All posts by Ally Ellis

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Paris in Pictures

This past week, my two older sisters decided to make the 4000+ mile journey across the world to meet me for an adventure of a lifetime! We began our ten day journey in Amsterdam, Netherlands, made our way to Brussels, Belgium, and ended our Euro-tour in our new favorite city: Paris. They say a picture ...

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My unexpected "two weeks notice"

After eight seemingly perfect weeks at the University of York, the University and College Union (UCU) announced a ten-day strike affecting 60 universities throughout the United Kingdom. The strike, which was scheduled from November 25th until December 4th, created a platform for university professors to voice their concerns for equal pay, proper pension plans, and ...

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(British) Netflix and Chill

As I reflect on my past eight weeks in York, England, I can’t help but to listen to the millennial inside my head constantly asking myself, “Did I get my full eight-weeks’ worth of British television?” Sure, it may sound silly, and some may even argue that television in the United Kingdom is comparable to ...

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Give Thanks and Eat Pie… Unless You're in England.

The thought of spending a holiday by myself, especially a family-centric holiday like Thanksgiving, was quite distressing to me. Despite it being a national holiday designed to give thanks for the abundance of blessings in my life back in America, this past Thursday was just another ordinary day here at York. I woke up and ...

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I wish that I knew what I know now…

As I was exploring  the streets of Interlaken two weeks ago with my friend Brendan, another American student who is studying at York Saint John’s, it finally dawned on us how different Europe actually is to the stories and pictures we have seen online. In retrospect, there are so many places I wish I planned ...

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At Home In the World.

It’s been two months since I uprooted my life to York, England this past fall for arguably one of the most unique opportunities I will ever experience. While I still acknowledge that my heart remains in Philadelphia, for the first time in my life, I now understand that home to me is not where the ...

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Did Someone Say Dracula?

If I have learned anything about myself during my time abroad, it is that all of my mother’s claims about my impulsiveness growing up are 100% founded, and, in typical Ally fashion, I have not yet mastered my Aries tendencies to act quickly (often without much thought.) While my childish impulses can be viewed as ...