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2nd Entry

sunny 17 °C

First thought - good lord it took forever to down load all those pictures :/ hour and a half - it only let me download one at a time - whew it's done though!

Second thought- my grammar is horrible in writing these blogs, and my punctuation is wrong as well- oh well lol

Okay so from where I left off a few days ago- ill try not to be as long winded as last time, and I'll try to space things out better so you guys don't go cross eyed - like I did when I saw it after posting :)

After tagging up with my two American friends, Alexis and Micaela, we decided to all go to the Harry Potter exhibit. It was awesome! And the butter beer was totally worth sitting in a long line outside in the freezing rain. The sets and designs and explanations of the 10 year long Harry Potter movie life was amazing to see. Lynn - I think your favorite part would have been the area where they talked about the training of all of the real life animals in the movie - it was real interesting - Hagrid's dog - the huge slobbery thing- there was actually 5-6 of them throughout the movies and they were mostly rescues :) the cats and dogs were all easily trainable but the owls took the longest ton finally get right--- the entire exhibit took about 4 hours long. I got a coffee cup souvenir - the store at the end was all pretty kiddish, so I didn't get much. Its funny bc Lawrence's age group here in England don't really pay much attention to HP, so I felt like a big old American nerd. Lol after the exhibit we found a fish and chips diner and it hit the spot !! The next day I was to meet up with Lawrence so that night I packed n got ready.

Slight re track to the night before, me and my two friends finally met and chatted with the rest of our roomies. The elderly English woman was already gone but when I walked into my room, after getting off of FaceTime with my parents, everyone was chatting it up! There was 2 Argentinian women, my age, and an Indian woman, not so much traditional styled, but more modern. She was super curious about all of us, and definitely asked the 20 questions . It was great - Her story is as follows: she's 30 and lives at this hostel 5 days a week and takes a train back on the weekends to Manchester - she's married but doesn't mind being away. She was very social and loves meeting all the different people she meets at the hostel. In my mind, I wouldn't want to live that way, but to each their own. The two Argentinian women were so cute! They knew some English and were super shy to try to talk English with us, but I definitely encouraged them, I attempted Spanish but it didn't go as well. Lol everyone had the same idea of traveling for awhile, so in that sense we were the same but also very different - it was really cool to here everyone's story n such.

So back to where we were - I somehow managed the underground station, got to paddington and made my train ride to Reading station. Pronounced "redding" not how we would initially think of, like "to read." Aalllll by myself lol - it was fun and I managed my luggage way better this time -'Thai goodness ... So Lawrence picked me up, and it was wonderful to see him, it had been a good 4 years I believe- we then got a go phone for me, and ran a few errands and he showed me around town a bit and then the countryside on our way back to his house- which is a cottage, and which is quite wonderful. I finally met Sally and Eric, Lawrence and Emily's parents, and who are incredibly sweet. They just moved into their house and so there's all kinds of constructions and unpacking and gardening and chores to do ! And I've pitched in to help when I can. Gota say I love all this tea drinking - random - but I have 4-5 cups a day. We BBQ'd for last nights dinner and Lawrence did awesome- ink what all we had as far as meat, but it was all good ! Then Lawrence's friend and girlfriend came over and took me out to some festival music thing ? Idk but it was really neat and everyone made fun of different things I said lol- all in good fun of course- and so now I'm working on my English accent - which they are brutally honest about if I suck at it - And Eric, by the way, is amazing at accents- I thoroughly enjoy him impersonating different accents. Today was a working day- we all spent time around the house on different chores - mine was a lot of gardening- Sally has tons of herbs and flowers and plants and trees to be planted -- oh and weeding- cant forget the weeding- and so I helped with that! It was very ice, and the weather has been the best it has been in England thus far. Tonight we are bbq'ing again !

Posted by dmward22 14:30 Archived in United Kingdom

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