I am now officially into deep summer. I’ve spent more time watching British TV than doing anything else (except for maybe staring off into space), and my eating habits have gone from semi-regular to completely feral. Needless to say, I’m enjoying myself.

Last week, I was lucky enough to break from my cycle of lethargy to go to a museum – the Egyptian Museum of Rosicrucian. It’s one of San Jose’s many themed museums (we have a one dedicated to quilting and textiles, fun!), and it features ancient Egyptian artifacts as well as a real-live (dead) mummy!  The museum has a series of nice gardens, one with an ancient Egyptian game called Senet and another with a fountain.

Any trip to the Rosicrucian Museum is a special one, but this one was made even more special by a visit from some school friends who live in the area. During spring quarter there was talk of making a trip to San Jose to visit the museum, a plan I was on board with because I always like seeing UCLA people, especially if we get to see a mummy. Unfortunately, the main planner of the visit didn’t check to see if the place would be open (it wasn’t). Still, hanging out in the museum gardens with friends from UCLA was a fun time.

This recent trip, however, is not the only cool museum experience I’ve had lately. Back at school, my friend and I went to the Museum of Jurassic Technology located in Culver City. It was about a 40 minute bus ride from campus (but only one bus and it was a Big Blue Bus so each trip was only 50 cents!).

My friend and I had heard about the museum before but didn’t really know anything about it. We both couldn’t imagine what Jurassic technology was and how there could be a museum dedicated to it (did dinosaurs have cell phones?). We went to go find out because we had some time and finals week hadn’t really gotten started. All I can really say about the museum is that it is… an experience. I don’t want to give anything away or say anything about what’s inside (partly because I’m not even sure what’s inside). I recommend going – they have free tea and cookies until 5 – but guarding your head as your personal philosophies will be flipped upside-down after wandering the intricately-curated rooms of the museum.

Hopefully I can have another outing with a UCLA friend soon, although I’m pretty sure it will involve something more summery than a museum (perhaps an amusement park).