I noticed that a great Spring Break comes with a lot of consequences. Struggling with no motivation and an increased need for sleep, the biggest consequence for me is wanderlust. It is the opposite of homesickness meaning I want to go see places. Now, I am stuck here for another month before I can go travel again. The other day, I already looked up hotels for next spring break. The reason why I feel like I am trapped in Kansas is because my spring break was out of the book. I had such a great time and really made the[…]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!
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!
Week 16 Vlog. This video highlights Logan, Landen, and I’s adventure in Colorado. Check out all of the sights and sounds of us running around, and shredding that Gnar. Songs: Nothing, Kai Engel & Roufianos, Pithikos.
This week 12 students including myself spend the entire week in Des Moines, Iowa participating and competing at the Kennedy Center America College Theatre Festival Region 5. This festival invites college students from all over the mid-west. Here are 3 things I took away from my week at KCACTF:
1. MNU Theatre is high quality.
Throughout the week the festival had different shows from colleges all over. Just about every night we got to go see a different play. Some were okay but others were truly disappointing. Many of the shows had poor acting. I was reminded of the the high standard that Heather Tinker (Professor/Director at MNU) holds her students to.
2. Dancing is Fun!
This week many of the MNU students had the opportunity to take dance classes such as Broadway Boot Camp and Musical Theatre. I probably had the most fun in these classes. We learned dances from Big Fish and Hairspray as well as basic Ballet and Jazz techniques. We definitely are not the best dancers out there but we giggled our way though!
3. Zombie Burger is Delicous.
If you havent been to Zombie Burger in Des Moines I would highly recommend it. We ate dinner there one night and I regret nothing. Not only was the food epic but the zombie decor was top notch.
A final thought: This week the festival challenged all the students to really branch out and meet people. They even made it a selfie swap competition. I won said competition. (Go look on my Instagram elisasfinsta). But even more than that I got to meet so many people that are so different from me. People that believe very differently than I do and people who were very kind and loving. It made my week even more fun! Blake Holden and I made a bet to see who would obtain the most selfies throughout the week and I won said bet. To see the ending result of this bet you are gonna have to be present at MNU’s next Improv Show on February 23 @ 9:30pm in Smith 200.
Week 13 Vlog. This video highlights my resolutions for the vlog in this upcoming semester. Watch me be silly and tell you my goals. Song: Real Swing Shet, Menage Quad.
Last weekend I went to Oxford and Stonehenge with Harriet. I was not aware of this, but Oxford is made up of 38 different colleges. We got to see a couple of them and just wondered around the town a little bit. We also got to have tea in this cute little coffee shop. The next day we got to travel down to see Stonehenge. My expectations were at first high, but then when I told all my English friends that I was going to see it they were all just like, “It’s literally a bunch of stones. Why do you want to see it?” However, It was really cool to see. They were also a lot bigger in person. I think it is definitely something everyone should see at least once in their lifetime!