This is the last week of my first semester in LONDON SCHOOLS OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE. I always forget that I have my own blog and i should write something to memorise my days in England.
Listening the Au Revoir Taipei theme song, I have a warm feeling of Taiwan, as well as London. Two years ago, I was complaining that Taiwan was colder than I had expected. Today, I realise that Taiwan is warmer than I have judged. London is the city with easy foggy day and drizzling without informing anyone. The first day I was in London, the teacher in LSE told us that you would have the feeling that you wake up in the dark and come back home in the dark…Well, it is better, as I observed, because I have my worst prediction towards the weather in England. If you dont expect high, you will easily be satisfied…Go to class now and write later.
class finishes on December 9th. The semester is quite short. if i did not have a memo, i can hardly recall what i have done in my very first semester in Europe (big big merci to Agathe, who could read that I wanted a memo and bring me one from France!) England is as cold as I have expected. Everytime I drink a hot cup of tea, coffee or chocolate, I feel so warm and so happy. It always reminds me the scene from mind your language and their tea break. Europe is not as different and as scary as I have expected. (touch wood) It is always funny to exaggerate something which you have never experienced. but exaggeration is useful as a motivation for me to explore by myself and return things to what it is. I am grateful that my man has rented a sweet and nice home to welcome me in Europe. I am really lucky to have him and spend the very nice semester in Guildford. The village is tranquile and low-profile. Yes, it is easy to see all the limosines, yes, all the people living here seem to be rich out of nothing. Anyway, i like it here, because I am with xiaomai, my zhu hengheng my laogong.
i feel even closer to my parents in England than in Hong Kong. I can write my parents emails and they are quite professional in replying my emails and make me so happy. love is the best reason for people to learn something they would otherwise not learn. to this extent, love is really a great power to make the world better. My mother writes email like a professional writer and i can always imagine the facial expressions of my mama when she is writing emails to me. Papa always have something inspiring and encouraging to give me. He always gives me energy to fight for a better life. He is proud of me and trust me all the time. But he does not realise that his being proud of me results in his choice for me to pursue a degree in political science. Papa always tell mama that I inherit his great intelligence, haha it is absolutely true! I believe papa and mama are the greatest parents in the world. My exciting life in Europe, I would like to share with my parents soon. everytime my friends ask me why i choose to study in London and study political science, my reportoire is to tell them how great my parents are to support me to do something meaningful and challenging. Life is tough outside my sweet home, but I know in my sweet home, my parents are my strongest backbones and I am strong because of their unconditional support. If there is one thing I am grateful of the technology, it is the fact that it strengthens the tie between family and shorten the distance by inventing web cam. I know why I study hard, for my future and also for my parents future. I want to give my parents the same excitement, the same touching moments, the same continuous feeling of security, as they have given me.
oh, how about my classmates? it was difficult for me to get to know many classmates because first I dont live in the hall, second i was too shy or too arrogant to approach other people. I am the only Chinese student in my programme. The first friend in London is Catherine. She is a nice Canadian girl. She has interest in China. She is not arrogant at all, even though she comes from a great country. The first time I had a deep conversation with her was when she corrected my personal statement. She is very responsible and really has a look at my personal statement and check for me line by line. I treated her a cup of Mocha, and she was very grateful. I like being grateful to other people, and so is she. Sometimes I was caught being silly by her. For example, in one seminar, I was in an awkward position to put forward the question of ownership of the concept of democracy. I was quite nervous after the seminar and she was right behind me and asked me “how are you”. I never regard every how are you seriously, unless the person who said how are you are serious. I always treat Catherine´s how are you seriously because she really wants to know the answer. I told her that I was nervous and she showed incredible understanding to me. We talked for a long time in the next hour while waiting for the next lecture. She is the one who does not pretend to know something which she does not. She is the one who wants to learn even though she has known a lot. I don´t understand why certain ignorant Americans pretend to be know-all and at the same time feel so secure… Well, everything has a good side and a bad side. The good side of this story is that I know Catherine is the person who you want to be friends with. We went to the Christmas market on last Thursday and I realised that she is a Yoga instructor. So amazing!!! I really hope that we can practise Yoga at the summer term!! It would be really really fun i belive.
There are other classmates who are nice as well, but it is a shame that I did not have enough time to really know them. During the last class of Political Communication, I was sitting at the last row in the classroom. Staring at people´s back, I saw the at first too cool to be friend, and at the end too friendly not to be friend Johannes, always smiling and nervous to talke Eoin, the lovely Nina, sporty Taline, curly hair and dirty shoes Liam… I felt a little bit nostalgic. One year is too short for the slow me to meet more friends and keep in touch with them. I will see how the next semester goes. Hope I can know them better.
Oh, I am preparing to have Christmas in Germany. I am glad that Eggy has sent me an invitation letter, which makes the application process way easier than other people´s. Frohe Weinachten! Hope i can pick up as much German as I could! Otherwise, I smile my way in Christmas.
I did not understand how people create so many junk words, and I understand it now after writing this strange style of blog.. keep your comment to yourself guys.