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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Roast dinners, the State Park and finding Stuart Little

Exploring Patapsco Valley and looking onwards to a day dedicated to turkey consumption

My experience of the American education system so far is very comparable to that of the British one. At the beginning of the semester, you appear to have lots of free time, which rapidly diminishes, reaching the position that the majority of the students at UMBC are in now — overwhelmed by assignment deadlines and exam preparation.

Although, Thanksgiving fast approaches, and I really can’t wait to indulge on a roast dinner again. I’ve genuinely missed my weekly Sunday roast dinner. I mean, roast pork and apple sauce, what’s not to like?
It’ll be very interesting to experience a specifically American national holiday, although I did forget to buy a turkey onesie for the occasion.

I’m expecting it to be another occasion where family members consume maybe a little too much alcohol, especially considering the time of day when the meal begins. Not that I’m complaining. If alcohol and roast potatoes are present, so am I!
I experienced another link to home over the past couple days. I spent a day walking around the Patapsco Valley State Park. This reminds me of my home in Buxton, England, because it is also surrounded by a national park. There are lots of places to walk amongst the near wilderness in order lose yourself a little.

However, I do wish I would have done this sooner, as now the daylight ends a lot sooner with the transition of fall (autumn) into winter. So if you get a little too lost in the woodland, it’s a lot more difficult to find your way home.

Luckily this time, I did not get lost, but probably next time I will. I had the luck to see a cardinal, which we don’t have in the UK, but apart from that, the leaf strewn woods were filled merely with squirrels.

I’ve been missing home this week again. Right now at home, the autumn internationals have begun, a series of non-competition rugby matches. They usually feature England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

So it’s a chance to see the world’s best and upcoming players go head to head. I shall have to fill this gap once more with football instead, GO RAVENS.

This week saw the organising of future trips which I am very much excited for. These follow each other directly: on December 6, I shall be heading into Washington D.C. for the National Christmas tree lighting.

Next, on December 7, I shall be travelling on the (seb) coach trip to New York, which I simply cannot wait for. My main aims are to visit Times Square, see the cityscape from the top of the Empire State building and find Stuart Little in Central Park.

Oh, and of course, to eat a big apple within the Big Apple. This is an opportunity I do not want to miss.

So far, my experience of Christmas in America has been an aisle in Walmart devoted entirely to varying flavours of candy-canes. This bodes well for the weeks to come. Nice one, America.

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