Kari: One Month Down…

February 15, 2009

Today marked my ONE MONTH anniversary (of sorts) of being out of the States. This past month has flown by, and I can hardly believe in less than a month two friends from Minnesota will be here with me. That will subsequently mark my half way point of this study abroad experience. I am looking forward to the upcoming weekends that I have planned and looking back on this past week and what took place.

Week 3 of classes were just like week 1 and 2. Nothing exciting happened, but I am learning quite a bit. There was not as much snow this week, so students actually showed up for class.

Our bible study attended our first outreach night on Tuesday. We didn’t do much except gather ideas about what kind of outreach we wanted to do. We decided on prayer walks, door to door, and helping the girls brigade. I think that any opportunity will be an amazing experience and I’m looking forward to helping with outreach and getting to know the people in my bible study better!

I also attended my first iCafe of the semester. This is an opportunity put on by the Christian Union for international students to meet each other and for us all to meet local students. It was a lot of fun and I had the chance to mingle with many people.

Friday was shopping day! Baz (one of my roommates) and I went into Belfast to shop for the afternoon. I bought a 5 pound pair of shoes and a beautiful shirt. Baz and I then met some girls at the grocery store in Yorkgate so we could pick up the ingredients for our American Dinner party that we were hosting on Valentine’s Day.

Saturday started with a good workout with Baz in the morning, followed by running around getting ready for the dinner party that evening. The girls in the flat one floor above us, myself and Baz were hosting about 10 people from First Carrickfergus Presbyterian Church (the church that Kelsey, Bethany, Amanda and myself attend) for an American party! We cooked them Chili, cornbread, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, peanut butter dessert ice cream cake, and dirt cake. They were absolutely stunned by the dirt cake, which they loved calling ‘dirt’. We ended the night with a short game of Trivial Pursuit, and an rousing 2.5 hour game of ‘signs’. Please learn this game if you don’t know it already. It’s a completely American game, I believe, and it’s the most fun I’ve had in a really long time!

Sunday was a lazy day! I woke up sometime in the midday, did some reading for class, then went for a walk with three girls along the shore. It was beautiful out Sunday–almost 50 degrees!

Today is nothing special. I went to class. A few of us are going out to the student union tonight. It will probably be like every other night at the union…lots people who are too scared to dance and watch the Americans make a fool of themselves on the dance floor. What’s new, right!?

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