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Cheerio, England, I will miss thee

I cannot believe that this trip is coming to an end already. While it does feel like I’ve been gone for awhile, I really don’t want to leave. Unlike most of my classmates, Ohio is not really home for me. Ohio is more of a place where I go to school, and the idea of going from this beautiful vacation to school makes me really sad. I have loved every minute of this British adventure, and I am so glad that I took the opportunity to come here. 

Paris was a wonderful city, but very very very cold and wet! I feel lucky to have seen it in the snow, but I could have done without so much cold! I cannot wait to go back someday when I can see more things and really enjoy my time there. It was so cool seeing the Eiffel Tower, and I wish that we had more time to see the Louvre. I could also do without getting stuck inside the Chunnel!

The London Eye was an amazing experience as well. We could not have asked for nicer weather, and the views were amazing! I have had such a fantastic time getting to know the people on this trip, I am coming away with new friends, and stronger friendships with old friends. 

I really can’t believe how many things we have done and seen on this trip and I still can’t wait to come back and enjoy it more! People were so friendly and welcoming here, and I will miss that when I leave! I will leave this blog with some photos 🙂

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Paris!

 

 

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On the London Eye

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Snow in London!

 

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Clever titles are overrated

What a wonderful place to be! This trip has been so much fun and I don’t even know how to choose what to talk about on my blog! I think one of my favorite places so far was Stonehenge. While it was ridiculously cold and windy, it was still an amazing sight, and I enjoyed getting some wonderful pictures with my friends! One of the best things that has happened so far is just being able to sit on the bus and look out the window at the amazing green English countryside while listening to the British-wonder of Mumford and Sons. I am trying to take in every minute of this trip and enjoy every experience that we have, even if the weather isn’t great.

I have been having quite a time with my project about fashion. I have taken some great photos of British women in shops and boutiques, but I have also had fun taking pictures of women on the street who have classic modern British fashion. This makes me feel like kind of a stalker, but it has been quite interesting trying to get photos! 

It was definitely an adjustment going from Stratford to London, as London is so busy and metropolitan. I really love both cities, and have enjoyed my time in both of them. I wish we had even more time in both places, so I could see absolutely everything that I wanted! It has been interesting navigating the tube and bus systems here in London, but it is certainly fun to say “Mind the Gap” whenever we step on or off of the underground!

I am so excited to go to Paris on Sunday, but I do wish that we had more time there! I am really looking forward to seeing the Eiffel Tower and the city that is so famous for its beauty!

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Our first Pasty experience in Bath!

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Representing Ohio at Stonehenge!

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Being the stones……

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Being king’s horses at the Tower of London

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Fun at Covent Garden!

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Westminster Abbey

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Big Ben!

Let’s get out of these ladies clothes and put on our tights…

(title courtesy of Robin Hood Men in Tights 🙂 )

I will start off this post by saying that this has been such a fantastic trip so far! Minus a few bumps with having flight seats moved around and having little sleep, it has been so much fun. We have already had so many adventures and we are only a few days in!

What I have been enjoying most is getting to spend time with people in the class, especially my friends and those who I did not know as well! It is such a great experience to get people in a relaxed atmosphere where we aren’t really stressed about school! We have taken so many pictures at so many places, with a few token “awkward family photos” thrown in. 🙂

I have really enjoyed everything that we have done so far, like Anne Hathaway’s cottage, Warwick castle, Coventry Cathedral, and Shakespeare’s homes. This country is so full of rich history that extends so much further back than I can imagine living! It is amazing to think that people built and lived in these very places centuries ago. The country is so beautiful, and I love looking at all of the lush, green landscapes on the drives and at the locations we have visited.

One of my favorite things that we have done is go shopping in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon. There are so many lovely shops and boutiques that have great clothing, jewelry, antiques, and other various items. The shop owners are very welcoming to Americans. On Friday morning I was able to go out early with Christine, Alexis, Rose, and Lauren, where we got to see a lot of the cute shops. We also had delicious Costa coffee, which I look forward to trying again!

I am very excited to go to Oxford and East Wellow tomorrow, Stonehenge on Sunday, and London next week! We have so many fun times ahead and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us!

I’ll leave you with some photographic gems 🙂

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Awkward Family photo train

 

 

 

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Christine, Corinne, and I….a.k.a. cute medieval characters

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Warwick Castle entrance

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The top of Warwick Castle after lots of stairs!

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Completely accurate reenactment of medieval times

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Nurses giving shots at Warwick Castle?

Cheerio 🙂

I’ll tell you what I want, what I really really want

As a youngster who played “spice girls” instead of tag, and listened to Coldplay instead of Jay-Z, and was made to sit on long car trips listening to “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “Ticket to Ride”, I’ve had a lot of England in my life. My heritage is about half English (along with every other European brand of pale), so I am looking forward to immersing myself in the culture that I came from many years ago.

I am beyond excited for this transatlantic voyage that is about to take place in 2 short days! With graduation in 4 months, this trip sort of stands as a college finale for me. Ever since I was a lowly freshman, I heard about this trip and promised myself that when the time came, I would fork over the money and make it one of the most memorable experiences of the last 4 years. I am beyond excited that so many of my friends are going on this trip, although I’m not sure that Britain is ready for us and our American shenanigans! I also look forward to getting to know people outside of my nursing bubble!

When I think of what I am most excited about, I cannot really pinpoint one place or thing. Places that come to mind? Paris. Who doesn’t dream of going to Paris, sitting on the lawn at the Eiffel Tower in a beret eating a croissant? (Although I hope to avoid the awkward “gracias, er I mean merci” while sorting through my vault of various foreign vocabulary). Then, as a nerdy nursing student I think of how cool it will be to visit English hospitals, which are worlds away from the American version we are so used to. And Florence Nightingale’s home and grave. Good ole Florence, perhaps the reason that we nursing students are in school and have chosen it as our life career. Then, Stonehenge. I mean, a circle of gigantic rocks in a field, but yet so fascinating and historical that you can’t look away. And the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and other places that just scream living history. It’s amazing to think of how old a lot of these places are and what life was like for people living back in those days (probably dirtier and smellier). I am looking forward to the theater performances, although I sometimes scratch my head at Shakespearean vocabulary and pretend to understand what it means. But it will be a wonderful experience to see live performances. Overall, I think we are going to have a fantastic time!

My main goals:

1) Don’t overpack (Seriously, its England, not rural New Guinea)

2) Don’t reenact the airplane scene from Bridesmaids (What kind of name is that, Stove? Are you an appliance?)

3) Take awkward pictures with one of the royal guards (Awkward family photos?)

4) Try to not seem obnoxiously American (I guess I will leave my American Flag shirt at home)

5) Bump into Adele on the street and have an impromptu Rolling in the Deep sing-a-long with Christine Hein

6) Come home with a perfect British accent (which makes everything sound so much classier)

I hope that this experience will orient me to the culture and world of everything English from food and clothes, to history and healthcare, while also having a ridiculous amount of fun along the way. 

Cheerio ole chaps!

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