Sunday, May 22, 2011

Going Home

A quick note, just to let you all know what's happening.

The semester is over. All of my assignments are turned in. I am packed and ready to leave London.

I will be travelling for approximately 32 hours, beginning later tonight, so I won't be able to post anything between now and when I arrive home in St. Louis.

Fear not, though, because regularly scheduled posts should resume now that the semester is over.

Until then, I'm up in the air.

Monday, May 9, 2011

On Mortality

Sorry, not an update to the adventures today. Still waiting for Lauren to return.

Instead, I want to talk about something that occupied my thoughts for a good long time during the trip. Namely, death.

It's a fairly common stereotype that men (when compared to women) have a strong drive to leave something behind for people to remember them by. Leave their mark on the world. Forge their legacy. Etc.

And, as far as I'm concerned, it's true. I don't really care (at the moment) about all of the explanations for why this is, be they societal or evolutionary or conditional or divine. Whatever. Fact is, I'm scared of dying without leaving an impression on the world, and I care about what people will think about me once I'm gone.

Friday, May 6, 2011

It's Not About the Money, Part One: They Speak Spanish in Paris? -- Episode 5

Hello, everyone, and welcome back. Sorry about the delay. I don't like giving excuses, but things have been a bit busy here with the end of the school year. Regular posting should commence now.

In case you missed it, you can find the previous episode here, and you can find the beginning of the series here.

Alright, now on with the last bits from Paris.

Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris
In case you didn't recognize it.
 After the Louvre and the Eiffel, Lauren and I were starting to get a bit worn out. But there was still one place that we knew we had to go see before we left Paris the next morning. Obviously, that was Notre-Dame.

Unfortunately, there was a bit of a walk involved before we could see it...

Monday, May 2, 2011

World News Reactions

Osama bin Laden
Source: Wikipedia
Well, this is unexpected...

I actually went through my entire morning of checking e-mails and preparing for my day before learning that, last night at 23:30 (05:30 here in London), American forces found and killed Osama bin Laden outside a military academy in Pakistan.

So my lunch hour was spent in semi-shock and by dinner I was watching the BBC.