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My last few days in Bristol

Time June 21st, 2012 in College Study Abroad | 1 Comment by

It’s getting quite quiet around Durdham Hall as friends and flatmates trickle home. Two of my flatmates have gone so far – Mat to Portsmouth and Hannah to Los Angeles, CA. It’s slowly setting in that I will eventually have to leave, and I feel a bit sick whenever I do have to think about it. I will miss this place SO MUCH!!! I know I will be back at some point, but it certainly feels far away in the future as I am completely broke from studying abroad twice over the course of my uni career so far… Anyway, I have every intention to make my last few days here count.

After my exam last Thursday, (So glad that’s done!) the flat got together one last time to celebrate Hannah and Steffan’s birthdays and also to wish Hannah a safe journey home as she left Durdham at 4am the next morning. Lots of tears, but overall a good last night here for her.

On Friday we celebrated another set of birthdays, and then on Saturday my hall hosted ‘Durdhambury’, a day-long music festival with food, facepainting, and plenty of other fun things to do. I didn’t spend that much time down in the quad as it was raining for quite a bit of the day, but I heard most of the bands from our kitchen anyway as it overlooks the quad. It was a great chance for everybody to see each other one more time before most people headed out on Monday and Tuesday.

Yesterday I finally walked along my running route on the Downs to take some photos – something I’ve been meaning to do for ages! It was a bit cloudy, but no rain!

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(The best bit of my running route – when I get to see the Clifton Suspension Bridge in all its glory)

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Today my plan is to go back down to the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery to explore a bit more. (Last time I was there, it was mobbed with little kids…) Then I’ll probably grab my last ever Felafel King felafel on laffa (SO GOOD) before I come back up to Durdham to pack and finish a book. Friday will probably be all about packing and saying goodbyes, although I hope to be able to squeeze in a visit to my favorite coffee shop Café du Jour at some point.

My next post will probably be coming from the other side of the Atlantic, which I can hardly come to terms with. It just sounds so ridiculous that I will have to leave Bristol and all of the great people I’ve met here. Wish me a good flight and a good ‘re-entry’ into American culture, and I will be back with an update from the US of A in a few days!

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Only two weeks left? What?!

Time June 11th, 2012 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

It’s been a busy week for me – I’m definitely trying to make the most of what little time I have left in England! It still astounds me that I have less than two weeks left here. Where did six months go?!

Anyway, this week (despite wind and rain) I got to the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery to see a cool Da Vinci exhibit in honor of the Jubilee. It was really cool, but the museum itself is huge (and at the time it was packed with small children on their half-term) so I’ll have to go back sometime next week. I also finally made it out on my daytrip to Glastonbury! Again, it was super windy and rainy, so that was a bit of a bummer, but I still managed to climb to the top of Glastonbury Tor. The views were STUNNING, and it was definitely the highlight of the trip. Here are a few pictures:

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Yesterday, the one sunny day this week, I trekked down to the Harbour to take in Bristol’s Big Market, which overtook a good portion of the Harbour and the older part of the city. I had a great day out – picked up a Nutella crêpe as a late breakfast snack and a copy of Bill Bryson’s ‘Notes from a Small Island’ (highly recommended by Lynne – going to save it for the flight home).

Overall it’s been quite a good week for me – now I’ve just got to really hit the books for my Politics exam on Thursday! Wish me luck!

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The Olympics Come to Bristol!

Time May 29th, 2012 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

This week was an exciting week for all Bristolians! On Tuesday evening the Olympic Torch made its way into the via the harbour. I was lucky enough to be able to take part in the festivities going on that night in Millennium Square, and of course to show my Team Great Britain spirit! Here are some photos from the evening:

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Then the next morning, the Olympic Torch Relay continued – from College Green, across the Clifton Suspension Bridge, finally making its way up to where I live. One of my flatmates joined me early (relatively speaking) that morning to see the action in person. It was a blast to see everyone out there lining the streets and waving their Union Jacks! We scouted out a great spot to see the runner go by:

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In other news, as you can probably tell from these photos, summer has FINALLY arrived in the UK! It has been sunny and gorgeous all week! Later today I’ll be heading out to the Downs for a BBQ and some frisbee with friends as a break from revision. Hopefully the sunshine sticks around for my last few weeks in Bristol!

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What’s Happening in Bristol

Time May 16th, 2012 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

Hey all,

Click below for a little update of what I’ve been up to over the past few weeks – busy busy as usual:

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Also, as I mention in the video, here’s a picture of my flatmates and I (minus Matt in this one) down by the harbour:

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Life in Bristol

Time February 17th, 2012 in College Study Abroad | No Comments by

It seems so strange that I’ve already been in England for almost a month. But at the same time, I feel like I’ve been here for ages! I have come to absolutely love the city of Bristol – it’s just the right size that it has enough to do and see without being overwhelming. The people here are all very nice and welcoming, and I’m discovering a number of cool little towns nearby to visit for daytrips.

One of my favorite spots in Bristol is the Clifton Suspension Bridge. It’s one of the major landmarks not only of the city, but of the UK as a whole. One of my flatmates, Gill, took me on a walking tour of the city during my first week here, and we walked across it. Here is a rough composite I did of the view from the middle of the bridge:

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When I go for my morning runs on the Downs right near my hall, there is a beautiful lookout point where you can see the bridge off in the distance. I will have to bring my camera along the next time I go out so I can post a picture of the view.

Life in the university halls has also been great. I have my own room with an en-suite bathroom and then the six of us in the flat share a common living/dining/cooking space.

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In the flat there’s Gill from Essex, Mat from Portsmouth, Becky from Southampton, Steffan from Cardiff, Wales, and Hannah from California. Honestly, it has been quite nice to have another American student in the flat to bond with – especially when things get lost in translation due to the different slang, etc. We’ve had quite a few fun nights out together so far as the flatmates show Hannah and I around town, including a superhero themed party sponsored by the Student Union and dinner at Za Za Bazaar, which is the largest restaurant in the UK:

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Other than reveling in my lovely new English life, I’ve done a bit of traveling already! Last Saturday I went to Bath for a daytrip, and then on Tuesday I took the train into London to see Gavin DeGraw in concert with a friend studying at the University of Westminster. Next up is a daytrip to Oxford and then Steffan is taking some of the flatmates on a trip to Cardiff, which should be a lot of fun. More on travel in my next post!

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