Monday, February 28, 2005

The Rest of Weekend and I Promise

I promise to include my thoughts from while I was hiking the trail in Wales on that Saturday. Basically I went for the walk walked a ways in the mud. Got to a cool spot with the bridge thats certainly in some pictures and then as I said before was going to try and eat at the Pub there but they were not serving food so I walked back as it got darker and darker (eventually very dark). And realised where the real trail was so I took it back to the M named town that I can no longer spell correctly. And I then took the train back into Cardiff went to the Hostel and talked with Gui for a little while then we went up to our room talked some more and went to bed.

So My thoughts while I was sitting on the fence post/gate thingy that somehow kept the animals in or out depending upon what side you are on and which side belongs to you and me :) (good old Woody Guthrie).

So what I wrote is:
I'm sitting by the book on a fence post thingie, thinking of writing about my time here. The gate has barbed wire by it making me think an animal might come to greet me from one side of the other son. [yes I know that makes no sense but I'm typing it word for word.] so I am on constant lookout for one. so far I'm still here and alive. Seen some ducks and birds (mallards and something on the order of a heron). I hear the birds and the water and I realize [how terrible of me to spell it American style] how beautiful life is when its cool and damp or raing [raining]. I am supposed to be on some trail but I'm not sure if I am still on it or not. I really haven't seen the structures it sounded like I might [the map showing them that is] but that is just as well because now I get to see the water. When was the last time you went outside Sat, and just wrote. This kind of reminds me of going to Springbrook a long time ago to sit by the stream. Well must get going the rain seems its starting again.

So that is my brief thoughts from sitting there.

The next day Sunday I had the same jam and toast breakfast, but I think I also had a fruit because the girl I had went up with on the train had forgotten her food. Sunday I went to Mass in the morning then met Gui at the National Museum. After looking at a lot of art and some celtic ruin things we walked to the Bay and Went in the old Norweigian Church and the Oddly Shaped Visitor Centre. When this was finished we headed back up towards the hostel. We took the river route on the way home and since the hostel was close to the river we went there talked for abit and then I got my luggage from behind the counter and headed to the bus stop to find a really crowded Double Decker Bus. I said my goodbyes to Gui and then I got on and the bus returned me to my home away from home (London). So there you go its finally finished. It is now 6 March and I went on a day trip to Cambridge which was really awesome!

Ill have to write more about it and Scotland soon.

- neal

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Scattered Thoughts (But Not Wales Yet)

I hope everyone is doing very well and that they enjoy my very long overdue finishing up of my time in Wales. (Part of this line was written 26 Feb. at 1 AM The rest is from the time the stamp shows) :)

Of course just as always I have to give you an update of the past few days to be sure that the past is put in the context of whats happening to me right now. Well yesterday I went to a conference about how to stop the BNP (British National Party). They are a very far right wing group that is fascist. They hate all immigrants and ethnic minorities. They are racist, xenophobic, homophobic, and have a dislike for Jewish People. It was very interesting to hear and read about them. I had never heard of such a party before. Well at least not in current times. The party is like an offspring of the National Front which gained popularity in some areas and there were race riots back in the past. So the conference was about how to stop them. One of the big things that was talked about was telling others and informing them that there is such things going on currently. The other big thing is to not allow them to get in power. Once they have power it is harder to remove fascist governments. One of the most important things is writing to the BBC and other newsources and expressing our outrage when they are presented on the radio or in papers as a normal and good party just as anyother. Public outcry can have a big effect in journalism. The BNP also should not be given government money for advertising. The network of people/group working on stopping the BNP is United Against Fascism http://www.uaf.org.uk/ . They were the main group at the conference yesterday. One of the seminars my friend Marie (who went with me) and I went to was a Holocaust Survivor. He was in Auschwitz and was transfered from many different camps. I will write more about him in the near future once I read the book that he wrote. Marie bought it (well I gave her one pound). Once she is done I will read it and it will get passed around I am certain. It really was amazing to hear him speak of the atrocities. The most interesting part was that he is English but in the process of everything his passport was lost and he was not allowed to contact anyone. He did have ancestors that lived in the Rotterdam where he was living at the time. For a more thorough explanation of his background and some of his life go to http://www.movinghere.org.uk/stories/story85/story85.htm or http://www.guardian.co.uk/secondworldwar/story/0,14058,1389433,00.html. His wife and 2 year old son were gassed not long after the family arrived at the first concentration camp. He ended up in a camp because he couldn't leave Rotterdam in time and because a friend who he had entrusted to keep his passport and some money in safe keeping panicked out of fear that they would discover that he was hiding it (which was helping a Jewish person I guess.) The friend burned it leaving him paperless to prove his nationality.

After he was liberated from Buchenwald on 11 April 1945. The next year he began to tell his story and has been doing so since then. What I found the most interesting was how alive nazism and fascism is still alive today. It is sickening. He has received death threats and called a liar in a fascist paper. He has had bricks thrown in through his windows by the National Front. Two years ago he received terrible "Christmas" cards (I don't know what kind of Christian sends the kinds of cards he received). There were nazi symbols drawn on them and one card said he would have made a good lampshade. He told us how he truly fears the occurrence of another Holocaust or at the least the strong rising in fascism. I was disgusted, saddened, frightened, moved, and everything else imaginable at the time.

So after the seminar in which he spoke. We went to a plenary (larger conference) and another one after that. They spoke of how to stop the BNP which I spoke of above. After the conference and after helping clean up some we went to Planet Organic which is both a vegetarian deli style café and an organic store. It was good food but the problem I have is that they give you the food (unless its soup) in plastic containers. I notice this with many "healthy" places to eat. They serve good food but the packaging is terrible for the environment. So after I had a lentil, onion, garlic soup (I think that's what it was) we looked around the store and I found chickpeas which were not canned. I was terribly excited because canned chickpeas always have added salt and such. I am now soaking them in water because they were incredibly hard and shriveled. I wonder though when chick peas/garbanzo beans and picked what are they like? Do they dehydrate them to pack them in a bag or do they cook them to put them in a can? If someone could leave a comment on what they think it is that would be excellent!

So after that we went to Teco's (Supermarket) for Marie to get her chocolate fix and then he headed to Goodge St. Tube Stop to meet up with some people to head to a Malaysian society thing.

That and I guess Wales will once again have to wait because its now 1230. I started a while ago but then went next door to talk to Carlos when I saw that the lights were on in his room. He has a friend from Spain in and I wanted to meet him. He was very cool. He only really spoke Spanish. He's a second year Physical Therapy Student. It was cool meeting more people from all over the place. Last weekend I think it was, I met Carlos's sister who was in town to visit. She was very shy but looks just like Carlos. He has taken them around the town and shown them the highlights. Just like some of you may get if you come to visit me. Right, about that sleep thing. It will happen now.

Peace all. - Neal

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Fun Times at the Pub and Pizza Before It

Fun Times at the Pub and Pizza Before It

Fun Times at the Pub and Pizza Before It

Fun Times at the Pub and Pizza Before It

A Day of Ice Skating with some of my Mates (Near Liverpool St. Station)

A Day of Ice Skating with some of my Mates (Near Liverpool St. Station)

A Day of Ice Skating with some of my Mates (Near Liverpool St. Station)

A Day of Ice Skating with some of my Mates (Near Liverpool St. Station)

A Day of Ice Skating with some of my Mates (Near Liverpool St. Station)

A Day of Ice Skating with some of my Mates (Near Liverpool St. Station)

A Day of Ice Skating with some of my Mates (Near Liverpool St. Station)

A Day of Ice Skating with some of my Mates (Near Liverpool St. Station)

The Last Day in Cardiff, Wales (Sunday)

The Last Day in Cardiff, Wales (Sunday)

The Last Day in Cardiff, Wales (Sunday)

The Last Day in Cardiff, Wales (Sunday)

The Last Day in Cardiff, Wales (Sunday)

The Last Day in Cardiff, Wales (Sunday)

The Last Day in Cardiff, Wales (Sunday)

The Last Day in Cardiff, Wales (Sunday)

The Last Day in Cardiff, Wales (Sunday)

The Last Day in Cardiff, Wales (Sunday)

The Last Day in Cardiff, Wales (Sunday)

The Last Day in Cardiff, Wales (Sunday)

The Last Day in Cardiff, Wales (Sunday)

The Last Day in Cardiff, Wales (Sunday)

The Bus Ride to Wales

The Bus Ride to Wales

The Bus Ride to Wales

The Bus Ride to Wales

The Bus Ride to Wales

The Bus Ride to Wales

The Bus Ride to Wales

The Bus Ride to Wales

The Bus Ride to Wales

The Bus Ride to Wales

The Bus Ride to Wales

The Bus Ride to Wales

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

A Bit of All Things

Today 22 February is "Free Mojtaba and Arash Day" a part of a campaign by the Commitee to Protect Bloggers. They are locked up in Iran for what they wrote on their blog. The campaign wants to help establish protection of bloggers and help to promote free speech. Blogs are unregulated and no one really knows what exactly to do when people publish things. Go to http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4278241.stm to read all about it. I really think that such things are important. Also check out some of my mates blogs while your at it read http://afifter.blogspot.com/ - just a funny guys blog and http://www.heloetc.tk - a slightly more serious journalistic approach to blogging. He is after all a journalism student so yeah go read it.

In this blog and the short time that I have remaining before I head out to...you guessed it..the blues bar I will write a bit about the end of last week if I remember and try to maybe some something else about other useful fun things. I am also becoming more swamped with work something I couldn't have really predicted if I had tried but alas it has happened and so that means I have even less time than I normally do. I am also planning some trips and thinking about what I will do in summer so many things it crazy. I be going to the blues bar for another girl's birthday which should be fun. Its always fun there. It almost feels like what I can imagine some of the blues clubs in chicago being like. Small dingy and smokey. I don't exactly enjoy the smoke but I make do with it.

So last week I wrote about my Wednesday. So I will try to start with Thursday. Not much happened that I can recall. Lecture and thats about it I think. I also packed and got ready for hunting nessie. Friday I went to lectures and then met up with some mates and chatted for a while. This was fun. Oh Thursday also involved doing laundry. Friday was crazy getting ready and all and eating and I dont recall what all happened, but I remember it being crazy. Niels and I left after eating some food. After we had flyered the halls with leaflets about the upcoming student election and the big Anti-War Rally on 19 March. On my route over in Finsbury Halls I stopped and talked with Morgan who is a really awesome guy. He was the one I went to the protest with on Tuesday. He also loaned me his digital camera for the weekend which I should really be returning to him soon. I plan on calling Fuji tomorrow to try and get mine repaired.

So going back to Friday evening. Niels and I took the bus (38) after kind of walking out of the way to get to the stop. We then walked to the bus station only to realise that it wasn't actually the right bus station. The previous 2 times I had taken a bus, it was from the green line coach station -(MegaBus and GreenLine and Stagecoach (which I think owns MegaBus leave from there). With less than 10 minutes to our departure we realised this and headed in search of the Victoria Coach Station where the National Express (kind of like greyhound especially in the kind of terminal they have there). We got on the coach and headed out for our long journey. I fell asleep once we were outside of London. The crazy thing was that the coach stopped a lot of times which needless to say was annoying as it kept waking me up. I am not sure if Niels ever really slept. He did meditate and read the Da Vinci code. It was hard for us on the bus as we are both long legged and they have like no leg room at all. After a few times to stretch (ie we could get off the bus) and one long stop at a service centre (rest area like one on the tollway) we arrived in Inverness and wandered about until we found high street and our hostel. Amazingly Niels doesn't mind asking for directions. We checked into the hostel and had a good chat with the guy who worked there. I will write more about that later - time for the blues bar!!

peace - neal

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Hmm Darn I Need to Catch Up and Stop Procrastinating

This week of course I went to another protest, but by the time I got there with one of my mates it had basically finished. It was one of the shortest ones I have seen we got there barely an hour after it was supposed to start. Oh well there will be bigger and better ones and just more in general that I can make my presence at. That was yesterday which was Tuesday (well actually I guess two days ago now considering its past midnight). Okay Right then, I will continue with my week. Well Yesterday/Today (Wednesday) was rather uneventful. I stuffed some envelopes and put labels on about 700 envelopes this took 4.25 hours for which I was being paid £6 an hour so I made some more money and that is always an excellent thing. The thing that bugged me about this was the waste of paper on putting one silly newsletter into all those envelopes paying students, which all combined probably adds up to about 100 quid in just paying students and the cost of printing and then postage. While there was a bunch of internal ones there was also a large number of external. I dont see why the printing couldnt have been done in a slightly different way allowing for the label to be affixed to the newsletter itself thus saving ridiculous amounts of paper. And then cost of postage with me labeling about 700 and another girl working on nearly that many it would seem to make sense to have done something different. Oh well.

Today or rather the evening I did some Maths and I also did some research on a sit I discovered a few days ago all about abandonned and disused tube stops and stations. It came as a result of me being curious about this tunnel that I saw at ground level. It is in Kingsway Road at the intersection with Theobald's Road just North of Holborn Tube Stop. Well I had been to the site the other day and didn't see anything interesting, but upon looking at it more i found all about this. It was used for the old tram system. I figured it had to be related to the underground since it had tracks in the ramp. And upon reading the website it also has a third cable or something which provided power. It was an underpass that went from there all the way down to Waterloo Bridge via Aldwych. I just found the history of it amazing. But since you might not I won't bore you with all the details. go to http://www.starfury.demon.co.uk/uground/index.html and read the Kingsway Underpass section.

Other news is that this weekend i am going with a mate up to Inverness Scotland which is really close to Loch Ness. Maybe we will see Nessie!! I really hope we do. maybe we will have to have a few drinks before we go (more likely to see something then (so I was told)). :) The following weekend I am going to Copenhagen. This is also quite exciting. After that I will be staying in London for a bit. Time is rapidly flying by and I need to be sure to catch up in Structures, Maths, and work on my Engineering Management Project.

Maybe I will write a bit more about Wales. That Saturday way back a few weeks I planned to go up to Brecons Beacons National Park. There was a bus service that was supposed to go there and I was going to originally be going alone but I ended up meeting an Aussie Friday night at the lobby/bar area of the hostel and we got to talking and she was going there as well. So We were going to try and catch the first bus that went all the way up there. We got to the station only to find out that it didn't run at the early time on Saturday. So Beings that if I waited for the next one would have like no time up there since the return bus left not long afterward we took a train up to Methyr Tydfil (sp) which is a the Southern Tip of the national Park.

From there we figured I might be able to take another bus or wait for the bus that went all the way or just explore around there. After a visit to the tourist info place I decided to just go up in the area on my own and the girl was to wait for the bus and head up to the Northern Part of the park and then try and get a hostel up there. So I went into town had some real food at small little restaurant which was really nice considering my breakfast at the hostel was just toast. I then headed up the trail taking my time. I made some interesting turns and perhaps wrong ones as I got seperated from the trail but stumbled upon a cool Mansion Museum which had the whole history of the area. The whole area used to be a mining area and it was owned by one of the big mining families. It was very interesting reading and hearing people in the museum talk about the memories of the past. There really isn't any mining there anymore. Its so much like Michigan or Northern WI were that was their livelihood and when things closed up the local economy really suffered and to this day hasn't really picked up all that much. I asked there how to get back on the trail and had a whole map drawn for me. Good thing she did because it was very tricky and sneaky where the trail went. The lady there explained that the path would go between a churches wall and another fence and I wouldn't have known it to be something unless she did. I then followed a trail down a steep grassy hill and walked through many pastures along the creek. The whole trail was about following this river/creek. I later realised that the path I had taken was different than what I thought I was on but I had an excellent and relaxing time and am longing for green country which I should get this weekend. I will be sleeping for most of the ride since we leave at 11 PM and its a 12 hour bus ride. I will write more about my hike later. I even wrote a little thing while sitting down on a fence/gate post thingy.

Until next time peace

neal

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Its Never Too Late (For A Beginning)

Using the title above stolen from one of my sister's songs sums up my feelings on trying to write more about the past few weeks. As always I'll start with today. Well Maybe just the things that happened between my last writing and today. The only really interesting event was my return to the Blues Bar Wednesday night for a friend (Sophie's Birthday). The experience afterward was more interesting than the time there. I thought the blues band was decent but others seemed to think they were really really good. The interesting part was that most of these people are slightly hippyish kind of like me but different. Sophie probably is the most hippyish. Well the difference is that I don't smoke and I do mean in all senses of the word because we being almost entirely City University Students and 3 being Syracuse students. Well we went up one the small streets which is like an alley (well so many streets in London are almost the size of an alley) anyways they rolled their fun in with some tobacco and passed a few around. I left before they had finished all that. I left with the 2 people that I came with. We wanted to get back and get some sleep. They were also not nearly as keen as some of the others on the smoking. They did just a very very little and that was enough. Part of the fun during this time was that they had brought a guitar with and sophie being a music major played and sang some songs. Some of which we sang along.

The other interesting thing was today. I went with one of my mates (Niels) to a march against climate change and to put pressure on Australia and the US to sign the Kyoto protocol. We walked from Lincoln's Inn Field by Holbord Tube Station towards Trafalgar Square and then up towards Picadilly Circus and then to the US embassy. On the way we made a brief stop at the Australian Embassy. Near the US embassy I got drafted/volunteered to pedal the Rinky-Dink (Hope to have pictures up soon). I don't personally have any since my camera now won't turn on. But basically the rinky dink (oh just remembered they have some website (http://www.baka.co.uk/rinky/)) is a pedal powered sound system. The power is actually generated by two people who are keeping a flywheel spinning by pedaling a bike that is connected to a larger bike system. Right, I pedalled it from near the embassy and during all the speeches during the embassy. Only really stopping for a few very short times. Needless to say it really wore me out and I am quite knackered. After the speeches and the strange outbursts of rain (light teh first time and very heavy and short later). We walked up the road to Oxford Street and then down to Oxford Circus Bus Stop OJ to take the 55 bus home. Later this evening I cooked some food with Niels adding kidney beans to my curry and of course made my famous pita bread. I went to mass and after mass that was when the pita bread making took place.

After all that which was after 21 I came here to my room and what I have been doing I don't really remember. Oh I looked at a really interesting website about Burma and the problems they face (http://www.hillerphoto.com/burma/#). Did some talking with a friend and looked on ebay and the web for info about my camera. I wasnt terribly successful. Also was researching the iTunes 5 user a day limit for sharing and to see if there was ways to bypass this but so far havent read that it is possible. Now that it is 110 in the morning and I am going to the Chinese New Year's Parade tomorrow I think I will retire to bed.

So I guess although it wasn't actually too late to begin it still won't be happening for me to describe that saturday back a few weekends in Wales.

Hope all of you are having a happy Lent and a good time.

peace - neal

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

New Way To Get Here

I really have no clue how many people there are that actually read this but you can now go to http://www.nealstyka.tk to get here. Go to http://www.dot.tk to find out more about .tk free domain name services.

Shrove Tuesday

I might be just writing here the start of my saturday in Wales, because today is Shrove Tuesday/Paczki/Pancake Day/Mardi Gras or whatever else you might like to call it. So ironicaly not knowing it was Pancake Day as well I had a leftover pancake that I had made on Sunday. So the reason I'm going to keep this short is because I've been quite tired and unlike most Wednesday mornings, I do have something to do and will have to be up early for it. The way I figured out it was Pancake Day was quite interesting because I went up to the grocery store to buy 2 Jam Doughnuts which I had been wanting to do for a while and well it is Paczki Day (and I looked a little but couldn't find a Polish Bakery here in London although I'm sure someone somewhere sells the reall thing. Well last night after going to a Protest to Protest our rights to Protest in Parliament Square because there is a bill going through Parliament last night called the serious and organised crime bill. And they basically don't want Protesting in Parliament Square and Had all sorts of other more important security measures tacked onto it as well. I guess some things never change. They try and do that back home in the states all the time. So After that I went with some of my protest mates (different groups of mates you know) to a place called the Blues Bar and guess what they have blues music there 7 nights a week. Mondays are usually open mic/jam nights so they had all sorts of people coming up and playing and most of them had never played together before. So After I left there saturated in smoke and trying to figure out teh busses for a while I got home to find out that someone thought it was funny throw flow and eggs all over (now I learned this afternoon that it was guys birthday on our floor or something and that some of his girl mates wanted to flour him or something which evolved into egging as well). So they had even gone to teh extent to take my eggs from the refridgerator which made me angry. So to make an incredibly long story short I went to get eggs at the grocery store and there was a sticker where all the various egg cartons were that said Pancake Day! 8 Feb. or something to that extent so when I got back to teh halls here I researched it and figured out there is symbology behind pancakes. They are supposed to give life and at the moment all I can remember is that the flour stands for a staff or support or something like that and the eggs were life and milk sweetness and lard something else (I really don't know on most of that). So the only other exciting thing that happened today was that I got a Maths problem done. It has been hard to motivate myself so it was quite good to get one done. Well I guess since it is now 2300 and i want sleep I shall go to bed and leave other days such as Wales and such to another time. Peace All - neal

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Wales (It really is like the first day of me being there)

So going back to my trip to Wales. After the dinner on thursday evening with the Marquette People I managed to book a bus ticket and a spot at the hostel. I had to call them because it was so close to when I was going there. Ticket prices for busses and trains drive me nuts. Unlike most tickets in the states there is no set price and it all depends upon the availability and how booked they are and how far in advance you book it. So I ended up paying more because of not knowing what Dr. Hosseini had planned for us. If he had told us (well rather me) anything in an email it would have been very useful. Which reminds me I have to send in a form to them about what courses I am taking here. Uggh too much to do. The only good thing is that I am not going anywhere this weekend and most of my friends are at some conference thing which sounds really bizarre.

Oh right the goal here was to talk about Wales. So I guess I will go back to speaking of that. But I just realised that I am typing much more proper just because I am typing in TextEdit instead of in a web window. So After talking to Heather that evening I went to bed around 1 or 2 in the morning. I then took a rather early bus to Cardiff. I think it was something like 7 or 8 in the morning. It was a cool big double deck coach bus. I sat on the top did some listening to music, a little ready, sleeping and window looking. Eventually the picks of this window looking will get to be here on the blog. It was quite fun and nice to see the countryside since for so long all I get is the city.

Well I got into the city around 11 in the morning went to the hostel and then headed out for the day trying to figure out my plans for the weekend. These were quite confusing at the time. I figured out the times of mass and for some reason spent a long time thinking that Friday was actually Saturday. This was eventually resolved. I ended up going to Cardiff Castle and exploring the city and its visitor museum on that Friday. I had a pasty as well which was very good. After the tour of the castle which was really quite fun and interesting. I went for a walk to the water. But first I shall describe the castle a bit more. Well Actually that describing shall have to wait for when I return from classes in a bunch of hours. I also desperately need to go grocery shopping so I think I shall do that.

Well of course that was yesterday and today is today. After my lecture on engineering management. Its all about marketing and such. Its crazy what engineers have to take these days. The only practical realistic part is that we have a group project to do and have a presentation to give on our marketing strategy. It went rather well (the lecture that is). After that I had a Structural Mechanics (ie Statics) lab. The actually taking of measurements was quick but the write up and calculations are really long. I am quite glad it is the last one (we only had 3 total) the lady who was in charge of them wasnt a very fair grader in my opinion. Right, the lab was actually very practical and semi realistic with us having a couple metre steel I beam and we were calculating deflection as well as stress and strain. So I spent a long time there trying to do the calculations. Carlos (my mate who is a Civil Engineer studying at Villanova University in the States and who is from Madrid, Spain) invited me to go see a movie _A Very Long Engagement_. So I stuck around with him and worked on the calculations until it was getting pretty late and there was just a bit over an hour before the movie. I went back to the halls here, had some dinner and then headed up to the Vue Cinema in Angel. Which reminds (I bet you couldnt have guessed by now that there is always something that triggers something else.) Right then I shall continue on what the connection is. It seems to be UK speech to say something is in something instead of on. Like they would say go to the entrance in City Road. Or they might say oh the shop is in Goswell Road. Both of which I find to very funny ways to say that the thing is in a road. Getting back to the movie. The move was excellent!! Really moving and thought provoking. It was a French Movie with English Subtitles. After the movie finished Carlos and I went back to the halls and his friends took the bus home. We had some good discussions and such.

So after some time at the Castle and browsing through their museum on Welsh Military Battalions. The museum was interesting but I wasn't a really big fan of all the war stuff. There also was really weird security tightness there. They had a guy going with a mirror to look above and below all the exhibits. Well after that I wanted to get some food from somewhere other than a take a way or pub. I ended up not succeeding so I went for a nice stroll towards the water. This was quite nice I walked along the river towards what was the ocean bay. I got down there but only say a bay full of ships and such and never actually made it out far enough to see any open water. I the area used to be one of the biggest shipping ports in the world. Now it is becoming a rather posh place of revitalisation and such. They have a bunch of different museums and such. They also have the remnants of many locks and some dry docks where boats used to be made. It was a very important port for shipping all the coal and later iron that came from the hills in nearby Wales. I walked all long there and then walked back to the hostel. There I met a girl from Australia and a girl from New Zealand. They were talking with a guy name Gui who is originally from Brazil but has been living in the UK for about 2 years. He was in London but is now in Cardiff. I talked with them for a while and then we headed up to bed. (The End of that Friday)

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Wales (well it was supposed to be)

Alright so I so dreadfully behind and it is so hard to write and chat with people whatever shall I do. Right so now the next day and an hour later I type another sentence. I think I have to write in this a bit about my past 2 days before I jump back in time to Wales. And I will only be able to write a bit as I am very tired and can't concentrate as well as I would like. I can't recall that I did anything extra special besides for classes on monday so I think I will just go to yesterday. can one go to a day though if it already happened? I just thought about that and realised that was a bit confusing. So anyways after my lovely sociology lecture and class which was about 530 or 6 by the time I got back from the library visit afterwards as well. I met in the lobby of the halls an American friend. And in conversation it came out that she was going to head up to the pub to watch the football game. I thought that sounded fun. So after we ate our seperate dinners we went up there. This was quite fun. The pub was jam packed. I couldn't even get in the doors. I shall have to save more for tomorrow. You see my wrist and arm of my right hand hurts if I am at my computer for a while and it is right now hurting. more later.