Okay, hmm... I'll give you the abridged version of my life since around July. Excited? Good.
SOUTH AFRICA: 6 weeks of pure joy versus pure nightmare. We stayed on a game reserve near the Mozambique/Swaziland borders and did varying things such as helping out on the ranch and going on game drives (to see the animals). I also rode an elephant, went up in a microlite to see Africa from the air (and got to fly it!), vistied Kruger National Park, relaxed on the beach in Mozambique for a few days and went to a music festival in Swaziland. I stroked a baby rhino, kissed a hippo and went to a witch-doctor. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. It was, however, like Big Brother without the cameras: 6 weeks with 5 other people in a room the size of a double bedroom was NOT nice. There were mainly girls on the trip so it all got a bit too crazy at times. Some girls were close to bullies and made me cry on some occations. There was no privacy and we had to work hard on some things (such as getting up really early to muck out the two tame elephants). But that was all eclipsed by the time when we took a car down to one of the watering holes where hippos peeped at us from the water and watched the sun set over the African bush whilst sipping coke and eating fresh oranges... it was close to heaven, I cannot lie. I will probably describe this trip even more at a later date and I will post pictures soon!
Rest of summer: Didn't do that much, hung out with friends. Went to Paris for around 4 days with my mother, my aunt from Brazil who speaks no English and my friend from school. The weather was great and we had a great time. I've been to Paris several times before and I don't like it that much but it was still amazing as ever.
University: I don't know it I mentioned it but I quit Biology and took up American and Canadian Studies with film instead. The new academic year was therefore a fresh start for me. I was also moving into a new flat with new people so I was quite aprehensive, especially because of my flatmates last year and how bad my course was. HOWEVER... it all turned out to be AMAZING. My new flatmates consist of 3 other girls, one Welsh girl called Carly, one hard-working physiotherapist called Alison and a "Devonshire Lass" called Helen. We all love films (as I'm quite the crazy film buff) and we talk about nothing but movies. Helen is also AMAZING and she's pretty much my best friend now. We tease each other, have tons of private jokes and support each other when times are bad. I couldn't ask for betterfriends. If I need them they are by my side in a second. I wil post photos of our Christmas, which was SO MUCH fun. Just before Christmas another 5th flatmate moved into the last room which had since been unoccupied: she's an international student from CHina. We imediately took a disliking to each other (not just me, my other friends as well). She's unhygienic, rude, doesn't ever say hello, takes up so much room which unnecessary junk in the kitchen (she keeps her suitcase in there!) and once, when Helen and I were being a little bit TOO loud in the communal area, she came in and told us to "be quiet" without a please or thank you or even a nice tone. I even discovered her unplugging my freezer (I have my own one due to space) so she could plug in her rice cooker!! Yeah, it wont matter if all my food defrosts... She's a real pain but we're just about learning to live with her. Just.
As for my course: wow. I am so happy that I changed courses. The film aspect of the course means I can just watch movies and analyse them, something I do in my sleep. The American side of the course is fascinating and it's a mixture of literature, economics, history, politics, culture... everything. I do have to do a Canadian Studies module but that it VERY boring as I'm not too keen on Canada. I did the exam for it today, though, so that's out of the way!
Recently: Over Easter I went on a spontaneous trip to New York with my mum. We decided to go on a Thursday and by the SUnday we were on a plane! I've been before but my mum hasn't so we did all the touristy stuff that people do in NY. I am a big TV fan so I freaked out a bit at Rockefeller Center (especially as I am a big "30 Rock" fan). I was also VERY lucky and got to see Jimmy Fallon's monologue rehearsal! However, by the end of the week we got news of the Icelandic Volcano erruption. For a while we thought that we wouldn't be able to make it home. Luckily we were able to get on a flight to Glasgow (in Scotland): out of 3 flights that took off that night from NY airports as a whole, only 2 made it across the Atlantic (3rd had to turn back for whatever reason). From Glasgow it's a 10 hour ride back on a coach to London. I was EXHAUSTED but so glad to be home, especially as so many people were stranded. The day after I arrived home I went back to University and worked for 2 weeks on essays. Since then I have been preparing for exams (and had one today).
Sooo, what else? I have become addicted to several things, including olives, "Top Gun" and TV. I'm doing something called "TV 2010": I have to watch a TV show in its entirity in the space of a single month. For example, in January I had to watch every episode broadcast so far of "30 Rock", Febuary was "Parks and Recreation", March was "Cougar Town", April was "How I Met Your Mother" and May is "Doogie Howser M.D.". The idea here is to watch new shows and try new things and I'm enjoying every minute. However, this does mean that I have become addicted to not only these shows but some of their actors, namely Neil Patrick Harris and Will Arnett. The latter is my new obsession and anyone who has see my Facebook account will know that I NEVER shut up about him. Ever. Ever. Ever.
Today was the best day ever. I got up early for an exam which was annoying but the exam itself went really well. I then went riding (on Flo yet again): I am now jumping and cantering really well! I can even tack up and remove tack which is amazing. I returned home, went for a walk, met Helen who was leavning her own exam and we went to Filmsoc in the evening where we watched a crazy film called "Le Donk and Scor-zay-zee", which was awful but quite funny. We went to the pub afterwards as a group and played Mikado and I got teased mercilessly for simply being an addict of the things that I love, but they do it out of love. I have eaten gorgeousfood today so I feel great. Last night I found out that the best show in the universe will be airing next season as its pilot was picked up last night, and as it stars Will Arnett (who I stalk on Twitter) I am over the mood. I couldn't be happier today.
So. Life is good. I have so much to be happy about.