Letters From Across the Pond
by Ginger Nance
Letter #2, 1.11.99
I've been here for 44 days now...and in 50 days, I'll be
home. Wow! Time is flying. It's kinda depressing now
that we aren't in Daylight Savings Time anymore, though. I
walked out of my 18th Century Lit. class at 5pm today and
it was dark already!
Before I recap what I've been up to since my last letter, I
feel like sharing a few more cultural observations:
1--English people have crap taste in music. I wasn't a big
fan of techno or dance music before I came here, but now I
can't stand it. Bollocks to Ibiza and all the horrible
music it spawns!
2--British males between the ages of 13 and 19, for the
most part, suck. They are way too laddish (Adj.--Of or
like the characteristics of a young man or lad, often loud,
macho, arrogant and sexist.) Ugh.
3--American food is largely a mystery over here. My
British hallmates said that my peanut butter (Reduced Fat
Jif) looked like baby poo, they couldn't quite figure out
what to make of the candy corn my mom sent for Halloween,
and are begging me to make them a Southern meal (even
though I can't find half the stuff I need to make a proper
one over here!). It's very amusing.
Places I've been since I last wrote:
Great Yarmouth is a seaside resort town. Like most
American beaches, it's extremely tacky. We had fun,
though! Wasted money on arcade games, laughed at ourselves
in the funhouse mirrors, and took Silvia for her first-ever
carousel ride! Yay!
London rocks my face like outer space. There's so much to
do! Even though it's expensive, it's great fun. We
went on one of those big, cheesy double-decker bus tours
and saw tons of sites--Tower of London, Buckingham
Palace, Trafalgar Square, etc. And I now know where Prince
William lives. Mrowr! Watch out, Windsors!
Liverpool and Manchester are dirty, slightly depressing
industrial towns. Definitely not pretty, but they have
lots of character. I managed to see lots of cool stuff in
Liverpool that had NOTHING to do with The Beatles, so I was
proud of myself. In Manchester, I found an awesome used cd
shop called The Vinyl Exchange. I got 4 cds for £19!!
This Friday I leave for the biggest adventure of my stay
here in England--I'm going to Paris, Bordeaux, Barcelona,
Geneva, Lyon, then back to Paris. Yikes! I can't wait,
though. I even get to see Jude play twice in France! I'm
such a dork--I go all the way to England to see an American
musician. I have made up for it though, by going to see
three British artists: Super Furry Animals (who were
AWESOME!!), Beth Orton, and Marine Research. So, there.
I have 4 rolls of film sitting around waiting to be
developed. Hopefully, for my next letter, I can include
pictures. For now, though, I'm going to say buh-bye and go
write my Philosophy and 18th Century Lit. papers. Fun,
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