Hey all! Welcome to the blog that apparently I forgot I had. (Sorry Mom).
Anyway. This week was Innovative Learning Week… or Festival of Creative Learning… or Innovative Skiing Week… Long story short, the university shuts down for a whole week to give us students a reading week and the staff a week to breathe. Last year, the university offered a whole bunch of cool classes, if you remember I took a class in osteology and got #inspired. This year because the university realized that not everyone is a huge fucking nerd like myself and does normal things on a week off, like go skiing instead of wanting to learn about bones, they cut back on most of the extra classes offered and just gave us a week off.
Week off? Cue parental visit. So mom booked a flight out a few weeks back… and then promptly lost her passport two days before she was supposed to fly out. #notsmart. Many long phone calls to the airline later, my dad boarded a flight to escape from the dystopian anti-First Amendment America we now face. This is one of the few times I am glad that Alexander Hamilton is dead so that he doesn’t have to face this blatant disregard to his baby, the US Constitution.
Dad landed Sunday and stayed until his flight early yesterday morning. It was really nice being able to see him considering my parental visits are often far and few in between. Usually, I get to see my family about twice a year.
I spent the week showing my dad around new parts of Edinburgh that I’ve found since living here. He took me to the supermarket and bought me a bunch of food. It was great! On Tuesday we took a train down to Berwick-Upon-Tweed and then a bus to Bamburgh to visit Bamburgh Castle. In case you’re new, Bamburgh Castle is the long held Anglo-Saxon stronghold of the north. King Oswald was the first major inhabitant, who, after returning from exile on Iona, drove out the Saxons. Oswald had a huge bromance with Aiden, a local abbott. He gave Aiden the nearby island on which Aiden built a huge monastery – Lindisfarne. In 793 AD, Lindisfarne was the first site of the Viking incursions into Britain. Erling will proudly inform you that those first vikings were in fact Norwegian. I’ll be excavating for five weeks at Bamburgh this summer as one of my three excavations this summer!
Dad, while still very keen on the history… I mean who wouldn’t be?! was also excited that the castle was the fictional home to Utread, the protagonist from Bernard Cornwell’s Last Kingdom books.
Here’s photo from the day out.
Here’s photos of the excavation:
And here’s photos of the most metal desk I have ever seen in my entire life. It’s made of wood from Hadrian’s bridge across the Tyne at Newcastle. I have never wanted anything more than how much I want this desk. I’m not even kidding about how much I want this desk. This thing is so metal and I am so jealous that I do not own this. If anyone reading this knows how I can own this desk hit me up I will gladly sell non-vital organs for it (jokes… but seriously).
Castles are fucking cool kids, stay in school!
On Thursday, Dad and I went to Holyrood Architectural Salvage to look at all the cool pieces moved from Edinburgh during renovations. There were so many cool fireplaces doors. If it’s not clear already, Dad and I really like looking at old stuff.
Anyway. It was great to see my dad again and talk about medieval history in person versus talking about it over the phone for 2.5 hours. I’m working on my Medieval History essay at the moment. It’s over the Hundred Years War and I may or may not be more than rightfully excited about it. Class starts back up on Monday with ‘Death Monday.’