Category: England

I don’t know how to cross the street: Culture shock in London

Culture shock is a given when you live, or travel, somewhere new. I expected to have to get used to seeing cars and pedestrians on the other side of the road or hearing lift, football or chips opposed to elevator, soccer and fries. But I figured since we spoke the same language and I was ...

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Eating my way through London

When I went to Ireland on a family vacation a few years ago, every morning consisted of beans, sausage, eggs and toast. Although I enjoyed the traditional full English breakfast, I was dying for some variety by the end of the week we were there.  I was worried when coming to London that I would ...

Channel 4 does it first, makes trouble, and inspires change with “Naked Attraction”

During the first in-person class I have had in a year and a half, we discussed BBC and Channel 4, the most popular broadcast services in the UK, and I fell instantly in love with Channel 4’s mission and content: Do It First, Make Trouble, and Inspire Change. Having a father that was born and ...

34 hours until freedom

I am on Day 9 of the 10-day quarantine at FIE housing. A floormate and I have made a countdown for 11:59 p.m. on Sunday the 27th, at which point we will flood outside and enjoy the first fresh air we have gotten in what feels like two months.  Settling into my room and getting ...

A year and a half later than expected— I have made it to Europe!

It has been a dream of mine to study and live abroad, so sophomore year I applied to a bunch of abroad opportunities: a week-long ICA in Greece, a 5-week summer creative writing workshop in Ireland, and seriously considered an international co-op in Zimbabwe.  Within the first three weeks of March of 2020, all three ...

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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 ...