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Aug 14, 2011 - "i told y'all they were scottish"
Hello! :) Today we went to another mall called The Summit. We had to get a taxi as public transport is non-existent here.. As taxis are pretty uncommon too, it wasn't the nicest of taxis and he wasn't the friendliest of people and a bit put out that he couldn't find us on campus. When he heard our accents again, after speaking on the phone, he said "told y'all they were scottish" which was a bit crazy! Once we'd got to the mall we discovered it was a pretty big place and apparently they drive from one end to the other because its that big....Jump to full entry
Hellooooooo :) We woke up pretty early again today at around 6am. I slept in Lauren's room last night whilst we're too scared to sleep in our own rooms! We made the most of getting up early by starting to unpack and make our rooms feel more homely. I put up a few pictures and unpacked my suitcases and its looking much nicer already! I'll take some photos when its tidier! After unpacking we got showered and dressed and ate our breakfast with oreos instead of spoons as we forgot to buy cutlery.. then headed to Brockwood Mall. It was...Jump to full entry
Aug 13, 2011 - "What do you mean Law?...Oh Laaaaaw.!"
Hey Famalam, Today was fun!! Not such a rush to do loads of things in one day which made it nicer. I have unpacked everything now (thanks mummy for the little surprise in my suitcase). There are some pictures attached of my new room, nice and pink now:) Feels more like my own room now with all of my things in here. We walked to Brookwood mall today. Although nearly didn't make it there because it was so hot, its only like a 20 minute walk but felt like 2 hours in the sun. We went into Maceys!! It wasn't exactly what a expected, a little...Jump to full entry
Aug 12, 2011 - We're here!
HELLOOO :) After a 9 and a half hour flight to Atlanta, then an hour connection flight to Alabama we are actually here! We got a taxi to our hotel, put our masses of suitcases in our room and then went to explore and get something to eat. After managing to cross a road FINALLY we got to Wild Rock and got dinner. After dinner, more facebooking, we went to bed at 8pm American time which was about 2am at home. We woke up pretty early again because of the time difference at around 5am, then eventually got up at 6. Pam, the Student Services...Jump to full entry
Aug 12, 2011 - Jet Lag.
Hi Y'all, We are here safe and sound! Yesterday was the longest journey and every flight we went on took us further back in time!! Sooo much free stuff on the aeroplane though so it was worth it, and we got upgraded to a higher class for no reason! When we got here I was super shocked by the heat, it is like permanently standing under a hairdryer! We went from the airport to a really nice hotel which had the biggest beds in the world (everything here so far is the biggest in the world). Everyone we have met so far has been so friendly, and...Jump to full entry
Jun 19, 2011 - Pelham, Alabama
Friday, June 17, 2011--Pelahm, Alabama Travel Day today. 166 miles further north. It was a nice drive. Mostly intestate with little traffic. We did hit a little light rain and a spot with high winds. This is unusual for us. We almost never get caught driving in the rain. Mostly luck, and if terrible weather is in the forecast, we will delay travel that day. That has happened twice to us in the past five years. We did pass some areas around Tuscaloosa, Alabama, that was recently hit by tornadoes. The road crews were cleaning up trees that...Jump to full entry
Jun 10, 2011 - UAB - Semester #3
UAB semester #3 of 6 on-campus. Jo Ann and I left Atlanta Friday June 10 for a stay in Birmingham. This time, based on a suggestion, we stayed at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, AL. This turned out to be a less than optimal decision because of the unbelievable traffic to and from Birmingham each day. The time it took to make a round trip precluded Jo Ann from participating in any of the evening social activities. The school work was intense as usual. School every day from 8 AM till 5PM followed by an evening group meeting or social...Jump to full entry
Apr 29, 2011 - Tornadoes Strike in Alabama
Never before have we've seen first hand such devastation! On both sides of the North Birmingham Highway everything was crushed as if a giant foot had come to rest and then move on leaving loss, sorrow, and death in its wake, A tornado had struck! In the last couple of days folks have been fearing the weather. The wild winds of nature were on the loose turning the countryside into shambles. A few days before, because the dash AC (air conditioning) refused to cooperate, we were travelling towards Birmingham in 92* conditions inside our Motor...Jump to full entry
Apr 24, 2011 - Birmingham Zoo
On Easter Sunday we spent the day at the Birmingham Zoo, visiting all of God's creatures. In 2006, the Birmingham Zoo was rated the #1 tourist attraction in the State of Alabama. After touring the zoo, Dick and I are wondering why???? The zoo recently opened a highly touted exhibit called the Trails of Africa. A very, very large and nice display with only two elephants! One was in a holding area and had no visible water until one of the keepers came with the hose to squirt him off. Most of the cages were small enclosures with dirty glass...Jump to full entry
Apr 23, 2011 - Birmingham Botanical Garden
The Birmingham Botanical Gardens entirely made up for the zoo! What gorgeous grounds! Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama's largest living museum with more than 10,000 different plants in its living collections. The Gardens' 67.5 acres contains 25+ unique gardens, 30+ works of original outdoor sculpture and miles of serene paths and consists of three types of gardens: Gardens of Collections, Gardens of Nature and Gardens of Culture. The Gardens features the largest public horticulture library in the U.S., conservatories, a wildflower...Jump to full entry
Apr 23, 2011 - Birmingham, Alabama
We arrived in Birmingham on Friday, the 22nd. On Saturday we hit the road and went to the Vulcan Park & Museum. Vulcan, Birmingham Alabama's colossal statue is the world's largest cast iron statue and considered one of the most memorable works of civic art in the United States. Vulcan stands 56 feet tall, from toe to spear point, upon a 124-foot pedestal rising to a height of 180 feet and weighs 101,200 pounds. Vulcan is the largest cast iron statue in the world and the largest metal statue ever made in the United States. Dick took the...Jump to full entry
Apr 22, 2011 - Birmingham, Alabama
Today we arrived in Alabama in the early afternoon. Our nephew Jon threw a surprise birthday party for our niece after the Good Friday Services. It has been a great day! They have the cutest little girl! We will be here until Monday morning when we will head to Florida. When we left Baton Rouge this AM, we stopped at Lake Pontchartrain. However to get to the north side of the lake, we drove through the bayou. I seen my first swampland. We also seen most of the small town fishing in the swampland. They seemed to be catching lots of crayfish...Jump to full entry