Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Cultural Exchange

If you are reading this as a prospective UK student, then I want to make you aware of a great opportunity you will have as a fresher.  Many universities integrate overseas students with UK freshers in their accommodation and you will get to know people from all over the world.  In particular, avail yourself of the chance to learn to cook a variety of cuisines!
But don’t be fooled – it is not just that you will learn about overseas cultures.  The questions that these bright undergraduates ask you about your own culture will make you see things that you have taken for granted in a new light.  I still remember trying to explain the links between Father Christmas and the Story of the Nativity.
“No.  Okay.  You’re right – there isn’t one, after all.”
That was one of the best Christmases our family has had, when Shuyu Song came home from UEA with Pascoe for Christmas because China was too far to go. 
Pascoe has since shared accommodation with Irene from Spain and Jenny from Canada.  However, it is Shuyu Song that I will always remember – thanks for coming and belting out the theme to Titanic in our midnight kitchen, and for sliding down icy country lanes with us.  And God be with you as you return home to China today.
Drolls and Weirds - Robert had heard stories of beautiful fairy children reared by humans - they were called changelings - But of course, he did not believe in them. Read the latest chapter of my story of love and mystery set in Cornwall by clicking here. Or read from the start.