Monday, November 8, 2010

Durham - The City of Medicine

Hello lovelies,

Not sure if I showed around campus and town yet, if not, then this post is way overdue! Durham is an interesting town (they say city, but this is not a city), lots of intellectual people live here apparently. Here are some random facts about Durham that you might not have known (Americans love to rank everything!) :

# 1 Greatest Basketball town to visit (with Duke being the best in the country)
# 1 Best Place to Retire
#1 in America's Foodiest Town (haha! who rank's the foodiest town!)
# 2 Best Green Cities
# 4 Most Affordable city to live
# 6 in America's smartest cities
# 7 Best place for college students to live

You can click here if you want to read more about Durham's "Accolades".

Here are some of my pics from the first couple of weeks!

At Sarah.P. Duke Gardens - (A 'bit' like Kirstenbosch)

In front of Duke Chapel

Another view of Duke Chapel

Concert in the Tobacco District

One of  2 buildings where I spend most of my time! Rubenstein

The other one - Sanford Building

Linzay in front of the best take out in America!

Rev Dr Rinquest preaching in the Divinity School

Organ inside the Duke Chapel

Linzay & I in front of Duke Chapel


Friday, November 5, 2010

Nadia & Jeongmin go bowling...

So, if you didn't know that bowling was a technical game, try playing it with a Korean! Tonight I learnt that it has formulas and everything. Its not just about bowling the ball as straight as you can and hitting the pins. Its way more complicated than that and apparently they teach you all this in University in Korea. I'm telling you, we need to move to Korea.

This is basically how the conversation went:

Jeongmin: Nadia, there are 3 things you need to do! Follow the middle arrow, then get lower Nadia, lower. Now keep your arm as straight as possible.

Nadia: Ok, I just hit 9 pins, now what?

Jeongmin: Ok, now you need to follow the formula. Go 6 right, then aim between arrow 1 and 3 (and there is a different formula for every different pin left standing...). Lower Nadia, lower, you're still too high.

Nadia: Ok, I got it!

Jeongmin: I told you the formula works! Ok, not everytime, but most times.

Jeongmin: I know what, let me take a video of you bowling on your camera, so that I can show you what's wrong with your technique! Cause you not getting it, the ball is always honest Nadia, it can only go in the direction that you bowl it!

So now my back is in its chops and my thighs are basically broken and I broke 2 nails...I'm not so sure if I will be able to move tomorrow!! But it was so much fun and after 7 games of bowling...I think I may have figured out the formula...Jeongmin is a great teacher! I didn't win one game though and may need to go back next week for a rematch!!

JM putting on his shoes!

Me putting on my shoes!

Seems weird to wear other people's shoes...

Check out the technique!

Pizza time! its always pizza time here...

This was like game no 5 or something...I promise I did better than this!

The Korean 'V' sign...apparently it means 'Victory'
This is proof at how good JM is and how terrible I am (was)! I did make some improvement from game 1 to game 7!