Wow, so much happened in the last few days that I doubt can blog on all of it.
I experienced partying, city adventures, and exciting new exercise equipment all in the last three days. Here are the highlights:
A party with my best friends
A friend of mine was recently accepted in a prestigeous study-abroad program and we’re all thrilled. To celebrate, we threw a big party that began with card games (No, not a drinking game or poker. We played Belot, a card game that actually requires some thinking. Hardcore thinking for me, since I’m still learning all the rules and strategies, and trust me, there’s quite a few of them.) and ended in wild sweaty dancing to our very own Bulgarian folk music, that only a true Bulgarian can handle. I had a great time, even though I had to hide my tears at one point. So many good friends are leaving next year and I will really, really miss them.
Lost in Richmond, part 1
Yesterday we took a bus to Downtown Richmond to go to a sushi reataurant. On the bus ride we changed our minds and decided to go to an Ethiopian reataurant instead. Finally, we got off at the wrong stop, walked around downtown for a bit and ended up at another sushi place we had not known about, but they had great sushi and low prices. Everyone loved it, especially Mila and I. We never have a trip downtown where we don’t get lost, and we just love things not going according to plan. We have walked through more shady neighbourhoods then we would admit, and the thrill’s the same every time. Somehow, we always get lucky though and find a new great place to hang out at.
Lost in Richmond, part 2
While at the sushi place, I dropped my purse on the floor and a few item flew out of it under the dining table. I gathered most of them but I forgot to pick up my phone and left it at the restaurant. Of course, I found all about this when I was already back home, so Mila and I had to come back the next day and pick it up. Then we started looking for a place to have breakfast and coffee at and probably walked for twenty minutes in the cold until we found a Starbucks. Nothing like having a warm oatmeal and coffee in a cold rainy day! We spend a few hours just talking girl talk before we decided it’s time to finally go back home.
The new Expresso bikes at the gym
Our uni probably has the fanciest college gym in the whole country! A brand new addition to the eqipment are the new Expresso bikes which had me working out very hard in the last few days. Expresso bikes are a fusion between a stationary bike and a computer game. As you pedal, you move through a 3D graphic scenery, competing against a virtual pacer (whose difficulty you can adjust) and against ghosts (riders created from your previous workouts). You can also play a game in which you chase coins and dragons for points. The bike connects to the internet using a wireless rooter and uploads the length, speed, calories burned, heart rate and other information for each ride. You can log in at www.expresso.net and track your progress.
I finally found a piece of exercise equipment I can enjoy. Exercise usually bores me, I strive to do it because I have to, but it’s hard to do your best when you don’t enjoy something. My mind always needs something to do. I always eat when I’m reading if there’s no one to talk to. I watch TV shows (and by that I mean House, of course!) when I clean my room. I listen to music when I walk to classes. When I’m going to bed, I read or watch TV until total exhaustion, because otherwise my thoughts, suddenly left without focus, run in crazy circles until I get up and start walking around the room (walking helps me think) and then there’s not falling asleep till 5 AM. Even in my blog posts you can see the total lack of organization in my head, translated to lack of organization in the posts. I have a restless mind that just won’t shut up.
Which is why I find exercise a pain. I put on my earbuds and for five minutes I’m enjoying the music, the cardio routine and the gym environment. Then the seconds on the time monitor start going slower and slower. I try to take my mind away from the pain of exertion but there’s nothing I can focus on for longer than 30 seconds, so by the end of a lame 20-minute workout I have watched TV, listened to 40 seconds of each song in my playlist, rated every person in the gym on a hotness scale from 1 to 10, had a few ideas about short stories I’ll never have the time to write, and daydreamed about being a stationary plant that doesn’t need to train any muscles and photosynthesizes instead of worrying about its diet. And I’m still very, very bored.
On the bike it was a whole different story. First, I made it my goal to beat every single rider to the finish line, and to my surprise I rode faster than quite a few of them. Then again, I was on the basic level. I completed a 25-minute trail in 15 minutes and spent 15 more chasing dragons and gaining points on the interactive game. I decided I was done because of the amount of sweat, lack of breath, and burning sensation in my hips, not out of boredom. It felt really exciting, so I can’t wait to go to the gym tomorrow and try a different trail or some other game options.