Day 8 - September 9, 2017
The only thing we did that was productive today was go grocery shopping otherwise we didm’t do much - to the point where I didn’t even take any pictures. We watched half of a season of America’s next top model and stayed in bed and edited pictures from Giant’s Causeway the whole day.
Day 9 - September 10, 2017
We spent all day in Starbucks abusing the fact that they have free wifi. We checked the weather before we left and it said it wasn’t going to rain so, like any normal human being, we decided that our rain gear wasn’t necessary. Far enough into the walk where it was too far to turn around, it started raining… of course! Wile editing pictures and eagerly waiting for movies to download, once we were finally in doors, we enjoyed the sound of the rain. Since got board, naturally we started daydreaming of of places to go travel. Once everything was finally downloaded, we took a taxi back to the house because it was still raining pretty hard. The taxi driver must have not understood us because he didn’t take us to the right place so it took us an extra 15 minutes to get home. Then naturally, we ran to our rooms, changed into our pajamas and began binging all the things we had downloaded.
Day 10 - September 11, 2017
Today we had a meeting with the Digital Lab tech on campus. Not knowing where to go, we got up early and got to the bus early too. It was our first time taking the bus and we had to clue what the expect. There was a woman waiting with us too and she sort of explained how the bus system worked but she really didn’t want to talk to us. The bus is a pretty convent way to get to school but I got a little car sick while we were riding it. It stops only a 10 minute walk away from campus so that isn’t bad. Once we got to campus, we fell in love. People had told us that it was an old Insane Asylum and when we got there, I could feel all that juju - my gothic side was more then thrilled. It so interesting being on a campus. At Columbia the school is spread about between 15 blocks and here, we have our own space (for once of the classes we’re taking, it’s on the other side of town and it’s more of a Columbia feel but we’re on this campus for three of our four classes). It’s interesting on campus because you need your student ID card to get into every building and every classroom - maybe they think we’re insane too (they might not be all that wrong).
Day 11 - September 12, 2017
We had a meeting with Tony today to try to figure out our schedule because school starts tomorrow. We needed to add another class to make sure we had enough credits transfer back to Columbia so we’re still on track to graduate when we want to. It was a little messy and I could tell Tony was a little frustrated. We ended up deciding that we are going to take the regular third year photography classes and introduction to journalism studies. When we finished with Tony, we went across the street to a little cafe and ordered sandwiches, we both were less than satisfied, unfortunately (it was one of those “you life and you learn” kind of moments). We then stopped at the quick market to grab some things we forgot and headed home. I made dinner and we ate in bed and (to what shouldn’t be a shock to you at this point) watched movies until we both fell asleep.
Day 12 - September 13, 2017
TODAY WAS THE FIRST DAY OF CLASSES (enjoy the first day of school outfit pictures at the bottom). Since we didn’t know how reliable the bus would be, we left the house 10 minutes earlier then we normally would. We got to school early but we weren’t the first students to show up to class so it was fine. Our first class was our photobook course and with all the third years studying photography and in the track that we’re in, there are only six other kids in our class. That made me nervous but it’s good because that means we are going to get some major one-on-one time with out teacher. Class ended early and we had a 30 minute walk to our next class because it’s on a different campus. We got to campus a little early so we stopped to get coffee and then headed to class. This is our introduction to journalism studies class and thank god there are more then six people in this class. It actually felt a little bit like high school because we are in a class with out 25 students and we’re in a computer lab in the middle of the hall surrounded by other small lecture halls. Our teacher is more in love with Chicago than I am and he made a huge tangent in front of the whole class about his love for the city. I am very excited for this class. After class we dropped our stuff off and went to The Bell (the pub by our house) to get some food and chill out.
Day 13 - September 14, 2017
Our first class today was photo theory and let me tell you, this class is going to be the death of me. I didn't realize our teacher started teaching because he went on what seemed like a tangent and then all the sudden, I realized he was actually telling us important information. The content we went over was something we had touched on in my history class last semester so I was somewhat familiar but our teacher is so knowledgable and speaks so fast that I felt like the room was spinning. We had two ours in between our classes and the people in our theory class are the same people in our photobook class and the same people in our next class. One of our classmates, Alex, asked us if we wanted to grab lunch and of course, we said yes. They took us to a burger restaurant and let me tell you, the burger was as big as my face (I couldn’t finish it). After we were finished, we all made our way to IMMA (Ireland Museum of Modern Art) because that’s where we were having class. One of our classmates had said how long it would take us to get there and I misunderstood him and thought he said that it would be a six minute walk when in reality it was a 26 minute walk (that was all fine and dandy but I just wasn’t expecting it). When we got to IMMA, it felt like we were at a castle, the whole museum is a square building with an atrium in the middle and to get to where out teacher was, we had to walk through the atrium, it was beautiful even though the sky was an ashy grey. When we found our teacher and everyone arrived, she told us what we had to do in the exhibition and we all split up to do our assigned work. Walked towards the exhibition was a faint smell of fresh paint, it took a big deep breath to try to fill every second with the air. That’s one of my favorite smells so I tried to make that last a while. When we got into the exhibit, I didn’t really know where I was going and to get to where I needed to be, I needed to walk through most of the exhibit. I acted like a horse with blinders and didn’t pay any attention to anything but my path. My assignment was to watch two short films and I was the only one watching who ended up staying the entire time (everyone else was just spectators of the museum). I wish I was them because that was one of the weirdest things I had ever watched, I wanted to leave the entire time. I didn’t really understand what the artist was trying to portray and even after reading their comments and background on the two pieces, I still had no clue. When all of the students were done with their assigned work, we met at the cafeteria of IMMA and all of us student came to a consensus that the questions our teacher asked were too vague, we were confused by the exhibit and half of us didn’t like it. After we were dismissed, we walked 20 minutes to catch the bus and headed home. We had leftovers for our early bird special and in the middle of our daily movie night, we ordered Dominos because it was the only thing open and who doesn’t love shitty pizza at 10 at night.
Day 14 - September 15, 2017
Lauren finally got her shoes she ordered from the mall and with our luck, they were half a size too small. Once we actually got out of bed, we grabbed our laptops and the new shoes and headed to the mall and yes you guess it, it rained on us when it was too far to go home. We exchanged the shoes first and then shopped a little bit. Lauren has been looking for a yellow turtleneck sweater for about a week now so, every chance we get, we stop into a store we think would have something like it and look through the entire store. We still haven’t found anything she wants. We then went across the street to get coffee and yes, abuse Starbucks’s free wifi situation to download more movies. We stayed for a long while and tried getting our homework done but we had no motivation to do it. We went home, watched movies and fell asleep.
This Weeks Step Count: 35,864
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