Hmm.. I guess it's not so sunflower-y anymore, isn't it? ;A;
Okay.. so I decided to make my European Kaleidoscope trip (shortened to "Eurotrip") posts be separated by the day. I decided to post it like this because.. well.. we were supposed to write in our journals everyday while ON the trip, but I never got around to do that.. Now I decide to finally write my journals.. TWO MONTHS LATER. OTL OTL I trust my memory enough.. every day was eventful... I think I can still do it. This trip means so much to me. ;A; I'm scared that I will really forget it if I don't write it down somewhere... NOTE: Yeah.. I'm writing them all as I type. However, I am trying my best to write with the mindset that I had on the very day the events occurred.. o.o I wonder if it's okay if I say the real names of my irl friends on this trip.. I guess I'll change them.. >_>
So anyway, on to the journal:
DAY 1: Fly to England
Okay. I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS!! IT'S SO COLD HERE!! uh.. uh.. Hmm. So.. three weeks in Europe.. without my family. O_O ...what to write..? >.<
I guess I'll say what happened today. This morning (night? the timezone difference makes it hard to tell.. >.< MORNING ON GUAM. That's what I am sure of!) I left Guam at 3am. There were a lot of anxious moms seeing off their kids at the airport, but my family left as soon as they made sure that I didn't forget anything in the car. xD I don't think any airline flies straight from Guam to London (LOL).
The airline my group used (Korean Air<33) made a seven(? it was definitely longer than four hours) stopover at Korea! One of my friends that went on the trip is actually more excited about going to the Korean Airport than the actual trip to Europe. >_> I was still really excited about going to the Korean (Incheon) airport though! Mainly because I wanted to buy Etude House makeup. xP They didn't have as big a selection as I wanted, but they had much of what I wanted to buy. However, I have a really small budget, and I'm really REALLY scared of using up all of my money before I even finish the trip.. so I didn't buy any makeup. I did buy a Blueberry Lassi at one of the cafes.. and tried actual Korean Bulgogi. \o/
After the stopover we boarded the plane(of course). The plane bringing us to London was SOOO much bigger. O.O I was really surprised that every seat had its own tv!! They even included a bunch of movies, tv episodes, songs, and (really simple) games!! So much better than Continental airlines! I tried watching a lot of movies like Avatar, Hachi, etc., but I always got lazy and wanted to see other things. THERE WAS MUCH TO WATCH/LISTEN TO!!~ *o* They had international movies and music too! I don't really listen to actual mainstream artists but it was fun~ I was able to finish watching some documentaries about food and Europe though~<3 I had a lot of time to watch too.. like 13 hours. x_x OH WAIT I FINISHED WATCHING ONE MOVIE. It was 'The Princess and the Frog.' xD Okay movie. I thought it was so cheesy though. xDDD
After sleeping for some hours I tried watching a German film.. called Vicky or something. It was about a viking kid boy that looked like a girl and always got made fun of.. or something. They were speaking German. It was really weird and entertaining. Ahh.. German humor.
Anyway, the plane tv's also had a map feature that shows where exactly you are and how much longer you have until the plane lands. We flew over Russia, the Baltic states and the Baltic Sea, over Denmark and the North Sea, until we finally landed in London's Heathrow Airport! \O/ I have to say.. that landing was the WORST I have ever experienced. =____= Seriously the plane was shaking. I thought I was going to die. x__x
Well.. we got there safe and sound at around 5pm~ After getting our baggage, we found that our tour director was already there waiting for us. She's British! Her name is Lindsey~ We were all like.. "WHUT" when she spoke to us. Her accent! *o* Culture shockkkk! And when we stepped outside... IT'S LIKE I STEPPED INTO A FREEZER. OR A VERY COLD AIR CONDITIONED ROOM. BUT OUTSIDE. WHAAAAAAT.
Yeah.. the temperature was sooo surprising. >o< I'll get used to it.. I have to get used to it.. Other than that!! I am so amazed I am actually here!! It's cold and the people drive on the wrong side and and and .. ahh I'm getting tired. >o< THIS IS SO COOL!
So after meeting our director, we loaded into our bus(we have our own BUS! Woot~) and off we went to our hotel. I tried taking pictures while in the bus, but everything was blurry. *cries* Anyway, the hotel we stayed at is called the Umi Hotel in Bayswater. There was only one elevator and it was smaaalll. It could only fit 2-3 people and luggages if you all squeezed in. My group's room is on the fifth floor.. and the elevator only went up to the fourth floor. OTL at least people let us use the elevator up to the fourth floor... >o<''
After getting (sort of) settled in the hotel, we were given a really quick tour of the area(Bayswater) just around our hotel. After that, we were given free time to buy ourselves dinner. We were all like.. "WHUUT...?" I think because we weren't used to so much.. freedom. Here we are in a different country in a different continent and we were allowed to fend for ourselves. O.O I was surprised and even a bit scared. Thankfully I had my friends with me (who were actually more scared that I was, but... >_>)
Before buying anything though, we had to change money... and the exchange rate!! ARGH I'll go broke!! I only brought $1,000USD with me. That may seem like a lot, but.. 3 weeks in Europe?? >o< Anyway I changed $50 USD... and got like.. 32 pounds. The way I budgeted, I should use $50 a day at the most, and I strictly encourage myself (LOL whut?) to spend as little money as possible. Well we ate dinner at a Lebanese restaurant near our hotel that night. I got these weird empanada-like things with beef(?) inside. Very good, but I totally embarrassed myself at the cashier by pronouncing the food wrong. >O<'''''''''''
When we were done, it was 9pm, BUT THE SUN WAS STILL UP. ZOMG WHAT IS THIS?! *OOOOOOOO* I'm too tired to write more though.. I think I got everything worth writing about.. and even more.. so that's it for today!
So.. how was that long wall of text? Boring wasn't it.. I really think I would write it all like this if I had the time and energy to journal everyday.. o.o''' Not all of my posts will be this long.. most will probably be shorter.. ^^''' Any feedback/comments? There will be more posts to come.. and hopefully there will be some pictures!!
So lately my mic has been giving me problems while recording. Before, most of my recording problems were mostly my fault.. like getting stuff like the timing, pitch, etc. wrong, and I could easily fix that with more practice. I knew that my headset mic's quality was not very good, but I just shrugged it off and kept recording. I like using my headset because the sound is consistent since it moves when I move (I tend to move a lot when I sing xD), which I can't say about other mics. However, the quality is really getting to me--I can't project in songs without my voice getting super distorted because I can't get away from the headset and if I take off the headset and just record, the quality is bad as well. OTL
So my sister is getting me a new mic! Yayyyy~! Well, I was saving up money to buy a condenser online, but when I told my parents that I would be spending $100+, they wouldn't let me buy it.. even if I used my own money that I made by myself. TT__TT Thankfully, my sister is buying me one as a grad present. ^o^ ..she's cheap though. ^^''' but at the very least I will be getting another microphone that (should) be better than the logitech USB headset that I'm currently using.
It's a Samson Go Mic.
It's really small!! Like the size of a guy's palm lol. ..but Youtube reviewers praised it a lot so it should be really good, at least for the price ($40-$60USD, depending on who you buy it from). It should be coming in on Monday.. sometime really early next week~ So I will technically have a week to play around with it and record (no guarantees though o.o''') I'm excited~~~ ^o^
Totally off-topic: I WENT TO THE CIRCUS!!! 8DDDD It was free because my sister works at PIC(PIC again lol---it's a really good hotel though!!!) and employees and their family get in free because PIC was a sponsor. Anyway, the performers were from the International All Star Circus. Granted, I don't really follow circuses so I didn't know anything about them OTL but they weren't bad at all~ I still like the Moscow International Circus troupe(?) that came to Guam last year more. The clown from the International All Star Circus is better though. No pics, because I am lazy to upload fromn my camera. =w=
They have a website though: here http://www.internationalallstarcircus.com/