Another week came and passed. This post is later than I planned for, this is due to the internet here not being great, so uploading photos is frustrating.

This week was filled with a bit more variety than previous week. The first days of the week were work days as usual, nothing special. Just walking to the gym, working for a few hours and returning, spending the evening doing not so much (mainly watching series).

We wanted to visit Dover on Wednesday, but the weather prevented us from doing so. At first, we thought the weather was going to be ok, but as we were walking to the station, a sudden monsoon hit us, combined with hail and a bit of snow. Weird. As if we were being told not to visit Dover because some kind of disaster was going to strike there. Nothing happened and the weather was clear the rest of the day, with some sun. What a joke.

I visited London on Thursday. I visited London before in year one of my education, for a whole week so I saw a great Deal (get it? I can’t think of that word normally again) back then, but I wanted to visit London again. The weather forecast said it was going to rain, but fortunately that didn’t happen. Beforehand, I made a list of things I wanted to see and visit, including Piccadilly Circus, the Big Ben, the secret intelligence service headquarters/Vauxhall building (to meet up with my pal Bond), visit the National History Museum, Harrods, and some other things. I’d put on my running shoes, so I was prepared for a day of walking.

London’s still the same as many other metropolises. Of course, they’re different in buildings, sights, economic and cultural influences, but cities like London (Amsterdam for example) are big melting pots, with lots of different ethnicities. Cities that are flooded with tourists. No big deal of course, but if you really want to experience a typical/traditional culture; don’t visit the big cities (even though they try to replicate their culture’s origins).

The sights in London were still the same, besides renovational matters. It was fun traveling by subway again and once you travel by it, it’s easy to understand the system, having you explore the city in a dash.

As I mentioned, I also wanted to visit Harrods. It can be compared to V&D in the Netherlands, but ten times more expensive. They sell lots of different things, from furniture to clothing, and from video games to gadgets, present at different floors. I saw memorabilia of James Bond, soccer teams, and Star Wars, jukeboxes, televisions, ridiculous handbags in different colors, toys for children, and lots of other things, either practical or just stylish. A visit to Harrods is great, but if the symphony of perfumes doesn’t suffocate you, the mad prices will. Understandable why so many rich people visit it; the streets surrounding Harrods were filled with sports and luxury cars (which I took some photos of of course..)

I had a great time and it was nice seeing London again. I would recommend it to people who’ve never been there before, but after being there for a day I’d seen enough, especially combined with my experience from the first year, so I returned to Deal.

Friday was a laid-back day. Doing nothing interesting, except collecting some words for the word file we have to keep and some writing.

I did some work on my final project on Saturday. I finished the tally I started some time ago, about what types of music people in Deal listen to. Besides that, I did some background research on music culture in England. Saturday night (fever) was spent by going out again. We visited two bars, where we drank a few beers and laughed at Brits not being able to understand what we were saying in Dutch. Great fun. There are some British women who’re more like battle-axes than women, we discovered.

I went to church on Sunday. Finally. I wanted to go sooner, but I didn’t, unfortunately. The service wasn’t that different from services I attend back home, kind of a combination of different service types. The church was nice. Historic but with a modern interior touch to it. The service, which included communion was fresh and appealing to youngsters like me. I had a great time. As soon as I entered, I got a warm welcome and immediately befriended people, who were kind and joyful and had nice conversations with them. Church is a great place to meet others who share interests with you.

Sunday was Mother’s Day in England/Deal. We saw storefronts filled with posters and gifts advertising for the day some time ago, and it happened Sunday. I sent my mother a message wishing her a happy Mother’s Day, but she was confused. My family thought I was drunk from going out earlier, but that wasn’t the case. I was proud of myself not forgetting the day this year, but it turned out I was beside the mark. Again.

We’re visiting Dover on Monday. Because we didn’t go earlier this week, we decided to go today. They say Dover isn’t that interesting, but I wonder if I’m of a different opinion. At least they have the white cliffs and a McDonald’s, which might make it worth our while.

That’s it for now. Thank you for wasting your time on this post!

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