It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Chapel Hill even though the weather is not exactly December weather. Many fraternities and sororities have put up crazy amounts of Christmas lights and Christmas music has been playing in supermarkets for weeks now. Some days I wear my winter coat but most days it’s still warm enough to wear my summer jacket.
Over Thanksgiving I didn’t indulge in eating huge amounts of turkey and stuffing; instead I went to Charleston with three other exchanges for a few days. Charleston is a very pretty and historical city in South Carolina.
We went Magnolia Plantation, one of the oldest plantations in the South of the USA, and on a Ghost & Dungeon Tour. On Black Friday (basically like Boxing Day in the UK) we went to an outlet mall north of Charleston and it was definitely a good idea because the prices were just amazing. I would almost say that some of the things I bought would be double or triple the price in the UK.
I also bought some UNC merchandise as a Christmas present to myself. You can get anything from the UNC: Clothes, jewellery, shot glasses, dog food, Christmas decoration – You name it.
Right after Thanksgiving break I had to hand in two assignments (Financial Accounting and Real Estate Development) as well as an 8 page paper for Global Business. I have three exams next week spread over two days and I also have to hand in a take-home final. I finish my exams on December 12th and a few days later I will fly to Missouri to visit the family I have spent my year abroad in 2007/2008 with.
I also worked at another Football game and went to my first UNC Basketball game. Basketball is a lot bigger here than Football and UNC is known all over the USA for their men’s Basketball team. Michael Jordan actually went to UNC ! The atmosphere was great once again and I hope I can get tickets for some of the games next semester. Basketball games are so popular here that students have to enter a lottery to get tickets. The games in the first semester are not part of the more important conference games that take place in the second semester so it was easier to get tickets. The good thing though is that all sport events are free for UNC students.