time flies

I have less than a week left in London and unfortunately I have been and will have to continue spend most it inside working on exams instead of doing my final explorations. In this past week i have finished all the tourist things I has wanted to do. I visited Hampstead Heath which is another park in North London. This was in zone 2-3 so it is not in central London like I am and most other tourist places. This park was unlike any of the other parks I have visited, which is a triumph by the city planners that no two parks look for feel the same.

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This park was muddy and had secret trails all over the place that always seemed to bring you back to the same place. There was also a natural lake both people and animals could go swimming in. It was very tempting, but maybe next time. photo 2

With the elections here in a few weeks becoming very controversial I decided to find out what party my perspective is in line with. I used the “i side with” website that asks you about 50 questions on topics of foreign policy, social issues, economic issues, and environmental policy to accurately assign you to a political party. This quiz told me that If I were british and able to vote in the elections I would be a liberal democrat, but if I wanted to vote for one of the two pain parties I should vote labour. I found this interesting after learning about a lot of the social issues have merged from the austerity practices of the current parliament as the lasting impact of Thatcher.

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I went for a really good run in Hyde Park this week. Afterward I sat out on the lawn chairs they have set up in the park and worked on my tan, i do not think it helped very much. I love that the city places chairs out in the park for us and has ice cream and food stands set up throughout the park.

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The last two museums I had to visit were the Imperial War museum and Science museum. photo 5

The imperial war museum covers from the Great war to Afghanistan. It went into great depth of each war with artifacts and interactive exhibitions. It even included many of the machines, vehicles and historical documents of each of these periods. The museum has the Zimmerman telegram that finally brought the U.S. into WW1. There was art about war and even trenches you could go into.

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This is a car from a book market in Baghdad, Iraq where a bomb was set off killing 28 people and destroying this intellectual centre.

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This is a press vehicle that was bombed by the Israeli Air forces on accident, killing the journalists inside.

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This was the side of the trenches where they played recordings from WW1. It was terrifying hearing gunfire and explosions over the men speaking. I can only imagine how intimidating that was for the young men that experienced it in real life.

We visited Portabello Market again because it is that amazing & i went to this family run Italian restaurant hidden inside an Indian clothing shop. They prepared all the food fresh and right in front of us. They also spoke Italian to us so it was a fun experience trying to communicate.

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photo 5I have now finished the three essays I have due tomorrow, but they could use some editing so I am off to go accomplish that. Yay.

xoxo christine

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interesting easter weekend

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This is my attempt at keeping it classy at kensington palace. I think i pulled it off rather well, but i certainly could passed for a well dressed waitress. Regardless i visited the palace for nice afternoon tea in true british fashion and I felt very proper.

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The scones were a lot better than i anticipated them being and I was really grateful of that because i didn’t like much else on the tea platter. I don;t actually understand paying an exuberant price for small cakes or salmon on bread or curry. Yes the british really do like curry enough for it to be at an official afternoon tea.

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I once again visited one of my favourite places in the world; Borough market! This gem never fails to be both a savory and exciting adventure.

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I spent this past weekend in the village of Witham, pronounced Witam, in Essex with a host. My host is pictured above with Margaret Thatcher. She is a nice older woman that is running for town and district in this coming general election. My host was a very interesting woman that has been very involved in her community in Essex, lived in London before that when she was not living in Saudi Arabia or Nigeria or traveling around the world which she has done quite extensively. photo 3

Knowing that i am a politics student, we went campaigning for her on once of my days there. This was not the most interesting to do in a very small village, but it did allow me to walk the entire village and she insists that I put it on my resume… so i might.

This is the village of kelvedon near Witham. We visited a church there that has the ancestors of my host buried there and members of a aristocratic family.

This is the village of kelvedon near Witham. We visited a church there that has the ancestors of my host buried there and members of a aristocratic family.

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We visited this barn in Coggeshall that has been there for over 800 years and has an interesting history. It was used by the abbey, then by farmers until it was nearly destroyed in the 1980s to be saved and handed over to the national trust. today there is a craft fair there where i bought some cards from a local artist with water coloured paintings of the local villages on them.

We attended the local parish on good friday as well on easter day. Each time they has special traditions pertaining to the occasion, one of them included staring at the newcomer whom no one knew (me). We toured local villages and had a pride and prejudice viewing that day.

I am finally home now and i could not be happier, because i missed it so much and access to the internet and therefore the rest of the world.

My host, Angela Kilmartin

My host, Angela Kilmartin, and I on easter day.

Not much else has happened because I was away so long and exams are coming..

xoxo

christine

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