Posts Tagged ‘UK’

More of Edinburgh

Friday, December 16th, 2016

This place is magical. I am finding inspiration in the old architecture, but I am also enjoying the presence this city has to offer. I cannot seem to let go of my student self, and my desire to learn. Simply, I don’t want to let go. The College of St. Scholastica has instilled a love of learning in me that I hope will never fade. My love for learning, now, is stronger than ever, and I believe this is only the beginning. This afternoon, I will tour the Traverse Theatre, a writer’s theatre for new works. I am overly excited, as my heart has fallen so deeply in love with the magic of theatre. I am always keen to get involved. Following my tour, tomorrow evening I will see one of the shows currently on, Last Christmas. I look forward to the rest of my time in Edinburgh. This is a story of my travels, but this is also a story of my life as an alumni of The College of St. Scholastica. Our university is also magical, just like this beautiful city and world of opportunity.

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Another Brighton Story

Monday, November 28th, 2016

Brighton is the only city I have had the opportunity to visit twice in the United Kingdom. There is a special vibe within the town, something that reminds me of Duluth and home. London is incredible: fast moving, never sleeping, constantly inspiring, and never-ceasing to amaze me. However, Brighton greets you with a mild temper, one that casually wakes and sleeps as the days go on. It does not bug you to move and wander. Instead, Brighton invites you in to slow down and cherish the wonders. The buildings are smaller, but the architecture is still worthy of a fascination. The streets are less busy and smaller, but they welcome you. The people are more quiet, but they would befriend you in an instant. The ocean is much, much closer, and I think the call of the ocean is what draws me to Brighton most. Just like London, loads of history rests in the stone and grounds of Brighton. I have learned so much in so little time from this small, special city.

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Buckingham Palace

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Today, I finally got to see Buckingham Palace with my own eyes. It was incredible as such history exists within its walls. We, my mother, sister, and I, became intrigued with the practice of Monarchy in England. I plan to do some more research into the history this evening in order to satisfy my curiosity. The structure itself was beautiful, surrounded by stunning sculptures and parks. My sister shared that she dreams of living there. I, however, was simply in awe of theplace. What a magnificent place to live and work. I can only imagine what it would be like to be a princess or a queen.

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City of a Difference

Monday, November 21st, 2016

There are a load of differences, city to city. I have just returned from a weekend in Stockholm, Sweden. It was brilliant. The city was filled with bold colored buildings, friendly people, intriguing cafes, and excellent sights. I am beginning to appreciate even more deeply the individual culture that exists in our world. While Stockholm had some extraordinary photography opportunities, London still holds my heart. Each city I have spent time in offers a piece of itself that will stick with me forever. In London, I feel like everyone is ready for business, ready to get things done, and ready to dive in to whatever lies ahead. In Stockholm, I felt a sense of easiness, a sense of calm, and a draw for me to come back. I will visit Sweden again someday. I was very moved by the Swedish language and the ability of nearly every citizen to switch back and forth between Swedish and English with ease. I hope and plan to become a Swedish speaker one day. I even bought John Green’s The Fault in our Stars in Swedish to begin perusing the words and vocabulary. In a sense, I see an opportunity to compare my draws to Sweden and England to my roots in Minnesota. There is a special vibe unique to Minnesota, and that will always be a part of me. These cities, all in their own, will never leave my soul to rest.

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The Jurassic Coast

Monday, November 7th, 2016

It is about time for me to return to my bit of reality in London. My final day in Dorset, England was nothing less than extraordinary, though. I am content with what I have accomplished. I spent the morning and afternoon meandering up-and-down along the Jurassic Coast. You could say my childhood dreams had been partly fulfilled. My favorite films as a child were The Little Mermaid, Harry Potter, Jaws, and, finally, Jurassic Park. I experienced the wonder of the ocean, yet again, the magic of England’s hidden treasures, and the complex energy of geological phenomena. I am endlessly grateful to The College of St. Scholastica for giving me the opportunity to be here, studying in such a beautiful country.

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