monday. just wanted to summarise my weekend a little. i went to coventry on friday to skate! there isn't a figure skating club in birmingham unfortunately so i have to go to coventry; takes about one hour from my house to the rink so it's not too bad. anyway, it was the first time i didn't have to skate on the public session or on one third of the ice with mostly novices. had to do that last year and just recently found out that i could actually skate with the top skaters, on a more suitable time as well! coventry also has some of the best skaters in the uk so that's cool. unless you pay for a private lesson you skate without a coach, group sessions aren't really a thing here. which i think is a shame since private lessons are terribly expensive, and it isn't something i'd pay for right now since i'm just skating for fun. even though i could use the inspiration. the good thing with going on this new session is that i get to use the full ice + the music. i could probably do with a few long program run-throughs, it's always good cardio haha.
in the evening we had our monthly "fancy" dinner. basically just a reason to dress up a little once a month and find some nicer restaurant to go to. or well, the tradition is only two months old but i still have four months to go here, so there'll be time for a few more. we went to jamie's italian in birmingham, had ravioli with spinach and riscotta, so good! stayed at filippa's house over night, we started looking into uni applications on saturday. still haven't fully decided though.
on sunday i spontaneously went with my host family to stratford-upon-avon, which is shakespeare's birth town. not the first time i'd visited, but the weather was a bit better this time around. it's very shakespeare-y and tourist-y, there're loads of nice cafés and small shops. we met my host dad's sister and her sons there, looked around the town and had a picnic. windy, but nice! all very english haha.
in the evening i went to see beauty and the beast and was blown away!! so good! i didn't have too high expectations to be honest, but i don't think i would've been disappointed even with the highest of expectations. the songs (both old and new), the singing, the actors (especially the actors!!), the costumes, the scenery, the details... couldn't find anything to complain about. at first i wondered if i wasn't being critical enough but my friends all agreed that it actually was that good. will probably tag along when my host family are going to see it, can't wait to re-watch it to be honest.