Public Sector Strike
There’s a big strike going on today that a lot of the teachers are involved in, so we got the following e-mail. Unfortunately, I don’t have any classes on Wednesdays anyway, so nothing is cancelled for me! “On Wednesday 30th November, a national day of action will be taking place across the country, with up to 3 million people estimated to go on strike. Here in Birmingham, the...
Since Thanksgiving is an American holiday, we don’t celebrate it here. At the moment everyone is immersed in Christmas preparations. The Christmas market is packed no matter when you go, and the malls and other markets are busier than usual. My dad is visiting me this week. He brought me my thicker winter coat, some of my socks and underwear that I didn’t originally bring with me, and...
I haven’t had much to write about on here, other than the absolutely enthralling discoveries I’ve made while researching The Scarlet Letter. If you really want to read my essay on Hester Prynne’s relationship to her Puritan community, let me know. Anyone? No takers? Okay, good, then. Moving on … Today I went to Birmingham’s city centre. It’s all decorated for...
Today I started my hike at 6:30 and walked along the chalk cliffs of the coast for about twelve miles, eventually reaching the town of Newhaven. I saw the most beautiful scenery. A lot of the walk was uphill so my legs are starting to get sore, but it was worth it! I took the bus back to Brighton, and while I was walking back to my hostel, it started to rain—I finally got my first proper...
Ways to stay warm in London
London has a reputation of being cold and rainy. In my own experience, these stereotypes have proved false. In fact, I’ve found many ways to ensure that your trip is warm and toasty. Walk around with a tea in hand. You’ll look ever-so-British, but you may later regret this decision when you need to pay 30p to use the toilet. Pop into a cozy little cafe. Refuel with a handmade pastry...