Another Week in London…

Posted in week in review by bluewellesleyblue on October 5, 2008

I’ve been in London now for about two weeks and a half. It doesn’t seem that long until I think about how one term is really only about ten or eleven weeks. I’m going to miss everyone I’ve met here so much! If anyone leans towards international politics, history, or development economics when it comes to their academic interests, I highly recommend attending SOAS for a term or a year if they have the chance to study abroad. It has been really refreshing to meet people who are so well-traveled, internationally minded, and politically aware as so many of the students here are. Here are some of the other things that have been on my mind this past week:

1. Miss Couturable wrote a nice little post about just how important it is for young women today to be confident and assert themselves. As a college student about to enter the workforce herself, I’m painfully aware about how many disadvantages women tend to face post-college. So remember: do not fear salary negotiation and while there’s still a double-standard at times when it comes to how we conduct ourselves in an office setting (that dude is just being a leader but you’re being a bitch for doing the same thing, in essence), it is important to take a stand when the situation demands. I can’t help but advocate for all high school aged women to seriously consider schools like Wellesley because it is quite empowering.

2. I have this kind of old Ebay-purchased Kenneth Cole bag of dubious provenance – the logo is in a different font from the current Kenneth Cole New York one – but it has been my indispensable going out bag for the last two years. Tragedy of tragedies one end of the strap has broken clean off the metal ring holding it to the rest of the bag! I’m going to go to a shoe repair place and hope that they can sew it back together. I feel quite lost without it!

3. My love of food is quite profound and since clothes tend to be a touch too expensive for my budget here, I’ve spent a great deal more time grocery shopping and searching for the best prices on various things. I was saddened to discover that Chinese groceries – the vegetables I’m accustomed to stir frying and eating as well as the century eggs I like to have with tofu, which gross out pretty much everyone else I know – are among the things that are more than double the price they would sell for in the US. Tragedy again! In truth though, food is not necessarily more expensive here, and my budget’s not hurting too much.

4. I am, unusually for me, suffering from a bit of fashion fatigue as of late. My excuse is schoolwork, though there really isn’t that much to do yet since the term here has only just started.

5. This is a little random – a music recommendation though I think it’s a group most people have already encountered at some point or another – but I am becoming ridiculously fond of Stars and practically every song in their album Set Yourself on Fire is beautiful. My favorite is “Your Ex-Lover is Dead.”

Here’s to hoping for another good week!

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Trendy Foods: Frozen Yogurt.

Posted in miscellaneous by bluewellesleyblue on September 2, 2008

Yogurtland: just one of many new Bay Area Pinkberry imitators.

As far as I know the cupcake trend has yet to take my hometown by storm, but frozen yogurt is definitely here and making its presence known. Though it’s following a bit far behind the Pinkberry craze in Los Angeles, new frozen yogurt places are popping up in every strip mall and shopping complex. In one area there are now four within a one block square radius.

I bought into the trend big time and have had frozen yogurt every day during the Labor Day weekend. I think I’m over it now, but I never knew slightly tangy, tart plain frozen yogurt could be so good. Most of these places are build-your-own which means the customer gets to build exactly the froyo monstrosity they want, picking between around a dozen flavors and a bunch of cereal, candy, and fruit. I just like the “plain tart” equivalent and fruit. The mochi or rice dough balls that are also popular at the original Pinkberry are something I can do without. Anyway, I think I’m over my excitement about the froyo thing – though I would love if one or two decent, not too crowded ones opened up in Boston and Cambridge – but it is supposedly a good and not too fatty or unhealthy way to cool off during the summer.

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