So I experienced my first ever earthquake this past week! Tuesday night, Greg and I were sitting on the internet planning some of our spring break when the whole room started shaking and there was a loud rumbling noise. We just kind of looked at each other, both not really knowing what to do and just sat for about 2 minutes. Everything just shook and shook. Finally, after about what seemed like forever everything went still again and then the roommates started running out of the rooms and were screaming in the hallway. At that point it was funny, but it was the strangest feeling ever! SO of course I had to call my family and tell them I was lucky enough to experience and earthquake in a place that rarely has them. I later found out it was like a 4.7 size earthquake and my mom found it on CNN.com. It was pretty crazy and kind of the buzz of the school the next day because they aren't really that common in the united kingdom. We had to avoid the alley we normally use to get to class because the chimney was about to fall down because of it. Kind of crazy!!
But the rest of the week was pretty normal with classes. Lecturers are starting to talk about the essays that are due at the end of the term. We only get graded on one thing the whole term and that is one essay we write for each class that has to be turned in like May 12. So they are all finally giving us information on what we could possibly write about and so on and so forth. Kind of seems overwhelming but we are told it really is not that bad.
This past weekend, Caitlin and I went to Swansea, Wales to visit Rachel Trampel, a girl we went to high school with. We left on Friday and it was a 6 hour train ride to get there. We had a lot of fun. Saturday morning, she took us to the Gower, which is the beach surrounded by a lot of cliffs and of course, sheep. Her campus is only about 10 minutes from the beach, and about 15 from the Gower so we took a bus. We were planning on playing capture the flag, but instead just went hiking. It was beautiful! There is a golf course out there as well as castle ruins from Pennard castle. It looked like a scene out of a picture. The ocean crashed at the bottom of the cliffs and people were all over walking there dogs, and hiking as well. It was a lot of fun. We were there most of the afternoon, just walking around and exploring. After, we went to an Indian restaurant and I experienced Indian food for the first time. It really wasn't too bad! But we had a lot of fun in Swansea. I knew a couple more people that were studying there from UNI but we didn't end up meeting up. It was really good to see Rachel though and we're trying to get her to come to Hull now
We came back from Swansea on Sunday and it somehow managed to take us 8 hours to get home. So we just relaxed and hung out Sunday and Monday. It is nice to not have to do anything on Monday after traveling all weekend. And I can't believe I forgot to add! Friday night I was informed that Cara got engaged! I knew it was coming, but it was good to hear Dusty finally did it so I could finally talk to her about it And my family has their trip all planned out for when they come and my spring break starts this Thursday, so right now, life is pretty exciting! I have class again in 20 minutes so I have to get going, but I'll try to write something quick before I leave Thursday for 3 weeks!
(more pictures to come later... )