A friend explained to me that lots of people have weird dreams when they first move here, apparently at this altitude there is less oxygen obviously and therefore less oxygen for your brain while you sleep. This explanation probably has some slight holes in it but if true it is quite interesting. I leave my phone by my bed every night so when I wake up from a weird dream I can write it in my phone so I don't forget it. This has yielded some amusing texts and some of these dreams I have since forgotten and have nothing left but the text. Here are a few examples of dreams that I cannot remember:
"Spanish hotel, painted toenails, shark in water"
"snoopy character, assault course"
I think I need to start writing more down to help me remember.
I had one lecture today then started the project (for my 3rd year module) on the evolutionary history of bacteria. It's looking like it could take a long time. I then played tennis and went to the International Coffee hour. It seems that it isn't just Americans that love the English accent. I meet people at international coffee hour every week from loads of different places and most of them like the accent, the only people who are completely uninterested are the Australians, and thats fair enough because they have a much cooler accent. To give you an idea of how much people love the accent, even 2 Kazakstani men said "oh my god I love your accent" and then tried to imitate it - badly. I was truly baffled but it was cool to meet some different people.
There's a games room in our dorm that I am starting to use more often, we went down and played a bit of table tennis and it turns out that Americans suck at "ping pong". I get challenged a lot but win every time. At this point I have played Trevor and Nate 17 times and won...17 times.
I've also realised that this place is so unbelievably dry, I check the weather forecast most days to see '0% chance of precipitation'. How incredible is that, imagine being able to make that prediction in the UK! It hasn't rained since day 23.
Spoke too soon, for the CU vs Hawaii game it was so foggy you couldn't see the mountains, it was wet and miserable and not representative of a typical day in Boulder. Apparently the Hawaii football team are really good, they were winning for most of the game but we won something like 30 to 10 in the end. Thinking about it, it's very cruel to make a team used to playing at sea level play up here, I guess towards the end the Hawaiians tired because of the extreme altitude and we won. Surely we must have a chance of winning most of our home games?
Not an awful lot done, just been jamming a lot with my friend Trevor and playing a lot table tennis. Although shock horror I finally lost a match to Nate. It's now played 28 won 27.
The text about my dream said "swatting wasps on sun deck chair" - this was a dream in which a mad scientist had invented a way to fly to the sun. Although looking back it was just a weird looking jetpack attached to a deck chair. We landed on the sun and found a bungalow to crash out in. But it turns out that you're not allowed on the sun and the sun's 'security team' were after us, although this security ended up being a swarm of wasps.
A very weird dream indeed
It turns out putting butter on sandwiches in America is considered 'weird'. They have dry sandwiches or...even worse...mayo!
I am so swamped with work right now it's horrible. It turns out that it's not normal to do all science classes like I am - it's considered too hard. BUT NO ONE TOLD ME!!! I'm going to carry on for a week or so and then may have to try and change something because I barely have time to do anything other than study.
Another night in mapping the evolutionary history of bacteria while everyone else is off to house parties on the hill. My table tennis win rate is up to 35/36.
After a relaxed day of one lecture, then tennis I spent the evening playing guitar, and table tennis. At about 11pm we were feeling peckish so we went to "Boulder Baked" which is essentially a take away open all night - but they sell baked to order cookies!!! Only in the USA would this happen.
On a more sinister note there were sirens on Saturday morning at about 3am because a student had apparently threatened an RA with a knife and then stabbed himself, the details aren't clear and none of the staff are allowed to tell us what happened. But it is quite scary. I'm getting used to police being here every Friday night though, there's always something going on.
Decided to take a break from the evolution project and went on a hike up the first peak of the nearby mountains. It was a great afternoon and I got some great pictures, I just wish I had less work so I could do this more often!
Worked tirelessly on the project, the due date is tomorrow and I've finally finished it.
My last mid term exam was today, it was the test for the 3rd year module and it was really hard, I don't think I did too well but I'll have to wait and see. Maybe the coursework will save me? If not I may have to go crying to an advisor and beg to change classes, I cannot take this much work for much longer.
Although on a good note my parents are flying out on Wednesday, I can't wait!
Thanks for reading.