Monday, May 18, 2009

Composed Upon Westminster Bridge

Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1803
by William Wordsworth

Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sigh so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill;
Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
The river glideth at his own sweet will:
Dear God!  The very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!

New life goal: see the sunrise over the Thames.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Who Am I?

I made this video for my Psychology final project.  The prompt asked after three months in London who am I now?  Here's what I did:

Back In the Saddle Again

First day back to the 801!  It was so good to see my Mom, my Dad, Amanda and Masha!  Oh and of course LOUIE!  He even remembered me!

So there was no real question what I was going to do today was there?
So stoked!  But haven't quite left this yet though...

Love from London

Dear London,

Thank you for the best 97 days of my life.  You have changed me forever and you shall always hold my heart.  Thank you for the adventures you’ve given me, the friends I’ve made, the things you’ve shown me, the things you’ve taught.  I miss you terribly but I’ll always have our memories.

Thanks for the best “four months time.”  Can’t wait to see you again.

Love for London,


Monday, April 6, 2009

Paris, je t'aime

Bonjour, Paris!

Here's a review of my fun four day trip to Paris!

The good times kept on rollin with Miss McKenzie Mae... literally!!!
We're talking VIP status- front of the line EVERY TIME.  
Look how close we got to Mona.  
L'Orangerie!  Oh, j'adore L'Orangerie et Monet!!!
Eiffel Tower Light Show!
Fun at Versailles!
The Champs Elysees with the Arc de Triomphe in the background.
Good times in Paris with good friends!  A girl couldn't ask for more!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Highlights from Up North

Last week we went on a 5 day trip through Northern England!  Here are some highlights:

Probably my favorite part of the trip was the drive through the countryside.  It was so beautiful.  This picture below is one example. In case you were wondering, we DID NOT plan to match.  It just happens when you live together I suppose...
Just kidding it was St Patrick's Day and these were authentic Irish sweatshirts so we had to wear them.

Another favorite was Fountains Abbey.  A huge abandoned abbey, ordered to be dismantled by Henry VIII when he created the Church of England.  It reminded me a lot of Stourhead which I loved so I liked Fountains Abbey too.
Hadrian's Wall
and more awesome countryside.
The Lake District. Oh. My. Gosh. This was the view from our hostel.  AMAZING!  The Lake District was easily the best part of the trip.
Best Crew Out!
And do you notice what was in the marina??? Is that a MASTERCRAFT X2???  Yeah my mind was blown.
On the way back to London we stopped in Preston.  This is where the first LDS missionaries came to Britain.  We spent the day touring Church sites and finished it off at the Preston Temple.  Cool day.
Moral of the story: I will find my way back up north one day because I loved it so much.  I only wish that x2 had been in the water because I would have convinced the owner to take me wakeboarding.  No matter what.

Saturday, March 21, 2009