SIDE NOTE OF INTENSE AGGRAVATION AT OUR HOUSING BUILDING, NIDO:
We were told upon move-in that we would have to move rooms later in the semester. Well, that day has come and gone. 11 days prior to leaving London, we were forced to pack up and move up to the 14th floor. We were really hacked off (to use a British phrase) about it because after we signed the paperwork the lady at reception calmly told us "Oh you no longer have an en suite kitchen or fridge, so you'll have to use the communal ones." WOW. What great hospitality! NOT. All's well that ends well, but Nido throws nonsense in our face at every turn. When we signed the paperwork for our new rooms, they handed us keys for our new mail box, kitchen cabinet, and fridge compartment. Bridgette received 2 cabinet keys; neither would open the fridge. She had to have several arguments with reception, until they finally admitted that they didn't have a fridge key and would replace the lock and give her a new key this afternoon. When we went to pick it up they told her they couldn't understand why her key wouldn't work because theirs works just fine. WOW. Obviously. It isn't the same key. Theirs works because it is NEW and designed for the fridge lock. I can't believe these people. Their SINGLE job is housing people, and they don't seem equipped to do that. Some of the employees we have talked to haven't been aware that they have communal kitchens that require keys. Can someone please give these people a tour of their own GD building!?!?
I have 9 days left until I leave London. I can't believe it. I am LOVING this rehearsal process, Nick, Stefan, and my classmates are BRILLIANT and to be working on little-known material and new music really makes it feel like a groundbreaking project. It feels like we are sailing uncharted waters and have a lot of liberty to take creative risks, which is so fun. It's been a weird couple weeks though because I love every minute of rehearsals, then come home and realize how much I miss my family and friends in Cleveland. I'll see lots of you in a week and a half!!!!! Lots and lots of love.