Last week was a good week, not to mention a busy one. I felt far busier during that week than I should have, considering it’s summer and I’m free! (until September)
On Sunday my friend and I went to a dragon boat festival held at the city quays. We both study Mandarin together and our teacher had told us about it, and we were prepared to row in the dragon boats. We were so disappointed when they said they could only have one team of 11 rowing so we just watched from the sides. The performers were really cool though, and there was a group of little children doing a dance, it even included Gangnam Style! One of the boat races, the drummer looks like they’re going to fall off!
Monday was socialising with my friends from university, which consisted of bowling (where I got 4 strikes!) and these little tickets came out of the machine where the balls were stacked. We eventually worked out they were for getting spares/strikes but we only had enough for a measly packet of sweets, which I took since no one else wanted them. I also drove there! Without killing anyone and parking within the lines, and on a motorway. As a sort-of-newish driver, motorways scare me slightly as everyone’s really fast and it’s like ‘what if I miss the junction? what if I go over the speed limit and hit the car in front?’ Fortunately my dad went with me the first time so I got over some of those fears.
Tuesday was meeting a friend from school for a catchup. She lives at home where I go to uni but goes to another university so she’s commuting a lot of the time meaning I don’t see her as often as I should. She chose this poshish restaurant for lunch – it’s based in the posher shopping part in the centre of town and we ended up sitting inside as the sun was really hot. That and I couldn’t read the menu as it kept reflecting the sun…A few mocktails (she doesn’t drink, I didn’t feel like it) and then the food came. I had ribs…and a paintbrush, which was bizarre. You got to paint the sauce on the ribs…it was so strange. But slightly therapeutic. The paintbrush is tucked behind the chips but it’s there!
Wednesday was helping out at university with an outreach day, trying to encourage year 10s to take maths beyond GCSE level. We just helped them with some puzzles (some were really hard) and then took them on a tour of university. I even got lunch 😀 Then I had training in the afternoon for the university open days at the weekend, which was quite boring. I did get told what I was doing though, and was glad I would be inside and wouldn’t have to move much.
Thursday was a day to restup before my final Mandarin lesson, our class went out for a meal afterwards at a Turkish restaurant in town. It was very nice, I’d actually been before for my friend’s 18th but I had some other food this time. I also spent some time outside in the garden as it was actually sunny! The sky went from this:
Friday was the first university open day, and I woke up late. I was supposed to wake up at 6am to leave at 6.30 but ended up waking at 6.25 and leaving at 6.35 I still made it to university for 7.15 and had just enough time for breakfast. Then we had to setup the signs and tickets – I was in charge of giving out tickets for the dentistry talk later that afternoon. It wasn’t that busy as it was Friday and a lot of people still had work/school and it got boring after the talk had started and I had no real use anymore. I got to leave early though, and it was sunny 🙂
Saturday was almost exactly the same as Friday, but I woke up on time and was waiting for the bus when I realised that there were hardly any on Saturday. Fortunately one came past and I didn’t hesitate to get on. What was really strange was seeing one of my friends on the way, at 7.10am. He was on his way home! Must have had a fun night.
On a final note, I finally found a coke bottle with my name on 😀 I was probably too happy about that and my sister thinks I’m crazy but we’re waiting until her name comes out and then she’ll be the super happy one.