Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Time To Say Goodbye

It's been a while. I do apologize for that. But really, the way the English higher education system works has made for a very dull couple of months. Nothing much to blog about as all we've been doing is studying for exams,pretending to study for exams, taking exams, and then sleeping for days after the exams to catch up. However, I am happy to report that my exams are DONE and I have now finished my second to last year of college. This also means that my year in England is quickly coming to an end. Exactly six days more and then it's back to Berkeley for a much anticipated summer of sun, food that is not pub grub, and seeing how many people I can fake into thinking I'm English ;-).

Before I can leave, however, there is one last major event. The play. That's right, the Lancaster University theater group's production of Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband" goes up this very weekend. We've all worked very hard on it (especially myself and the other American girl in it who have had to work dreadfully hard at adopting 19th century posh English accents and mannerisms. I guess that's why they call it acting) and I suspect it will be a very enjoyable show.

This I suppose brings me to some final thoughts on my time here in England. At first I was rather flummoxed by the somewhat lax academic requirements here at Lancaster. I had not, since perhaps 8th grade, had so much free time on my hands. UPS usually has me up to my ears in homework and working two jobs. And that's how I generally like to live my life; constantly doing something. Being at Lancaster forced me to slow down... way down. However, once I got over some of the crushing boredom I realized that this actually allowed for some freedoms I hadn't had in quite a while. I didn't think I'd ever get to be in a play again because they generally take up so much time. Here, however, I had copious amounts of free time to spare and was able to get back into the acting swing of things for a brief but much enjoyed time. I don't think I could live like this for much longer, but it's been a good experience for this year.

In general, England has been quite good to me. I've made some wonderful friends, tried beans on toast, and have learned to truly love a culture that some may say is very much like our own, but I find to be vastly different. Again, beans on toast. Enough said. So yes, over all a top notch year. Very much looking forward to returning to Berkeley and then Tacoma, but I wouldn't trade this time in Lancaster for anything. Hope to be seeing you all very soon and thanks for reading this little blog of mine.

All best,
Kate

P.S. Very sorry for the lack of pictures. The blog hos doesn't seem to want me to upload pictures at the moment.