Many things I am finding to be attributing to my happiness right now. First and what some might consider foremost, I'm studying in one of the most beautiful and cultural cities in the world, Edinburgh. Second, if it's really neccesary to conduct a ranking order, I am breaking all sorts of boundaries I have long established with myself. Yes, I did the Bedlam theatre play, whilst mildy disturbing it was incredibly fun. I've been spontaneous in my new home setting, taking nights out and going on ventures that I hadn't planned, like tonight, going to the Rocky horror picture show. The third thing I need to mention, which to me strikes out above all others (alongside actually having made interesting friends and many new aquantances), I am staying focused. I have my ideals and I'm carrying them forward, reading ahead of schedule for classes, exploring the library and making use of the facility, keeping fit... To give a general idea of how productive I'm being, today went something like this:-
No lectures on Wednesday
7.30am wake up,
Made porridge with banana and honey, had coffee,
Studied until half past 11 (Marcel Mauss, the notion of self),
Went and joined the gym,
Did 40 minutes on the cross trainer...whilst listening to Teach yourself Italian on my ipod...
20 minutes on the treadmill, actually listening to music.
Booked Circuit training for sunday and Spin class for early morning on Wednesday,
Came home to international healthy lunch of German ryebread with Arabic spinach and lentil pate and grated carrot, a mango
Studied until 15:30 (Dimitri whatever-his-long-Greek-surname-is, my Anthropology lecturer, Toraja of S'adan.)
Talked to my dad on Skype,
Spent the evening copying up the notes to my computerised lecture notes on OpenOffice word,
Did some Italian excercises,
Made Pumpkin and sundried tomato rissoto,
Drank Crabbies alcoholic gingerbeer with Anna,
Went to Bedlam for the late night showing of The rocky horror picture show,
Came home and thought about how productive my day is,
Decided to keep this up.
As far as studies go, I have been reading about and seeing some fascinating stuff.
In history of art we're reading about early christian art currently, from Pre to Post Constantine through to Carolingian and the 12th century 'Rennaisance' so far. It's kind of difficult to know what is expected of us, as there is masses of reading though in the lectures we get overwhelmed with different images of architecture and art work. Nevertheless, I've read numerous books from the reading list. I have an assessed presentation to do on Ritual and religious objects in China in two weeks, which I need to get cracking on (But where the hell to start?) I have essays to be handed in at the start of next month for both Anthropology and History of art!
Anthropology has so far been tackling issues of dealing with differents, concepts of personhood, morality (dweling into philosophy, looking at Hume and Kante briefly), different forms of social role, beliefs, rituals, evidenced in case studies from The azande, melpa, toraja s'adan, Gahuku-Gamba, Amba. Key anthropologists so far have been of Mary Douglas, Levi-Strauss, Evans Pritchard, Levy-Bruhl, Malinowski, Franz Boas, Winch, Whorf, Durkheim and Marcel Mauss. I'm turning the pages!
Italian is really lovely, we're starting with pretty basic stuff, grammar rules such as prepositions, articles and verb forms and doing audio, listening and speaking work. I plan to stick posters around my bedroom of the verb tables to better remember them.
Well, it's almost 2am and I have a tutorial tomorrow morning. Thanks for reading!