So my roommate and I decided to pick up some holiday lights at Lowe’s and decorate our apartment. It’s been chilly the past couple of days and definitely feeling like winter already here in Pasadena.
It was Ellen’s 21st birthday and the 50th Anniversary of the TV show Doctor Who :D She loves watching Doctor Who, so a few people baked her an awesome TARDIS cake.
I’m taking L170A this term (Introduction to Chinese) because although I’m ethnically Chinese, I do not speak Mandarin fluently, nor do I know how to read or write characters. My parents are from Hong Kong, so we speak Cantonese at home. Our professor kindly took us out this past Monday before Thanksgiving for a class lunch at Chang’s Garden in Arcadia. We tried our best to order in Mandarin, but Wang Lao Shi definitely helped us out a lot. The food was delicious and it was fun practicing our Mandarin.
I bake at least once a week, so for this week, I made banana chocolate chip pecan bread and oreo stuffed inside chocolate chip/M&M cookies. And of course with Thanksgiving tomorrow, I’ll be helping out at Avery House to cook turkey, make stuffing, and all the delicious fixings. I’ll post some pictures in my next post. I’m definitely ready for the break and am excited to see all the alums coming to visit. Last year, I was in London for study abroad, so I had class until 6 pm on Thanksgiving Day. Nevertheless, I organized Thanksgiving potluck style dinner in my flat with some other American exchange students and our friends. We didn’t have turkey, but I am thankful to have met all of them at UCL and still keep in touch with a few of them. Although I won’t be flying home to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family, I am thankful to be here at Caltech and for the friends I’ve made here. I hope that you have a lovely Thanksgiving break as well, wherever you may be.
After a year spent in “soft-lockdown” at home in Atlanta, and as Caltech students prepared to finally return to campus, I was aboard an eight hour flight towards Edinburgh, Scotland. Since my junior year plans were interrupted by the virus who shall not be named, I’m spending my first term of senior year studying abroad through the Caltech - Edinburgh University International Exchange program. I’ve only been here just over a week yet have been exposed to so many new people, perspectives, foods, and classes.
When the announcement was first made that fall term was going to be online, I started talking to friends and looking for places to live. We were debating locations around the country: California, Florida, New York, etc.. there were plenty of options. Then it suddenly hit me, what is stopping us from going to Hawaii, covid numbers were better and a two week quarentine would ensure that numbers stayed down… I proposed this to my friend and we agreed it would be an amazing experience, but we didn’t want to get out hopes up. A month or so later we still haven’t decided where to live, Hawaii seemed too far and too difficult to plan. But we couldn’t get the idea out of our heads. We spent some time looking into plane tickets, places to stay, etc… and it actually didn’t seem so impossible after all. A couple weeks later and we were arriving here on the big island!
I visited Amsterdam for a brief two and a half days during my vacation. There were a few landmarks and neighborhoods I wanted to checkout, but did not plan the visit in detail. As such, when it came down to destinations with ticketed entries, I had to skip most of them, since they did not have day-of tickets left for sale. Fortunately, I was able to walk around most of the city and it was generally a good time.