Saturday, August 20, 2011

Life Goes On!

I mean, I guess you might want to hear about my not-as-exciting travels too, right? Am I just talking to myself? That's okay, too. Tomorrow I'm driving up to the less exciting section of Ohio - Northern Ohio. I've heard lots of great things and it contains two people who are very important to me. My Grandma and Laura. Unfortunately, I'm only seeing one of them this weekend. Fortunately, I'm seeing one of them this weekend! Maybe sometime soon Laura and I can be reunited with American food and infamous Canton thrift stores. Until then, I'm excited for my road trip and looking forward to seeing someone I haven't seen since before I left for my dear England.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

I Miss Brighton

I've been back in America, (although not necessarily home,) for a month and 10 days. I don't think about Brighton all the time, but I do think about it every day. Anyway, I miss it so much. Sometimes it's overwhelming, like right now. It feels like I could be there in a couple minutes. Like I could hop on the 25 and go to the Lanes or the pier or the beach. Or my dear Pavilion.

I feel like I've lost a friend. And lots of friends.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

One Month

It's officially been one month since I've gotten back from England. People have been asking what I've learned and if I could describe my entire experience in one sentence, what would it be, etc. (my answer was, 'England really is a foreign country,' much to their dismay). But to be honest, I don't have answers to those questions yet. I learned a lot. A lot about myself and a lot about England and traveling.

I would say, DO IT. Study abroad. Apply for grants and scholarships, talk to as many people as possible, read blogs! Just make sure you travel. I learned that I love where I'm from. Ohio is not the awful place I thought it was before I left. That is something I learned.

I miss the friends I made. And I miss England so much. I even miss some of the food. Who knew?! But now I know that traveling isn't hard. It can be expensive, but the world is something to see. I'm so excited to see more of it and more of England.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The End

This happened today, finally. Unfortunately, the "real" Platform 9 3/4 was lost to construction for the foreseeable future. This was good enough for me. It was my last time in London!

As a little side-note, it is officially my last day in Brighton. We're going to clean and spend some last minute time on the gorgeous pier. This might be my last post until I'm back home in scorching Cincinnati. I'm going to miss the mild weather England has given me. I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful city to live in the past 4 1/2 months.

I've written everyone's goodbye letters. They're ready to be slipped under doors at 4:30 in the morning on Monday.

I can't wait to see my momma.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

There are giants in the sky...

Laura, Shayna and I had an amazing day at the beach today. We always have awesome days together, it seems. We did a lot of the "last time" things that were on our list.

Last baguette. Saddest thought of my life.

Last tea (for Laura) at Tic Toc Cafe in the Lanes.

Last day lounging on the beach.

Last time on the pier, (maybe?) Pier rides, finally.

Ice cream with a (traditional) chocolate flake. The Brits love it.

The rest of the day is dedicated to studying for my last final tomorrow. On Saturday Laura and I are going into London (for the last time) to shop and laugh and maybe ride the London Eye. Sunday, we clean and finish packing and say goodbye. Monday at 4am, we wake up and leave. Time is fast and slow. The adventure of a lifetime is ending and my brain can't handle it.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Top Ten

I leave in - that's right! - less than a week. I'm excited. We're all excited. The fields are covered in bright red poppies. The sky is sunny and overcast, (England knows how to do it). Campus is clearing out for the summer, our flat is quiet and packing. It's time to go home. So here are the...

Top Ten Things I'll Miss Most:

  1. The Royal Pavilion
  2. Brighton Pier
  3. Double decker buses
  4. The beach
  5. The GORGEOUS weather
  6. The Lanes/North Laine
  7. The good food (baguettes, Lick, pasties)
  8. The hills, the hills, the hills
  9. Silly English people. Ohh, my.
  10. My sweet new American friends

It's going to be hard to leave. It feels weird to pack everything up. I just keep saying everything is "weird". Packing is weird, these feelings are weird, thinking about how fast and slow time has passed is weird, thinking about home is weird. England is weird, America is weird.