Category Archives: Study Abroad

Flashback, Lancaster 2010, Part Two: Backhogging to the Hogback

First of all, please excuse my pun. I thought it was clever.

Second of all, a hogback is really an object. I can prove it.

Look at that picture…it will come into play in a bit here…

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Flashback, Lancaster 2010, Part One: Just Another Day Trip

I began this blog two years ago, and I realized two things: I was terrible in keeping up with posts and I was terrible with chronicling my study abroad experience in England. How typical. I was feeling nostalgic today and began perusing my extensive photo collection on Facebook when I stumbled across a folder entitled “Random English Travels”. In it are miscellaneous photos from weekend and day trips I made over the course of my ten-week stay in Lancaster.

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Just Your Everyday Arch

Consider this an addendum to the previous post about black and white photography. I found this picture and forgot how much I loved it. This archway shot was taken my last weekend in England when I stayed with my friend Ruth in Kendal (in the illustrious Lakes District). We were walking through Burness on our way to Lake Windermere for a few before we took the train back to the Oxenholme station. Needless to say, it was a picture perfect moment in a picture perfect place.

You Should Have Seen It in Color: A Photographic Tour of Italy and the U.K. in B&W

Someone once said, “You don’t take a photograph. You ask, quietly, to borrow it.” As I’ve struggled over the past couple of weeks for a topic to blog on (being the ever indecisive Libra), I decided to give readers a taste of my secret pleasure, black and white photography. The following ten pictures show some favorites from my time spent in Italy and the United Kingdom over the last two years:

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Of Mancs and Lancs: A Final Reflection of England

Archway overlooking Morecambe Bay in Heysham, Lancashire

Yes, before you, oh inquisitive reader, point out my horrible excuse for a title, remember this: you’re probably not stuck at Heathrow airport right now. And, I have nothing but jelly beans and crisps in my system. I feel for those who have been stuck here for days and who may not make it home for Christmas. London, and much of the rest of Great Britain for that matter, have been struck for the last couple of weeks with snow. In the Midwest, we’d consider that something completely normal. Here, however, it paralyzes the entire nation. Heathrow has been canceling or delaying over 50% (I’d imagine it to be over 75% to be honest) of flights over the last three or four days.

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The Art of Maintaining a (British) Friendship

My gang and I outside a restaurant we went to for my birthday

I’ve hit the last stretch of my stay in Lancaster. I have less than three weeks left in England, and I’ve shifting between excitement, anxiety, and sadness. I obviously miss my friends and family back home in the States, and I miss some certain things, including driving, a wide selection of ready-meals, and strangely enough, my university.

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What Goes Up: Climbing (REALLY STEEP) Towers in Wales

A view looking up from one of the perfectly circular towers at Conwy Castle

The picture above, taken during my trip to northern Wales with one of my best friends in October, depicts a view looking up one of the towers at the castle in Conwy. Built by Edward I of England in the 1280s, Conwy Castle was part of a ring of castles around Wales used by Edward to subdue and maintain control of Wales during his conquest in the thirteenth century. These castles are among the best medieval castles preserved in the United Kingdom.

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Lancaster to York: When Royal Family Quarrels Turn Personal

View of York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe

I’ve decided to try a different approach to my blog for the remainder of my trip and for future posts. I’m going to be posting pictures, some recent, some not so recent, and tell what was happening then rather than rambling on through long posts about meaningful (and sometimes meaningless) points. This way, I can post more often and write shorter, more concise, stories.

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Bloody Hell!: 10 Lessons Learned From England

View of the Conwy River from the castle in northern Wales

1. Northwestern England has but one season: rain. Every other week may see one day of sunshine, maybe two if you’re lucky. If it’s not raining, it’s cloudy. If it’s not cloudy, it’s windy. If it’s not windy, it’s probably raining. Mostly, however, it is a combination of all three.

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Third Time’s A Charm? Except At Lancaster Castle

A view of Lancaster Castle

I’m racking my mind for some interesting occurrences over the past couple of days, and the very first thing that comes to mind is that I still have not been in the castle in Lancaster. I’ve been saying I’m going to it for about a week now, and every time I get remotely close, I get routed to some shop in town, mainly Sainsbury’s. Three times (to be precise) I’ve tried to go, and three times I’ve failed.

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