This second week of university has just flown by. Class wise, I feel so engaged with everything, that it practically lifts up the words of the page and brings them to life. Which honestly, is a huge relief. I am finding myself happy in this new home, in this new education. And most importantly, I feel like I am making progress. Not just in class, but getting to know the area, the wonderful city of York and getting to know my fellow class mates. Each of them is so incredible and interesting - they are as excited about the world and everything in it as me which is always a positive sign right? When you can see some of your own attributes in another, then you know you have come across a kindred spirit. And it's also reassuring to be keeping in good touch with my friends and family from Leeds and Manchester - we're doing lots of letter writing, which is a particularly lovely way of staying in contact and it makes me realise how lucky I am to know the people I do because they are all, quite simply, the best.
Book wise, we have moved on partially from Ovid to modern interpretations of his work (I have previously mentioned Carol Ann Duffy's Mrs Midas which I adore - makes me even more desperate to read her anthology, the feminine gospels - my current favourite is the bees) Discussing them is super fun because it allows us to find in so much detail the contrast and similarity of these poets work to Ovid's original text. And also to see that not so much has changed in what it means to be a human in the past 2000 years. There are still all those varied things - from heartbreak to, quite honestly, stupidity (see Midas, book 11, Metamorphoses)
As for behind the scenes at the museum, we did some group study on that today outside of class, I'll tell you more about that soon as I have an analysis post on it which you might find useful, if you have read the book before for fun, like Atkinson's writing as much as I do or if you are studying it also.
I'm also working my way quite quickly through the list of 100 things to do in York before you graduate list. Today I did several of those things to make the most of a few genuinely free hours (remember - free classes usually aren't free classes) Today I went to the food festival which was awesome, I've literally never seen so much delicious, mouth watering food all in one place. After which we took selfies with the view of the Minster (heads up, the best view is from the window at the back of Marcs and Spencers) Also, really impressed to find lots of nut free Halloween food (nut free + Halloween themed/pumpkin shaped + me = perfect nourishment) in M and S which I will soon be stocking up on. And finally, went to the cool cafe over the river called the Perky Peacock which sells the best organic apple juice with a great view - must go back soon!
It's been a long time coming since I really put thoughts down on university, other than just a few every now and again and perhaps an advice blog. But I'm getting there, slowly but surely. Settling in has taken the past 3 weeks, but miss Manchester as I might York is becoming a second home as I would want it to. And that seems to have crept up on me in the very best way.