Tuesday, September 28, 2010

England 5 9/28/10

School. School. School.
If anyone is worried that we're not going to get any schoolwork done on this trip, you can dismiss your worries. We are definately doing school. And a lot of it. I never valued the 5 minutes we have between classes until now.  Working a straight 4-5 hours on school work with no brake is quite stressful. Friends at home, value those 5 minutes. They're heavenly.
However we also had a morning devotion and went to a session on transforming friendships. It was a neat class. We're going to follow that the rest of the time that we're here.
Please pray that we not only keep up with our school work, but also that we don't stress too much.
This sounds a little strange, but also please pray that our internet starts miraculously working consistently.
Thank you people who are praying! It means so much!

Monday, September 27, 2010

England 4 9/27/10

Today was a much more chill day.
We went to two classes today.  One on transforming friendships and another on prayer this morning.  Then four of us and a chaperone went back to attend the next session on prayer. It was very neat.  The speaker was born in Papau, New Guinea and lived with her missionary parents for all her life so she lived many places. This has given her a very unique accent.
We also worked on school work between those morning and evening sessions. We got a lot done. It was great! One of my friends (Courtney) is in AP Calculus today so we quickly went through the teacher's videos on derivitives. Quite easy. :)
Tomorrow should be a little like today. Please keep praying that we keep up with our work and enjoy our time here and with each other. Even though it is so beautiful here, I do miss America and my friends and family.  However this experience is so amazing and I'm sure I'll continue to learn a lot.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

England 3 9/26/10

Today has been incredible. One of the coordinators of this trip lived in England for 4 years.  So today we went to his church service which was outside today. Outside is cold. The sun was in my eyes. I was tired. Yet none of that matters at all. It was a wonderful service and the people are so friendly.  They had a delicious lunch and I tried English tea. It was very good, but even more than the flavor I loved the satisfaction I felt from drinking this tea. I felt so proper. Silly, I know. Then we came home and started working on our studies like the studious students we are. We weren't even required to, but we did anyway! How's that for motivated?
Later on we had dinner and then went to youth group with the kids from that church. That was absolutely the highlight of my day.  It was so amazing to talk to them. We had them try to talk like us and we tried to talk in a British accent.  Did you know that they don't know that we think their accent is cool? That completely shocked them. (Side note: I just realized I'm starting to think in a British accent. funny.) Apparently they think our accent is kind of cool.  I let them hear a southern accent with too many syllables and drawn out vowels.  They agreed that was wierd. We also learned about phrases and words that refer to the same thing, but are different. For example when they say "biscuit" that is a "cookie" for us.  And while we sleep in, they lay in. It was neat to get to know these people.
Well, it is late here so I will conclude for the day. Tomorrow we start attending classes at a Bible college. :)

Blog 2 England Odyssey 9/25/10

Today we hiked a 5 mile trail in the Lake area. On the way there and back it was beautiful to see all the mountains. I’ve never seen so many beautiful mountains.  They are everywhere. It’s actually kind of funny to see all the goats with blue and red spray paint on them.  It’s some form of keeping up with….something. But I’ve never seen a goat with a blue spot before. Haha.
                Right now we’re all trying to get the internet to work. (I’m typing this in a Word document) We’re all in a room with our laptops.  Apparently Safari is better at receiving an internet because the people with Mac’s are on the internet, but the rest of us with Firefox are stuck with nothing even though we did what we changed what we are supposed to.  We all miss our families apparently because we’re frantic to reach our world in the USA because I think we’ll be here until we get a connection.
                Every time someone gets lucky and gets internet, the rest of us yell at them because we don’t have it.  It’s quite entertaining.

Blog 1 of England Odyssey 9/24/10

  Sorry this is late, It's been difficult getting certain sites.     

We landed in the UK at 12:25 PM UK time.  I was apparently really tired because I slept right through breakfast on the plane.  According to my friends I didn’t miss much though. We were able to see some really Old Manuscripts of the Old and New Testaments as well as other historical documents.  It’s amazing to think about how old those manuscripts are and how they managed to stay around until now. When it comes to the Biblical documents specifically, I would definitely say that is God’s hand at work.
                One of the first things I realized when I got here is that even though we got the international plan AND I have an international phone, I don’t have a signal. But let me tell you, this place is so beautiful that I don’t even care about that which if you know me is saying a lot since I’m usually glued to my phone. I have connections home through my computer which is enough.  The architecture and historical significance of this place is mind-blowing and it’s only the first day!  I just found myself staring in awe at everything around me. I feel like I’m in a Harry Potter or Narnia movie because of everything around me.  The British accents, the shops, the English terminology, driving down the left side of the road, the constant rush every just shows me that I am absolutely not in America anymore.  Everything here is so different and I am completely fascinated by the difference in culture and society. As a people watching, i love seeing this. This is already a great trip.  Right now we’re heading to where we will be staying.  We sure have been on a lot of trains today! But I’m okay with that cause I never get to ride trains in the US.
Random thought of the day: Why are pounds so much cooler looking than dollars? Really, we have these green bills and we got all excited when we added pink to the five! Oh gee wiz how exciting! [insert sarcasm] And then you look at this European money and it has all this fancy colorful, shiny stuff all over it. It looks more like a work of art than money! A few of my friends and I actually had a conversation about this after getting our money converted. J
Anyway, I love the trip after just one day.  I can’t wait to see what else I can see and learn about the rest of the week! Please pray that we continue to have safety, that we don’t get behind in our work and that all our plans go smoothly. Thanks!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

50 Hours Till Take Off

In 50 hours I will be close to boarding a plane to take me all the way to London in the UK. I leave this Thursday the 23rd and return Monday October 11th. I will be going with 4 sophomores, 7 other seniors and 2 adult chaperones. I have no doubt that this will be one of the most unique experiences of my life.  I will be posting updates on my blog throughout the trip with pictures and possibly some videos. We'll just see what time allows for because I will still be keeping up with my Providence school work while in England! That could be a little nerve racking, but it will all work out I am sure.
I am going to miss my family, friends and boyfriend very much but I know that this trip will be such an enriching experience and I am super excited about going.
If you could be in prayer for me and this trip that would be truly amazing. Please pray that God gives us safe travel, for us to keep up with our school work while enjoying our time there, and for us as Christians to be shining beacon of Christ's love.
I'll keep you posted on what happens next!
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 "Be joyful always; pray continuously; give thanks in all circumstances, for this God's will for you in Christ Jesus."

Saturday, September 4, 2010

In the Words of Satan

Warning: don't watch this with younger kids around.

This song will make you think. I know it's long, but wait it out.


Friday, September 3, 2010

UGA game

I'm going to the first UGA football game of the season tomorrow! I'm so excited. Hopefully I can successfully avoid too many drunk people, but this is UGA we're talking about. I can have fun with my family and enjoy the game regardless of that.
The only thing that could make me not in enjoy the game is that I'm not feeling so great. I'm feeling a little sick.  There's some virus going around my school and I'm hoping I did not get it, but there is a chance. I'll just have to pray for the best.

Random Fact:
Favorite Verse:
"Be joyful always; pray continuously; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)