Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Learning Italian


For 2 two weeks in July, the Schuster family descended upon the shores of Italy for what may be our last family vacation for quite some time. I am not sure if all of my readers know, but my sister has joined the US Air Force and will be leaving sometime soon. I am so proud of her, but will miss her terribly! We had a terrific time spending 5 days in Rome, 3 in Florence and 4 in Venice. I was really excited to see all of the ancient places I had learned about in history class as a kid. I have always wanted to see the Colosseum. I am so facinated by the sheer age of some of these building and how in the US, nothing man-made comes even close to being that old. Sure, we have found Native American artifacts that are 10,000 years old - but no stuctures that are still standing after 2,500 years - and functioning to boot! The Pantheon with its open roof and original floors were astounding. Just to think of all the famous men and women who walked the roads of Rome and worshiped either gods in ancient times, or were part of the Holy Roman Empire. It is pretty cool to think about.

I am still waiting to hear about an internship - so please keep your fingers crossed for me. I am really hoping I hear soon, a few of the places I applied to had a deadline of 7/31 - so that is tomorrow. I still really would like to work with Jubilee and hope to hear from them.

Hope all are well!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Winding down

As July begins, I have finished up my classes here in London. I have mixed feelings about them. While I may have actually learned something in my Practical Philosophy class, I say this begrudgingly. The class was not at all what I anticipated to say the least. It was not at analytical approach to discussing philosophy and then talking about how the work of philosophers can be used today. Rather, each week unfolded to have a new and bizarre topic like, What is beauty? and Who am I? It was a bit more new age that I wanted it to be. But, I approached each week by saying to myself, how can this approach to life be useful in peacemaking and conflict resolution? I do think that I learned that I should appreciate the current moment for what it is, and not stress too much about tomorrow.
The economics class on the other hand was extremely enjoyable and useful. I loved every second of the class and am sad that I will not be able to continue on to the next section the school presents. I appreciated the fundamentals that were taught to give me a more solid economic background as I prepare for my thesis.

My time here in London is winding down and I can say that I am sad. LeighAnn came over 2 days ago and it has been so nice to see her. We are meeting mom and dad in Italy on Wednesday the 8th and touring the country until the 21st. Leigh leaves London on the 23. Not much longer and I am going home too. With the heat the way it has been, I will not miss the lack of AC that London has.

I am patiently awaiting to hear about my internship for the fall. I really want to work with Jubilee as I know that I am perfect for them, and I will learn so much about debt cancellation there. I would really like to know soon though so that if it is a no, I can try and find another one....
Hope everyone enjoys their 4th of July Holiday!
Miss you all!!!