For my last vlog, instead of a travel video I decided to do one about the differences between the UK and the US. I know I’ve written a couple of blogs about the differences, but this way you get to hear the Brits opinions as well. This whole vlog is extremely chaotic, and I’m pretty sure I didn’t get to explain any difference fully because I kept getting interrupted, but you will get the just of it hopefully. Also, in case anyone was curious, I had to put the MNU logo in because some people, were doing inappropriate motions. It took us forever to actually get something that would sort of work, but we got there in the end. I am so grateful for having these vlogs to remember my time at NTC because without a doubt it has been the best year of my life. Cheers to everyone who has kept up with these because I know there was a lot. Honestly, if you ever get the chance to study abroad do it. I have learned so much about the UK culture, about the US culture that I had no idea about, and about myself. Studying abroad will change your life.
Last week we decided that we wanted to go down to the Lake District for the day and climb a mountain/hill. It felt like a mountain, but I think technically it is classified as a hill. Then we were on our way back to NTC and saw a sign for Blackpool and decided to take a detour through there before heading back to campus!
So there are quite a few words that are different in the UK than what an American would say. There are obviously phrases that Brits say that we would not normally say, but there are also everyday common words that they use but we would say something else. For the most part they are easy to figure out but it is curious how many common words are so different. They can’t understand why we have to make all of our words describe what the object is (for example we have to say bath tub instead of bath because otherwise we[…]Read More
Two weeks ago I took my second trip down to Newcastle. My friend, Karl, was performing in Durham Cathedral for a youth event that his church was supporting. We decided to go down for the weekend and go to the beach, eat some of the best fish and chips I’ve ever had, and see a few castles! We saw Bamburgh castle which was right on the beach and was near an adorable little seaside town. Then Sunday we headed up to Durham and spent the day there and hung out in the cathedral most of the day.
One of the great things about living in England, is that you can randomly decide to go to Wales when you wake up one morning! Since Manchester is kind of close to the border we decided to procrastinate on our essays that we were supposed to be writing and take a day trip to Wales! We went to Conwy, which has Conwy Castle and Britain’s smallest house. It is a super small town so we were only there for about an hour or two and then were like “Whelp. That was fun.” and came back to Manchester. It was a great study break!
P.s. Fun fact: After Wales I have officially been to every country in Great Britain!
What does a week at NTC look like? It looks completely different from a week at MNU, I can tell you that much. A typical week at NTC is first of all only three days. We go to school Monday through Wednesday. The idea is that you are in class for so many hours, but then you do the majority of the learning on your own. I’ll give you an example of my typical week here. On Monday, my first class isn’t until 11 am. Typically I sleep until like 10:30 and if I have time go to the coffee[…]Read More
Now that I have been living in the United Kingdom for almost seven months now, there are a few different things that I have picked up that you can only recognize when you have lived somewhere for a while that are different from the way we do things in the United States. For the most part I have found that the UK culture is very similar to our own but there are a few minor differences that you can pick up on that just seem strange to an American. 1. Their lemonade is clear and bubbly. Instead of the lemonade[…]Read More
This last weekend I decided to take a weekend trip to Brussels, Belgium which is also known as the Capital of Europe! This was my first trip that I have taken alone and it was really nerve wracking at first. Being in a foreign country all on your own where you don’t speak the language is pretty scary, but it is also extremely empowering when you realize that you can navigate around all on your own! I met some really amazing people along the way and even though I took this trip on my own, I was actually rarely alone for most of it! Literally all I ate for those three days was waffles, frites (fries), and chocolate. There was a chocolate shop every five steps you took and every single one of them had samples of chocolate for you to try. I didn’t have any plans coming to Belgium except to get a waffle. It was so worth taking a trip to a foreign country just for their delicious golden waffles- I would totally recommend it!
This past weekend we decided to go wild camping in Scotland. We drove up through Glasgow, stayed there for one night and saw the University of Glasgow and an art museum. The next day we saw Loch Ness (unfortunately we did not see the Loch Ness moster- that we know of at least) and the Scottish Highlands. We camped in a random field that night and it was literally the coldest night of my life. The next day we drove through the Scottish Highlands some more and the guys jumped in an ice cold loch when it was already below freezing outside- I decided to opt out of that one. We camped that night as well and it was still freezing but luckily not as bad as the first night. Then we drove through Edinburgh and saw an amazing castle! Overall I would definitely recommend Scotland, but maybe just not to camp in the middle of February.
So last weekend, my only plans were to work on my essay that was due on Monday. However, on Thursday night we were all sitting around playing card games and board games and wanted to play more but had already played all of the ones that we had. On Friday at like 4:30 Harriet told me that they were all going to her house in Swindon (about three hours away) to get some more board games and asked if I wanted to go. Of course, if there is anything that I am always down for at any time it is 1. Breakfast 2. Coffee 3. Naps 4. Good music and 5. ROAD TRIPS. So two hours later we were hitting the road. It was a great trip filled with jamming out in the car and deep heartfelt convos. I did end up getting my essay done in case you were wondering. Basically this vlog is a bunch of random clips from our road trip and us being our crazy selves. Enjoy!