Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Ceilidh

My program put on a Christmas Ceilidh (kay-lee) to celebrate and have some fun. Jeremy and I went with friends from my class. We met up at my friend Helen's first for wine and games. We played the "hat game," which Helen was very excited to play. You pull a name out of a hat (hence, "hat game") and you have to describe the person to get your team to guess who it is. There are three rounds; in the second round you can only use 3 words to get your team to guess, and in the third round, you can only use body language. It was really funny after a few glasses of wine.

We headed to the Ceilidh (it's a dance, by the way. Kind of like country dancing, with a caller and everything) about 9:30. I didn't bring my camera with me, so I've nicked some photos from friends on facebook to post on the blog.

Here's Jeremy and I for our first ever Ceilidh dance! Notice, I haven't taken my cardy off yet, so we haven't quite gotten into the swing of things.

This was Jeremy after the Ceilidh dancing, when the "real" music started. He wasn't quite sure what to do with himself. He just wanted to go home and go to bed. I don't blame him. It was a Tuesday night and he had to be at work at 8 the next morning!

This is Emma and Emma, two good friends from Uni. The first Emma is from England, but moved to Scotland when she was a kid. The second Emma is from Cork, Ireland.

Fran (the one in the grey dress) dragged Jeremy onto the dance floor to learn one of the harder Ceilidh dances. He was hesitant at first, but ended up enjoying himself! Probably because one of the girls in his circle kept winking at him. haha

Note the girl in the red dress. She's the one who kept winking at Jeremy! She even tried to add him as a friend on Facebook! I haven't even really met her at school yet and she's hitting on my husband!

Emma and me.

Jeremy and I totally messing up the dance. The other girl there is Katie. She's also Canadian. So all the Canadians are the ones messing up the Ceilidh!

Mhairi in the red dress, and Fran in the grey.

After the Ceilidh, rocking out to Black Eyed Peas! Mozoltov!

Lastly, this is Bob with Jasmine. Bob is our Science lecturer. Everyone loves him and he teaches us using a puppet. Amazing.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Northern Ireland

Jeremy and I headed to Northern Ireland last weekend to visit Nicole and Jamie, friends of ours from camp. It was great fun catching up and seeing some sights. Here are some pictures of our trip:This is the view from Jamie and Nicole's driveway. Their house is there on the left. The North channel is right there in front (that the body of water between Scotland and Ireland).


This was the view from the living room. Lovely houses all along the water. There's a lighthouse in the background to the right. The town we stayed in was called Donaghadee. It was a lovely little town with pastel coloured houses. We went to Pier 36, a pub, for coffee and tea in the morning.

On Saturday, we went into Belfast and walked around the Christmas market, which is set up right in front of City Hall - the building in the photo. Beside the Christmas market, was a giant ferris wheel (that cost way too much to ride: £10/person!). It's like Belfast's version of the London Eye.



These Harland & Wolff Cranes were used to build the Titanic. They are in the Belfast ship yard.

Each crane has a span of 140 metres and can lift loads of up to 840 tonnes to a height of 70 metres, making a combined lifting capacity of over 1,600 tonnes, one of the largest in the world. Prior to commissioning, the cranes were tested up to 1,000 tonnes, which bent the gantry downwards by over 30 centimetres. The dry dock at the base of the cranes is the largest in the world.

I took the photo from the observation deck. Along with this one of Nicole and Jamie:

After I took the shot, Jamie said that I make Nicole look pretty... I'm not sure if it was a compliment on my photography skills or an insult on Nicole's looks?

And here's Jeremy at the top of the observation deck as well. Sorry, no shots of me. I'm always behind the camera.

We had a great weekend. Jeremy and I were talking about how it takes longer to drive from my parent's house to Scarborough Town Centre than the plane ride from Edinburgh to Belfast: All of 30 minutes. I love it here. :)