11.10.2005

I don't want any of your orange juice

So I just sent the lovely Streets home today, and I'm hoping she's back (relatively) safe in the Belfast. I had such a great time hanging out with her, even if I wasn't the best hostess in the world.

Also I learned something very important: Streets now knows more about my town than I do.

She had some time to prowl about while I was in classes, and every day she would tell me about some treasure she had found.

Streets: Hey, so do you know if True Lover's Walk comes out to the park?

Me: Huh?

Streets: Oh, it's this great little back path I found in the town centre, and I think it must lead out to the park but I didn't have enough time to go explore it, so I wondered if you knew.

(later)

Streets: Do you mind if we swing back around near the movie theatre? I want to take a picture of the stained glass windows in the back.

Me: There's stuff in the back?

(later)

Streets: So you know that western part of campus where you said there wasn't anything interesting? Well I went over there and there's actually this beautiful path that goes through fields and hedgerows and cows and things. So if you could walk it one day and tell me how it is, that would be great.

Me: I hang my head in shame.

Three days in, she'd also found the Thornton's chocolate shop, which I didn't know existed, introduced me to the chocolate chip shortbread at M&S, knew what time the Carillon Tower would be holding its weekly recital, could tell me the ethnic and religious statistics of the town and which minority groups seemed most likely to begin a conflict, and had the bus schedules memorized.

The only thing I can take any credit for was introducing her to Crispy Aromatic Duck when we went out for Chinese food. Only I think I lose points because I had to follow her to the restaurant.

16 comments:

Panini said... [reply]

If you were exploring a city you'd be the same way...it's just because you're so busy with all the brilliant university thoughts that you don't have the details yet. :) (but it is really funny!)

redlaw said... [reply]

Yummy - Chinese food. I'd give you points just for that.

kristen said... [reply]

So, if I come visit you, will you not know where to take me? J/K. Maybe it's because of all the time you spend in the library studying.....I'm sure you know tons and you're not giving yourself credit.

I'm glad you and Streets had a good time. I'm jealous. It would be nice to explore a new city or two (or 3....).

Savvymom said... [reply]

hmmm. So what is it that has been occupying so much of your time that you haven't been able to discover these things on your own?

Grumbee said... [reply]

Oh, those stained glass windows! You know if you catch them on a sunny day they illuminate magnificently. And True Lover's Walk! I remember walking that path every day as a boy, wondering around which bend I would meet my sweetheart....

Nemesis said... [reply]

Thanks for the kind thoughts, Pan. Oh! Also I thought of you the other day because I had a panini with brie in it. Heaven, I tell you.

Thanks, Redlaw! I'm loving the crispy aromatic duck thing they do over here. I'm also just loving duck in general. And I think your roommates are nasty cows and you should disable the carbon monoxide detector on your way out.

Kristen, I now know all the great places to take you, thanks to Streets. So no worries there!

Savvymom, it turns out I'm just a bad Citizen of the World.

Great, Grumbeer. You're in flipping Geneva and you know all about my town too! :-)

Streets of Belfast said... [reply]

I am safely home and I must say that you showed me around your lovely borough quite nicely. I think that you just have a case of "it will always be there." I, on the other hand, only had three days to discover all the wonderful things about where you are living. But I really must echo savvymom's question: "What is it that has been occupying so much of your time?"

Streets of Belfast said... [reply]

Although, I think you should hang your head in shame for not knowing about the tragedy of your local library.

daltongirl said... [reply]

I too have a sense that there's something more to the story than your glib little "Bad Citizen of the World" syndrome. I can't put my finger on it, but I'd be interested to know what's preventing you from exploring. Other than the Workload that is Designed to Kill You, that is.

Do you think you could take a couple of minutes to explore a few of those delighful and romantic paths, now that you know about them?

J Alfred said... [reply]

Yeah -- what has been taking up so much of your time??

Nemesis said... [reply]

Look, I know what you're trying to do, all of you.

You are bad, devious people.

Savvymom said... [reply]

Your mom is bad and devious

redlaw said... [reply]

So do we all know what is taking up Nemesis' time and we're just waiting for her to make a formal anouncement, or is it just me?

PS - Nem, I am glad you support the growing "I Hate Redlaw's Roommies" club - cuz it's the new hot thing to be a part of - even Paris Hilton wants in...that skank.

JB said... [reply]

Redlaw, you're hilarious!

Hi again, Nem. :) I don't blame you for not knowing your city that well. It's tough when you're actually living in it and not just visiting sometimes. I didn't even do a lot of the "around London" things until the last few days before I left, and I lived there for three months! Strange how that works.

JB said... [reply]

(Not that I'm saying you don't know it at all. I'm sure you know some parts of it exceptionally well.)

Jaime said... [reply]

Can I echo everyone else, "What is it that has been occupying so much of your time?" Do tell... :)

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