You don't get what you deserve.
You get what you take.

-Nemi

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Can you feel my heart beat? (London vol. x)

Last weekend was Rob's first weekend off from Sandhurst, so I went down to London to spend the weekend with him. My first impression of London was again horrible, as I hate the transportation there, but I did make it after all to our hotel that was definitely not the easiest thing in the middle of the night. People, when flying to London, don't fly to Luton airport. Especially if it's in the middle of the night and you're in a hurry to get to the centre of London.

Anyway, Rob had sorted us out a nice hotel in Chelsea, where we stayed for the weekend. On Friday we spent in the city centre as Rob had forgotten all of his civilian clothes, so he had a lot of shopping to do. Basically the whole day we were running around in the pouring rain trying to find this and that "Ooooh, I might need a Superdry hoodie" etc., you know how men are like when they're shopping...

Although maybe the highlight (obviously after seeing Rob..) of the trip was when Rob was browsing in Selfridges and I suddenly realised that the person in front of me was NICK CAVE. You don't have to go too far behind in my posts to know that he's A HUGE DEAL  for me. So there I was hyperventilating in the men's underwear section while he was calmly browsing for new pants. I'm not usually too bothered when seeing a celebrity and definitely don't want to bother them, but he's no ordinary celebrity. He's NICK CAVE. After calming down myself and because Rob was pushing me, I got the courage to briefly go say hi to him and thanked him for the Helsinki concert. He was really polite and thanked me and shook my hand. Seriously, my knees were shaking for like half an hour afterwards. Oh man, I was such a hysterical fan girl :D

For dinner Rob took me to a nice restaurant in Chelsea called The Waterside, where the food was amazing, and fairly reasonably priced as well (around £15-20 for the main course), when considering that we were in a bit fancier part of London (or so I was told, but who knows? I'm not too bothered about these things).

On Saturday we went to the Imperial War Museum, and I can definitely recommend that museum for anyone! Not only is it free admission, but it had amazing exhibitions, from national security and intelligence to the Holocaust. I think we spent almost three hours there, and it was definitely worth visiting. It shouldn't be surprise to anyone that I'm interested in conflict and war, but I think it would be interesting for any history geeks like me who get their kicks from museum and historical sites. We then proceeded to see couple of our friends for coffee (or so we meant, but ended up with pints). Then back to the hotel and change of clothes, then back to Covent Garden to meet Rob's friends for dinner in Jamie Oliver's Union Jack-restaurant. Mmmm, amazing pizza! And again, reasonably priced for London prices.

Unfortunately I didn't take too many pictures during the weekend (I still need to learn how to use my new camera...), but maybe I'll take more next time in three weeks.

Also, I only now realised how amazing the Oyster Card is. I've always cursed the prices of London transportation as well, and as I usually take the 2-3 day pass, which is around £20 (someone correct me if I'm wrong), I only spent £10 on my weekend travels (not including getting to London from Luton). Single metro ticket is £4.50, and for that price you can use metro all day with Oyster card. You have to pay £5 deposit for the card, but you get it back when you return the card and all the unused money uploaded you didn't spend. And not to mention, the transportation from Chelsea's Imperial Warf station to Heathrow (which took almost an hour) was only £1!!!!

I'll get back to my mint tea now, the good thing about making tzatziki is that there's always plenty of fresh mint to make tea of. 

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Postgraduate vs. Undergraduate

Now that I've been back in Aberdeen for few weeks and since I have nothing else to post about, I decided to gather some differences between my life as postgraduate compared to my life as an undergraduate.

First of all, since I actually had to pay for my postgraduate degree, I feel much more motivated going to the classes. Though I did go to all of my classes during the honours years, I know actually have the motivation.

I have become way more arrogant with pretty much everything. it took me couple of years to get out of my shell when I was undergraduate and I was always so modest when it came to free stuff, now I'm totally going for free stuff whatever organisation etc. offers it to. On Freshers Week I got my tummy completely full because I kept on going to the free food stalls that offered pizza, sandwiches, ice cream, crisps, you name it, for the new students. I had quite a few bonus rounds and I was rolling back home afterwards. On my first year I hardly even went to the fayre, now I even had a cup of coffee. I don't like coffee. But it was free!. Now I'm fully embracing all "free X"-occasions for if nothing else, to get my tuition fees back in free food and drinks ;)

I've also started to go to all events by the faculty, for example Monday night's Business School's Department's Welcome night, since I'm kind of part of the Business School now with my degree. But they had free wine so it goes more into the previous category. (Though I'm quite sure all of my points relate to that category)

Relating to my newly found arrogance, I've become maybe a bit too outspoken. I seem to have lost my inner filters and I just go ahead saying exactly what I think even when not really appropriate. I went to one "welcoming" event to some society and I remember the horrified faces of Freshers after I let them know what I thought about Aberdeen and UK. It's not that bad really, (except sometimes, like now when the roof of our house is leaking. Luckily it's only leaking from one spot. Unfortunately, that spot is right on top of the middle of my bed. Fuck Aberdeen) but I just had a weak moment and Gin&Tonics were too cheap. 

On the other hand, I've become a lot more involved and active, and I'm even social! Can you imagine, me, talking to people?! I have also so much energy to do stuff and get involved in uni that I'm starting to think that maybe I should start backing off a bit and see what I actually have time for... Oh well, I'll figure that out later. I did decide on summer that this academic year I'm spending on boosting my CV. And having so much time on my hands might have something to do with the fact that my SO is in the other side of the island and he has only three weekends off before Christmas. And I just booked my tickets for next weekend to London <3 p="">
On academic note, it's quite clear that MSc will require a lot more work than undergraduate, but I have a good feeling about this year, and I'm superexcited of two of my courses (which is quite good considering that I only have three courses)

Since I've been writing this post for like a week now, I'll just post this and maybe continue it later on when I actually get on with my postgraduate-life escapades. If anyone wants to know any ACTUAL issues of postgraduate studying in UK/Aberdeen just go ahead and ask. I'll try to tone down my candidness.

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