End of an Era

When I found out I was going to Leicester, I was skeptical because I had never heard of it before. I thought that it was a ‘nobody’ town, especially since no one else I knew had heard of it. Turns out that Leicester is one of the bigger cities in the UK. It has the most beautiful houses, lively atmosphere, and best restaurants to eat at. Calling this place ‘home’ for the past three and a half months has been a...

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Leicester, England
Apr18

Leicester, England

I knew coming in that Leicester was known for its diversity, but it wasn’t until I became more comfortable that I would realize just how special and interesting this city was. When I had locked in my decision to study abroad in the UK, everyone’s first thought immediately went to the food. The bland, single-colored, double battered, malt-vinegar coated Fish and chips was a pure staple. If not the fish, then the mushy peas....

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French The Language of Confusion.
Apr05

French The Language of Confusion.

Upon my arrival to Bordeaux, France I had the same reaction to the French language that I believe most Americans hold, “French is beautiful” and “ The French Language must be Fun”. My mind was changed very quickly. Yes the language still sounds beautiful but once I began to study it I was shown that it does not match English grammar standards even remotely. I was having trouble communicating simple everyday task to everyone around me....

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My heart is here!
Feb26

My heart is here!

Wow! I can not believe I have been in England over a month already. The time is really flying by as I stay busy with school and traveling on the weekends. I still love all my housemates and look forward to going to the dining hall with them for dinner every night after an exhausting day. Recently I have been walking to the university in the mornings. The weather is warmer than when I arrived and the sun has been out the past few days,...

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Buongiorno, Torino!
Feb22

Buongiorno, Torino!

Just about a week to go and then I’ll be in the air headed for northern Italy! It all seems so surreal right now that I’m not sure I’ll really believe it until we touch down in Turin and I check in to my dorm/home for the next five months. This has been a dream experience for almost my entire college career. I found out about this opportunity my freshman year when my then boyfriend (now fiance!!), Chris, heard about...

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Hello Wembley
Jan15

Hello Wembley

My name is Johnathan Anderson and I’m studying abroad in Leicester, England! (LES-TAH) I’ve been in town for just about a week now and feel like everything is beginning to feel a bit normal. Classes started yesterday and my routine is beginning to settle in, but this past week has been anything but ordinary. Before I left the states, I had long been a fan of English football and hoped that my time abroad would open my eyes...

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