Category: England

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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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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 ...

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A Comparative Europe

Recently, I stumbled upon a post on Instagram that compared major American cities (namely New York City and Los Angeles) to London, the largest city in the United Kingdom. While the post was intended to help readers deciding on which city to live, it had a different impact on me. This post inspired me to ...

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Tis the Season… Co/op Season, that is.

For most American students, November starts the countdown to endless turkey, Black Friday shopping, and cheesy Christmas carols on every radio station, but for any Drexel student on the fall/winter cycle, November just signifies the daunting task of co/op applications and the unnerving feeling of awaiting interview requests. But what’s the only thing worse than ...

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English vs. American Uni Fashion Trends: That is so fetch!

I have never really considered myself a fashionable dresser (I like to chuck it up to the fact that “trendy” clothing is not meant to be worn by anyone under five feet tall), but I have always been good at recognizing popular fashion trends in America, especially among my peers at university. American university fashion ...

Don’t be a Tourist, be an Explorer.

Once you have made your study schedule, plan out your explorations. If it’s your first time and you wish to do the tourists activities, go for it! Once you have them all covered, really explore the city like a local! One of best things I did was go on an afternoon tea. It was part ...

Mind the Gap!

Here are some tips about the underground and everything else you need to know about getting around in London as well as three of my favorite markets in the city! They are a must go! FIE provides students with an oyster card and the rides are free. I didn’t know this in the beginning and ...

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Home Sweet Homesick

I have always considered myself an independent person, and consequently assumed that homesickness would never apply to me. I am in Europe traveling the world and (as my mother likes to remind me) taking classes, how could I possibly miss the Drexel shaft? Well, as I have learned the hard way, homesickness inevitably happens to ...

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Winter is Coming… and I’m searching Hvar and wide for some place warm! #iykyk

After four cold and rainy weeks here at the University of York, I decided it was finally time to boost my Vitamin D count and add some color back to my fading tan by visiting the Croatian islands of Split, Hvar, and Trogir. From its highest mountain peak to its deepest ocean floor, the islands ...

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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 ...