for me) I also helped with the final proofs for my bosses' newest book, which was a total trip as well, though sometimes I was pretty terrified I was going to screw up his book. But whatever, it was fun and I learned a lot. Also, I now have a pretty fantastic letter of recommendation for my Grad School application, woo!

In terms of me personally, this has been a really great time as well. Right away the whole "huge city" was slightly too much, so my reaction to that was to find parks and hang out there, which then lead to me being able to sort out a lot things that I've been putting off for the last year or so. Really, all this means that I realized I was over-complicated a lot of things and making a bigger deal out of things that weren't a big deal, so nothing new. But I think I actually FEEL different now, I've always had the problem of having really great "thinks" and leaving them with really grand illusions of doing everything a lot better and then having that peter out into nothing. Maybe it was the new location, or maybe I haven't time to really screw up again yet, but hey, I feel pretty good about my chances so far.

Well fuck, that wasn't a short entry at all was it?


easybakeoven at 2006-12-17 17:04 (UTC) (Link)
that sounds amazing my dear lad, I am truly envious. Best of luck to you and I hope to see you over winter/summer break.
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xdaveyidx at 2006-12-17 17:07 (UTC) (Link)
I speak for myself, Mike, and probably Chris when I say that we'd love to see you and your pictures (and your man-jam).
inthered at 2006-12-17 20:24 (UTC) (Link)
you're going to grad school?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!

colin! say you're going to grad school in philadelphia. or pennsylvania. or really, anywhere within a five hundred mile radius of where i'm sitting. i miss you.


ps: i'll be home monday! you'll be home tuesday! i'd be happy to eat shitty american cuisine with you! also, are you scrawny now? can you try to fatten up a little on the plane so that i can hug you and not be two colins' worth of emily? thanks, colin. you're a pal.
lethe_nauta at 2006-12-17 22:57 (UTC) (Link)
If you do not come to my sweater party with goods from London, then you will be branded a coward for life.
katya330 at 2006-12-19 05:43 (UTC) (Link)
i really missed out on the study abroad thing, but interestingly enough, i plan to vacation in many of the places you mentioned right after i graduate in 6 months. so uh, any advice you have would be more than awesome, you know, places to go or not go, things to see, people to meet, etc.
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