London: Day Trips to Stonehenge, Bath, and Brighton

When I have not been working in or exploring London, I have been fortunate enough to travel to towns and treasures that surround London. With the excellent railroad infrastructure in England and the UK, it is relatively easy and cheap to get around an see all that there is to see in England. Stonehenge and…

London: Weekend Trip to Edinburgh

A couple of weekends ago, I took a trip to Scotland with a couple of my flat mates and friends. I did not know much about the town of Edinburgh or Scotland in general, nor did I have any expectations, but any expectations that I did have were greatly exceeded. Saturday We left our flat…

London: Neighborhood of Clerkenwell

This summer, I am living in a neighborhood called Clerkenwell. Clerkenwell sits on the East-Central end of London and is a residential area, filled with restaurants, coffee shops, pubs, and flats. Living in Clerkenwell, it is very easy to feel like a local Londoner since you are not constantly surrounded by tourists like you might…

Solo Travels in London

During my time abroad, I quickly learned that my favorite way to travel was solo. Don’t get me wrong, travelling with friends is awesome and you shouldn’t only travel alone. However, I really appreciated taking a little bit of time to focus on what I wanted. My last two trips to London were the best….

Last Days in London

The worst part about studying abroad is having to leave. When you’ve moved to a different country for a certain amount of time, you become settled there. New friends, new *favourite* coffee shops, new routines, and then you have to leave it. I got so incredibly lucky during my time in England to make new…

Harry Potter, Hikes, and…Soccer?

When you study abroad, one of the best things that happens is that you make friends who live in your host country, and one of the best things about studying abroad in England is that no matter where they live, they don’t really live that far from your uni. One of my last days in…

Recommendations in Reading

When studying abroad, it’s imperative to try and live like a local. I was fortunate enough to become very close with the people I live with, all but one of whom are actually British, and this helped me really settle into the British way of life. With this being said, there are a few things…

England: Actually Studying During Study Abroad

Since “study” is half of “study abroad,” it’s important to have an idea of what you’re getting yourself into before you start planning all of your exciting new adventures through Europe. I found the UK system of few assignments and multiple essays a little harder to adjust to, as I’m used to minimal essays and…

When a Man is Tired of London, He is Tired of Life

Studying in Reading has the amazing perk of being just an (inexpensive) 30 minute train ride into Paddington Station, a fact that I seem to never shut up about. There is so much to see and do in London that it blows my mind and it pains me to know that I won’t be able…

England: What’s on the Menu?

Before I left for Reading, everyone around me seemed to crack jokes revolving around various British stereotypes. The biggest joke? “How are you going to survive on such bland food?” While it’s true that Great Britain probably wouldn’t win a spot in the Top Ten Most Delicious Cuisines award, that doesn’t mean everything is inedible….

England: Mind the Gap (and Other Travel Tips)

When most people think of London, they typically think of the Underground, London’s extensive subway. With trains arriving every 3 minutes, the tube, as locals call it, is efficient and one of the quickest ways to travel. Not only is it fast, it’s also one of the cleanest public transport options I’ve ever used. I’m…

Why I Chose England and Study Abroad

Hey guys! I can’t believe I’ve been in England for 3 months already, it still feels like I just got here last week. Today I wanted to tell you guys about my reasons for choosing the University of Reading and study abroad in general. While I wasn’t actually born in Mississippi, I’ve lived there in…