Elon Study Abroad

Modern Day Cosette

Lucy said that I looked like a modern-day Cosette today. I can kind of see it!


Today I went into town to hand in my essay and return some library books. I decided to stop for lunch at Pret...oh how I've missed Pret the past couple of days!


I was happy to get back to my room when I did though...because about 30 minutes later, it started hailing! It only lasted for about 10 minutes but it was still a bit scary.

This afternoon, I had a Skype interview for an internship for this summer and then worked on my presentation for Thursday. For dinner, I made peas and a lovely pastry with baked beans inside. Not exactly healthy, but oh so yummy.


I promise that tomorrow, I'm actually going out into the world to meet people...I'm having lunch with Lucy. xx
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12 Days in Europe: Berlin

After a short train ride from Hamburg, we arrived at the final stop of our trip, Berlin. Our first day there, we took another free walking tour of the city. It was a great tour that helped us get oriented in the city and see some of the major sites, including the Berlin Wall, the Holocaust Memorial, and the Bradenburg Gate.

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The second day was a Monday, so all of the museums in the city were closed. Instead of seeing more of the city, we decided to take a tour of the nearby concentration camp, Saxenhausen. It was a good, but hard day. I’m glad that I was able to visit a camp in person and learn more about what happened during the holocaust.

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And then, all too soon, our time in Germany came to close. We ended the trip in Reims. I showed Ben the cathedral, my school, and we went champagne tasting at Taittinger. It was the a great, and relaxing, end to our trip. :)

Did you miss any of the posts about our trip? Catch up here!

Itinerary: https://dabblingintraveling.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/12-days-in-europe-itinerary/ 

Parishttps://dabblingintraveling.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/12-days-in-europe-paris/ 

Brusselshttps://dabblingintraveling.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/12-days-in-europe-brussels/ 

Amsterdamhttps://dabblingintraveling.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/12-days-in-europe-amsterdam/ 

Hamburghttps://dabblingintraveling.wordpress.com/2015/03/29/12-days-in-europe-hamburg/ 


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Reviewing the Situation

Today, amongst completing lots of other little tasks (including reorganizing my desk shelves), I wrote two reviews: my book review for my class due Wednesday and my review of Les Miserables.

I'm so excited that I got my book review finished today so I can go into town and turn it in tomorrow, a day ahead of time! I have a presentation in my other class on Thursday so it's nice to have this paper out of the way.

I know it's taken forever, but exactly two weeks after I saw it, I finally wrote my review of Les Miserables in the West End. I broke it into performance by actor for the main characters...it was going really well until I got to Christian Edwards as Grantaire and I devolved into "He is perfect."

I also made myself a lovely dinner of pasta and chicken "goujons" as they call them here (seriously why do they need such a fancy name for chicken tenders?). I'm very excited to actually go to town tomorrow and eat lunch in a restaurant. xx


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Reviewing the Situation

Today, amongst completing lots of other little tasks (including reorganizing my desk shelves), I wrote two reviews: my book review for my class due Wednesday and my review of Les Miserables.

I'm so excited that I got my book review finished today so I can go into town and turn it in tomorrow, a day ahead of time! I have a presentation in my other class on Thursday so it's nice to have this paper out of the way.

I know it's taken forever, but exactly two weeks after I saw it, I finally wrote my review of Les Miserables in the West End. I broke it into performance by actor for the main characters...it was going really well until I got to Christian Edwards as Grantaire and I devolved into "He is perfect."

I also made myself a lovely dinner of pasta and chicken "goujons" as they call them here (seriously why do they need such a fancy name for chicken tenders?). I'm very excited to actually go to town tomorrow and eat lunch in a restaurant. xx


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Quest for Cake

Today, I really wanted cake. So, obviously, I want cake in a very passive manner most days but today was different. I watched several vlogs of my favorite YouTuber Zoe Sugg's birthday party and saw her massive rainbow layer cake and then also saw Hannah's cake for her birthday party which was today. 

Everything was cake and everything hurt. So finally, I decided that it was worth the walk into town and the break from my work to get some cake. And I also decided to chronicle my cake quest via Snapchat. 





I ended up going ahead with my weekly grocery shopping trip while I was there and picked up some more veggie burgers, some sweet potato fries, and some ranch dressing!
healthy dinner makes eating cake better, right?
Honestly other than my quest for cake, today was just a normal day of work. Tomorrow classes start back up so all the students will be back! It'll be wonderful to actually see people around, even if it does mean I'll have to fight for a seat in Pret again. xx
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Quest for Cake

Today, I really wanted cake. So, obviously, I want cake in a very passive manner most days but today was different. I watched several vlogs of my favorite YouTuber Zoe Sugg's birthday party and saw her massive rainbow layer cake and then also saw Hannah's cake for her birthday party which was today. 

Everything was cake and everything hurt. So finally, I decided that it was worth the walk into town and the break from my work to get some cake. And I also decided to chronicle my cake quest via Snapchat. 





I ended up going ahead with my weekly grocery shopping trip while I was there and picked up some more veggie burgers, some sweet potato fries, and some ranch dressing!
healthy dinner makes eating cake better, right?
Honestly other than my quest for cake, today was just a normal day of work. Tomorrow classes start back up so all the students will be back! It'll be wonderful to actually see people around, even if it does mean I'll have to fight for a seat in Pret again. xx
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12 Days in Europe: Hamburg

The final leg of my trip with Ben was 4 days in Germany, starting with 2 days in Hamburg. When we arrived in Hamburg after an early flight from Amsterdam, we were exhausted. After checking into our hotel, grabbing lunch, and getting coffee, we hopped on a bus tour of the city. It was a great way to see the city while sitting down and staying out of the drizzling rain that had started up. The bus tour ended in the early afternoon and we promptly headed back to our hotel for a nap and a lazy afternoon.

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Hamburg was Ben’s first real taste of the language barrier. In Paris and Brussels, I could speak French, and in English is widely spoken in Amsterdam. But once we got to Hamburg, our combined knowledge of 10 German words didn’t help us out that much. However, English is the international travel language, so we didn’t have much trouble, but I did end up accidentally ordering an appetizer at dinner.

After having a day of rest, we set out to see as much of Hamburg as we could in the time we had left. Unfortunately, the weather was cold and rainy, but we made the best of the situation. First, we headed to St. Michaels church and climbed to the top to get an amazing view of the city. Next, we headed to the Miniature World Exhibit. It is home to the world’s largest model railway and is absolutely amazing. We spent a good 3 hours there but you could easily spend an entire day there looking at the exhibit. The attention to detail and the massive scale of the exhibit is astounding. If you ever find yourself in Hamburg, I definitely recommend visiting!

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We wandered around the city some more in the afternoon, grabbed dinner, and had another early night to make sure that we were well rested for our last few days of travel. Next stop: Berlin.


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Warner Brothers Studios Harry Potter Tour Vlog!

Remember when we visited the Harry Potter Studios and I said that I had video footage to share with you? I finally took the time to edit it all together, so...voila! A little montage-y vlog from the Warner Brothers Studios. xx

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Warner Brothers Studios Harry Potter Tour Vlog!

Remember when we visited the Harry Potter Studios and I said that I had video footage to share with you? I finally took the time to edit it all together, so...voila! A little montage-y vlog from the Warner Brothers Studios. xx

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Retail Therapy

It feels like since I got back to St Andrews on Sunday, I've been either working or making YouTube videos while taking a break from working. The constant work in addition to me still being sick is exhausting me! So today, while I did also do some reading, I also tried to relax a little bit.

And how better to relax than to go shopping? After a late lunch at Costa, I headed to H&M to do a bit of shopping. I spent about an hour trying on clothes and looking through the store and generally just enjoying being able to be in an H&M that is walking distance from my dorm. I ended up buying three things: a beautiful black lace dress, a cute little gold necklace (for only 2 pounds!), and a face mask packet.
#latelunch 
It makes me think of the Blank Space music video!

After some more reading and a great Facetime session with Stefanie, I made a dinner of chicken fingers (or goujons as they're called here apparently) and zucchini fries. They didn't turn out as well as the asparagus fries did, but they were still delicious! 



Since dinner, I finished my chapter of reading and did my face mask while starting a movie. Now I'm all curled up in bed with a hot tea and my movie to finish...what a fantastic way to spend a Saturday night! xx


On a side note, I couldn't resist sharing this. Yesterday Lucy described my aesthetic as "flower crowns and revolutionaries," which is undoubtably true and a good indication of how well she knows me. Today, I proved it without even thinking about it and then realized what I'd done. 

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