On the topic of personal change, realizations, and music, Maisie takes a moment to tell us what she has learned about herself over the course of her semester in London.
There is no doubt in my mind that I will return home a changed person. This is what is called a "cliché", but it is also what is called the truth. In a mock interview for my internship class, I was asked if other people might notice these changes. I said I didn’t want to think about that.
A secret room in The George Tavern.
I participated in another interview, although it was in the middle of my Post-War British Pop Culture class and conducted by the professor, Richard Maguire, our resident Blink 182 (one-eight-two) fan. He is one of two professors I know of at CAPA who is genuinely excited about what they are teaching and, boy, it shows!! He is one fist-pumping trance nut, and I love the class a lot. I asked Richard if he could ask me some questions about changes I’ve experienced, and about my perceptions of London at different points in my stay, but I admit we mostly talked about punk music.
On the way to the House of Horrors on 35mm film.
In a way, it was very fitting for the conversation to meander its way back to punk at every question he asked. I came to London because of my interest in punk, and my interest in DIY art styles that came out of the punk movement. This still remains true, but I am far more knowledgeable about the genre and have seen the venues so connected to the movement first-hand! I also have seen quite a few UK punk bands like High Vis and Efialtis, and it was cool to see how some bands seemed a bit more traditional in their punk-ness and perhaps very Riot Grrrl.
Beamish Museum in Durham.
Richard asked what places I would recommend that others visit in London. I liked this question because it was so easy to answer, and I think it was an interesting approach to see my own changes personally. When I said these answers aloud, it affirmed things about myself that I figured would have changed while being abroad, or just over time in general.
The loom at the Ann Albers exhibit in Tate Modern.
For example, I eagerly recommended a vegan milkshake place. Wow, I care a lot about my tummy. I also recommended a visit to Rough Trade obviously, and babbled about the organization: “At my record store, we have very broad genre categories that divide the store, like ‘pop/rock’ is an entire section and it is not at all comprised of subgenres. I was pleased to see a really tiny shoegaze section with, like, only Yo La and Galaxie 500 records.” It was at this time that I realized I wanted my record store job back, one that I thought I had quit forever.
This is another part of the Tate Modern, a place I've gone to many times.
I also will never quit eating beans on toast. My mother is an English woman, and this is the only thing she’s known how to make for as long as I can remember. The foods were not at all shocking to me, and despite the lack of flavor that everyone surrounding me complains about, I will always love these foods. What I have missed while eating these foods is the periodic appearance of a server asking if what I am eating truly is delicious.
This is the coolest thing in the world.
Heidi Bucher used latex to apply gauze to buildings and the architectural designs left an imprint!
I was telling Richard that at first, I thought that most strangers just seemed straight-up rude at first, as I am so accustomed to the over-politeness and hospitality of Florida. I have come to realize that this is their way of being polite; they don’t want to be overbearing.
The family. Wow, I love my mommy!
I’ve learned some things about England that overturned some stereotypes that I had in my brain to describe the country. I also learned some things about myself. I love to learn. ❤️
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