Monday, April 6, 2009

Before 2nd Semester

So, the last time I actually wrote anything, I had just handed in all my assignments and had over a week before lectures began. The beginning of February saw the continuation of January's bad weather, but I still managed to get out and about.
Brooke's work sent her to Ghana, and conveniently, her layover in England happened right as my week-long break began. Her ancestors are from Sheffield, so in addition to the usual pubs, I also got to show her a bit of her family's history. We went up to York, which in addition to the Abbey, has a couple of really nice Wetherspoon's. Really though, besides a couple weird signs, the Abbey is one of the coolest things I've seen in Europe-- it's massive and overwhelms you in the small city streets of York.
We took a trip out to Tadcaster and checked out the Samuel Smith's brewery-- not much to see besides company offices, but I did find a bike frame that I later went back to buy. Since we were already north, I went with Brooke to visit some family friends in a tiny town called Haltwhistle-- it's pretty much the epitome of what Americans think to be the iconic English town (17th century house, horses and pretty views). We stopped back in Sheffield before heading to London for her flight to the States.
I decided to hang out in London for a bit since I still had a few days before lectures began. As hard as I try, I just can't fall in love that city-- it's just hard to understand. In the day I spent wandering, I got stopped by the police and hit by a car on Brick Lane. Thankfully, American Julia saved me after a roughhh night at Fabric with Swiss Julia and her friends.
After some good food, a couple of bike stores and the British Museum, I was happy to get back to Sheffield for classes... and a beer tasting at the DevCat.

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