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My flight is in less than 5 hours. What happened to the time?

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Doin’ it in the park…

Today was really great weather in Manchester. It’s been unusually hot–my friend said it was the nicest “summer” he’d experienced in the 4 years he had been in Manchester. I guess I am fortune to be here for that (On a monetary note…I’m also fortunate the exchange rate for the pound was at recently its one year low).  I spent the afternoon stomping around the city and Chinatown just walking around…it’s like 75 F and a slight breeze. That weather + bubble tea in your hands = so good. I think it’s a really freeing feeling just being able to walk around the city on a perfect day…just because you can.

Due to the nice weather we decided to have dance session in Platt Fields Park, one of Manchester’s larger parks. We got a makeshift linoleum mat and a CD boombox. The title of the blog refers to a popular b-boy break song by The Blackbyrds called Rock Creek Park. Here is the song:

And here are the pictures…

Shemper–click to enlarge the pic, it looks so much better. One of my favorite shots

Faro

Kit…look at Justin’s face…

Minh

Our sound system

Shemper

Click to enlarge this one as well, looks better.


Derrick

Just-Roc

Kid Tyler…soccer football windmills

Of course the cops came.

Ferrari I saw on Curry Mile. Blurry picture.

Firsts

It’s supposed to be over 70 degrees F for the first time this semester on Thursday. Worthy of a new post.

Life

This has probably been the hardest week of my life. Ever–and for multiple reasons. Thankfully I have people who are caring enough, of which I cannot do with out.

I am editing pictures of my trip in the mean time. I will promise to upload them soon in a new post.

Thank you for reading.

Last update before Euroganza

I haven’t updated this in a long time–I have just been too busy traveling, planning traveling, doing school work, sleeping, practicing, etc. Heck, I don’t even have time to update now. Pictures take a long time for me to edit so it might be a while. I haven’t even updated my Scotland ones!

However, I will tell you all that I went to Prague the past weekend and it was AWESOME. Cheap too–about 80 pounds for the entire weekend, including flight and accommodation. I also happened to see Prince Charles when I was walking around Prague. Crazy huh? I’ll tell the story later when I write about all the details of the weekend.

I can’t upload all of my pictures now, but here’s a picture to prove I was there:

The Charles Bridge and Prague Castle are behind me.

I am ALSO about to embark on my Spring Break (they call it Easter Break here) journey around Europe. I’m going to eight cities in three weeks:

Country 1
S_________
Country 2
B_________
Country 3
B_________
Country 4
M_________
G_________
R_________
Country 5
S_________
B_________

Going clockwise around Europe. Anyone wanna venture guesses? 😀

What did I do today?

UK Uni Champs 2010 – Semi-Finals vs. Sheffield

My first time battling in a jam (I don’t wanna show the horrendous first round I did when I crashed haha).

Sorry for the lack of updates–more about this and my weekend in Edinburgh later! With plenty of pictures to come.

A collapsed lung, Wayne Rooney and Amsterdam: recap of the past week

Last Last Saturday-Sunday: Chinese New Year! Year of the Tiger. On Saturday, cooked dinner with a bunch of friends, of which I made scallion pancakes–a recipe I learned from my mom. Everyone had something good to say about them so I must’ve made them right!

Sunday, I woke up reallllly late. We ate dinner together at a Chinese restaurant called Red Chili. If you didn’t know, they don’t tip in restaurants here–thankfully. The service is pretty bad, with most servers being unattentive and unenthusiastic, with a plethora of communication problems. The food was decent though–not typical American-Chinese fare–highlighted by dishes including clay pots (mixtures of meat/seafood with vegetables in sauce stewed together) and frog legs (ask anyone who’s had them and they’ll say they taste just like chicken). Afterwards we watched Mulan in someone’s flat.

Monday: Someone suffers a collapsed lung during bboy practice. Dancing is serious stuff guys!

Wednesday: I discover that the local grocery store, Sainsbury’s, has donuts for 69p (about a dollar). Five awesome sugary donuts filled with jam (“jelly” here means “Jell-O”)or apples for 69p is a huge steal, and they are actually better than almost any donut I’ve had in the states.

Friday-Sunday:
I leave for Amsterdam! I get there at night after all my classes, traveling with a group of about 20+ exchange students. We organized it (well, my friend Stephen basically did) all by ourselves, independent of our exchange program. Yay for my first international trip while abroad!

Although Amsterdam may be known as a place of tulips and canals to the older crowd, unfortunately amongst college kids it is known as a haven for marijuana (sold under “coffee shops”) and legal prostitution. (Do not worry, mom–I did not use either of these Amsterdam goods.) The hostel that we stayed in was actually near the very middle of the Red Light District where almost all the prostitutes are (ironically the hostel is a Christian hostel with optional Bible studies every night at 11:30). Although this area obviously has the connotation of being very dangerous and unsafe, I don’t think I ever felt that way due to the strong regulations by the government and the prevalence of police in the area. Most of the people in the area are just creepy old men or tourists who point and giggle at the sight of the area (we were the latter). The district has a pretty interesting history with a bunch of unique tidbits. The street our hostel was on actually was for transgendered prostitutes–evident by the blue lights near their windows in addition to the red ones. I am somewhat (actually, very) proud that I was able to recognize on my own that they were all guys before being told about the blue light.

Aside from the seemingly corrupt sights, I also went to a few museums. The first one was the Rijkmuseum, featuring a lot of interesting arts, with a focus on their Rembrandt exhibit (including the large “Night Watch” painting). It was quite a hefty fee of 14 Euro though, but the artwork was impressive nonetheless. I also went to the Heineken factory/museum which was actually probably the highlight of the trip. They take you all around the factory and museum and show the history of Heiney and how it is made–from making the beer to bottling it. They also give you tips on how to enjoy a beer and things like how to tell if your glass is clean. Comes with 2.5 free beers as well! Well worth the 15 or so Euro. The last museum was the Anne Frank House. Quite depressing, but interesting as well. Took about an hour to go through the entire house. Their hiding place was actually quite large–I always thought it was like some really small cupboard or something. But it’s pretty crazy how they had to hide there and how long they were able to. Probably the most striking thing I remember is Otto Frank (Anne’s dad) talking about how he never knew some of the emotions and thoughts that her daughter had until he read the diary after her death–and how parents often do not really know who their children are.

Amsterdam was pretty cool although, surprisingly, not as “crazy” as I thought it was. When half the city is high it tends to have a mellow mood. The smell of marijuana is everywhere in the city–one of my friends said they even smelled it in the Anne Frank house. Also, if you come, you must try the fries with mayonnaise. Really unhealthy, I know, (and yes I had fries again) but it tastes oh so good and is such a good late night snack.

Today: Went to Manchester United game, vs West Ham. West Ham is the team in the movie Green Street Hooligans. 3-0. Two headers by Rooney! After going to both Manchester teams’ games, I have to say Man U is much more energetic (73000 people in attendance) and more positivity (Man City berates all of their players, I feel). I probably won’t be going to a football match for a while though–time to save money for Spring Break!

No pictures for now, but I may update soon with some. Until next time!