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London

I realised I hadn’t blogged for a while, so I thought I’d come and tell you about my recent trip to London over the past few days.

I arrived on Wednesday evening and because John had an essay deadline on Friday, we spent the first couple of days together mostly working. But by Saturday lunchtime we decided we deserved a break, so we travelled into central London and went to Regent’s Park for a picnic.

Regent's Park Swans

After a stroll through the park, we decided it would be fun to hire a rowing boat and row around the lake. It was great fun. We discovered that I can’t row… When we first got into the boat, we had one oar each and tried to coordinate sharing the load, but that didn’t work because we had different strengths, so we just went round in circles. So John took both oars and got us into the middle of the lake. Then I decided he deserved a break, so took over. We went round in a circle one way, and then in the other way, and then we stayed exactly still – despite me rowing with both hands, as best as I could. After a couple of minutes of not moving John said (as tactfully as possible) ‘Its amazing!!! – I don’t know how you’re doing this, but we’re not moving anywhere, even though you’re doing everything right’. I did my best to take this as a compliment…

Rowing in Regent's Park Jen attempting to row... Jen given up rowing...

After an ice cream, we walked back to the tube station and went onto Westminister via Green Park twice (don’t ask – was a v.amusing misunderstanding). We saw Big Ben and walked down Whitehall where a crowd of cyclists were protesting about a nuclear free Middle East, or a nuclear Middle (depending which photo you look at…).

Big Ben Cycling for a Nuclear Middle?!?!

We then headed down through St James’ park and saw all the setting up of the end of the Marathon and then Buckingham Palace at the end, before turning into Green Park. We then made our way to the Science Museum for the last hour before they closed and went to see the Medicine Through the Ages, which was mostly surgical techniques. Highly interesting, especially as I have recently observed several major operations, although really quite scary – examining what people used to do, without the current medical advances we have now.

After that we made our way over to meet Alice M after she’d finished work, and after collapsing in the pub for a quick pint, we went to Hyde Park and had (another) picnic! It was really good to see Alice and it was amazing sitting by the lake in Hyde Park, eating the random food we’d bought.

Picnic with John and Alice in Hyde Park

Once we’d finished eating and said goodbye, John and I then went to meet a friend of his, that he wanted to introduce me to. Except that when we got there, I discovered I already met this person several years ago!! The Methodist world is too small… It was cool though – we turned up to find a living room full of about 10 random Methodist students. I immediately felt at home – so much so I was coming out with classic Jen comments such as ‘that cork screw only has one arm…’ (apparently it was an amputee) and ‘wow!!! its a metal frog!’ among practically complete strangers!

Overall it was a pretty great day, although I was more than a bit knackered by the end of it. Speaking of which, I’d better go to bed…

Happy New Year

Yes, ok.. I know I’m a week late. I’ve just been a bit busy with real life recently to say it yet here.

I came back to Swansea for new year, and celebrated it at Sarah and Alice’s, which was v.good. Alice organised some fab party games such as pictionary, charades and the newspaper game, which were much enjoyed. And of course, the consumption of a glass or two of wine made them interesting!

Since then I’ve been busy working on my dissertation, which I have just finalised and printed out!! 😀 😀 😀 I just have to hand it in tomorrow. It is quite exicting, although I must remember that its only half of it – its split into two halves, and the rest of it isn’t due in till May. This morning, however, we were given an ‘introduction to the module’ and the lecturer was explaining the next section of it to us. Most people hadn’t finished the first half (which is due in tomorrow), so couldn’t really get their heads around the next assignment! After talking to my coursemates this morning, I was very glad to have got a large amount of it done before Christmas, because most of them had had a v.stressful time over Christmas with their work. It was fantastic knowing I could have a break before coming back to finish it off. And now it feels even better knowing that I’ve finished it!!! Tomorrow night I’m going to be in the Ryddings enjoying a celebratory pint, if anyone fancies joining me. 🙂

As well as finishing off my dissertation and catching up with Swansea friends, I’ve also been to London for a few days. Spent a brilliant few days with John. I met more of his friends and family, and introduced him to one of my friends, just to balance it out slightly! 😉 We also managed a fair amount of sight seeing, including the London Eye (just seeing it, can’t afford to go in it!), the Musuem of Childhood and an amazing rainbow church.

The London Eye An absolutely amazing church

Merry-go-round in Leicester Square Big Ben

Relaxing Weekend

Swan

I’ve just spent a lovely weekend in London. This past week I have been feeling really tired and stressed, for a number of reasons, and I apologise to the people who got the rough end of the stress. A weekend away from everything was just what I needed, and now I feel refreshed and revived.

On Saturday we went to a nature reserve with swans, ducks and geese, which was amazing, especially as they were all so tame, as you can see in the picture above, we were able to take some fantastic photos. And we think we saw a glimpse of a kingfisher, which was an added bonus.

Overall this weekend was spent enjoying nature, watching DVDs and generally being spoilt rotten, oh and we also discovered just how *scarily* small this world is…