The Curse of the Neverending Cold

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Let’s see, where did we leave off last time?
I think it was with my trip to the library, my cold, and my quietness as I wander about.

I think the best place to start with is THURSDAY. On this fine Thursday I met for the first time in a seminar class! It was the seminar class for my Modernist and Postdramatic theatre class which means DEVISING! This is incredibly exciting because although I won’t be in any acting/directing/playwriting classes, this class is like a mixture of all three things since we will have to devise and perform postdramatic theatre as part of our grade. Also, this is the first class where I’ve actually spoken to local students, not just the international ones. Of course, they are incredibly kind and open and awesome people. Luckily, I will be working in small groups so I will perhaps know them better as the year gets going but it’s still easier to befriend the international ones since they understand what it’s like to be new and are also on the lookout for friendship. We got the prompt for our final performance and it looks like I will once again be studying Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”. I have studied that play every year of college so far! I can’t escape it! But, this time I will be devising a postdramatic piece about the play with a focus on feminism and gender spaces. Devising excites me. I’m ready for this kind of work.

That night I was feeling better so I decided to go out to a club with a group of people.
“Glasgow’s hottest club is Kushion”
Yes, we went to club called Kushion and it was awesome. But going clubbing was only the first bad choice in a series of bad choices (drinking, spending extra money because I forgot my student card, being in close proximity to lots of sweaty humans, yelling to the music, walking home in the cold) that probably brought my cold back.

FRIDAY was not so bad. I slept in. I rested. And I actually felt better. Later in the day I walked to the City Centre with my flatmate to do a bit of shopping. It was uneventful, but nice.

SATURDAY I wasn’t feeling any better…but I wasn’t feeling any worse either. I kept it easy. Again, staying close to home I wandered the area with my flatmate and then we made some homemade tacos for dinner but I was getting restless so we made plans for the next day.

But on SUNDAY I was feeling worse. I woke up early so that we could do something cool but ended up just going back to bed. I did not want to stay in my flat all weekend. What’s the point of study abroad if you’re always in your flat? But I needed to rest, so I tried to rest. I felt awful. Being trapped in my flat + a neverending cold + missing home = NOT A GOOD COMBINATION I DON’T SUGGEST IT AT ALL.
That evening the International Club was throwing a celidh party for the incoming international students. Even though I was feeling under the weather I decided to go. The international club is the best way to meet people and to have a good time. The celidh dancing was fun, everyone was running into each other, and there were lots of laughs to be had. I met lots of cool people and I even got this cute picture!
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All the countries listed in the back represent people or peoples who are studying here! I obviously haven’t met people from everywhere, but it’s been so fun meeting people from places I’ve never met people from! Emotionally, I felt rejuvenated afterwards, buuuuut I also felt more sick. WHY

MONDAY: ATTACK OF THE COLD. I was so stuffed up I could barely breathe. I made it through my classes okay but I tried to keep tissues in my pockets and I avoided sitting near people so as not to spray them with mucus. I went home straight after class. Luckily, my flat mates invited me to watch a movie in the living room so I had a good excuse to stay in, drink tea, and still feel like I was socializing. We watched Captain Phillips which is a really well-made movie but is mostly just a stressful experience to go through. You can get the whole plot from the trailer and then you don’t have to go through the horrifying experience of being terrified for these people’s lives for a whole 2 hours. But that was probably intentional. And in that sense it was well done.

TUESDAY (today) I woke up early so as to prepare for my first day of Victorian Edwardian theatre class! I felt a little less stuffy…but a little more runny so I tried to start the day right with a hot cup of tea…and some toast with peanut butter…and some reviewing of the the notes in my room which means carrying the plate and the hot tea back to my room and trying to open the door AND SPILLING THE TEA ON MY ARM AND GETTING A 2ND DEGREE BURN.
What is my life.
I’m a mess.
Not only am I dripping with mucus, I have a beautiful blister on my arm! And by beautiful I mean disgusting. It’s the grossest thing ever. I would love to show you a picture, but it’s not for the faint of heart so I will finish this post and put it the picture at the end so you don’t have to look at it if you don’t want to. I will even put a huge gap between the ending and the picture. Just don’t scroll too far and you’ll be fine.

Okay, SO, I went to my Victorian and Edwardian theatre class which doesn’t have seminar groups because the class itself is only 20 or so students; only the Honours Theatre Studies students are allowed in. But, because there is no seminar, class is 3 hours long.  Of course, within the first 10 minutes of the 3 hours I had a coughing fit and had to leave the room for a good 2 minutes or so of straight hacking. For the remainder of the class I kept my water bottle, tissues, and lozenges by my side but I was disgusting. It was the worst way to make a first impression. I tried to be “gracefully sick” but I would not be surprised if people chose to steer clear of coughing, nose-wiping, BLISTER-ARMED me.

On a more positive note the class itself is incredible! The tutor is extremely enthusiastic about the subject. Although it’s three hours long, class is a good mixture of student presentations, tutor lectures, discussions, and field trips to historical places with historical artifacts. It also involves a lot of outside reading and research but it doesn’t feel like I’m being thrown off the deep end. It will challenge me to go that extra mile to get that grade.

Right after class I went home. ATE SOUP. and rested.
Well, I wasn’t super sleepy. So I didn’t sleep. But I am writing this to you from my bed, I swear!
I’m trying to do the right things to get better.
The doctors here are not prescriptive. If I’m still sick by next week I will go see them but I’ve heard that if it’s a cold, flu, or even something worse such as a sinus infection or bronchitis they still will not prescribe anything to you (especially not within the first 2-3 weeks of illness) but instead they just tell you to get rest and drink liquids etc. which I’ve been trying to do.
I’m still feeling stuffy and runny but I’m hopeful that I’m now on the up and up.
I’m making plans for the weekend and remembering that once I’m better I can make this trip what I want it to be. PACKED WITH ADVENTURE AND INTRIGUE.
THANKS FOR READING!
CHEERS!
STICK AROUND FOR MY DISGUSTING BURN PICTURE AFTER AN EMPTY GAP!
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Cute, right?!
But actually it’s kind of cool. Except I’m not supposed to pop the blister or it might get infected so I have to avoid that temptation…
Also, it’s already a little less pink since I took this picture so it’s already healing!

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