You know when you don’t have anything planned for a few days, then suddenly everything happens at once? That’s what has happened – and I’m not complaining! It has been probably the funnest couple of weeks I’ve had here at UEA so far. Maybe even more so than freshers because now I have some real good close friends here and the company is what makes the night :-). It’s good that I’ve gotten it out of my system for a while because I have just handed in my last pieces of coursework today so that means I really need to focus on my December exams. So apologies if my next few posts are a bit lacking in excitement, but I’m sure I can bring it to you in other forms such as writing about Christmas (ahhh!).
I’ll start with the event I was most excited about. Example is a well known artist of whom I have followed for years, having been to many of his gigs before with my best friend Charlotte from home. He’s due to have a baby in the new year so I didn’t think I’d have a chance of seeing him again anytime soon. Then on one beautiful morning I woke up to the news that he was coming to UEA! Words cannot describe how excited I was. I’m pretty sure he knew I was coming here, or at least that is what I am telling myself. It was especially exciting to be seeing him in a smaller venue at the LCR compared to the large arenas in London that I am used to seeing him in! It made the concert a whole lot more intimate (and sweaty!). It was fantastic fun, one of the best gigs of his I’ve ever been too. I was right at the front and, even though that’s where I usually am, because the venue was smaller I was even closer than normal. A friend of mine was outside the venue at the time and said the place was so loud that the windows were shaking! Obviously I could talk for pages and pages about example because he is my personal favourite, but UEA is such a popular place for singers and bands to perform that there are loads of opportunities to find and see someone you like – and only have a very short walk home afterwards which is the best bonus you could ask for!
Later in the week I had a spontaneous night out with some course and flat mates. When I say spontaneous I mean I sent a text to people at 9 pm and we were out 2 hours later. But they do say that the unplanned nights are the best nights – and they’d be right! It was such a laugh, we danced away, drunk a little too much and photo-bombed many photos of strangers. We headed to mantra in the city and it was absolutely packed – as you would expect on a student night. I spent ages looking for the camera guy and below is the result:
On a calmer note, I reverted back to my childhood for one night. When your flat mate knocks on your door and asks if you want to build a blanket fort, watch crappy TV and drink wine, always say YES. It was such a great way to relax and unwind. All whilst being ridiculously funny – who knew how many people it would take to build a blanket fort??