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Andrea Lucado

Oxford in the Summertime

is warmer, slower and just overall a bit nicer. It’s hard to believe I had an earlier plan of leaving this place in June. I already wouldn’t have seen/felt/experienced so many things. For example… what Uni Parks feels like in bare feet and a tank top the distinctly British way of bar-b-qing: as often as possible, with lots of sausages (yes, they add “s”-es to lots of words like “shrimps” and “cereals”) and Pimms my tea party birthday, shared with my good friend (and…

Dear dad,

As you may have read a few weeks ago, I wrote a letter to my mom for Mother’s Day about just some of the many reasons I love her. As it is now Father’s Day, I would like to do the same for you dad. Not in a I-guess-I-should-because-I-did-for-mom kinda way and we should keep things even and not because I am too far to tell you these things myself (I’m currently just a staircase away from you), but because I love you like I love…

Moloka'i

For the past 8 days I have, at various times, gotten sunburned, dug my feet deeply into the sand, lain on the beach for way longer than is healthy, gotten a zero-gravity pedicure (zero-gravity is the only way to go when getting a pedicure), gone on power walks with my mom along the shore, played tennis, talked with my sister and brother-in-law (whom I hadn’t seen since they got in their car at their wedding reception, driving off into their mutual futures), gone paddling in a 6-person canoe and stared into incredibly clear…

Oh, the Places You'll Go!

I’ve been a few places over the last few months that deserve some blogging attention, as belated as it is. The stamp collection in my passport now proudly consists of three new members: Germany, Greece and Austria, visited in the months of February, April and May and all unforgettable in their own right.  Instead of detailing each adventure, I’ll try to summarize these trips with a few key words and pictures.  location: Vienna, Austria date of travel: May 21-24 travel buddies: George Naveen Thomas and Zi-Su Kim sights visited: Schonbrunn Palace, opera house, Zi…

Dear mom,

As I am so far away from you on this Mother’s Day, I wanted to dedicate this blog post to you and your amazingness. Here are just a few reasons I love you: You are completely ok with going around town in your workout clothes and no makeup and I, therefore, am also completely ok with it (and actually prefer this to regular clothes and mascara)– you have always exhibited confidence. You could listen to me talk for hours without interrupting or getting bored or telling me “Andrea, none of this will matter even 6 months from…

Back to the Roots

I believe it’s time for me to return to the original purpose of this blog which is to inform you of some of my most recent English lessons. Over the past three months since I returned from a month home for Christmas, I have been more immersed than ever in British culture. This is mostly as a result of living with two native English speakers: Pattie and Tess. They have taught me invaluable lessons regarding English culture. Here are just a few: If you’re going to get your hair cut and you want bangs, you must…

And All Was Right with the World

While February 25 was only 6 weeks ago, it feels like 6 years. Why? Because during those 6 weeks I was, for the first time since I can remember, caffeine free. That’s right. Sleepy-eyed, I jumped on the wagon and made myself stay put for the season of Lent. This was no easy task.  I think I expected God to reward me with some type of spiritual espresso shot each morning for giving up something so important to me for Him. However, instead of a spiritual espresso shot, I found myself forcing down mug after mug of…

Rain, Rain and Then Some More Rain

There’s just something about Oxford after it rains. I noticed it a few weeks ago while walking down High Street toward the bridge. You’re not allowed to be a building on that street unless you’re at least 200 years old, and most are older. So the stone, accustomed to being pelted and worn by this insane island weather, reflects the sun so brightly after a rain I have to squint in order to make out the shape of one of the old college’s spires or the tower of St. Mary’s…

For Your Viewing Pleasure…

So I’m lame and can’t exactly figure out how to make my text fit around my photos like I want it to, but below are a select few of the pictures I took of the Week of Snow in Oxford and my trip to visit the lovely Amy Jo Couchman in her current residence: Barbastro, Spain, aka Middle of Nowhere Yet Beautiful, Spain.  Why the wine bottle? Well neither Tess (one of my new housemates) nor I were very skilled snowman makers, and we decided he looked like he had had a few because of how…

The Shed

After my first two weeks of class in Oxford last semester I was on the brink of insanity. Why? 1: Because just looking at my syllabus stressed me out to no end (in fact, I think I called my parents after my first Shakespeare class and told them I was quitting grad. school) 2: Because I didn’t know how to function in a school setting without my usual school people, aka my best friends and 3: Because about 163 hours of my week (there are a total of 168 in a 24/7 week) were COMPLETELY up to…