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Try Again Tomorrow

Today was one of those days where you just have to tell yourself that tomorrow will be better. It wasn't that anything terrible happened, just that lots of little things went wrong: I accidentally way overslept, I didn't have time to eat lunch until 3:30, Pret was out of the foods that I like, my essay isn't going as well as I was hoping, and I had to walk the half hour home in freezing rain with no raincoat. The fact that my cold is only getting worse surely didn't help matters.

On the plus side, I got quite a bit of reading done at the library today, made a decision about which Winter Term 2016 program I'm applying to, and got to Skype with Mum and Hannah.

I also went to Rector's Cafe for a little while to have a pot of tea and a slice of Victoria Sponge to try and make myself feel better while I did some reading. I have to say, with Sam Smith music playing and my favorite treat...it actually kind of worked for a bit.


That's honestly the only photo I took today...proof that today was an off day! 

In any case, here's to trying again tomorrow...and hopefully having more photos to share with you! xx

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Eating with Friends

Typically, I eat two or all meals a day by myself here. Although to be honest, that's not much of a change from last semester at Elon. But today something momentous occurred: I ate two meals with friends. (Just to clarify: I enjoy eating by myself. I typically read, watch YouTube videos, or TV episodes and just enjoy a nice break from everything. But friends are nice too.) 

I met Lucy for lunch today at this adorable little cafe called The Cottage Kitchen. We both got sausage rolls which were delicious, but difficult to eat. I also was very excited to have some loose leaf tea...something I've been missing! 




After eating, we stopped into a bakery called Fisher and Donaldson's that I eye every time I walk by it. It has so many different pastries that it's difficult to make a decision (especially for indecisive people like Lucy and me). After much deliberation, I got a chocolate eclair and Lucy got a fudge donut. They were delicious even if they did send us both into sugar rushes. 



True beauty.
We went and hung out in the theology lounge until Lucy had to leave for her 2pm lecture (the theology students are my favorite), at which point I headed to Starbucks to get some reading done. I worked there for several hours and actually accomplished quite a bit.


Finally I decided to head back since I needed to stop at the grocery store and do my weekly shop on the way. As I walked back to North Haugh (the area that my hall is in), it was snowing lightly! While it may have been snowing in Raleigh and Elon a lot for the past couple of weeks, it was the first bit of snow I've seen since the first week I was here! 

I met up with my JSA friends tonight for a potluck dinner. While everyone else made delicious food (thank goodness I fell into a friend group of good cooks), I brought a bottle of wine and crusty dinner rolls. Thanks, Tesco. 


Since dinner, I've been trying to get more reading done. It's been a very productive day as I've done reading, did laundry, had two very lovely meals with friends, and got invited to join Phi Kappa Phi! Here's to hoping tomorrow will be every bit as productive as today. xx

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The Ladies Who Brunch

As much as I didn't want to, I had to get up this morning and run to Tesco's to get the things I'd agreed to bring to brunch. Still better than going last night in the windy rainy muck that was the weather after I got back from Edinburgh!

After a quick Tesco's run, my JSA friends and I gathered in my kitchen to cook brunch. We had juice, tea, raspberries, pies, homemade banana chocolate "donuts," croissants with jam and nutella, fritatta, and bacon. It was very delicious and it was nice to get to see everyone.

Somehow this is the only picture I took!
 I spent most of the rest of the day alternating between relaxing and doing reading. I'm hoping to actually get over this cold! I had some macaroni pies and a tropical fruit cup (pineapple, grapes, kiwi, and mango) for dinner while watching some vlogs.


I'm feeling quite poorly now and have a bad stomachache on top of cold symptoms. Here's to hoping I'll feel better tomorrow! xx
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Rugby Match Vlog!

I took a bit of footage at the rugby match yesterday that I wanted to share with you all!

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Chasing the Sun

The trip around Europe with Ben was a success, but tiring. I may have forgotten include any rest days in our itinerary…whoops. I definitely learned my lesson and will build in a few relaxing days on my next trip. I’ll update soon with stories of our adventures, but until then, here are a few photos from the trip. :)

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Ben flew home Thursday and I have spent the last few days relaxing, ignoring my growing to do list and enjoying the last few days of vacation before classes start back up. This time tomorrow, I’ll be busy with classes and thesis work. Tomorrow I start my first of 4 “elective” classes. They are exactly the same as the “major” classes I took earlier in the semester, just a little bit shorter (lasting 2 weeks each instead of 3 weeks). I will be taking one class at a time and usually have 6 hour blocks of class a few days a week. These long days, combined with the inconsistent French class schedule, and the fact that one of my classes only meets for a week means that I don’t have many days of classes left before graduation. 23 days of class to be exact. Where did time go?!?!

But, fear not. I will still be very busy, despite having a lighter class schedule–my senior thesis needs to be written. And I have made the ambitious, but necessary, goal of having a draft of my thesis done by Easter weekend…which is only 34 days away. So, I’m off to enjoy my last day of vacation before classes and thesis work resume tomorrow.


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DRESDEN & COPENHAGEN

Wow, I can’t believe I am finished with my first month at MODOMOTO already! The time is flying by and I really enjoy working there. On the weekends, Matt and I had the chance to visit Dresden, attend a soccer game at the Olympia Stadium, and travel to Copenhagen. Check out the pics below for more:

Dresden's Zwinger Palace IMG_5907 IMG_5911 IMG_5918 IMG_5923 IMG_5931 IMG_5947 IMG_5952 Fürstenzug/Procession of Princes: This mural depicts the rulers of Saxony from 1127 to 1904 (Dresden is the capital of Saxony). It is also the largest piece of porcelain artwork in the world. Frauenkirche: This church was destroyed during the bombing of Dresden in WWII and was later rebuilt after the reunification of Germany. The Elbe River separates Dresden's old and new sections. IMG_5975 We found a replica of the Frauenkirche made completely of legos on the top floor of Karstadt, a German department store. A few weekends ago, Matt and I went to lunch in Kreuzberg with an Elon alum living in Berlin. I didn't know that anyone else from Elon was living in Berlin until she contacted me. It was nice to have a taste of home here and to hear advice on the best places to see in Berlin. We came across the random pile of books while searching for a restaurant. Olympiastadion: This stadium was originally built for the 1936 Summer Olympics. Hitler held these Olympics for propaganda purposes, and these were actually the first games to have television and radio transmissions in 28 languages.  (If you happened to see the movie Unbroken, this was also the stadium where Louis Zamperini raced and shook Hitler's hand.) the Olympic pool We went to the stadium to see Berlin's Hertha face Freiburg. Unfortunately, Hertha lost 0 - 2. IMG_5994 Nyhavn in Copenhagen IMG_6016 IMG_6018 IMG_6019 Amalienborg Palace IMG_6023 We saw the changing of the guards at the palace. IMG_6038 IMG_6057 IMG_6063 IMG_6070_2_2 the Little Mermaid: one of Copenhagen's trademark sights IMG_6076 Rosenborg Castle IMG_6082 IMG_6085 We went up the Round Tower for an aerial view of the city and found this art exhibit halfway up. IMG_6090 IMG_6092 IMG_6100_2_2 view of Copenhagen from the Round Tower The core of the tower is hollow so we got to step on the glass and look to the bottom, quite nerveracking Church of Our Lady City Hall Tivoli is an amusement park. Unfortunately, it isn't open until April 1. We stopped in Denmark's National Museum to learn about Danish history and the vikings. IMG_6120_2_2 IMG_6124 IMG_6128 IMG_6129 IMG_6142 IMG_6149 IMG_6165 We had the chance to meet up with Emma Vo and Kenzie Conley who are Elon students studying abroad in Copenhagen. Emma showed us this awesome food truck market with delicious options. Christiania considers itself a free state inside of Copenhagen. It is very hippie-like and has a lot of weed dealers. The rules of the district are only have fun, don't run, and no photos. IMG_6162 grafitti artists Church of Our Savior in Christianshavn The old stock market IMG_6176 Christiansborg Palace IMG_6182 view from the tower on top of the palace IMG_6189 IMG_6195 Matt sneezing Elias and Michael are on the Business Development team with me at MODOMOTO. We have spent some time at our warehouse this week and typically drink the best macchiatos during lunch break at this "exclusive" cafe.
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Nicole Actually Enjoys a Sports Game??

A few days ago, we got an email asking if we wanted to go to see the Six Nations Scotland versus Italy rugby match today with other people from the surrounding residence halls. Ali and I managed to grab tickets before they ran out, so this morning we set out on the rented coach bus to Edinburgh! 

I've gotten used to taking the bus to Dundee whose windows are always too dirty to see out of. So I was absolutely enchanted by the Scottish countryside and the dreary, grey weather only seemed to enhance it. 






I was also lucky enough to be sitting next to Ali, a geoscience major, who explained how the hills were formed millions of years ago. 

When we finally reached Edinburgh, everyone on the streets seemed so excited! The pub across the road from the stadium was packed with people dressed in the team's colors. 


BT Murrayfield Stadium
Ali and I grabbed some food before heading to our seats (I got a delicious and huge helping of curly fries with cheese). We were near the back of the stadium, but actually had a fantastic view.







I can't say I really understand rugby, but I was able to follow it better than any other sport I've ever watched! I honestly couldn't tell if there were any rules...it kind of just seemed like they just tackled each other to the ground and wrestled around. I liked it because it was much faster paced than American football, but it did stress me out that no one was wearing a helmet! 

I have to say, the Scots were actually an impressively polite crowd. While everyone was very excited and cheering, they were rarely rowdy. Still not exactly my scene (I'll take a theatre over a stadium any day, thank you) but it was a nice experience for a day.

Unfortunately, Scotland lost to Italy in the last minute of the game (after being in the lead for the rest of it!) and it started to rain. By the time we were back to the bus, we were soaking wet...and then had to wait an hour for one of the St Andrews people to finally make it to the bus. Needless to say, we weren't thrilled. 

Despite the rain and the loss, I actually had a great time and I'm super glad that Ali and I went! xx

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On the Town

Yesterday morning, I headed over to the Gateway cafe to get some work done. I actually accomplished a fair amount, had a delicious lunch of a bacon and cheddar panini, and drank three pots of tea. 

#yum
I went with Ali to pick up our tickets for the rugby game that we're going to today from Andrew Melville Hall. I'd never seen Melville up close before and now I'm very thankful that I don't live there. It honestly has a rather eerie vibe...it was used in the dystopian movie "Never Let Me Go" (with Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield) as a school for children who were being raised to be organ donors. And I completely understand why they chose it.

No thanks.
I made myself a baked potato with cheese and bacon for dinner! So maybe I overloaded on the bacon yesterday...

Last night, Christina, Ali, and I went out. We started at one of the bars at the Student Union, which was super fun and had a good vibe. However, no one was really dancing yet and we wanted to dance (like always!) so we headed over to one of the other popular bars, the Vic. It turned out to be super crowded and the DJ wasn't very good at all. But we'd paid 4 pounds (2 to get in, 2 to check out coats) so we figured we had to stay for a while. We left around 1:45am to escape the 2am closing time rush. I was up for checking out Dervish, the place where all the students go to grab food after being out, but the line was quite long so we just headed back instead. 

Overall, it was a bit disappointing, but at least we learned that we should just stay at the Union! xx


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On the Town

Yesterday morning, I headed over to the Gateway cafe to get some work done. I actually accomplished a fair amount, had a delicious lunch of a bacon and cheddar panini, and drank three pots of tea. 

#yum
I went with Ali to pick up our tickets for the rugby game that we're going to today from Andrew Melville Hall. I'd never seen Melville up close before and now I'm very thankful that I don't live there. It honestly has a rather eerie vibe...it was used in the dystopian movie "Never Let Me Go" (with Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield) as a school for children who were being raised to be organ donors. And I completely understand why they chose it.

No thanks.
I made myself a baked potato with cheese and bacon for dinner! So maybe I overloaded on the bacon yesterday...

Last night, Christina, Ali, and I went out. We started at one of the bars at the Student Union, which was super fun and had a good vibe. However, no one was really dancing yet and we wanted to dance (like always!) so we headed over to one of the other popular bars, the Vic. It turned out to be super crowded and the DJ wasn't very good at all. But we'd paid 4 pounds (2 to get in, 2 to check out coats) so we figured we had to stay for a while. We left around 1:45am to escape the 2am closing time rush. I was up for checking out Dervish, the place where all the students go to grab food after being out, but the line was quite long so we just headed back instead. 

Overall, it was a bit disappointing, but at least we learned that we should just stay at the Union! xx


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Catching Up

Sorry for the recent radio silence on my part. I've been rather busy over the past two days.

Wednesday, when I dragged myself out of bed, I went into town and actually got a seat in the Student Union cafe (I haven't been able to for about two weeks!). Amongst buying my Big Top Ball ticket and grabbing a few grocery items, I managed to do almost all of the work for my presentation.

Love my polka dot bobble hat
I missed this 
This chocolate mint frap was sooo good and much
cheaper than Starbucks
I was also super excited to get my package from Mum when I got home. The Last Five Years movie soundtrack and watermelon sour patch kids? I was over the moon.


I attempted to make a fancy open faced sandwich for dinner, but it was one of the worst things I've ever attempted to eat. I ended up throwing it away to eat toast. You can't win every battle, I suppose. 


Yesterday, I had an incredibly busy day! I had both of my classes, including my presentation which I think went fairly well. 

I went to Pret for lunch to reward myself with prosciutto mac & cheese. Yes, that's spilled tea on my tray. Yes, I spent about 10 minutes cleaning spilled tea off of the tray, table, and my clothing because the lady poured it too full. Yes, I was annoyed. 


On my way back from town, I bought myself from fish & chips from Cromar's again. #soyummy


Last night, the History Society did a decades themed pub crawl. I decided to go dressed as a flapper! I was actually having a great time and making friends for the first time since orientation, but I had to leave after only one pub to go back to the dorm and do my housing sign-up for Elon next spring.

"Gatsby? What Gatsby?" 
Unfortunately, right about as I stepped foot into the building, Stefanie got the email that the apartments we wanted were full. (I checked online and they were full for me too. I've still not gotten the email, though, which is part of my annoyance at Elon Housing.)

I was a bit annoyed considering I couldn't go rejoin the pub crawl (as I didn't know where they were at and it was a thirty minute walk into town) but I'd left for no reason. I ended up curling up in bed with a movie and my clotted cream & strawberries ice cream so the night wasn't a total loss. xx
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