Some things I learned this week in Durham:
- Saying "absolutely correct" 4 times in a 43-page paper (as in "So-and-so is absolutely correct in stating that Plato...") is about 2 times too many. Get a thesaurus, Maria!
- Eating greasy fish & chips once a week while in the UK is... just about right.
- There is a wonderful library in the Cathedral Cloisters, which has most of the theological books I need.
- The library in the Cathedral Cloisters, and other old stone buildings, are amazing to walk through, and freezing to sit in for more than a few minutes.
- There is a clothing store where you can purchase locally brewed beer. I bought 2 bottles for Billy, a Monty Python brew and an award-winning "Cloisters Brew." Let's see if I can get them home in one piece.
- Staying with a new friend is much better than staying at a bed & breakfast.
- When a Brit says, "Yes, well, that certainly sounds like something that could be considered at some point," you should recognize defeat and move on.
- Tuna steak and canned corn on a homemade pizza is not quite the same as pepperoni and sausage on a pizza of any kind.
- Instant messaging with friends on Facebook can help when, despite all the great things about Durham, you're still feeling homesick.
I did this post last March, sharing some of the things I love about being in Durham. In fact, almost any post I've done while in Durham is full of things I love about this place. It's partially the studies, partially the grandeur of the buildings, partially the break from the daily routine.
Sorry if this post was kind of a dud. I thought of all kinds of witty things to say earlier -- honest.