mmkay, so I DEFINITELY should have been keeping you guys posted with the crazy life events that come from going to this insane uni in scotland, but I haven't, so...
ahhh. I don't know where to begin. I ADORE my school to a point that borders on fanatical, spending most of my days rushing to tutorials/a brunch date/whatever social event, my feet grazing over cobblestones and my eyes focused on all of the super old gorgeous buildings, thinking to myself or saying to someone else: "this place is crazy. we go to SCHOOL here. we're never going to get this again ANYWHERE. we're soooo lucky, no other town has been, could be, or would ever be like this."
Seriously, it's called 'The Bubble' for a reason. we do absolutely everything in the name of charity, and yet what's going on in the real world doesn't really reach or influence us here. you'd never know that a recession was going on, real estate prices are consistently high (the highest in scotland), and the cost of everything is astronomical. and yet, here I now sit, a bottle of evian and a bottle of moet both taking up residence upon my desk.
we have numerous superfun traditions, maybe too many to even get into right now here, just look up the wikipedia article on my school, lol.
and everyone is really into traditional everything, from kiltgarb to dancing to formal dinner parties (even the guys...!). I dress up all of the time, have gone to a ridiculous number of balls (including one where the mandatory accessory was a pair of wellies), and seriously, it's just the perfect social scene for me. drinking is not, I repeat, not as sloppy as it is in the States, where everyone binges on natty ice (yurgh), plus it's legal!!!
so, anyway, I had my first finals at uni last week!!! all three, lol, but they count for like, 40-60% of my final grade, so they are quite hefty. For two out of the three, it was my first test ever in the class (I've had to write 2 essays for one class, two essays for another, and one lab report/psych quiz... in the entire time I've been here =]). and we're not tested on any of the subjects we've written essays on, lol.
the best part of this is, I need a 5/20 to pass (strive for a five!), and my first two years don't go into my cum GPA or show up at all on my transcript.
I think my easiest exam was Philosophy: Mind and Reality. you have 2 hours to answer 3 essay questions, and the topics were: Free Will, Objects and Properties, and God.
Psych and IR were both quite hard, I should've revised more for IR, but what can one do??? I hope I did alright!
luckily, I finished on Thursday afternoon and have not had to do anything but sleep/be a lazy bum/go out to the movies/shop/lunch/etc., you get the point (I even baked a chocolate cake last night with my best guy friend, lol).
anyway, we have a 2 1/2 week break, so my friend Di and I decided to reward ourselves for all of our hard revising by going somewhere. I originally wanted to maybe go to Vienna, and meet up eventually with my Aunt who is skiing near Saltzburg, but Di and I aren't really into the ski scene (all of our other friends are leaving to ski this week... either to Switzerland or France, it seems). Di wanted Venice, and although it's one of my favourite cities, I wanted to go someplace I've never been, like Milan, but Di has already been there. Plus, when I get my italian passport I might go to Italy with some friends to celebrate.
So, although Di has been to France, she's never been to Paris, and we're both Marie Antoinette nuts (Paris = SOCLOSE to Versailles!), and it's only an hour-long flight, so... we booked the tickets sunday, and we're off to Paris wednesday!!! Kind of whirlwind, right? Because neither of us speaks French or even has a clue how to get around Paris, but we're both intelligent and Di has lived like, 1,000 places (turkey, thailand, australia, hong kong, and england), so we'll figure it out, non??
I sure as hell hope so!!!
mmkay, so we're off to paris until next monday, and then I have about 3 days to chillax in town before I have to go to Southampton (tip of England... about a 12 hours drive from where I am in Scotland) for sailing for 2 days, and then I'm getting a ride to my friend's house in London, where I get to club/meet up with friends for a few days before I have to take the train back home!!!
so, quite an expensive break (but utterly, utterly worth it/what I needed to relax). should be super fab.
not sure what nail polish I should rock in Paris, Di's going with 'Eiffel for this Color':
Right now I'm rocking 'Django' by Chanel, a ballerina pink that's meant to be absolutely EVERYWHERE this spring (p.s.-what's up with nudes being awesome again? ...I'm not complaining!):
but I think for Paris I'm going to forego my OPIs in lieu of Chanel's 'Or De Russie':
it's slightly more gold in real life than in the pic, but it's a pretty, edgy colour. Of course I'll do a test drive before actually going, but I have a feeling it's the one.
so, I created a 'Leaving for Paris' playlist, and although it's super long and consists of mostly Rufus Wainwright/songs you've heard before/songs from 'Marie Antoinette'/randoms that I'm listening to now, here it is!:
Adam and the Ants - Kings of the Wild Frontier
Andrew Rodriguez - Birthday Girl
Aphex Twin - Jynweythek Ylow
The Bird and the Bee - Again and Again
Bow Wow Wow - I Want Candy
Bow Wow Wow - Fools Rush In
The Moulin Rouge Soundtrack - Sparkling Diamonds
Charles Trenet - Boum
Christina Aguilera - Lady Marmalade
David Bowie - Fashion
The Decemberists - The Infanta
Django Reinhardt - Montmartre
Dustin O'Halloran - Opus 17
Emilie-Claire Barlow - Les yeuz ouverts
Ewan McGregor &co. - El Tango de Roxanne
Feist - 1234
Fergie- Labels or Love
Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal
Francois-Paul Aiche & H. Scott Salinas - Mermaid
Gang of Four - Natural's Not In It
Goldfrapp - Oh La La
Hot Hot Heat - Ladies and Gentlemen
Imogen Heap - Hide and Seek
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole - Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Jacques Dutronc -Les Cactus
Jacques Dutronc - Fais pas ci, fais pa ca
Jacques Dutronc - Et moi, et moi, et moi
Jean-Yves Thibaudet - Suite Bergamasque
Joseph Arthur - Honey and the Moon
The Killers - When You Were Young
Kristy Maccoll - In these shoes
Lady GaGa & Colby O'Donis - Just Dance
Led Zeppelin - Over the Hills and Far Away
Lily Frost - The Two of Us
Louis Armstrong - La Vie En Rose
Maurice Chevalier - Valentine
MC Solaar - La Belle et Le Bad Boy
MGMT - Kids (Soulwax Remix)
Modest Mouse - Gravity Rides Everything
Moulin Rouge Soundtrack - Lady Marmalade (Thunderpuss Radio Mix)
Mr. Hudson & Library - On the street where you live
Neko Case - At Last
New Order - Ceremony
Nick Drake - Pink Moon
Noah and the Whale - 5 Years Time
Paris Combo - Attraction
The Pierces - Boy In A Rock And Roll Band
The Postal Service - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
Queen - Killer Queen
Rachel Portman - The Duchess
Radiohead - Talk Show Host
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under the Bridge
Regina Spektor - Hotel Song
Regina Spektor - Ne Me Quitte Pas
Regina Spektor - Musicbox
Rufus Wainwright - April Fools
Rufus Wainwright - Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk (Reprise)
Rufus Wainwright - Complainte De La Butte
Rufus Wainwright - Leaving For Paris No. 2
Rufus Wainwright - Rebel Prince
Santogold - Les Artistes
Sean Kingston - Beautiful Girls
Sheryl Crow - Everyday Is A Winding Road
Siouxsie & the Banshees - Hong Hong Garden
Sporto Kantes - Whistle
The Strokes & Regina Spektor - Modern Girls and Old Fashioned Men
The Ting Tings - That's Not My Name
U2 - City of Blinding Lights
Vampire Weekend - A-Punk
The Veronicas - Untouched
The Virgins - One Week of Danger
Windsor for the Derby - The Melody of a Fallen Tree
Yael Naim - New Soul
mmkay, off to go back to sleep, it's raining today (raining on my brie!!! ...I put it in a bag outside my window, for dessert later, lol).