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Of calendars and to-do-lists

Hey people!

I figured it might be time for a new entry. I haven’t written in ages, primarily because nothing interesting happened (at least nothing interesting to YOU guys). University has started about a month ago and I have fallen into the same half-zombie mode as usual: waking up some time between 7 and 10 am, going to classes and afterwards going home to eat and relax.  Since we don’t have mandatory attendance this semester, the courses are pretty much empty all the time. I admit I’m not always following the prof, but at least I subconsciously absorb a little of information. And I get to rearrange my folders, clean the laptop, write mails and work on essays. If I stayed at home, I’d just hang in front of the TV and do nothing. I prefer being productive at least a couple hours a day, so going to classes for me is a good thing.

Every Tuesday I go to a small student pub to play table football. I love that because it’s fun, you get to know a lot of new folks and it’s practically next door. It’s a shame my friend and I discovered it only shortly before we went abroad, but now it is a fixed date in our calendars.

Calendars – a great topic to talk about. Do you guys keep one? I remember I never had one until I started university. It is the ultimate symbol of how complicated my life got. In high school I could remember all my classes and appointments I had. I could freely decide to visit a friend in the afternoon and I had pretty much free time every weekend.

I chatted with a friend last week and she asked me if we could meet at some point and I told her that yes, in March there were some openings in my schedule. She didn’t believe me, but it is true. My calendar is a very precious thing and every day something else is added to the already tight schedule. Every weekend I have plans to either visit somebody or to be visited. I am happy, of course, to meet all my friends that I haven’t seen during my stay abroad, but Jesus, the year is short! If I visited all the people who I got to know the last years and who I consider friends or at least close acquaintances, I’d be away more than half of all the weekends in the year. So tough luck, it’s not quite possible, though I’d love to do it.

Do you guys like lists? To-Do-lists? I certainly do. I have one huge big expendable one that consists of everything I need to do this year. I wrote it down because if I tried to keep it all in my head, I’d be going crazy. Exams, presentations, planning the bachelor thesis and my future (which at this point is still rather foggy), getting medical appointments, changing my tires (which involves driving home to my parents because that’s where the workshop is), planning Halloween, Christmas and New Year and throwing in some fun things like karaoke or the cinema. I cannot imagine living from week to week, like I used to and like some of my friends at other universities still do. On the one hand I envy them, because it can be frustrating looking at the calendar and not seeing much free time. On the other hand I love planning and I know it is necessary to be organized. And oh, the happy feeling when I can scratch something off the list! (It happens way too seldom, though). Today I’ll be able to do it, because writing my blog is also on this list. So yay, I have one bullet point to scratch off!

But don’t worry, I’ll keep writing. Got some things in mind for the next entry already. Cheers!

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Experimenting with Theatre

Ok, so as promised here some impressions from my theatre class. It is a relatively small group, 21 people in total. 3 of us are non-American. That’s a bummer. The Americans are all lovely and friendly people, I just don’t want them to talk, because of their accent! There must be hundreds of them, because most people have the same experience as me, classes taken over by Americans. Well, apart from that the class was very very – experimental. Our teacher is a little bit like Professor Trelawney. She wears selfmade dresses and always talks in a hushed voice. We started off by doing some yoga. This was rather surprising and I wasn’t the only one limited in their movement by tight trousers. Maybe an announcement on the Intranet saying “Dress comfortably” might have helped… But it wasn’t so bad and I already know the sun salutation, so it went well (considering my non existent flexibility). After that we did some improvisations, mainly trying to embody emotions or words like “Cold”, “Crowded”, “Lost”, “Beautiful” and so on. I have never done this before, I only know theatre as movement and speech, so this takes some getting used to. We have some drama majors in the group, people who want to be actors or already work as such. And we have people who never did any acting before, so it’s quite diverse. The whole thing seems to me like a life improvement course, since we are also required to keep a journal and to visit different places around London on our own and “contemplate about life”. Not like I don’t do this anyway, noooo! We also have a lot of musicians in the group, a couple of girls who sing and some play guitar or piano. So I hope we get some music in our final performance piece. This class is really not so much about grades and marks, but more about the journey we internationals go through. That’s what I like about it. We are evaluated based on our journals and the contribution we make to the whole performance.

This blog obviously cannot be seen as my official theatre journal, so I have to buy a new notebook and write in there. About 500 words each week or so. Shouldn’t be too hard. I do about 1000 words every two days or so with this blog – though I am a bit behind schedule. As some of you might know, I have been on a trip to Wales this weekend, and I will write about this shortly. I have taken about 200 pictures, so I’ll upload some of those on an extra page on this blog. Keep an eye out for those. I have plans to go to the Salsa course tomorrow and watching “Les Miserables” sometime during the week with some new friends. So plenty of stuff for new articles!

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