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My Moral Hazard

"Your best bet may be to just go uninsured." I sat in disbelief. Is this really what it had come to? I thanked the insurance salesman and pressed “End” on the Skype call.  He had just informed me that it will take three months to get me onto Medicaid or ... read more

Anjali Nirmalan

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How to Slay a Dragon - and other lessons the English have cast off

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Anjali Nirmalan

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London or Nothing

It's crunch-time. The perverbial period of overly caffinated, underly rested students, but all I can think about is London. To be on the Tower Bridge again. In Picadilly Circus. To be anywhere but here. I would pay anything. Ironically, that seems to be the only thing possibly preventing my ... read more

Casey Brehm

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Not Cole Porter's Kate, but Kate Nonetheless

  Royal Fable Once upon a time, there was a handsome prince who was forced to grown up without his beautiful mother. What should his name be? Good idea, let's call him William. Prince William's life was heavily scrutinized because he was the second in line (only behind his ... read more

Brianna Jentz

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Let's Start at the Beginning- Europe

 I figure that the most important thing you do in life is to experience it and a big part of that is travel.  Europe was my first trip abroad, and it gave me an excitement for learning about the world that I would have never gained from books, and I ... read more

Jessica Michael

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Generation WHY?

  Generation Y- Are We Still Dealing With Sexism?   My history teacher in high school was always fascinated with generations. He described his generation as selfish and more than once he called my generation apathetic. Then he heard John Mayer's song “Waiting on the World to Change,” which somehow changed ... read more

Brianna Jentz

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"It's going to be legend- and I hope you aren't lactose intollerant because the second part of that word is- DERRY."

    A young girl in a school uniform, complete with a white shirt, green tie, and plaid skirt, stands with her hands clasped as if she was sing in a Madrigal. There is a barricade behind her. The steel gates, pipes, and barbed wire obstruct any beauty that may have been ... read more

Brianna Jentz

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Waiting for a Police Box to Whisk Me Away

  “Doctor Who” Language   There are very few Sci-fi television shows that have captivated my interest as much as the new version of “Doctor Who.” I do enjoy books and movies such as “Harry Potter” and “LOTR,” but those are considered fantasy and not sci-fi. Scientific fiction has perplexed me for ... read more

Brianna Jentz

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"I'm 24601" Blog 4

  “The Nick Jonas Effect”   Well, I found a way to get me to drink beer. Cast Nick Jonas as Marius in “Les Miserables.” I never thought it would happen. There I was watching the “25th Anniversary Concert of 'Les Miserables'” at the Omni Center in Edinburgh, enjoying the melodious sounds ... read more

Brianna Jentz

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London- Blog 3

  The few days that I spent in London left in a blur. It was a very exciting time in England's history since it is the first time since John Paul II died that the pope has visited. There was turmoil, a discovered assassination plot, protestors, supporters, and lots of ... read more

Brianna Jentz

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On Being a Fresher at Bristol Uni

Welcome, welcome, fresh batch of younglings! You’ve just arrived at Bristol and you’re probably still rushing about in that maddening Freshers’ Week frenzy of “So what’s your name? What course are you studying? Where are you from?”. You’ve probably done the generic Whiteladies/ Park Street bar ... read more

Leah Eades

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Hay-on-Wye in the Autumn

    Hay-on-Wye is a small Welsh market town that straddles the Welsh- Anglo border and sits huddled within the Brecon Beacons National Park (about an hour and a half’s drive from Bristol incidentally)- nothing out of the ordinary, except that it’s positively groaning with the weight of its many ... read more

Leah Eades

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A Tour of Onscreen Bristol

 Bristol’s looking familiar, and it’s not just because we walk through it every day. No, it’s because it’s reflected back to us from the silver screen. It seems that wherever you go in Bristol, it has at some point been used for filming. Start off at ... read more

Leah Eades

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Lucky

  “If you are lucky enough to appear to be under 21 we will ask for identification for alcohol or any other restricted item purchase” reads the sign at LIDL's grocery. I'm paraphrasing, of course, but I am very amused by this cheery sign. It puts a complete new ... read more

Brianna Jentz

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Invisible Packback 2

  I'm in Scotland!  I'm in Scotland!  I'm in Scotland!  This is a very momentous moment in my life.  I'm discovering fish and chips, that bathroom stall topics are "what do men really wear under their kilts?", and constantly converting pounds into U.S. dollars in my ... read more

Brianna Jentz

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Invisible Backpack

  I'm in Scotland!  I'm in Scotland!  I'm in Scotland!  This is a very momentous moment in my life.  I'm discovering fish and chips, that bathroom stall topics are "what do men really wear under their kilts?", and constantly converting pounds into U.S. dollars in my ... read more

Brianna Jentz

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Pleased as Punch

You could call it a conference of sorts - a swazzled one. Once a year, professors from across the country gather in London's Covent Garden to brag, argue, compete, and dazzle.  But rather than briefcases and papers, they come armed with wood, felt, sequins, gilt paint - and each brandishes their ... read more

Anjali Nirmalan

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Travel Wrap-Up

 My apologies to all my loyal readers, (about 6 or so) that I have not written a new blog post in so long. I’ve been dealing with a stomach bug for the last month and have been preoccupied with getting healthy and finishing up my London bucket list. First ... read more

Matthew Delman

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Two Weeks, Ten Countries: a backpacker's itinerary

Just over two weeks spent traveling through ten European countries. It was completely worth every minute spent planning the trip - but you're welcome to save yourself some time by stealing parts of our itinerary. We used an Interrail flexipass.  It was valid for 10 days of travel within 22 ... read more

Anjali Nirmalan

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"If an 85-year-old gay man is giving you the eye, it's probably glaucoma."

One afternoon in Camden, I found myself at a 'tea dance' for elderly LGBT Londoners. There I sliced apricot cake, learned Scottish highland line dancing from the Gay Gordons, and was enlightened as to the hey-days of "cottaging." As we popped pink balloons at the end of the event, an ... read more

Anjali Nirmalan

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Getting Around and Out of London

Don't forget to leave London too! Recommended day trips: Brighton (by rail), Cambridge, Oxford (by the Oxford Tube bus), Windsor Castle (by rail). More than a day trip: Penzance (Land's End), Edinburgh, Paris (by EuroStar).  Explore the free HOST family home-stay option.   A UK youth railcard (valid on ... read more

Anjali Nirmalan

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A Bit of Song and Dance: How to Entertain Yourself in the UK

First step: get on the e-newsletter of TimeOut London. And if you regularly check their website for popular events and what's approaching on the weekend, you'll always be the hip friend who knows what's going on.   TimeOut will also give you the low-down on approaching city festivals ... read more

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Space Cakes and Soviets

Hello again, I must thank you once more for the picture book that Royal Mail finally delivered into my impatient hands. Speaking of children's stories, I just watched "Fantastic Mr. Fox" and if you haven't seen it yet then you really must because it is surprisingly true to ... read more

Anjali Nirmalan

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Free Museums & Galleries in London

London boasts some of the best museums and galleries - and also many free ones. How lucky that most are one and the same. Below are my personal favourites - and you will almost certainly require more than one visit to each. The British Museum Don't miss: the Elgin Marbles, Rosetta ... read more

Anjali Nirmalan

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The Completely Biased "Best Of London" Dining List

As everyone knows, the best British food is...not British. Pass on all the cliched fish-and-chips in favor of this foodie's London. (Note: especially biased towards my Islington neighborhood.)  The Completely Biased "Best of London" Dining List Best steak: Skip all the central London tourist steakhouses in favor of ... read more

Anjali Nirmalan

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How to Score Cheap Theatre Tickets in London

It's the return of the youth discount. The British government has long recognized that young adulthood does not come with deep resources, and so many cultural institutions offer discounts for not only students but also the unemployed - and virtually anyone under age 26.  Thanks to a recent project by ... read more

Anjali Nirmalan

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Chocolate Rain

Hot chocolate has a better reputation here than in the States. Americans regard it as no more than a coffee substitute for children; they make it with powder and water. But the British have a much higher standard: real liquid chocolate, foamy whole milk, and always the option for real ... read more

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Lying in Church: The Backpacker's Religion

My friend Jade likes to lie in church. On the ground. It gets tricky in a house of worship; sometimes she has to settle for kneeling.  In the Hagia Sofia, she had barely a minute to soak in the 6th-century dome before a security guard dragged her up.   But it ... read more

Anjali Nirmalan

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European on the floor!

 Hi Everybody, it's Dr. Del! I've been staying busy the last two weeks taking Spanish exams, going out, and referencing the simpsons in my blog salutation. The Bloody Beetroots were good but a bit too intense for me, especially the mosh pit. I spent a while on the ... read more

Matthew Delman

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I AMsterdam

  The Do's and Dont's of Amsterdam: 1) DO NOT fly into Eindhoven in an attempt to save 20 pounds. We had to pay 14 pounds a piece for bus tickets to and from Stansted airport an hour and a half outside of London, and then bus tickets to ... read more

Matthew Delman

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Football (The Non-American Kind)

 When I was a kid, I played a lot of soccer. Most Americans can make this statement truthfully. But how many actually continue to play throughout high school or college? In England, and I presume most places around the world, they play soccer their whole lives. The World Cup is ... read more

Matthew Delman

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The Classy and The Trashy

 Let us start with the Trashy, as that is usually more interesting and attention-grabbing. Please forgive me for the crude nature of this story. The Trashy: Imagine you are a Londoner, tired after a very long day at work. After working overtime, you leave your office at 11pm (or 23 ... read more

Matthew Delman

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Face-time, not Facebook...Whoops!

Seneca was onto something, however many hundreds of years ago, when he wrote to a friend, "I never have a letter from you without the immediate feeling that we are together. For if pictures of absent friends give us pleasure, renewing our memories and relieving the pain of separation even ... read more

Kathryn  Tracey

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The Train Exercise

 We had to write a short story for my fiction class in 45 minutes (3 parts, 15 minutes for each) which involved a character that gets on a train, switches trains, and then either makes it to their destination or not. I thought I would share mine here. Enjoy:   Richard ... read more

Matthew Delman

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Final Remaks from Scotland

Normal 0 0 1 615 3509 29 7 4309 11.1282 0 0 0 Greetings               Well it has been a good trip thus far as I am nearly five months in to my journey and I am leaving Scotland in the next two days to go to Mortlake, Australia. As ... read more

Andrew Uden

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Overheard in Oxford

The following is a compendium of partial conversations I have been collecting. To be sure, they are merely fragments and are taken wholly out of context, but I think they illustrate rather nicely the conclusion I have arrived at in my few months here in Oxford: this is an exceptional ... read more

Marshall Worsham

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The Races

In the Olden Days (that blissful, innocent time which stretched from, say, Julius Caesar’s venture into the British Isles in 55 BCE all the way up until September 22, 2009, the date I arrived in the United Kingdom; also any historical moment in which the cultural practices in this ... read more

Marshall Worsham

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Travels With Family

Normal 0 0 1 586 3341 27 6 4102 11.1282 0 0 0 Greetings               Hello to all my family and friends wherever you may be and I thought I would write another wee blog about my time of traveling over the past month. The last blog left off with ... read more

Andrew Uden

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Peculiar Vernacular

 "Adaptation is like a beautiful woman, it can never be faithful." Just one of the many interesting quotes my professor told us on the first day of classes. She broke down the types of adaptation into three groups, using Romeo and Juliet as an example. -Reconstruction: A faithful adaptation of ... read more

Matthew Delman

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17 days in and counting

Today was my 17th day in England and I spent it... on a train and doing coursework readings. The train ride was taking me back to my current hall of residence in New Cross. I'd spent the weekend at my boyfriend's family's place down in Sussex for ... read more

Kelsey Oliver

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If You Wait 10 Minutes for the Weather to Change in Maryland, You Only Have to Wait 2 in Scotland

Much like the rest of the country, which seems to run outside time (my favorite cafe serves breakfast and lunch, but the only times given for lunch are "sometime after breakfast"), the weather in Scotland has little regard for those of us who thrive on schedules.  Like any normal American ... read more

Kathryn  Tracey

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And So It Begins...

 To quickly add on to my last post - check out this satellite photograph of London. It was -10C at night when we were out and about, but now it looks as if the snow is melting. I made my way to Danielle at Kings college via the 72 bus that ... read more

Matthew Delman

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I Could Fall In Love With a City that Affectionately Calls the Subway "A Clockwork Orange"

 Stepping off the plane from Baltimore and walking from the domestic to international gates at Philly airport, I was still partly convinced that I was just taking the scenic route back to Loyola.  But six hours (and no sleep) later, I looked out the plane window to discover the sun ... read more

Kathryn  Tracey

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The Cold

 You can't prepare for how cold London is. People will tell you over and over again. Remind you to bring a hat, gloves, and scarf. Tell you to wear layers. To "bundle up". Here's what I can tell you: First let me say that London is quite amazing ... read more

Matthew Delman

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December 10th--King's Road <3

   This morning I woke up at 9am and had porridge for breakfast. I got on my computer to check e-mail, Facebook and watch missed episodes of CSI: Miami. I also packed some while waiting for the show to load. I can’t believe I leave London in two days. When ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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December 9th--Last Final in London

   My last final in London is today! That is so weird to think about. I woke up at 7:30am since I had my final at 9:30am. For breakfast I had porridge and hot chocolate before meeting Jenny down in the lobby at 8:30am. We got to the ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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December 8th--Tate Britain and Final #1

   Today I woke up at 7:30am for my first of two final exams. I had porridge and hot chocolate for breakfast before meeting Jenny down in the lobby at 8:15am to head off to the centre. We got to the centre right before 9am, so I went down ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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December 7th--Three classes down...two more to go!

   This morning I woke up at 9:30am and had porridge and hot chocolate for breakfast. I didn’t have to go into the IES centre today to turn in my architecture diary, which was due by 10am because Jenny brought it in for me. I couldn’t really concentrate ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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December 6th--Organizing/Writing my Architecture Diary...due tomorrow!

So I slept in just a little today…until 10:50am. I set my alarm for 9am and then 9:30am, but I guess I must have gone back to bed. Haha. I worked on writing out my diary entries today since my diary was due tomorrow morning by 10am ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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December 5th--Preparing for my finals

Today was a major work/study day for me. Jenny and I had planned to go to Portobello Road Market this morning, but when we woke up, it was raining, so we scratched our plans and slept-in. I woke up at 9:30am not looking forward to studying or working ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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December 4th--Fortnum & Mason's (where the Queen shops!)

   My last weekend in London! I woke up at 8:30am and got ready. I had porridge and tea with honey for breakfast and then met Jenny in the ResHall lobby at 10am. Jenny and I walked randomly around towards the Knightsbridge area. We found a new little shopping area ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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December 3rd--Last Day of Internship

   Today was my last day at my internship. Wow, does time fly. I got up at 6:15am and had porridge and tea with honey for breakfast. I left the ResHall at 7:15am and took my last 1.5-hour trek to my internship. I arrived at my internship at ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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December 2nd--Last "My London Seminar" with Lebanese Food

   I woke up at 8am. I got ready for the day, had corn flakes cereal with milk and tea with honey for breakfast. At 9:05am, met Jenny in the ResHall to go to class. We both went to the ATM (Barclay’s) before going to the centre for our ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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December 1st--Westminster Abbey

   Last week of classes! Happy and sad feeling at the same time. I woke up at 8:30am and had porridge and honey with tea for breakfast. I worked on my History of London: Medieval London paper and finally finished it. It was only 1,500 words on Stephen and ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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November 30th--Sideways rain definitely isn't fun. Thanks London!

   Another internship day, another early morning! I woke up at 6:15am and got ready for my internship. Today is my second to last day of my internship. So weird! I had porridge and tea with honey for breakfast and then left the ResHall just past 7:15am. It was ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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November 29th--Starting to organize European Travels

   This morning I woke up at 10:30am (slept in!) and got ready for a homework filled day. Boo! For breakfast, I had porridge and tea with honey. I have a lot of this tea left, but I don’t really like it. It’s green tea, but blended with ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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November 28th--Fulham FC vs. Bolton Wanderers Football Match

   Today Danielle and I woke up at 8:30am since it was her last day in London.  We left the ResHall at 9:15am to visit a few more London landmarks before she left. While walking to South Kensington station, we made a quick stop at the Chelsea Market, which ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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November 27th--High Tea at the Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair

   This morning Danielle and I woke up at 8:30am and had porridge for breakfast before leaving at 10am. Today, I brought Danielle to see the Houses of Parliament, the Clock Tower (with the bell Big Ben), and Westminster Abbey. After we took some pictures, we stopped at a Caf ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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November 26th--Thanksgiving in London

   Happy Thanksgiving! Danielle and I slept until 8:30am. I called into my internship to say I wasn’t feeling well, which actually I was starting to get a cold. Danielle got up to use the bathroom and when she tried to get out, she pushed the wrong door and ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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November 25th--Two free drinks and a late night pick-up!...of Danielle

   I woke up at 8am and got ready for class. For breakfast I had corn flakes cereal with milk and made hot chocolate. However, my hot chocolate tasted really weird (like soap or something) so I didn’t drink it. There was probably just dried soap in the bottom of ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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November 24th--Islington

   I woke up at 9am to get ready for class. I had porridge for breakfast and then left the ResHall at 11:40am to meet Jenny at the IES Centre. Around 12:15pm, we walked towards Farringdon station (Circle Line), which is where our History of London class is meeting ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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November 23rd--Drawing More Life-Sized Angels

   I woke up at 6:15am for my internship. I had porridge and hot chocolate for breakfast. I left the ResHall at 7:15am, and arrived at my internship at 8:30am after walking/train/train/walking. I worked with the SALT (Speech and Language Therapy) children until my lunch ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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November 22nd--Early Thanksgiving Feast

   I slept in this morning until 10am. I updated more of my blog while waiting for an episode of CSI: Miami to load, but it didn’t work. L For lunch I made spaghetti, green tea and had leftover mashed potatoes. Randomly in the afternoon, a thunderstorm decided to occur ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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November 21st--Updating Blog and Updating Photos

   I woke up at 9:30am this morning and had porridge and hot chocolate for breakfast. Today was going to be a catching up day for me. I updated a lot of my blog, but I’m still pretty far behind. I also uploaded the last of my photos from ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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Lots Going On, Lots to Think About

Greetings     Well here it is again another Thursday in “the Deen,” and it has been awhile since I last blogged so there is a lot to write about. Where to start is the only problem, perhaps with the fact that everything is wrapping up over here and everyone is getting ... read more

Andrew Uden

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November 20th--National Gallery

   I woke up at 9:30am to do some sightseeing and shopping around London. I had porridge for breakfast, what’s new, and then meet Jenny in the lobby at 11:45am. We rode bus #19 from the ResHall to Piccadilly Circus. Jenny and I then walked to Trafalgar Square ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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November 19th--Today, I learned how to draw life-sized angels!

   I woke up at 6:20am, 5 minutes sleeping in for me today! I had my usual breakfast of porridge before leaving the ResHall just after 7:15am. I got to my internship at 8:35am. I worked with 4 children today before my lunch break at 11:50am. I ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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November 18th--Banqueting House, Grading Scale and Red Velvet Cupcakes

   I woke up at 7:30am to finish reading Spark Notes for Mill on a Floss. I had breakfast of porridge at 9:45am and finished getting ready for the day. I arrived at the centre at 9:55am for my 10am British Women Novelists class. I really don’t ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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November 17th--An entire day at the IES centre

   I woke up at 8am this morning and finished Saturday Night and Sunday Morning. I checked my e-mail and chatted with Danielle on Facebook for a little while. At 9:30am, I had porridge for breakfast. I left for the centre and arrived there around 10:45pm. I had to ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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November 16th--Purdue Registration

   I woke up earlier than I would like at 6:15am for my internship. I had porridge for breakfast and left the ResHall at 7:15am. I arrived at my internship at 8:30am and worked with a few children before my lunch break. For lunch, I had a turkey ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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On Rowing. On Becoming Norwegian. On Living Someplace Else

1. Nothing to wake you up in the morning like a freezing rain and a slightly overweight DPhil candidate screaming at you to FIND IT FIND IT FIND IT! MOVE, DAMMIT! NOW! Feeling underworked here, I recently joined the Green Templeton College boat club. By my own doing, believe it ... read more

Marshall Worsham

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November 12th- Catching up on miscellaneous work

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November 11th--I rode a carousel (or galloper) during class!

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Nicole Herndon

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November 10th--Tower of London and the Crown Jewels!

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Nicole Herndon

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November 9th- Billy Elliot The Musical

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Nicole Herndon

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November 8th--High Tea at the Bentley Hotel

   This morning I woke up at 8am to work on some homework before going to high tea!! For breakfast, I had porridge, vanilla yogurt and a glass of milk. I worked on my British Women Novelists paper on the book Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë until 11am. I then borrowed ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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November 7th--Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Opera House and Bonfire Night

   I woke up at 8:30am and had porridge and a juicy plum for breakfast. I worked on my homework until 11:30am.  I then got ready to see the ballet The Sleeping Beauty at the Royal Opera House. I met the girls in the lobby at 12:30pm. We ... read more

Nicole Herndon

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Looking Back

Greetings     Here it is again, another blog, number eight by my count. To think it seems like a few days ago when I was saying goodbye to America and hello to a life overseas for a year. It has been long enough now to make me start reorganizing my priorities ... read more

Andrew Uden

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Christmas in Oxford

There was fire dancing on Broad Street. The smell of kerosene, and once, I thought, sparks too close to the Christmas tree. Lighting of the city, my freezing fingers, my breath staining the night. There would be comfort, I thought, in a warm mug of cider, or mulled wine, and ... read more

Marshall Worsham

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

Adventures In Edinburgh

Greetings     I will start today by wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving and don’t worry I had a turkey sandwich for lunch so I didn’t miss the Thanksgiving tradition (there might have been some ham on there too just for Grandma Fullner). Anyway I would like to take ... read more

Andrew Uden

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Markets in London

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CCTV in London

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Stephanie Schmitt

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

Weeking in Woking

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Stephanie Schmitt

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

Oxford in the Darkness, in the Rain

4:15 and it’s night already. Thanks for those eight hours, sun. Winter weather here, just cold enough to ache the back, and raining. Easier to stay inside, isn’t it? Easier yet. The library’s full of frantic scholars, would-be authors, the next Oscar Wilde – a little less ... read more

Marshall Worsham

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

November 6th--Daytrip to Brighton

   I woke up at 7:30am and got ready for an IES daytrip to Brighton. I had porridge for breakfast and then met down in the ResHall lobby at 8:30am for the trip. On the bus ride there, I read a little bit of Jane Eyre while listening to ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

November 5th--Pasta and Movie Night!

   I hate getting up at 6:15am. I love working with the children, but 6:15am is just super early…well unless you are my mom. I had porridge and hot chocolate for breakfast right before leaving the ResHall at 7:20am. I arrived at my internship at 8:35am ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

November 4th--National Portrait Gallery

   I woke up at 8am and had porridge for breakfast. I meet the other girls at Le Pain where they were getting their coffee. Today, our British Women Novelists class was meeting at the National Portrait Gallery (on the right side of the National Gallery) for a class fieldtrip. We ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

November 3rd--My history teacher bought us drinks!

   I woke up early at 7:30am to read some more of Brighton Rock. I had my porridge breakfast at 9am and worked on some more of my homework. For lunch, I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I’m still using the peanut butter I brought from home ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

November 2nd--Another Fire Alarm!

   I woke up at 6:15am for my internship. I had been off for 2 weeks now, so it was really difficult to get up. I had porridge for breakfast. I left the ResHall at 7:15am and arrived at my internship at 8:30am. I worked with 5 children ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

November 1st--Typical Sunday

   This morning I woke up at 9:15am. For breakfast I had porridge, a plum and hot chocolate. I watched the movie Love Actually on my computer because I really didn’t want to work on homework. Haha. For lunch, I had left over tomato basil soup with toast and ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 29th--Lots to do, so little time.

   This morning, I woke up at 9:45am. I had porridge, a plum, a banana, and tea for breakfast. Since I didn’t have my internship today because the school was still on their fall break, I had a catch up day for schoolwork and other things I had to ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 28th--No Break All Day

   I got up at 8am this morning and got ready for class. I had porridge, a plum, and hot green tea with cranberry (on of the packets I took from our buffet in Scotland). I meet Jenny in the ResHall lobby at 9:05am, and we walked/rode the tube ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 27th--Free (HUGE) Dinner on IES

   This morning, I woke up at 7:30am. I had porridge and a plum for breakfast. I worked on my British Literature into film paper from 8am until 10:15am. I got ready and then left the ResHall at 11am. At 12:30pm, there was a meeting for all the ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 26th--No Internship!

   Today, I got up at 9:15am. For breakfast, I had porridge, toast with peanut butter and hot green tea. I didn’t have my internship today because the school that I am working at has fall break this week…meaning no school for them…and no internship for me ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 25th--Loch Ness

   I woke up at 7:35am this morning. Since it was daylight savings time (a week earlier than the US—and meaning I was only 4 hours ahead of my family now), we got an extra hour of sleep was nice. For breakfast at 8:20am, we did a buffet ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 24th--Scotland Highlands Tour

   This morning I woke up at 7:20am. The hostel served breakfast for £2, which included cereal, juice and a pastry. We checked out of our hostel and went to the meeting spot of our tour at 8:45am. Our tour guide’s name was Kevin and there were only ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 23rd--Edinburgh, Scotland

   I got up at the Dublin Airport at 2:45am to switch with the girls who were up for when I slept. What actually woke me up originally was I heard a man talking near by and I could see his feet under the table I was sleeping by. I ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

Future Plans, Aberdeen Cattle, and One Slow Week

Greetings     Hey there everyone can you believe its already more than halfway through November? Neither can I and that is crazy seeing as how I am now only in Scotland for four more weekends before heading off for Christmas, but not to worry I will be back for two weeks ... read more

Andrew Uden

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

There Is Magic Here. You Just Have to Find It.

You can’t spend much time in Oxfordshire without becoming absolutely and unreasonably convinced that there is magic here. Don’t worry. It has little to do with Harry Potter (although the dining hall in those movies is modeled after the awe-inspiring Christ Church College Hall). Nothing at all to ... read more

Marshall Worsham

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

Fit Like the Day

Greetings     I come to you with more news from the great north city of Aberdeen as I have again spent my week here in Aberdeen discovering more of the city itself. This past week was one of papers and schoolwork that I would have even if I were back in ... read more

Andrew Uden

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 20th--Midterm #2: History of London

   Today, I woke up at 9am. I had porridge and hot chocolate for breakfast. I left for the centre at 10:45am and arrived there at 11:20am. I studied my essays that I typed up until my History of London midterm exam at 1:30pm. I had 1.5 ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 19th--Midterm #1: Architecture

   This morning I woke up at 9am. I had porridge, a banana, and hot chocolate for breakfast. I left for the centre at 10:30am and got there by 11:15am. I signed-up and paid £15 to go to a football match IES is setting up in November. There were ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 18th--Studying for Midterms :(

   I slept in today until 10am. That’s late for me. Haha. For breakfast I had porridge, an apple and hot chocolate. At 10:30am, I checked my e-mail and talked to Kathy on the phone. She called to say that she was so happy she got to meet me ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

A Weekend in Aberdeen

    It has been a quiet week, with no new and exciting tales of travel or adventures through the streets of another new city. I have stayed in Aberdeen this past weekend and I had a great time not only getting to know the city better, but also getting to know ... read more

Andrew Uden

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

What Are These Funny Words, and What Are They Doing in my Vocabulary?

Matriculate From Latin matriculare, diminutive of matricis – list, register, or womb. Matriculation at Oxford is the ceremony in which new students are both added to the register of every student that’s come though here, and welcomed into the nurturing intellectual “womb” of the Oxford community, or some other appropriate ... read more

Marshall Worsham

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

How to get scholarships by British Council

I am looking to intern or study in UK. I am looking for a ways to get the scholarship by British Council. One of my friends suggested the following ways. and I am looking for more options. 1.British Chevening Scholarship 2.Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships 3.Charles Wallace India ... read more

Kim Ronan

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 17th--World Championships Event Finals

   Today I woke up at 9:15am. I had a Kashi chocolate coconut bar with peanut butter, vanilla yogurt and hot chocolate. I worked on preparing notes to study off of for my Architecture of London midterm. I wasn’t sure if I was going to go to World Championship ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

Life Lessons

Greetings     I do apologize it has taken me this long to put up another blog, but I now have school work also taking up a considerable amount of time, and I have had two three day travel weekends. The first of those weekends I traveled to London to do some ... read more

Andrew Uden

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 16th--World Championships Women's AA Finals & the Queen

   Today I got up at 8:30am. I had my usual breakfast and then left at 10:15am to meet Kathy and Steve at Green Park station to go to Buckingham Palace Changing of the Guards Ceremony. I met them at 10:45am, just outside the station.    We walked through ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 15th--World Championships Men's AA Finals

   I got up at 6:15am for my internship. I had porridge and hot chocolate (the usual) for breakfast. I left the ResHall for my internship at 7:15am. I got to my internship just past 8:30am. I did my normal routine and had my hour lunch break from ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 14th--I got tickets to World Championships!

   I got up at 7:15am to finish my Frankenstein midterm paper for British Women Novelists. I had my usual breakfast and then left for the centre at 8:15am because I still had to print and edit my paper. I then had British Women Novelists from 10am to 12 ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 13th--Nothing Special

   I got up at 9am and had my usual breakfast of porridge with brown sugar and hot chocolate. I ate lunch right before I left for the centre. I had leftover chicken and peppers. I met Jess and Emily in the lobby at 12pm and we walked to Le Pain ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

Five Things To Do in Oxford that a Guidebook Probably Won't Tell You

1. Get to know at least one student. Oxford can seem pretty inaccessible to visitors, in part because the University is so inward-focused. Meeting students (or knowing some beforehand) can get you access to the colleges – including formal meals in the beautiful college halls – to the inner sanctum of the ... read more

Marshall Worsham

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 12th--The Amazing Amsterdammer at My Old Dutch

   I woke up at 6:15am and had porridge with brown sugar and hot chocolate for breakfast. I left the ResHall on time at 7:15am. I got to my internship at 8:30am and visited 3 children until my lunch break at noon. For lunch, I had a chicken ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 11th--Dinner with Kathy

   I woke up at 9:45am this morning. For breakfast I had porridge with brown sugar and hot chocolate. I wrote some more of my British Women Novelists midterm paper, but couldn’t figure out what my ending was going to be so I stopped writing it at about 11 ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 10th--Airport Run and Tower Bridge by Water

   Today I got up at 8:10am and left at 9am to go to Heathrow Airport to pick-up Steve’s wife Kathy. I know Steve from Flipfest and he is in London judging for the Gymnastics World Championships at the O2 Arena. He was unable to pick-up his wife, for ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 9th--Daytrip to Oxford

   I woke up at 7:45am this morning. For breakfast, I had porridge with brown sugar and hot chocolate. I meet all the students who were going on the IES Oxford daytrip in the lobby at 8:45am. The bus ride to Oxford took about 2 hours. When we got ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 8th--Theatre Production of Enron

   Today I got up at 6:15am for my internship. I had cereal for breakfast and left the ResHall at 7:15am. I started my internship at 8:30am and visited 3 children in the morning session. I then had an hour lunch break, where I had mashed potatoes and ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 7th--The British Library and City Churches

   I woke up at 7:45am this morning. I had cereal and hot chocolate for breakfast. This morning I had to get up 15 minutes earlier than normal because for my British Women’s Novelists class we were meeting at the British Library, which is farther away than where our ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 6th--Getting Ready for Ireland/Scotland Trip

   I woke up at 9am and got ready for the day. I had cereal and hot chocolate for breakfast. I then read for my History of London class and got ready for my British Literature into Film class presentation on the movie Keep the Aspidistra Flying based on George Orwell ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

Saving the World, One Indie Show at a Time

I’ve found Oxford to be a really compelling mix of the archaic, the funky, and the globally responsible. A piecemeal example: 1. I wear a gown to formal dinners in my college as part of a tradition that stretches back 800 years or so. 2. My college is just ... read more

Marshall Worsham

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 5th--Talking Partners Training for Internship

   I got up at 6:15am and had cereal and hot cocoa for breakfast. I left my ResHall at 7:15am and got to my internship at 8:30am. I had my normal schedule for the school day. At noon, I had my lunch break for an hour. For lunch ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 4th--Daytrip to Bath

   I got up at 6am and had cereal and hot cocoa for breakfast. I met the girls in the lobby at 7am to leave for Bath, England. We were catching the National Express bus (20 GBP round-trip) at 8:30am from a bus stop just outside of Earl’s Court ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 3rd--Window Shopping at Harrod's and Wagamama!

   I woke up at 9am and had cereal, an apple and hot cocoa for breakfast. I finished the Orwell book (I only had like 20 pages left). I meet Jenny in the ResHall lobby at 11:30am and took the bus to Knightsbridge Station.    Here, we met up with her ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 2nd--Reading Day

   Today, I woke up at 8:30am, but sleep in until 8:45am since I didn’t have anything that I really needed to do today. For breakfast, I had two pieces of toast with peanut butter. I know it’s a change from my cereal, but I was out ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

October 1st--A Typical Day

   Today, I woke up at 6:20am. I gave myself an extra 5 minutes cause I was super tired. For breakfast I had cereal, which used the rest of my skim milk. I left the ResHall at 7:15am and arrived there at 8:30am. I did my normal schedule ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

A Day In The Scottish Countryside

Greetings     The past few weeks have been interesting as I am readjusting to University life and for once I am the mature one as I am surrounded mainly by college freshman. I am also taking full advantage of my time in Scotland by visiting historical sites and trying to get ... read more

Andrew Uden

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

One Is Never Alone

Greetings     I am now a month into this year long journey from my home in the great rolling plains of Nebraska, and I am for the first time really seeing myself for real. I am seeing myself removed from all that I knew growing up and all those comforts of ... read more

Andrew Uden

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

The Mystical Quietude at Godstow Abbey

To be honest, I expected witches, or at least pagans. There was a creeping sort of anxiety, the type typically cued with violins in high registers, in minor keys. The madness of an early autumn cold snap: fog shrouding out the full moon, the wind writing disorder in the leaves ... read more

Marshall Worsham

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 30th--Greenwich and Chicken Dinner

   I got up at 8am and left the ResHall at 9am with Jenny. We had our British Women Novelists class from 10am to 12:30pm.  In our class, we talked about Frankenstein again. We watched scenes from multiple Frankenstein film adaptations including Young Frankenstein! It was a really interesting class ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 29th--Student Council

   I woke up at 8:15am. I had cereal and a banana for breakfast before studying for my History of London quiz some more. I had lunch, which consisted of a turkey sandwich and an apple before I left for the centre at 11:30am. I got to the centre ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 28th--My Old Dutch for Dessert!

   Today, I got up at 6:15am for my internship. I had cereal for breakfast and left the ResHall by 7:15am. I got to my internship at 8:30am. I did my usual routine of students and activities. For lunch, I had a turkey sandwich and carrots. I left ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 27th--Cupcakes and Battersea Park

   I woke up at 8:30am this morning. I had cereal and an apple for breakfast. I typed up my internship paper, read for my internship class, finished the book Orlando by Virginia Woolf, and studied for my History of London Quiz until 2pm.    At 2pm, I meet up with ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 26th--Stonehenge & Salisbury

   This morning I woke up at 7:15am to get ready for an IES daytrip to Stonehenge/Salisbury. I had cereal for breakfast and then met everyone in the lobby at 8:15am. The bus that we took out to Stonehenge was a double-decker coach bus. I sat up top ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 25th--Kenwood House in Highgate

   I woke up at 8am this morning. I meet the girls (Jess, Melissa, Emily, Caitlin and Sarah) down in the ResHall lobby at 9;30am. We went to Pain de Quotidien across the street and I got hot chocolate for 1.90 GBP. We walked to the train station drinking ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 24th--Porridge for Breakfast

   I woke up at 6:15am and got ready for my internship. For breakfast, I made maple syrup flavored porridge and added brown sugar since the maple syrup taste was really weak. I left for my internship at 7:15am and arrived there at 8:30am. I worked with my ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 23rd--Covent Gardens and My Pizza?

   This morning I woke up at 8am. I had cereal for breakfast and then left the ResHall at 9am for the centre. I had British Women Novelists of the 19th Century from 10am-12:30pm. We talked about the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, which I also read in high school ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

The Oxford Bicycle Enthusiasts' Co-operative and How I Found Them

I have finally arrived in Oxford. The past couple weeks have been a whirlwind, albeit a nice one, as whirlwinds go. I’m glad to be settling down. Although settling down isn’t exactly right. If anything, I’ve been more itinerant here than in either of my previous stops ... read more

Marshall Worsham

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 22nd--Fire!

   This morning I woke up at 8:30am and had cereal for breakfast. I got up early to read A Room With A View by E.M. Forster for my British Literature into Film course. From 10:30am to 12:30pm, I watched the movie adaptation made online. Yes, I ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 21st--"Mind the Gap!"

   I woke up at 6:15am and had cereal and tea before I headed off at 7:15am to my internship. I arrived at my internship at 8:35 and signed-in. For lunch, I had a salami sandwich and coffee (with a lot of sugar). I got with my internship ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 20th--Reading Day and London Open House

   Today, I woke up at 10:45. I think that is the latest I have sleep in for a long time. I had cereal and an apple for breakfast, but I guess it would be called a late brunch. I then read about 60 pages of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 19th--A (Long) Walk Along the Thames

   Today, I woke up around 9:30am. I had cornflakes, a piece of bread and hot apple cider for breakfast. After breakfast, I read some more of Frankenstein (less than 100 pages to go!). At noon, I had pesto cavatappi and an apple for lunch and then headed down the ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 18th--London Fashion Week Begins!

   Today, I got up at 9am. I did some of my homework and then skyped with my family before getting ready for the day. Yes, it is Fashion Week in London. Too bad I couldn’t get any. I really need money or fame…then I’d have no problem ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 17th--Tiresome Tube Rides

   I woke up at 6am. Not fun! I had cereal, a biscuit (cookie), and tea for breakfast. The sunrise this morning was really beautiful. The sky was cast with pick and yellow stripes, but the front that was being pushed out was blueish purple. I took pictures! I left the ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 16th--Never Ending Day!

   Today, I woke up at 8am. I had cereal and an orange for breakfast. I left the ResHall at 9:15am to make it to my British Women Novelists of the 19th century class at 10am. The class ran from 10 to 12:30. We talked about the book Pride ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

Time's tricks

Time is Mother Nature's chicken soup. It's been said to heal all wounds, that with it everything will get better, back to normal. I've been in Scotland a week today; 168 hours spent getting used to my new life here. I may not have had any wounds ... read more

Julie Ardelean

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

Scottish Words of the Day

9/21: Plasters ---Band-aids; as in the following situation:                                      Julie: "Do you have any band-aids? I have a huge blister on the                        back of my heel"             Hazel (roommate): "a what?"             Julie:  "band-aid"            Hazel: "I'm sorry, a what?"            Julie: (shows heel) "a band-aid, like to put over cuts or blisters ... read more

Julie Ardelean

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

Sometimes, if You Wait Long Enough, Sir Elton John Will Appear

About a block away from my hotel in bourgie Kensington (London, yeah?) there is this fantastic lamp shop. I passed the place on my walk in from the Underground – sleepily and in love with this city, which I am just beginning to know. I returned later to shoot it when ... read more

Marshall Worsham

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 15th--Rain, Rain Go Away!

   Today, I woke up at 9:00. For breakfast I had an orange and corn flakes cereal. Then, I got ready to leave for the IES centre. About an hour before we left, it started to pour down rain. I still haven’t invested into an umbrella, so I had ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 14th--Laundry, Cookies and the Globe Theatre

   Today, I woke up at 6am and left the ResHall at 7am to get to my internship by 8:30am. My internship went okay. My supervisor, Karen, told me that their Speech Therapist that they were suppose to have is not able to come anymore so their trying to find ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

Out With the Old?

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Julie Ardelean

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 13th--London Markets Tour

   I woke up at 8am and got ready to go to some markets in London. IES had a tour guide, who brought us around to 4 different markets within London. We took the Piccadilly line to Liverpool Street Station. This station is very big and grand compared to South Kensington ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 12th--Today, I got attacked by my shelf

   I had cereal and an apple for breakfast. I then read Pride and Prejudice and finally finished it! For lunch I had a turkey sandwich, an apple, and an orange. I love fruit! I then had to run to Tesco Express and then Londis to get another toothbrush. My other ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 11th--Another Free Day!

   Today, I got up around 9:45 (late for me!) and had cereal, chocolate croissant and nectarines for breakfast. Then I went to Londis, a convenient store across the street, to top-up my phone, which was completely out of money. Whoops! I tried to read some more of Pride and ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 10th--Nothing To Do

   I woke up at 8:45am and couldn’t fall back to sleep. I got up and had 2 chocolate croissants J and nectarines for breakfast.    Today, I had no classes, no internship and no meetings; therefore, I was a lazy bum and stayed in my room for pretty much ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 9th--Second Day of Classes and ASDA!

   I woke up at 8am and had my normal corn flakes cereal for breakfast. I left the ResHall at 9:15am with Jenny and Mary (who are both in my first class). I had to top-up my oyster card, which a weekly pass for zones 1 & 2 is 25 GBP ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 8th--First Day of Classes & The Ice Bar!

I had my first classes today, but not until 13.30 o’clock J    I woke up around 10 and had cereal and an apple for breakfast. I check all my e-amils and facebook. I got ready around 11 for classes and a little shopping before class. Mary, Leah, and ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 7th--Internship Interview and Walk Around London

   I got up at 8:45 this morning and had to get ready for my interview at a first school in Middlesex. I had cereal (no surprise there), fruit, and tea for breakfast. For my interview, I wore my new suit dress and my new Burberry coat J with black ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 6th--Bus/Museum Tour...and Ben's Cookies ;)

   Since I’m writing these 5 days later, I don’t remember what time I got up (probably 9 or 10). I had corn flakes and an orange for breakfast. I tried to update this very journal and then check all my e-mails and what not. By the time I ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 5th--Eton/Windsor Castle!

What an incredible day. I met down in the lobby of the ResHall at 9.15 to take a bus to the town of Eton and Windsor Castle. The coach trip took about 1 hour. It took us through London and 2 tour guides told us about the city/buildings ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 4th--Second Day of Orientation/Night Out

I woke up around 7.15. We had to meet in the lobby of the ResHall at 8.15. I had corn flakes cereal for breakfast and got read for our second day of orientation. Today for orientation, we met at Birkbeck College to meet all the staff of IES ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 3rd--First Day of Orientation

   I had to meet at 8.45 downstairs in the lobby of the ResHall for my first full day of orientation. They took our group for a tour around Chelsea and showed us how to get to the South Kensington Tube station from our ResHall. We then took the underground ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

September 1st/2nd- Trip and First Day in London

Today I left for London, England to study with the IES- Study London Program!!!!     I’m so excited, but also nervous for what my new experience entails. I flew from Indianapolis to Dallas/Ft. Worth. I stayed in the airport for about an hour before they called my group for ... read more

Nicole Herndon

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

National Geographic Interview

Departing soon for London, I recently found out I'll be interviewing at the London headquarters of Natioanl Geographic for my internship while studying abroad. I couldn't be more excited with the prospect of working such a prestigeous publication. Wish me luck! read more

Stephanie Schmitt

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

A quick impression of London

 London After enjoying two in-flight meals, the movie “The Watchmen” (which is not much to compliment) and the jolly good old company of two older British ladies (we shared a few laughs, we did), I arrived at Heathrow Airport.  I changed $100 into a meager 51 pounds.   From Heathrow I ... read more

Russell Evatt

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

Glimpse Correspondent

I just finished my application to be a Glimpse Correspondent... Hopefully one step closer to my dream job of working for National Geographic... read more

Stephanie Schmitt

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what's up in nola

I seem to think that my excuse for having no real job is that I am going abroad soon.  I think I'm just overly excited, letting myself make list after list of clothes I need, how to pack efficiently, learning how to blog about it, ect. It's a ... read more

Ellie Connick

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Minding The Gap: Should More U.S. High School Grads Take A Year Off?

In Australia, it's called "going walkabout." Taking a gap year between high school and college has long been part of the European and Australian educational experience, but now more and more U.S. students are also minding the gap. On gap-year.com, a popular British Web site, gap years ... read more

Glimpse Staff

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

The British Government: It is an International Obligation to Grant Political Asylum to Detained Gambian Journalist, Scholar and Human Rights Activist, Mr. Abdou Karim Sanneh.

Reports have confirmed the detention of our colleague and comrade in the struggle, Journalist, Scholar and Human Rights Activist Abdou Karim Sanneh by the Immigration authorities of the British Home Office. Mr. Sanneh is currently held at the Hammond’s Worth Immigration Detention Center on a 72hrs Fast Track for ... read more

Binneh Minteh

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

Back to the Farm

Written 18-11-08 Within the last week I've developed a strange habit of yelling "SHEEP!" quite loudly and randomly. It could be that I've somehow managed to contract Tourettes Syndrome through my love for Tim Howard (Everton joke), or it may be because I'm in Wales and there ... read more

Rachel Holan

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

Toy Story

Written 4-11-08 I have found the most magical place in all of London. I stumbled upon it while walking down Regent Street, a quite busy, posh street in Central London. One might wonder why this magical haven of mine is located next to all the pomp and snobbery London has ... read more

Rachel Holan

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

The Peace Within the Glare

Written 21-10-08 I'm developing a glare. The "Londoners Glare" I call it. The "Hey I'm walking here Taxi Man, and if you run me over you'll have to pay for my funeral" glare. It comes quickly, unexpectedly, when you're already in the middle of the road ... read more

Rachel Holan

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

Come On You Blues!

Written 1-10-08 Last week a meeting of epic proportions occured in the Skies. The Gods converged. Conversed. Blessed. A single Diety stepped forth. Pointed his mighty finger towards the Earth. With a booming voice, he said, "She will go to Goodison Park." And she that was blessed was me. The ... read more

Rachel Holan

United KingdomUnited Kingdom

Enter the Texan

Written 9-9-08 I wanted to email everyone before the world ended. I don't know if anyone's been reading the news, but apparently the Swiss have built this 17 mile-long underground machine that will simulate the Big Bang. And they want to turn it on tomorrow. England, being the ... read more

Rachel Holan