I had a long but very lovely day today. Although I was woken up early this morning it meant I had enough time to play with my little nephew before heading off to uni. I travelled half the way there with my sister since she had a dentist appointment near by and guess who ended up sitting directly in front of me for most of the journey? Antonia Thomas from Misfits. No, I did not say anything to her…. I’m just not the kind of person who could do that. Though must say quite like the show.
At univeristy, I found out that I had forgotten to read the secondary material for my Modernism and Ireland class… which meant two hours of cramming. The lesson went well though, had a great discussion about Synge and Playboy of the Western World. Next week we’ll be covering some Yeats :D
My friend and I decided to grab a coffee before heading home and we ended up talking to a second year English student for about an hour. Yet again, time spent in pleasant conversation.
Now the last bit is the best! I’m on the train and an older lady sits next to me…. she’s a white woman and she asks me IN ARABIC…. “Do you speak Arabic?” Needless to say I was a little surprised, but although I understood her, I’m not very proficient in Arabic. Then I take out a book on Yeats’ collected works and she asks me what I am reading. Turns out… her father was a Yeats expert and used to teach some Irish writing courses (specifically on Yeats) in Ireland. She starts reciting some lines of a poem to which… surprisingly….. I knew what she was talking about. It was “The Second Coming”. We then ended up going into a very interesting discussion about Joyce and Yeats and how I should really visit Dublin (but not the north, where she grew up, apparently it’s not so nice haha). Damn, I was having such a nice time! Then she asked me if, where I am from, there are any famous writers such as that. Bless, she was so sweet. We started discussing Somali poetry and the little I have learnt from my father. Then she tells me about what she loves about Arabic poetry and a few other miscellaneous topics.
Sadly, i reached my stop and having completely forgotten to ask her for her details, had to rush off :(
Nevertheless, I had a good day.