On Easter Monday, we had class. Don’t ask me why, but we did. I’m trying to interpret the squiggly lines on my calender that says what I did that day…. If I’m reading this correctly, it looks like I got up early, and started working on a paper that was due by the end of the week for my Classics class. I wrote on Apollonius’ Argonautica and argued that Jason is not a love hero. Good times. My LAST Monday lecture was from 4-5 and the lecture theatre was pretty empty as a lot of students went home for the holiday. In the evening, I went to Michelle’s flat to watch the last episode of Game of Thrones from the last season, and then we went to Connor’s to watch the season premier of the newest season! It was so much fun watching it all together- it took me back to watching LOST with everyone in high school. After Game of Thrones, I went to Mike’s to catch up on our day and hang out before heading home.
The LAST Tuesday… I tried to wake up early, and failed. Went to tutorial at 11, had a group meeting at noon, then did work for an hour, before my final Indigenous Religions of sub-Saharan Africa lecture from 2-4. That was such an interesting and fun class, and I’m really glad I enrolled in it because nothing comparable is offered at Queen’s. After lecture, I worked on my paper for the rest of the evening. I really wanted to finish it early before my cousin Giles and his friend Cam came into town.
The LAST Wednesday… I finished up my essay early in the morning and sent it off to my mom to proof read, then went to uni to pick up a book that I was to give a presentation on the following day. I couldn’t get the book which was suuuper frustrating and I was really fussy because I wanted to do the required work but all the books were checked out and my Prof wasn’t being too helpful. Anyways, I decided to worry about it later and went to Mike’s where he and I made eggs Benedict for us and his flatmate, Joakim. It was a little challenging, but not so bad as I had imagined. I did the Hollandaise sauce and Mike poached the eggs. Joakim said we should open a restaurant together, because it was so yummy. After lunch, we hung out for a bit and then I came home and did absolutely nothing productive and it was great.
LAST Thursday… I woke up really early, went to uni, read the article that I was presenting on in class at 9am, went to class and then it was over. Last Modern Scottish Fiction seminar donezo. After class I went to the library, re-read my Classics essay, turned it in, and then went to the grocery store and bought the entire store. Not really, but I loaded up so that I could properly feed Giles and Cam! Then it was time for my very last class… Classics again. To celebrate it’s ending, my friend Garrett and I went to the student union, Teviot, and had drinks in the Library Bar. After, I went home for dinner and then went to Mike’s to chill before heading to the AirLink to pick up the boys. I left Mike’s around 11:30pm and was expecting the boys at midnight. They were a little late, but not too bad. I was so glad when they got off the bus and were here safe and sound and that we could get out of the cold! We made the twenty-five minute treck to my house and set up camp in the little space we have for guests.
On Friday I took them on a tour of Edinburgh, through the meadows, to uni, Greyfriar’s Bobby, the Elephant House, Rose Street, the castle, Royal Mile, St. Giles Cathedral, Prices Street, the Sir Walter Scott monument, Calton Hill, New College, Old College, and down Nicholson which is where I do all my shopping. Giles had a bad rash, so we went to the doctor’s office and then to the pharmacy to get some medicine for him. Oh yeah, we also went to Camera Obscura, which was so fun! It’s a world of illusions, so like crazy eye tricks and things. We had spaghetti, garlic bread, and cesear salad for dinner, chilled for a bit, then went to Connor’s flat followed by drinks at Teviot, so they got to meet a few of my good friends, which was cool.
On Saturday we planned to go to St Andrews, and made the walk to the train station where we met Andrea, but then realized that tickets were may more expensive at the station than online, so we decided to reschedule that trip and stayed in Edinburgh. We climbed up Arthur’s Seat which was sooo nice as it was a pretty warm day. Then we came home for lunch and met up with Michael before going to the Edinburgh Dungeons! It was spooky and fun, but the guys kept jumping out at me and being scary so that wasn’t nice of them! After the dungeons, the four of us went to this really yummy Mexican place for dinner and margaritas. The boys very kindly paid for me- they were great guests! After dinner, we went to Grassmarket which is filled with pubs, so we got drinks and dessert and hung out for a bit before heading home for a nap. The boys stayed up uber late to watch March Madness, which resulted in another late morning on Sunday.
So Sunday morning Mike came over and we made a big French toast and bacon breakfast for everyone with the delicious Canadian maple syrup that Giles brought over for me. It was so so yummy! We debated going to St Andrews, but by the time we would get there, the attractions would shortly be closing, so we decided to have a relaxing day here, and it was such a nice day. We lounged around the flat then Mike left and the other boys and I went into the Meadows for a work out, and my arms are still sore! We came home for lunch then went to Princes Street, where I introduced them to the beauty of Primark… a very affordable, yet very cute store because Cam wanted cheap shoes and socks. We then went to Elephant House and got drinks and food and had a nice time talking there with a pretty view of the castle outside the window. We came home for our daily nap, and I didn’t wake up till 11pm. Cam was up but Giles kept sleeping, so Cam and I fixed a very random dinner of sandwiches, garlic bread, potatoes, and broccoli. We stayed up talking for a bit then it was time for bed.
Monday morning Mike came over, and we cleaned up the flat while the boys packed. We walked to the AirLink together which would take them to the airport. It was really sad to see them go 😦 We had a really nice time, and it was great to see my cousin and meet Cam. Mike and I spent the rest of the day together, picking up his new glasses and other chores. It was warm so we got ice cream and found a neat market to stroll through then went home and watched some tv before heading home and sleeping for ten long, wonderful hours after a crazy last week of finishing up school and having guests.
On Tuesday, I did a bit of research in the morning for my trip and checked out the Lord of the Rings trilogy to read while on vacation. Went to Mike’s for lunch, then we watched Despicable Me, which is such a cute movie. I fell asleep though and had an unintentional nap until dinner time. We came to mine for dinner and made enchiladas. yum. After dinner, I went to my favorite pub, the Brass Monkey, where I met my good friend Ryan and his mom and grandpa who are visiting from Canada! It was so fun to meet them and to see Ryan again. I ran into Andrea and Rio at the pub, so when Ryan and his family left for the night, I joined the girls for a bit, and it was really nice to see them before leaving on my trip tomorrow!
Today, Wednesday, I have been doing lots of chores, and have a ton of research to do for hostels and trains and things to do/see in Liverpool, Croatia, and Italy! I leave tomorrow for two weeks of travelling, and am totally unprepared but kinda ok with it. It will be an adventure. Later today, Mike and I are going to make banana bread and then I need to pack and get ready for vacation. I am a little nervous, but am sure it will be lots of fun. But I will be absent from the blogging world for a couple weeks until I get back on the 23rd, so shortly thereafter I’ll post about my travels!
p.s. Giles has all the pics of us from when he was here, so I will have to add those later when I get my hands on them! Here’s one of Ryan and me though. Cheers!