Do you know the love of Jesus yet? He died and conquered death for you and He will return one day. Sunday’s Comin’. Are you ready for His glorious return?
Do you know the love of Jesus yet? He died and conquered death for you and He will return one day. Sunday’s Comin’. Are you ready for His glorious return?
Saturday, 23 February 2013: Today our society ventured to Liverpool. It was an absolutely lovely day–and it snowed! I must say, we did freeze on the way there because for some reason the heat was not working on the bus–thankfully after I spoke with him at our comfort break half-way there, the driver worked on the radiator a little and got it working by the time he picked us up to go home. We were dropped off at the pier next to the Three Graces–which are absolutely beautiful buildings and true icons of Liverpool.
Liverpool was wonderful. Our first stop was at Museum Liverpool, where we explored some fantastic galleries, saw displays we had learned about in class including the suspended train display, and, my personal favorite part, we sang karaoke in the museum to the Beatles “Yellow Submarine.” The museum has a karaoke room in the Music Liverpool exhibit, and it was awesome.
After we finished rocking out to our song, two friends and I noticed that there were Star Wars storm troopers and Darth Vader outside of the building next door. Naturally we went to meet them. They were super cool.
After we made friends, we went inside of the building they were in front of because we were curious as to why they were displaying Elvis and the Beatles together. In this building, were 39 previously unpublished photographs of the Beatles by Trevor Bray. They were absolutely amazing. My personal favorite was the “Twist and Shout” one.
Next, we walked to some restaurants to find a good place for lunch and settled on a sandwich and crepe shop–I got a nutella crepe, it was delicious. And that place was even better because it was wonderful to sit down. We were entertained during lunch by some men outside dancing decked out in 70’s attire–including platform shoes. What was even more impressive than them dancing in the light snow was the fact that they were both jumping up and down while dancing and never fell. They were hysterical.
After lunch we headed to the WWII Piermaster’s house, which showed what life was like in a war-time home, and according to the website and plaques, is the only pier-home that survived the WWII blitz in 1941. Next, we walked across Albert’s Dock to the Mereyside Maritime Museum where we explored “Seized! The Border and Customs uncovered” exhibit and exhibits about the Lusitania and other ships that have sunk, and “Titanic and Liverpool: the untold story,” which I must say, was a very well-done exhibit.
After we finished the Maritime Museum, I convinced two very sweet friends to accompany me to different tourist shops on the pier in search of a fantastic Liverpool souvenir. I finally found one in the gift shop of the museum we went in sat in after our excursion while waiting for the bus to arrive to take us home. It is the iconic picture of the Beatles cover of Abbey Road on a great (and I must say, very soft) T-shirt.
Well, that is all I can think of from our Liverpool excursion. Naturally I wrote this while listening to the Beatles.
Well, until next time (which very realistically could be when I go to Budapest in a month), peace.
Tuesday, 12 February 2013: The Museum Studies Society decided to do have a little outing in Leicester today. We decided to brave the crowds and wait in line to see the new King Richard III exhibit at the Guildhall. We waited 1 1/2 hours to get into the exhibit, and it was absolutely freezing. At least it was exciting to see the exhibit and see so many people interested in history and museums.
For those of you who don’t know, the University of Leicester and affiliates announced last Friday that the body they had found in September was indeed King Richard III. This is really cool news, and has definitely made Leicester a destination city since the announcement. My dad and I were some of the last people to see the dig site at the car park they found his body under in September (the car park was on top of an old friary where the king had been rumored to have been buried).
Now, onto the more fun parts of my week.
Thursday, 14 February 2013: The day we celebrate St. Valentines. This year, some friends and I had a party for Valentines Day. Since we are all single, naturally this party involved lots and lots of food. Because according to card companies, chocolate and being single go together, right? Makes perfect sense to me…?
The night was filled with laughter, Valentines cards from our favorite movie stars, romantic comedies, hysterical stories, and food–lots and LOTS of food. PS best card ever from my friend…yes, it’s the one above, and it totally made my day.
My Valentines was made even more complete by the receiving of a package from my parents filled with all of the essentials! It was such a fun way to spend Valentine’s Day in England–and definitely one I will always remember!
Saturday, 16 February 2013: Today some friends and I decided to explore a traveling vintage fair that had made its way to Leicester! It was in the beautiful Leicester Cathedral, and it had so many fun things in all of the stalls. We explored the entirety of the fair–I even bought a jean shirt (I’ve been wanting one for a while, and got really excited when I found a good one!) and then we decided to get a snack from the cake and coffee shop set up in the fair. It was delicious, and it had jelly-bean hearts on it, which just made it all the better! After we ate our cupcakes and brainstormed our dissertation ideas with each other (yes, life of a grad student…it’s so exciting, right?) and discussed our internship decisions (and had a momentary freak-out about how we only have 4 weeks left of classes on our course), we ventured to the mall to explore. Let’s just say we didn’t have anything else better to do, so we basically tried on every sherbet colored pants that we could find and laughed hysterically as we did. I promise it was comical.
Well, this sums up my week (or at least the really exciting parts). Off to finish my application for my work placement!
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Friday, 8 February 2013: Bonjour! Today was the day I have dreamed of for years.
I got to go to Versailles and walk through the palace and the grounds!
It was truly a dream come true! I must admit, I am weirdly obsessed with Marie Antoinette, so naturally I was completely psyched to go to Versailles for an entire day!
Favorite rooms in Versailles: Hall of Mirrors (duh), Peace Room, Chapel Royal (we heard a man PLAY the ORGAN in the chapel!!! I totally freaked out), and Marie Antoinette’s bedroom.
I also completely loved Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon and all of the grounds (the other outhouse buildings like the theatre and farm house were closed…boo).
Basically, if you haven’t been able to tell yet, I literally loved every minute of that day.
Naturally, I told all of the random facts and stories I knew about Marie Antoinette, Versailles, Louis XVI, other French monarchs, etc. all day…I was like a kid in a candy store.
To make it even better, we got to eat lunch in Versailles (in one of the rooms!!!!) I don’t think I can convey to anyone HOW COOL I THINK THAT IS!
Words cannot describe how happy I was to be there and how fortunate I was that the first time I visited Versailles was in the off-season so there were not a lot of people there!
I am still on cloud nine.
Thursday, 7 February 2012: Thursday was a very fun day. It was also known as the day you walk until you cannot feel anything and you think you are going to die and then you keep walking. Yeah. I’m still sore from this trip.
Today, our group woke up early and headed to the Parisian Catacombes. It is one of my favorite places in Paris–not many people are usually there, but it is so cool! I highly encourage you to read this short history of the catacombs of Paris. They are awesome.
After we navigated our way through the catacombs, we set out for Montmartre to explore and eat lunch. We were very lucky that it was a beautiful day because the view from atop the Montmartre hill was absolutely spectacular. Next, we toured the Sacred-Heart Basilica of Montmartre. Sadly, they do not allow anyone to take photographs inside the church, but I must say, if you are ever in Paris, go see this cathedral. It is absolutely beautiful inside and out–I promise it is completely worth the hike up the stairs or hill (or tram ride).
After we explored the church, we walked a little bit farther back on the hill to explore, and found a delicious little cafe to eat lunch in. It was one of the best meals I have had since moving to England. We all completely cleaned our plates (and yes, they had a deal
for an appetizer, meal and dessert…we all ate ALL of our food)–it was that good. After our delicious meal, we walked down a few doors into an art shop. Let’s just say, walking in an art shop is a good way for my wallet to get a little lighter. And it did. I bought a
beautiful painting of the Eiffel Tower and another fantastic piece depicting a quaint harbor somewhere gorgeous–I’ve decided it is supposed to be Greece or somewhere like that. I am in love with both of my paintings.
After we all purchased some artwork, we set out to see Moulin Rouge. Obviously if you are a girl and you are in Paris, you will go see Moulin Rouge in person.
Next, we caught the Metro to the Arc de Triomphe. We walked around some under it, and then used our magic little passes again to get inside the Arc de Triomphe–one of the girls in our group knew that we could climb it…who knew?
Stupidly, I somehow ended up at the front of our group to walk up the stairs. I literally thought I was going to die…stairs and I do not get along.
Obviously, I soldiered through and didn’t pass out and die on the stairs since I’m writing this blog–but honestly, I was considering death as a better option than to keep going up those stairs with all of my extra stuff I was carrying.
At least the climb was totally worth it. The view was spectacular.
Next, we decided to walk down the Champs-Elysees all the way to the Luxor Obelisk and Roue de Paris (their ferris wheel). One our way there, we stopped at an auction house to see if there were any cool items from any collections–obviously we are all museum nerds. There was one really old map book, and let’s just say only a few people in the world can afford to buy a book that expensive. After we explored the galleries in there, we walked on to the ferris wheel. It was beginning to get dark by the time we walked all the way down there, so we got to see it light up. It was beautiful.
We then decided to walk to the Eiffel Tower. (I would just like to note that I did suggest the Metro there since we had already walked MILES that day…I was turned down). Over an hour later we finally reached the Eiffel Tower. It got funnier and funnier as we walked there. No one could feel their feet by the time we got there. At least it was absolutely gorgeous lit up…and then to top it all off, the sparkly lights came on while we were there so we saw the Eiffel Tower shimmer. It was really cool. After that we went and got dinner and crepes, walked a little more to a metro and then headed home to get a good night’s rest before we walked a lot the next day at….VERSAILLES.
Tuesday, 5 February 2013- Wednesday, 6 February 2013: My friends and I had a week off from classes, so we decided to take advantage of it and go on a fantastic adventure! We decided that we wanted to save some money, so we took a bus from Leicester to Paris (I can say, in retrospect, it was not worth saving the money haha).
Don’t do what we did unless you are just that pinched for money…even then I’m not totally sure it was worth it. None of us slept much (I didn’t for more than an hour) and it was cold and raining when we first arrived, so it got a little hysterical and ridiculous by the time we got to Paris–we didn’t know where we were and none of us spoke French. Thankfully, Sarah was really good with directions and was able to figure out where we were and where we needed to be. Between all of us, we eventually got there.
After we arrived, dropped off our luggage at our rented apartment and made a game plan for the day, we started by heading toward the center of the city to find something to eat. We took the Metro to the Palais-Royal stop, walked under the Louvre pyramids, by the Arc du Triomphe du Carrousel, explored and took some pictures, then crossed the Seine and went to a lovely cafe next to the Musee d’Orsay. We had a delicious lunch (honestly, it could have been dirt for all we cared…we were all starving) and then headed to the Musee d’Orsay.
At Musee d’Orsay, we learned about a fun little trick our visas did. Apparently since we have visas that last more than a year, we are able to get into every single museum and monument for free because technically we are EU students! Best discovery ever! I cannot tell you how many places we saved money at because we just asked if they would do that discount!
After we explored the museum and stared to our hearts content at the amazing Impressionist paintings, we walked to Saint-Chapelle. If you have never been, I HIGHLY recommend it! I have been there before, and was still in awe of the splendor and beauty of this cathedral. The stained glass in that church absolutely has no comparison. It is fantastic.
Next, we walked (well honestly, wandered…even though its basically across the street from Sainte-Chapelle…we were tired) to Notre Dame. It was the 850th anniversary of the cathedral, so they had placed the bells from the towers in the church nave. It was so cool to see all of the bells. They all have their names engraved on them.
After we explored Notre Dame, we walked around the city a bit more, and of course stopping to get some crepes and go in some tourist shops. That night we went to dinner at a pizzeria around the corner from us, figured out a game-plan for our next day, and hit the sack early. It was such a fun (yet long) day to start our adventure in Paris!
More to come soon!
Christmas in Leicester!
Sunday, 2 December 2012: My friends and I went to the largest Victorian Christmas market. It was awesome! I even met Queen Victoria!
Here are some of my favorite moments:
1. Petting an owl!
3. Hearing all of the Christmas songs and watching all of the moving puppets and organs.
Sunday, 9 December 2012: My friends and I went to the largest German Christmas Market outside of Germany in Birmingham! It was beautiful and so fun!
Here are some of my favorite moments:
3. Seeing the beautiful Christmas ornaments at the Christmas Market!
4. Eating a neutella-filled donut with mint icing! It was delicious!
I’m home in TEXAS in 4 days! 🙂
I’m going to be really honest–I have sat down to write this blog about 10 times and have not been able to even find the words to put in it. I need advice. I have no idea what to do with this issue I have found myself in.
I am going to start off by saying that I am a believer in Jesus Christ.
I believe that a relationship and surrendering yourself to Him is the only way to spend eternity in heaven.
I believe that those who do not surrender themselves to him and do not have a personal relationship with Him will spend eternity in Hell–and for the record it breaks my heart for every kind person I meet and I know that I won’t get to hang out forever with them and the Big Man Upstairs because they don’t know the truth. And yes, I (and ALL believers) are guilty of shying away from going out on a limb and telling people about Jesus and eternal salvation because we don’t want to lose their friendship or whatever stupid excuse the devil puts in our head, BUT that shouldn’t make us shy away from the truth–or from living in a way that those who know us but don’t know God, will come to know God because of us (some really smart person said that–I can’t remember who).
I believe that the Bible is God’s love story to us–and it is the greatest love story ever told.
We are a fallen people, and we as believers, must stand up and fight against an ever-changing world who believes that truth is relevant and there is no “right” truth anymore; we live in a world that has very few morals, and we live in a world where Christians (well a lot of them) are afraid to come out of the wood-work and proclaim their faith because it’s easier to stay in their Christian bubble where they won’t step on anyone’s toes. Just for the record, that’s the biggest load of hogwash crap of an excuse anyone can give–and yes, we are ALL guilty of it at one time or another BUT that is no excuse to keep doing it.
I just replied to a comment for Dr. Jim Denison’s daily devotional with a question about an issue that has been bothering me for almost two weeks. Here is [most of…I took out a few sentences that have nothing to do with this] my comment below:
“I do have a question as to how to proceed with a delicate situation I have found myself in regarding this issue.
I am currently living in the United Kingdom, and it is no surprise that there are not many believers here. I have been blessed and found a fantastic church and joined a Bible study. In my Bible study this past week, we were discussing 1 Thess. 4. This chapter is about “Living to please God.” In verse 3 it says to abstain from sexual immorality.
All of the sudden 6 of the 8 in my group were discussing how we, and I quote, “cannot take the Bible at face value anymore. Our culture and world don’t do that anymore. There is sex everywhere and having sex before marriage isn’t a big deal. I think that you have to take the Bible at face value and pick and choose out of it and live in a good way. But the Bible isn’t really relevant today. It’s more a guideline for how we should live. I think if you have 4 boyfriends and you’ve loved them all you can have sex with them and it’s okay. Not everyone gets married anymore.”
Now, with this being said, clearly I will get no-where with them about the sex issue. Another girl in the group and I tried. The entire time they were speaking I was trying not to throw up on myself.
HELP. I don’t know what to do. I don’t know how to tell a pastor that he really needs to help them with this issue. I don’t know if they are the only ones in the church that think this way. How do I help correct this wrong?”
Here’s 1Thessalonians 4 if you want to read what I was talking about.
How do you help people that thinks the Bible isn’t relevant, yet they call themselves believers? I’ve heard the majority of the group’s testimonies, and as far as I could tell, they were in fact true believers in Jesus Christ. How do you explain to people–where they will listen and understand–that the Bible is a guideline but it’s also the greatest love story ever told. How do you explain that we cannot pick apart what we want to hear from the Bible and decide what we want to follow and what is “out-dated?”
Great article by Christine Perez of D Magazine: D CEO : The Adventures of Dary Stone.
Pretty sure anyone would agree that he has done some super legit things with his life. I hope everyone’s Thanksgiving was great!
P.S.–I’m so thankful that the Redskins beat the Cowboys. Yes, I’m from Dallas and have always rooted for the Redskins. It’s not my fault my dad is from D.C. and passed his love for the Redskins on; and it doesn’t hurt that Robert Griffin III plays for them now (and played for my undergraduate…and that because of him, the football team and every other sports team in the 2011-2012 year, I was at Baylor University for the best senior year anyone could ask for).
SIC EM BEARS.
Saturday, 17 November 2012: This day is a day that will forever be special to me. Not only did I go to Cambridge for the first time, but Baylor University upset the #1 team in the country, Kansas State. And, it was Baylor’s first time to ever upset the #1 team in football ever.
I still have goosebumps. I wish I had been there.
But, back to Cambridge. We arrived and went straight to the Fitzwilliam Museum (with not the kindest welcome ever…but whatever, we still got in). Even with the debacle that surrounded our arrival, the Fitzwilliam was a fantastic museum, and definitely worth the visit. The interior architecture of the building was top-notch and the artifacts throughout the museum were awesome. They had wonderful ceramics, pottery, mummies, Greek, Roman, and Egyptian artifacts, as well as paintings, sketches and reliefs of amazing things completed by amazing craftsmen. They even had a really cool section about Calligraphy today and in the past. There was a Bible, open to the book of Job, and it was hand-painted and hand-written in calligraphy–it was gorgeous!
After we explored the Fitzwilliam, my friend and I joined another group of girls who travelled with our group and went to lunch at the Eagle, which is where Watson and Crick discovered DNA. It was so cool to be in a place where such a huge part of history occurred.
After lunch, we walked around Cambridge some, stopping at two markets in the town. Then, we walked down to some museums. Some of the group went to the Cambridge Story Museum (which I still really want to go back and see) while Sarah and I went to the Kettle’s Yard House. Oh my goodness, it was fantastic. The house was owned by curator for
the Tate Gallery from the 1920s-1930s. He ammassed a fantastic personal collection of works of art over the years, and left his house as a museum. It was filled with amazing art pieces and you were allowed to sit in chairs throughout the house to sit and view the art. It was such a cool museum.
After we toured Kettle’s Yard, we walked to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. There we met up with some more people from our group, and finished exploring the museum with them. I highly recommend this museum to anyone, it was filled with amazing artifacts! It was such a fun day in Cambridge and I cannot wait to go back and visit again!
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