So for the last two days the weather has been BEAUTIFUL here! It is sunny and about 75 degrees Fahrenheit. I couldn’t ask for nicer weather! Although I was complaining that it was a little hot, after all the 50 degree weather 75 was quite toasty. I definitely don’t know how I am going to survive when I return to the USA at the end of June because it will definitely be much hotter.
Well anyways because the weather was so sunny, gorgeous and just absolutely lovely, my housemate Abbie suggested that we have a barbecue. I thought this sounded like a wonderful plan, except I was a little stumped considering all we have is an oven. So wasn’t sure how this whole outdoors barbecue thing was going to work, until I was informed that they sell disposable barbecues at nearly all of the grocery stores here. So the barbecue was on!
Katie and I went to town while the sun was shining and did a little shopping at some of the stores and it is quite amazing how much more populated the city seems to become when the sun comes out. There were people everywhere and all types, young, old, overdressed, underdressed (we were unfortunate enough to see a plentiful amount of guys with there shirts off that would have looked much better if they had kept it on.) We stopped in Poundland to pick up two disposable BBQs. Only 2 pounds! What a deal! Finally we headed over to Iceland and Aldi’s to buy food for our BBQ where Abbie met us. Iceland is basically a store with two huge aisles of freezer food and one aisle of other food that is all really really cheap, but suprisingly tasty. We bought some burgers there, hot dogs, and chicken skewers, and then Katie and I stocked up on other food since our cupboards were basically empty. Next we moved next door to Aldi to pick up a few last items that we needed for the potato salad and pasta salad and just burger toppings. We were set! It was a little bit of a struggle to lug all our stuff to the bus stop though. We slowly trudged our way over there, my arms felt like they were going to fall off, but finally we were on the bus and on the way back home.
When we got back we made the pasta and potato salad, from SCRATCH! I’m starting to realize that my cooking skills have improved somewhat and I am pretty good an whipping together ingredients and making it taste good! Finally we were ready to hike up the hill behind us to light the BBQ and eat some dinner. It was so nice to just sit with all the girls from the house and eat a meal together, although not everybody was there since some people went home for the week. I was definitely reminded of all my summer cookouts that I’ve had in the past yet it was so different, cause we had these tiny little disposable grills and were all just drinking beer around them.
I also realized how little time left it seems like I have here compared to the amount of time that I’ve already been here. Today is May 23rd and in exactly one month on June 23rd I will board a plane to come back to the USA and the only thing between now and then is 3 exams. No class left, they all finished last week. It’s crazy to think I’ve already been here for almost 5 months. We’ll see how many more completely unplanned adventures occur, the BBQ came about in a period of 6 hours. I have one month left to make more memories, but no matter what happens, I’m beginning to realize just how much I have already experience d and how thankful I am to have had this amazing opportunity.
P.S. Wish you were here!