Briana

Posts written by Briana.

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A Week at NTC
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Weird things about the UK
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The Capital of Europe
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Wild Camping in Scotland
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Spontaneous Road trip
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Day Trip to York
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Man United, Chinatown, and NTC Community
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Football, Didsbury, and Rivers&Robots
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Week one of Spring semester NTC style
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Top 5 things I learned living in the UK

A Week at NTC

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[…]

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Weird things about the UK

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[…]

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The Capital of Europe

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!

Wild Camping in Scotland

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.

Spontaneous Road trip

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!

Day Trip to York

This last weekend we decided to take a day trip down to York. Karl and Anna had a conference down there so we just decided to make a trip out of it. They dropped us off at a bus station in town and we caught the first bus into the city center. The town had some really cool city walls, castles, and shops. There is also a cathedral there called the York Minster which was absolutely gorgeous. We were going to go inside, but we didn’t end up having enough time. There was also this tour called York’s Chocolate Story because apparently KitKat was made/invented in York. We had lunch at a local fish and chips shop (aka a proper chippie). We also went into a classic British sweets shop and got some really sour candy which we tried, and at the end made Karl and Anna try as well. There were also some interesting street performers that we saw. All in all, it was a good day!

Man United, Chinatown, and NTC Community

So this past week I went to a Manchester United game, which is one of the biggest teams here in the UK. The stadium hold roughly 73,000 and every game is sold out. My friend and I got free tickets to go to the game last Sunday! It was really cool to see the team play, and they won 4-0! We also went to Chinatown for Chinese new year and they had carnival like rides along with stands of different noodles and tents to make Chinese crafts! After that we went and got brunch at a cafe called Moose cafe that is based on American and Canadian breakfast. On Thursday we also had a community meal with the people who live in Hurlet (the dorm halls on NTC’s campus).

Football, Didsbury, and Rivers&Robots

This last week I went to my first English football game. It was a smaller game, with only like 2000 people there, but their crowd was crazy. The entire crown was singing and chanting the entire game. I feel like our crowds at our games do chant sometimes, but not as much as this crowd did. I also did a tour of Didsbury to show what the town that NTC is in looks like. After our tour of Didsbury we went to city center to a small concert of a band called Rivers and Robots in a small coffee shop called Nexus art cafe.

Week one of Spring semester NTC style

So this week was the first week back at school. We did not start till the 16th of January and that was only if you had an intensive. If you did not have an intensive then you do not start school until the 23rd of January. This is really nice because it means that you get an extra long break. An intensive means that you take a three credit hour semester long class and cram it into one week. They do school a little different over here in the UK. First of all, we only go to school Monday, Tuesday,[…]

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Top 5 things I learned living in the UK

Now that it is Christmas Break, I have gotten to reflect a lot on this past semester. Living abroad has taught me a lot of different things. When you are traveling through countries, you get a small taste for what that culture is like, but when you live somewhere you truly understand the culture and how different it is to your own. So here are the top 5 things I learned while living in England. 1. Brits love their tea. Like seriously. I have never seen so many people obsessed with one thing. They have it in the morning, after[…]

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