Category: England

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A (Non-) Foodie’s Guide to Yorkshire Delicacies

As I mentioned in the title, I certainly do not consider myself a foodie by any means (my idea of a good meal is Doritos, Easy Mac and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream), but living abroad has opened my eyes to the importance of food in culture. Despite America’s negative reputation as the world’s largest ...

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When life gives you lemons… make limoncello!

I’m writing this blog post as I approach the home stretch of my 12-hour commute from Sorrento to Venice on a major Italian holiday. You may be asking yourself, why would anyone try to travel 500 miles during one of the busiest travel days of the year? Well, you’ve probably guessed it right- once again, I ...

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Guy Fawkes Night

Each year, on November 5th, the crackling sounds and eccentric lights of fireworks reverberate throughout the United Kingdom in commemoration of a 1605 Catholic conspirator attempt to blow up the British parliament (perhaps this sounds familiar from the popular American novel, V for Vendetta, by Alan Moore.) Although Guy Fawkes Night, or Bonfire Night, seems ...

Call me a Londoner!

Summer is a great time to be in this beautiful floral city! The sun is not always out, but when it is it’s an exciting time.  To begin with, I will tell you what to pack to be well prepared before you arrive in this city. London’s weather is uncertain, even in the summers you ...

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“Welcome,” said Hagrid, “to Diagon Alley.”’

I was quite pleased to channel my inner Hermione Granger earlier this week when I visited the York Shambles, a historical street in York’s city center renowned for its wood-framed structures and overhanging arches.  But- known by any true Potterhead- the York Shambles is most famous for inspiring the iconic cobblestoned wizarding alley, Diagon Alley, ...

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The Insomniac’s Digest

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night completely convinced that you missed your bus to school? Flustered and tired, you begin your morning routine, slightly rushed this time. You brush your teeth, wash your face, and put on an outfit for the day. Just as you go to grab your bag ...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Navigating British Slang

On my very first night at the University of York, I found myself in a room full of students speaking the same language as me, and yet it sounded as if we were conversing in different tongues. Between the thick British accents (which may I add, are not accurately portrayed in modern American or British ...