“The city is ours.” – Big Time Rush

Hello everyone and welcome back. The weekend is finally here😭(those are tears of joy). I’ve been waiting for it all week and it’s finally here which means I can finally sleep in peace or go out, tbh I’ll probably sleep. But before any decisions are made, I’ll recount the story of what happened for the remainder of the week.

On Thursday for my History of Design class we took a field trip to the Museum of London where we saw two exhibitions, The City is Ours and Junk but I spent more time with The City is Ours exhibition so, I talk about that one. The City is Ours exhibition didn’t feature anything that had to do with Big Time Rush (the real OGs) instead it tackled three big question: How and why are our cities transforming? What are urban communities around the world doing to improve city life? How can you participate in shaping your cities today and in the future? The exhibition was full of physical and digital interactives activities to highlight the ways that individual people, communities, and governments are working to improve city life such as reducing food waste and creating better transportation systems to building/restoring housing units for the increasing urban population. I thought that the exhibition was really interesting and I learned things that I didn’t know before; for example, I learned that more than half of the world’s population live in urban areas and that every minute the population in an urban area increases by two people. The exhibition made me think of how the three overarching questions related to Philadelphia and the ways that Philly is trying to improve city life. Fun fact, the exhibition was originally created but the Cite des sciences et de l’industrie in Paris so the exhibition was both in French and English which lowkey made me really happy.

Onto Friday, in my Food, Society, and Culture Class we had a guest lecturer and together we spent a good two and a half hours talking about and tasting cheese. The production of cheese literally predates recorded history which is wild so I won’t talk about it too much. I’ll just say that there are hundreds of types of cheeses from various countries and their styles, textures, and flavors depend on the origin of the milk. During the production of cheese, the milk is usually acidified (curdled) and enzymes are added and then #science happens and the final product is cheese…mind-blowing, I know, my thoughts exactly. During the lecture, our lecturer actually made cheese which was pretty cool and then he let us try whey, which is the liquid remaining after milk has been curdled and strained. He told us that the whey would give us six packs so I tried it and it tasted like the liquid that sits on top of yogurt before you stir it up… it was lowkey disgusting and it didn’t even give me a six pack *sighs*. Anyhow, we tried several different types of cheeses, made from different types of milk, and as an avid cheese lover, I honestly thought I was going to love all the cheese that we had but that wasn’t the case. There were a few that I really liked but the rest just weren’t for me.

That brings us to the end of a very long week. I’m off to enjoy the weekend but I’ll be back. Until then, xoxo Joella.

P.S. It was a good weekend