March 19, 2006

I'm getting more English by the hour

I'm in a good mood today, and was yesterday as well. I feel so different lately. I am different. I'm not the same person I was when I got here. I don't know if it's noticeable to anyone else, or will be, but I notice it, and I kind of like it. :) I was wondering the other day what it's going to be like when I get back. I'm proud of myself though. That I'm doing this. I really am.

Interesting week...good for the most part though. These next couple of weeks are going to be a little stressful as it's coming close to the end of term so I have to get it together and everything's due in about two weeks. But I think I can handle it. I'll be working on a story after this shortly, and then reading for Shakespeare, then more working on story, then hopefully starting on an essay...everything's due at the same time but I figure as long as I'm thinking about it and worrying about it now (two weeks ahead of time) it should be okay. And then it will be spring break!!!! I can't stress to any end how excited I am about this trip.

It's March 19. It's been exactly half a year since Wes left for Tanzania. That's so strange. I miss him. But the good thing is, and the reason I write about it here, is that I don't see our relationship as having weakened in the slightest. In fact I think it might be stronger.

I realize that I've gotten used to being here when I:

-Say "cheers" without thinking about it
-Automatically think of a soccer ball when someone mentions "football"
-Say "trousers" instead of "pants."
-Called college "uni" the other day
-Don't feel odd ordering a drink in a pub
-Am not surprised by cars on the left side of the road
-Actually know my way pretty well around Norwich and no longer have to think about saying "Norrich" instead of "Nor-which"
-I sing along with and recognize British music

March 10, 2006

English healthcare and conversation of the week

I went to the travel clinic on Monday to talk to them about going to Tanzania and what shots I would need/how I would get them. I need a ridiculous number - probably like six. yikes! It will be worth it though. And on the upside, I love the English National Health Service!!! I found out the yellow fever shot would be like 30 pounds, and after she outlined all the other shots I needed I began to get a bit nervous about cost, and asked "How much will all this cost?" and she went, "Oh it's covered." "It's what?" "It's covered, the National Health Service covers it. You're very lucky." "Um, yes I am!!"

Conversation of the week:

Cassie (talking to a friend of hers): Christina's going to Tanzania this summer.
Friend: Awesome! Why are you going?
Me: To visit my boyfriend; he's in the peace corps
Friend: That's so cool! I wish I had a significant other in Africa.
Me (Grin): Yeah, but then your signficant other would be in Africa.