An Apology, A Tea Party, and A Day In The Life
Now to start off this entry, I must admit that I am a DISGRACE to Classics majors everywhere–my last post should have said “Veni, vidi, vici” in the title, but I made some terrible mistakes there! I have been away from Latin too long…in any case, to every Latin professor I have ever had and the Ancient Gods above, I must say a huge “mea maxima culpa.”
Moving on: A Tea Party
I believe I left off my last post talking about a tea party, and indeed, last weekend I attended the Tea Party Society’s Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at a lovely cafe/tea room in nearby Roath, just a little bit of a walk outside of the main center of Cardiff. As usual with the Tea Party Society, it was a very relaxing and enjoyable afternoon of tea drinking & cake consuming.
Evidence of a successful tea party:
You can’t tell from this picture, but the Society’s Cake Officer made a cake shaped and amazingly decorated like the Mad Hatter’s hat!
There were also a number of games played for prizes (tea pots!), including the very exciting “How many hats can you stack on your head?” game–the record ended up being 15, I think! Here’s a photo of one of the contestants in the midst of the hat-stacking progress:
I also received my official membership card at the party, pictured here in front of the hat I wore to the party.
The rest of the weekend was spent mainly doing homework, though on Sunday a flatmate and I did walk into the City Centre to have (the most delicious) pies and cider at a pub on the High Street called The Goat Major; I believe I mentioned it in one of my very first blog posts, but if you ever visit Cardiff, you really must go! The pies can’t be beat, especially on a chilly, misty Sunday afternoon!
I also snapped this picture of the castle as we passed by:
AND NOW: A Day in the Life of a Cardiff University student in a series of (somewhat boring) photos.
I’ve devoted a lot of this blog to talking about the more adventuresome days I’ve spent in Wales, but almost none to the more mundane, day-to-day things. So one day I stuck my camera in my pocket and snapped a few pictures here and there, thinking I would give a bit of an overview of what an average WEEKDAY is like here at the University!
So, here we go:
Now, in the tradition of the “A Day In My Life” project on LiveJournal, I started off my “ADIML” series by taking a picture of my phone/alarm clock when I finally got out of bed.
9:07am! A little late, that day. I meant to get up and go to the gym at 8, but when my alarm went off I was just too tired and hit snooze…more than once. You can also see part of a Welsh vocab review sheet beneath my phone. I tend to keep a constantly-changing list beside my bed so that before I go to sleep and whenever I wake up I can surprise drill myself on new vocabulary.
And then I peeked out the window to check up on the weather before deciding what to wear for the day:
Hmm, overcast. Bit misty? We DO have lovely days here in Cardiff, but a lot of them tend to look like this. While this would drive me crazy in Gettysburg, here I tend to just say “Ah, Wales” and cheerily go on my way despite the leaden sky.
I thought I’d snap a picture of my little space here in University accommodation; it’s small, but perfect!
It doesn’t tend to look that neat later in the day. Anyway, then it was off to walk to class:
And then I went to the library to pick up and article I’d reserved for class:
And by that point it was nearing lunchtime, so I headed to the Union to grab some food.
After scarfing down my wrap, I dashed off to pick up groceries before my next class; it made my day a little crazy with the running to-and-fro, but I had somehow let myself run out of food to the point where the only thing I had was two apples and half a cup of oats.
You can only buy what you can carry back! This is probably a good thing, in some ways…The sky started clearing, so I decided to take the scenic route…
I did some reading for class–
And got really excited when there was some Welsh in it…
The sun finally managed to peek out!
And then it was time to go to class again; I thought I’d be late, so I walked there super fast, but when I got there nobody had arrived yet! This is what a typical seminar room looks like, at least for those taking humanities courses.
Unfortunately, the sun was already setting by the time I got out of seminar–the one bad thing about this time of year! It just gets dark too early…
The rest of the day was pretty standard and not particularly interesting–I did reading and research for my Life in Ancient Rome module. No interesting pictures there, but here’s me and one of my textbooks:
I took notes and read for the rest of the night.
So there you have it, a typical academics-centered day in the life of a student at Cardiff Uni. Nothing too exciting, objectively speaking, but I find that every day is pretty exciting when you’re living in a new country.
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