Sunday, July 24, 2011
Julia, Kye, and I still had some time before we had to be back at school for the next activity. We went downtown to be true tourists and shop at the cheesy tourist shops where I was reminded about how in love Tennessee is with Elvis Presley. I bought some nice souvenirs for my friends and some postcards to send before I leave.
We also visited a local mall which was pretty pointless since every store except Macys was closed. Julia and I wandered around the store, entertained by the pretty, but expensive, clothes and accessories. Finally, Julia and I went to Ross while Kye and Ms. Bulls went next door to a bookstore.
Our activity today was a choice between the Nashville Zoo, the Frist Art Museum, the Country Music Museum, and the Parthenon. A few of us from our proctor group signed up for the Parthenon. Little did we know that we would be the only group walking to our location in the hot sun, while everyone else got buses. Though the walk wasn’t too far, the heat and walking in sandals and a dress was not what I had preferred. But we toured the Parthenon, which is a replica of the Greek Parthenon that was destroyed in 1687. Inside, there is the largest piece of indoor sculpture in the Western World, which is the statue of the goddess Athena.
Statues decorate the rest of the floor surrounding Athena.
Other sculptures depicting Greek mythology are in neighboring rooms.
After the tour, we sat around Cenntennial Park having smores and punch. A few of us wandered over to the delicious fro-yo place, Tasti D-Lite.
During our proctor group meeting, Malika, our proctor, told us that VSA is making a yearbook. Each group gets their own page. For our group, we decided to put a group photo on the page, then have superlatives under each group member. Of course, I got best hair. The rest wouldn’t make any sense to any of you readers since they’re inside jokes and you don’t know them. But I’ll try to put up a final photo of the page when it’s posted.
Honestly I have the best ILC cohort team in Aiyana Hedeen -Garrett and Julia Chang. We have team aspect unparallel to any other groups today. Although that last statement is a slight exaggeration, I truly appreciate the things they do for me. Things I usually never notice until I have time to reflect on them. Like today Aiyana called me in the morning before class to remind we were studying in a new building. Julia is always help especially when she reminds me to put my seatbelt on. I’m so lucky to have them as partners on this journey because sometimes without them I’d be lost.
I played a large amount of basketball today leaving my body feeling sore before our trip to the bowling alley/roller skating rink/laser tag facility/mini golf course. As you can see, I had a lot of options to choose from besides bowling which I felt would make me re injure myself. I tried it anyway, but left handed and in three turns I had a gutter ball, a spare, and an almost strike. After the game I decided to roller skate, something which I hadn’t done in years. On my first approach I was a little shaky, but I caught on quickly and began racing around the rink. I’m happy to know I didn’t fall once.
Tomorrow we will be meeting with John Nesbitt again for breakfast. I can’t wait to see Ms. Bulls again to see what she has been up to.