I finished my blog last night to find that my floor mate had passed out on my bed. I did not want to wake her, so I ended up sleeping in her room. When I woke up this morning, I had no idea where I was.
Today was full of group work. While Andrew was at Cluster Wars (competitions and contests between floors), I did some reading on the California budget deficit on the main green. I was refreshing to do some work outside in the fresh air! Afterwards I met up with Andrew and Jose in the main lounge. I finished my part of the PowerPoint. We just need to compile our debate between cutting spending and raising taxes. We planned to work for two hours straight tomorrow and finish our entire project so we can practice presenting.
Ms. Larson met up with us again today. I introduced her to all of the people who were tagging along to fireworks at India Point Park. Everything in Providence is so accessible by means of walking. Walking around is much easier than driving. The roads are all one way and they are really confusing.
There was a lot to see at the park. We claimed some land on the grass and then Steph and I explored the area. A man with two macaws greeted us and let us hold his beautiful parrots. The one I was holding kept nipping at my earrings (which were shaped like little pieces of sushi) until one of them fell out. My friend Alina had to get my hat back after he yanked it off my head. I suppose that I get along well with animals. As we waited for fireworks, Steph and I scanned the sky for owls. We saw one but Ms. Larson insisted that it was the planet Mars. The fireworks were great, and we all screamed in celebration.
On the walk home, I talked with my friend, Gurrein, who is from India. She told me that India's independence day is on August 15th, and that it is a much more formal event than the U.S.'s 4th of July. The prime minister delivers a speech and there are no fireworks. Gurrein said that she likes celebrating in the United States, but sometimes it gets too crazy.
I'm planning on going to bed early tonight so I can be well rested for class tomorrow. Cohort #2 is leaving for Providence tomorrow! We really want to meet up with them and show them the ropes at Brown. Ms. Larson said that we might be able to see them on Friday. I wish them a safe and speedy flight! See you on the other side!