3.29PM, “Silent study spaces”, Irving. K. Barber Learning Centre @ UBC, I am enjoying the last bit of my wonderful first week of UBC 🙂
Actually, it’s more like my first 4/5 of a week.
Tuesday was this orientation thing, which is basically a campus tour + some very loud events. It WAS a beautiful and sunny morning, until it began to rain at 10AMish. Still beautiful, just no longer sunny =P. The campus is really beautiful and leafy. I actually don’t remember much about the tour, due to the hunger (wasn’t fed until 3PM…), except this story about a clock tower that a tour group leader told us =P
There was one time, when an animal rights activist group decided to protest ON TOP OF the tower. They grabbed a cow, and made it go all the way up the stairs to the top. And then, the police came, telling them to get back down. They tried, but the cow just wouldn’t go down the stairs. Apparently it’s easy to get a cow UP stairs, but impossible to make them go DOWN stairs. They ended up having to make the cow into beef to take it down. UBC’s got a bloody history =P.
The rest of the week went fine. Very busy, though. Giant line-ups at the bookstore to get the legendary Upass (yup, got mine =D), and all the textbooks ($590… for one term…).
The rest of the time I spent creeping around and exploring the campus. It was just today that I can finally go around without a map. The campus is just big fat and huge. Casually walking, it takes about 40 mins to go from the north of the campus to the south (only the exciting part, not the huge grassland).
So yeah, my feet were hurting pretty badly after two days of walking two hours each. And then you see those girls in heels. Makes you wonder what are they doing here instead of going to the Olympics.
Will check out all the clubs and stuff next week, as well as the swimming pool that we can use for pseudo-free (included in tuition) at certain times of the day.
Lectures have been okay. Funny profs. There’s this one old physics prof with a very thick accent (from either Austria or Australia… didn’t get that part), though, and I could only understand ~50% of what he was saying. I am getting better at it though =P. He told us about how Fahrenheit added salt to iced water, and called it 0F, and stuck a thermometer up his rear end, and called it 100F… Yeah, that part I did understand… Hopefully not all of it is true, though =P.
I am beginning to feel the urge to go pee now… and I don’t think leaving my laptop here is a good idea =P guess I will have to put it to sleep and bring it with me…
BTW, I see 3 MacBook Airs around me, right now. For those that don’t know, MacBook Airs are the $4000 laptops… At least they make my $900 laptop safe from theives =P.