May 29, 2007
Hello everyone. I am back again reporting from London, England. Much has transpired since the last journal entry two weeks ago so let’s get started.
On Tuesday, May 22 the FSU Study Centre took its students on a daytrip to Stonehenge and the town of Salisbury. The bus ride was about two hours long, but it was worth the wait. Our tour guide said that the rock formation at Stonehenge was so special because the rocks were “made to fit” meaning that they were grooved to stay in place analogous to how a drawer is conformed to fit into a dresser. Later, we visited Salisbury. Salisbury was an archetypal small English town. There were bricks in the road, old cathedrals and much history to boot. My friends Hannah Hall, Christina Mazza, Kathryn Rasmussen, Jessica Redling and I enjoyed a nice meal then passed out on the bus ride back to Central London.
My roommate, Demetrius Brown, and I traveled to Prague, Czech Republic for a long weekend. Aside from Nassau, Bahamas, Prague was the best city I have ever been able to visit. The weather was very pleasant. At first, the locals told us it was going to be a beautiful 25 degrees outside and I am thinking that 25 degrees is a bit cold for me. Then I realized that the Czechs use the Celsius system rather than the Fahrenheit system I am accustomed to in the United States. In the daytime, we toured through the Old Town, New Town and Jewish Prague. I was fascinated by how preserved the city was because buildings dating back to the 13th century were still in great condition. We walked across the Charles Bridge to the Prague Castle. Our hostel was a three minute walk from Wenceslas Square which reminded me of Times Square in New York City. We walked up the Astronomical Clock to get a panoramic view of Prague. At night, Demetrius and I spent time with one of my friends from home, Randall Vitale, whose birthday happened to be that weekend. We had fun celebrating his birthday. The trip, in general, was very inexpensive. I recommend Prague to anyone willing to see a historically rich city, beautiful people (it seemed like supermodels were walking the streets!) and a nation proud of its culture.
Training has been going well. Some days it is hard to exercise outside because of the inclement weather, but I do my best. I got a chance to speak with Coach Mickey Andrews and his wife, Diane. Coach Andrews required me to spend time at the Winston Churchill Imperial War Museum. I wanted to ask about how he was doing, but he insisted on talking about my trip. Mrs. Andrews is a wonderful lady. We have spent quality time together in the past and it was great to hear her voice on the phone. The last part of my conversation with Coach Andrews included me slipping in a request for this fall football season, “Hey Coach, I think it would be a great idea if you let me blitz a little bit this year.” He did not totally dismiss my request so there is a small chance that you may see #3 blitzing off the edge this year, folks. That is great news.
I enjoy my classes. I am enrolled in three classes which are The Individual, Death and the Family, Holistic Approaches to Medicine and Comparative Politics. Dr. Sally Karioth is my teacher for both the grief and the holistic medicine classes. She is a very intelligent woman. She has earned more degrees than the sky has stars. Dr. Karioth stimulates thought and pushes her students beyond their limits. I have done some growing in her class simply from discussions and view points we analyze on sensitive subjects. Dr. Juliana Fuzesi teaches me comparative politics. I love talking about politics with my father, Whitney Rolle, but I never have enough background information to battle him wit for wit on the topic. I am required to read the international news section from the New York Times everyday and talk about something interesting happening in the world. Like Dr. Karioth, Dr. Fuzesi makes you think deeper into the material. For instance, I did a presentation on the Parliamentary and Presidential political systems. I was asked, by a student, if the Queen has ever disapproved of the governing party therefore denying the appointment of the Prime Minister? At first I said I did not know the answer to that question, but Dr. Fuzesi guided me through the process. I realized that Great Britain has a democracy. The definition of a democracy is a government for the people and by the people. The Queen is the head of the state, but only by hereditary means. She is not elected by the people so she has no power to influence a government by the people. If she could intervene politically, what kind of democracy would that be? I knew the answer all along. I just had to get there.
Thanks for checking in to the diaries again. I will have another entry ready for you in two weeks time. Ciao!