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Unfortunately I don’t go to Gordon anymore (I transferred, sorry!,) but I can tell you about Ferrin. I did dorm there for a year! Ferrin mostly contains of a room with you and your roommate, two desks, I think two closet/wardrobe things and a giant light above (and if you’re lucky, you MAY get a single? Haven’t heard of this happening).
As for Ferrin Hall, it’s a communal place (place is also pretty narrow,) no elevators from what I know to this day (so if you’re living on the 2-3rd floor, you’ll need to take the stairs,) there’s a communal kitchen on the first floor (EVERYONE in the hall shares it. Make sure you wash your dishes and stuff or it’ll get messy). Haha, I’m trying to remember where the washing machines are!
Stuff to buy: A twin double XL bed sheet (used for half beds,) pillow sheets (if you want to,) a small lamp when studying, if you’re noise sensitive-BRING EARPLUGS! I learned that the hard way, haha; notebooks, pencils, you know the drill, detergent, bleach, softener, a bath kit/caddy, some food, you CAN bring a minifridge but keep in mind your place is SMALL, a vacuum cleaner (preferably small. Dorm is small so not much cleaning,) towels, some great DVDs to watch if you get bored or wanna watch something with your roommate (my old roommate at Gordon and I would have a Boy Meets World/Friends night every Thursday! It’s a great way to get to know your roommate,) phone charger (or other chargers, etc). Hope that helped! If you need to ask more, go ahead.
There’s something particularly eerie about an abandoned shopping mall. Perhaps it’s the stark contrast from its intended purpose: to see such a sterile place once designed to entice throngs of shoppers into its doors, now so completely devoid of any human life, dilapidated and darkened with time. It’s basically the very definition of post-apocalyptic. But in the case of the (now ironically named) New World shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, abandonment by humans doesn’t equate with lifelessness. The mall, which reportedly caught fire in 1999 (rumored to be arson by a competitor), has since flooded with several feet of water and become a paradise for koi and catfish.
As seen in these photos from chef / travel writer Jesse Rockwell, the resulting “urban aquarium” is at once delightful and surreal. Rockwell writes on his travel, photography, and food blog A Taste of The Road that someone deliberately introduced the fish (to probably reduce mosquitoes) into the vacant mall, but that locals in Bangkok’s old town “discourage people from visiting it.” He says he had to wait for a policeman to leave before entering, which makes his resulting images all the more breathtaking. (via The Verge)