Friday, September 28, 2012

Surfin' USA in London! The Beach Boys- September 28, 2012


As many of you may know from Facebook- I went and saw The Beach Boys last night at Royal Albert Hall!  It was super exciting, 1. because I was seeing The Beach Boys- duh...  and 2. I have never been to the Royal Albert Hall!  I thought my ticket would have bad seating because it was the last seat in the last row of the last tier of seats.  But I was smack in the middle and could see everything, hear everything, and it was amazing!!!
View from my seat
The concert itself started a little late- maybe a last minute spat between them or something...who knows?!

I was initially apprehensive going into the concert because I've heard all of these guys sing and they weren't really the best.  Well, it was a little rusty starting out, but it ended up amazing!  Their singing, harmonizing, with instruments, without instruments....I couldn't stop smiling!












2nd to last time they will be like this!

(Apologies in the videos for any talking and/or singing...the seats were pretty close together)

Highlight of my night was hearing my two favorite Beach Boys songs (Which is silly saying that really, since all of their songs are amazing!)



(The singing you may hear is really the guy sitting next to me)

Also, I will not be posting Kokomo, because apparently while my cell phone camera will not zoom, it will pick up sounds better and so you can hear my ....amazing... singing voice... so it stays on my computer.
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                                              ^God Only Knows

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                                                ^Wouldn't It Be Nice
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                                              ^Surfin' USA

The Brits sure do know how to dance to The Beach Boys' Music!
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                                       ^Good Vibrations (That annoying ooo sounds you around 0:52 is the guy next to me- he really, really likes The Beach Boys)
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                                             ^Little Deuce Coup Medley (Sorry it's sideways...you can't see them anyways)

                                         

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Overdue- First few days in London!

Well I've now been in London for 5 days.  This is crazy!  I still can't get it out of my head tat I will be here until July 1st... I feel like I'll be leaving in a few days, like a normal tourist!  Which is why I haven't been packing my days full of museums and other activities like that because I can spread it out over the next year instead of trying to do everything I can possibly stuff into an 8-hour day!

So the last few days have basically been getting to know people in my building as well as other UCL students, since many of the students in my hall seem to be at King's College (It's intercollegiate, not UCL housing).

I did go to the British Museum with a group of people on Tuesday, as well as a pub afterwards.  That was a fun afternoon- got to know some other people at school!  So far, from activities and meals at the hall I've met people from Greece, Brasil, Finland, Iran, Germany, Spain, England, the US, Singapore, and Canada.  I love it here!
This is in front of the British Museum
I've walked down to Oxford Street from my housing- it;s only like a 10 minute walk, no getting lost this time!  The first time I tried to walk back from shopping I got horribly lost, but ended up in Tony Blair's neighborhood- the cars in that square were Range Rovers, BMWs, Audis, one tiny purple Mini, and a Maserati.  No wonder there were armed guards around!

That's about it so far, I've just been hanging out getting my room cleaned up and organized, walking around the neighborhood to buy diet cokes and non-refrigerated food since we're not allowed mini fridges :(   

I did go to a little bit of the orientation today, it was okay if slightly boring.  Once you've done one orientation you've pretty much done them all!  Everything is online anyways.  I'll be going back to enrol tomorrow.  Last important things left on my list are getting a bank account and registering at a doctor's office! Fun times!

Oh, and while on Oxford Street on my way home from shopping, I saw a girl get hit by a bus.  Just like in the movies (Except n being run over), she looked left (Traffic was coming from the right) and stepped out, and bam the bus hit her, she flew to the side like 3 feet and fell to the ground.  As far as I know she was fine, by the time traffic cleared and I left the area, she was sitting up looking dazed.



















Saturday, September 15, 2012

Plane pictures!

Well the internet onboard the transatlantic flight was way to slow to add photos, and then I took more so enjoy!   It;s okay to be jealous...I'm jealous of myself because I will probably never fly business again :(






 chicken salad for appetizer- cold bits of chicken with some poppyseed dressing- pretty good!
 main dish- potato gnocchi- with some sort of tomato things that I didn't like
 dessert- chocolate mouse! delicious!









 About to take off from Frankfurt.


 I was going to sleep on the flight to London from Frankfurt, but this came around in Business class...so I decided to stay awake
 except I didn't eat this...at first because it's purple, and that's just weird .  Secondly because the man sitting next to me told me that little orange part between the white and greenish stuff was smoked salmon- disgusting!  And so he said it was probably some sort of cream cheese dish or something.  So I just ate my cake and pretzel bread!