Category: England

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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 ...

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Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

After a 14-hour flight and a quick (and when I say quick, I mean four days) pit-stop at Oktoberfest, I finally landed at the Manchester airport earlier this week, where I was immediately greeted by representatives from the University of York and chauffeured to my new home in Heslington, England. Despite the cold, rainy weather ...

Leaving London

As I am writing this, I am in my flat in London for the last time ever. It is bittersweet to leave London. Though I am excited to see my friends back home again, I will deeply miss London. I’ll miss the clean empty streets of South Kensington, the grassy lounging areas in Hyde Park, ...

Completing my London Bucket List

As my term at London is soon to come to an end, I find myself rushing to complete my bucket list of things to do in this amazing city.  I went to the famous Tate Modern (a modern and contemporary art museum). Honestly, I have never been a fan of modern art but this museum ...

Experiencing the Best of Museums in London

London is famous for their many (and I cannot emphasize this enough), many museums. Museums here are generally free. As someone who has done their co-op at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, I have greatly come to appreciate museums. I was especially excited to check out the Natural History Museum in London, as it ...