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Mangos, Liverpool, and the wise words of Johnny Depp

This week I had the best tasting Mango I had ever had. Ever.

I was the perfect tender consistency, not too sour, not too sweet. It melted on my tongue after my first bite into its delectable flesh.

You may think that I did a sweeping romantic 2-day trip to costal Greece to find it, or maybe I ventured down to a Spanish island and picked the mango off of the vine myself. In fact, I bought it at an average grocery store in downtown Leeds.

Does that make my mango story less exciting?  Probably.

This weekend I went on a day trip to Liverpool, where as many of you know, the Beatles are from. There were museums, cathedrals, cafes, and even a ferris wheel. I did go through the Beatles museum, but after that my friends and I just walked around for a few hours and ate some yummy food, while never actually visiting Penny Lane or finding the cathedral that we were searching for.

Does that make my Liverpool trip sound less exciting? Probably.

But to me, it’s quite the contrary. I love how unromanticized my experience has been. I love how one of my friends stormed off in a tizzy in Liverpool because she was frustrated that we were stopping in a candy store.  I love how the weather has been freezing and snowy almost every day since I have been here. I love how I live in a dorm where the person above me practice the song “Edelweiss” on her cello at least 5 times a day, plenty loud enough for me to hear. I love it all.

To me, studying abroad is not about experiencing new incredible things, it’s about finding the normal in what you thought would be abnormal. It’s about realizing that yes, these places are beautiful and amazing, but nothing is ever perfect. As different as some things have been here, it is funny that when you really look at a place, your perception of it changes. It becomes normal, and for me, that’s when I know that my true experience abroad has begun.

“I was always fascinated by the people who are considered completely normal because I find them the weirdest of all”

-Johnny Depp

Until next time,


P.S. I have included some of my pictures from Liverpool!

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