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Comparative Dorm Rooms

After two nights at the University of Kent Canterbury, it is practically decadent to stay in halls at the Leeds suburban campus where the annual International Medieval Congress is held. It goes beyond the rooms here being renovated within memory. There was no room to move in the shower without accidentally adjusting the water. The walls were no defense against sound. The worst of the logistics were entirely the fault of the University of Kent's hospitality services, which thought it a good idea to interleave historians at an academic conference with English camp teenagers on their last program night, complete with a disco. None of this is the fault of the conference organizing committee, but it did give me the impression that Kent is not as practiced in hosting conferences as Leeds. Of course, relatively recent renovations help as well.

Here in the (relative) lap of luxury, the weather is mild and clear, the computer room has air conditioning again (unlike last year), and thanks to changes in security settings somewhere in the system, I can't access email.

I hadn't meant to watch the World Cup Final, but there were screens in the restaurant, and eventually all remaining tables gave up the pretence of ignoring them to watch the last minutes and then penalties as Italy won.


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Jul. 10th, 2006 12:59 pm (UTC)
Keep your eyes open!
Lisa Chen will be at the Leeds conference this year. : )
Jul. 11th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Keep your eyes open!
I spent all evening hanging out with her tonight!
Jul. 10th, 2006 02:26 pm (UTC)
I am sooo envious ...
Jul. 10th, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)
When I was at U of Warwick, I was amazed at my dorm room. I had a corner room to myself, and it was huge. The showers and kitchen on our floor were reasonably up-to-date, and the cleaning ladies were friendly.
Jul. 11th, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
I did really well at York, but the whole campus wasn't as new as the halls I was in there. I know it varies a great deal at Leeds too, hearing reports from last year's BSHS meeting which was on the main campus.
Jul. 10th, 2006 03:17 pm (UTC)
*shudder* One thing I will never miss about being in college/university. Those tiny shower stalls, especially when they weren't even tile, but rather that wierd plastic that would never scrub clean properly.
Jul. 11th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
And clinging shower curtains. Ick.
Jul. 10th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
Jul. 10th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
sorry, that was from me.
Again, for good measure.
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