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Leeds/York, Halloween, and the Election

Sorry I've been slacking, but school's getting pretty busy! Two weekends ago I went to Leeds to visit Stacey and I had an amazing time! She lives in a flat with 4 other girls...the ones who talked were pretty cool. I got in really early Friday morning, then in the afternoon Stacey took me down to the city centre and showed me around. It was a really nice city. Then on Saturday Stacey, Mari (Stacey's flatmate from Spain), and I took the train to York. IT WAS FREEEEEZING!!! But it was the cutest town, and apparently there was a historical Roman event going on, which was pretty interesting. In one of the reenactment booths I got "held up at knife point," which was odd but funny. Sunday a group of Mari's friends were having a bbq, and the cooking was done by this kid from Brazil. I don't know if it is because I mostly eat instant meals here, but that was THE BEST bbq I've ever had. He made rump, pork, and sausage with lime and sea salt...it was awesome.

Last weekend was Halloween and Evelyn and I went down town to my friend Rachel's apartment building, where her neighbor was having a party. The building is incredible, looks like they are living in a museum. Rachel is in both my logic and human existence classes, she goes to Georgetown, and is from Philadelphia (so I had someone to celebrate the world series with!). She is only in Ireland for one semester as well, so I will have a friend in DC already next semester!! Anyway, the party was fun, and it wasn't too cold. I dressed up as Snow White, pretty much because I have black hair and a red ribbon. The whole costume was free. One of the resident's of the apt putting on the party was also Snow White, but more traditionally. There is one picture of that in the loads of photos attached.

Election day here was fun! I wore an Obama pin all day that Rachel gave me. Evelyn and I stayed up pretty much all night long, following the results and coloring in states as our 6 different internet browsers updated. I wish I could describe how excited I was when 4am rolled around and they officially announced that Obama won. If I'm going to be honest, I shed a couple of tears (...and maybe a couple of times since then haha). It made me even more happy to get on the internet and see how many other people cared and were so excited. I love that I could share this with my friends back home. But then of course there are all the kids, mostly from Temecula, who post the most hateful, negative, insulting, ignorant comments. It's ok though, because I'm very excited about our future! In my life thus far, I've never been so proud of my country, but so ashamed of my state (the results on prop 8 are ridiculous).

The semester is nearing the end, only 3 more weeks of class left, which is completely blowing my mind. But I still have 6 and a half weeks until I go home. My 21st birthday is in two weeks, which my friends Stacey, Laura, and Kristi will all be visiting during! Probably the best present right there. I'm planning to go to Scotland after classes end, before finals start at the beginning of December.

Hope everyone is doing well! Miss you all.

http://s489.photobucket.com/albums/rr257/aabyars/York/?albumview=grid

P.s.- My grandpa, King, sent this to me...funny and appropriate for my semester:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EADUQWKoVek

Posted by aabyars 12:01

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