1. Days here begin with the sun. My room gets a full blast of sunshine around 8am, so I wake up to wonderful warmth, and beautiful cast shadows on the wall to my right. Then, a ride to davis commons, via a secret route that takes me there in under ten minutes, without sight of a single road vehicle. On the menu, santa barbara cobb salad from Habit burger grill – get your greens with tomatoes, eggs, bacon chips, avocado and bleu cheese crumbles.
2. Some people say Davis is ugly, but these naysayers must not like sun, sky, and clear infinite paths. Yesterday we spent the better part of the afternoon exploring a quiet campus that was getting ready to welcome students back into the grass. My favourite moments were those on the porch of Veihmeyer Hall, feet up on the cool stone benches, wondering how sunlight and cold can possibly co-exist. I am such a born and bred Singaporean that it feels slightly unnatural to have both, but I am finally living in my dream daytime weather. At any given minute in the afternoon, there are both girls in skirts and people wrapped up in tweed coats. Sartorial freedom temperatures!!
3. A movie ticket stub is all I have to remember one of the most enjoyable evenings I’ve had so far. Went out to dinner at Bistro 33, Davis’ hip restaurant for the young and trendy, but with a kind couple that poked fun at themselves for being old and uncool throughout the evening, and their daughter and her boyfriend. Over burgers and paninis, we talked about everything candidly, from films to the military to Asian Student stereotypes. For the first time ever I spoke my secret wish out loud, and it finally felt real, like I was allowed to override pragmatism for a few brief minutes. Surprising encouragement followed, worlds collided, and then I thought that I might not be crazy for hoping after all.
this week: my housemates arrive, school begins. there are poetry readings to be attended, writing classes to be had! tomorrow, maybe a music gig that’s “something in between nirvana and the beach boys”!