Monday, July 2, 2018

People I met in Bath

During my stay in Bath England I met quite a few people, these are some that struck me as interesting or meaningful. I'm leaving out most of my classmates as these are people I met out and about in town. 

Bamf- What a delight he is. He is a small bearded English man with no teeth. He has a buzz cut with a long collection of hair at the front of his head, he keeps it out of his face by putting his glasses over them on his head. I always loved chatting with him and letting him go on about anything. He works as a gardener, a child minder, and as a street vendor in Green Park Station, where we met. He is extremely bubbly, friendly and energetic. I have got to know him really well over the six months of being there. He is a great friend and a lovely character that epitomizes Bath for me.

Guillem – He is a lovely Spanish man. He works at the Hatch, which is a food-vending place in Culverhay, where I had most of my acting classes. We had a few deep and introspective discussions about meditation, philosophies on life, women and English culture. He related to me that English being his second language allows him to be detached to the words. And this allows him to get his message across without feeling much restraint. I enjoyed how present he was in his conversation skills. He is also a singer/songwriter/musician.

Georgia – She is the girl that I fell in love with. She is an acting student. I met her by going to an outside lecture, and once we began dating we began to see each other all of the time. We don’t get sick of each other, or we at least put up with a lot from each other. I am lucky that I got to fall in love in Bath. We are still talking and she plans to come visit me this time next year when she graduates.

Mark - He is a brilliant acting/voice teacher and coach. I met him because he substitute taught for one of my teachers. We met up outside of class a few times, and he invited me to one of his lectures where I met Georgia. He is also extremely kind, charming, funny, passionate and charismatic as a lecturer. I could sense how much I’d be able to learn from him as a voice coach and am seriously grateful that I got to meet and experience him.

One time Meetings

Estevan – He is a living statue street artist in the City Centre of Bath. He is usually near the Abbey and the Roman Baths. He is either dressed in a gold painted suit, along with his gold face, a gold hat and gold hair. He is leaning back and pouring water from one can into another can, the stream is continuous and non-stop, it is fascinating to watch. Some days he is dressed in an all silver suit, with long silver streaked hair that is essentially blowing in the wind, again all silver, and he looks like he is riding on a bike real fast hence the blown back hair. He was not working at the moment in his bike uniform so I stopped to chat with him for a few minutes. He was lovely and warm and gave me his business card!

Tiny – He is a six foot five inch tall bus driver. I walked into the U5 bus once and he commented on how I almost touched the ceiling with my head. I asked him how tall he was and he said six five. He then got out of his bus drivers cage and stood in front of me and we chatted about me being from Chicago for a bit. He was very friendly, and he told me his name was Tiny. I found that fitting. 

Johnny Dollars – I had missed the bus to class one day so I called an Uber. and this man showed up. He was a friendly older Bristolian man. I found out his name (Johnny Dollars) because it was tattooed on his right forearm. He was extremely friendly and fun to talk to. He asked me how I liked British women, I said I did, but I was having trouble hanging on to a girl after the first meet. He helped me change my luck I guess, because I soon met the lovely Georgia. I only chatted with him for about 10 minutes. I felt we related well to each other and he was the best Uber driver I had in Bath.

These are some small descriptions of these people. I am keeping them brief to keep some of their privacy and to just give a taste. They made a huge impact on my stay in Bath, and I am grateful to have met them.

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