Thank You!

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I think I can officially say that England is my second home. I have met some great people who I would have not been able to meet if I did not have this amazing experience. I have laughed until I have cried. I have been to places I never thought I would see outside of a picture. I have walked down streets that people long forgotten in history have walked down. I have had an experience that I only had ever dreamt of. I have also met new people and made friendships that will hopefully last a lifetime. Basically, this adventure has been a major success.

I must thank everyone at Study-Abroad-UK, the program that I was with. I would highly recommend them to anyone that is thinking about studying abroad in England. I did extensive research for a few months before deciding on this organization. From my research I found that they are one of most affordable and everyone that is part of this organization is very friendly!

Take the chance of a lifetime, I promise you will not regret it.

Now I would also like to recognize some very great friends that I made while being in England. Each of these people went to my school. Without them my experience in England would not have been half as memorable.

I already miss you all!

Vicky: you have been a great maths partner, and you are a terrific action photographer. I really love my photo album!

Keeley: Thank you for distracting me while in study, it was much-needed. Also, thank you for planning such an amazing surprise party, words can’t describe how special that was to me!

Kirsty: I enjoyed all of your wonderful (and sometimes strange) questions about America; I hope I was able to answer them all.

Fiona: You are such a lovely and innocent person. You also make very delicious cakes!

Grace: Thank you for reading all of my blog posts. I have enjoyed your feedback. Also, thanks to you I now have an addiction with milkshakes.

Emin: You have been a great friend and you were one of the first people who welcomed me at the school. Thank you for also showing me the way to Tesco. I am sad that I had to leave the foreign alliance club.

Jodie: your obsession with Harry Potter is quite amazing; I have enjoyed our lengthy discussions over this topic.

Amy: thank you for the best alien friend ever! And thank you for that wonderful cake, my entire family thinks it is probably the best cake ever!

Rhian: You were very nice and made me laugh a lot. I hope you are able to buy the saddle for your horse very soon!

Kamila: Thank you for sharing all of your food with everyone, especially the polish sweets. Yum! I will also miss your amazing ability to turn anything that anyone says into something very inappropriate.

Joanna: This blog post is mostly dedicated to you! You asked for me to write about you on my blog, and here it is! Consider yourself slightly famous! I have enjoyed our lively debates during chemistry and lunch. Thank you for trying to teach me how to spell and speak correctly, even though I refused to conform. Over all you have been able to make me laugh a lot!

You are all the best!

I have now been back in America for a few days. It is very strange to be back here, it almost seems surreal. So far I have had very little jet lag, I just hope that it stays this way because I have a very busy next few days.

In a few days I will have a reflection post that is more about being home and my overall thoughts on my experience in England.

For now I must go and study for my SAT test on Saturday!

Have a great day!

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Flags and Country Pride

I am very happy that I was able to come to England at this time of year. As the days progressively get closer to the Olympics and the Queens Jubilee, the country’s pride seems to be growing. I have noticed that on my walks to school a lot of shops have some very nice window displays full of Union Flags and other souvenirs.

Coincidentally in my English class the other day we read a poem by Owen Sheers called “Flag”. There are only three other people in this class so we got a little sidetracked and they began to ask me questions about how different I find America to England. A person may not think that these two countries differ in many ways, but you would be surprised. Most of the differences are minor, such as spelling and different words. The different words are what get me, everyday I feel like I am being corrected on at least one word that I use in the wrong context. Although, in America it would be seen as correct. Which I don’t mind, it is all a part of the experience.

The interesting part to the conversation that I had with my English class was how I feel that America recognizes our flag. Well, there are a lot of stereotypes that Americans are a little too patriotic, and I have been asked more than once if I have a flag hanging up outside my house. I do not have a flag outside my house, sorry to all of you stereotyping fanatics out there.

However, I do agree that Americans as a whole are very patriotic. Up to my 8th grade year every morning at the beginning of school I would say the pledge of allegiance while facing the flag. The flag can be seen outside of a firehouse, and in front schools, and well just about any important building.

Yes, America is patriotic, but England is too. Even though anyone you would ask would say otherwise, and probably give you a long lecture on why the royal family is not essential to the countries well-being. The union jack can be seen on just about anything right now with all of the events coming up. I have seen it painted onto cars, and any store you go to you will defiantly be able to find a lot of British souvenirs.

If you are American just think about the hype that comes up right before the 4th of July, and multiply that by two.

For every country a flag is the symbol of that country. I don’t think anyone could have too much pride for their country. In so many ways your country makes you who you are. It’s the reason I spell the word “Color” and not “Colour”, and why I call it a “band-aid” and not a “Plaster”. I am just fine with this.

With all the hype for the Olympics and the jubilee, buying souvenirs to bring back home for my family will be so much easier.

Have a great day!

And a very happy mother’s day for all of you in America.

I love you mom!

Z Is For… Zzz

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That is what I will be doing now that I don’t have to post every single day.

Because….

I have officially been able to blog my way through April!

Some days it was a little hard to think of something to be able to write about. At times I even thought that it wouldn’t be too bad to just not write something for a day.

I kept going though, and now I am very proud of myself.

I have been able to find new bloggers through this challenge, and now I am an avid reader to many of them.

I have also gained some new readers on here as well. So greetings to you all! I hope you stick around.

I would really like to find more challenges like the A to Z Challenge; it keeps me motivated to keep up with my blogging.

It is crazy that it is now May. I can’t believe that I only have 26 days left here in England! Or as my friends like to say; four weeks of fun. Where did the days go? The time is going by too quickly. But, just like everything in life, the good things must eventually come to an end.

Now on a completely random note, today my life as I knew it has been changed.  For the letter “N” I wrote about how nothing is really impossible. In the beginning, I mentioned how the only thing I could think of that may be impossible was becoming friends with an alien.

Thanks to one of my friends at school, I have been proven wrong.

Meet my new best alien friend!

He currently does not have a name. I tried researching alien names on Google, but it came up with some peculiar websites. If you can think of any great names for my little buddy feel free to leave me a comment.

Also, a very happy birthday to my sister’s boyfriend, Cody. I hope you have a wonderful birthday. Eat an extra piece of cake for me.

I hope everyone else has a wonderful last day of April!

Y Is For… Youthful Adventures

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Today I went to Stratford-Upon-Avon with my program.

I woke up at 6:10, I let myself sleep an extra ten minutes. I had to catch a train to Wolverhampton at 7:30.

When I got to Wolverhampton I was about fifteen minutes early, so I just hung out, and froze because it was just so cold.

The bus ride to Stratford-Upon-Avon was pretty much uneventful. Marina did not come on this trip, so I didn’t have my talking buddy.

When we got to Stratford-Upon-Avon, we headed straight to the house where Shakespeare was born! It seemed almost surreal to be there.

It was strange to stand in the home of one of the greatest play writers of all time. to know that Shakespeare himself had once been where I was today. I am not a Shakespeare fanatic, but I have read a lot of his plays in school. I have even acted some of them out in my Drama class. So, to be able to see where he lived was pretty great.

The house itself was very nice for its time, and big. We also got to see where Shakespeare lived with his wife Anne Hathaway, which was right next door to his parents house.

After walking through the house I had a special place that I wanted to go to. My friend, Grace told me about a milkshake place called “Moo Moo’s” after she told me about it I knew I had to go. This place was milkshake heaven. It had every chocolate, cookie, and even candy you could think of! I got a Cadbury Crème Egg milkshake. Yum!

It was very delicious. The only seating we could find was outside in the drizzling,  and freezing, cold rain. After about two minutes of holding my cup, I began to not be able to feel my fingers. The loss of feeling in my fingers was worth it because the milkshake was just so good.

Also, as we were drinking our milkshakes, I noticed a rather creepy man dressed up as Shakespeare, and painted completely black. The person was wearing a mask as well, so it was impossible to see his eyes.  You could say that he scared me just a little bit.

After this we walked around the town a little. Not going anywhere in particular. We saw the old globe theater, but we didn’t go inside.  We also stumbled upon some old antique shops, and just a bunch of random little shops. We also found a Christmas store open all year! Whoever had this idea is a genius.

We also found a magic shop.

On the outside was a 9 ¾ sign and a little Hedwig in a cage. The store sold actual ingredients to make potions. They also sold starter kits for the inexperienced witch or wizard, and wands to get you started. The shop owner was a really nice old man.

We then stopped to have some lunch. We were really in the mood for Japanese, although the only Japanese restaurant we could find had been closed. We settled on a little café.

After this we walked down the canals for about an hour.

It was very pretty, and very muddy. Maddie (who is from Colorado) and I would randomly break out in Disney songs, which just made the walk even more exciting. After making it back to the beginning we just sat by the water and walked about everything. Once it got closer to five, we decided that we could go for another milkshake. So, back we went to the beloved Moo Moo’s for milkshakes round two.

They were just as good as I remembered them from that afternoon. This time I got a Toblerone Milkshake. Yum x2!

We then started to walk back towards the bus, with our freezing cold drinks. I once again could not feel my fingers.

We got back on the bus and we were headed home.

Sadly, Cornelius (my travel dinosaur) slept in too late and forgot to hop in my bag before I left. I did not realize this until after I was back on the bus. He is now very mad at me for leaving him behind.

Have a great day!

The wind is so loud right now! Oh how I love the English weather!

X is For.. X Marks The Spot

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Just a warning: This post really has no point to it at all. Also, the title really is not at all relevant to this post in any way.

Yes, I know I have failed. But, it is really hard to find something to write about that starts with the letter “X”. I guess I could write about the history of the xylophone. Although, that would probably put me, and you to sleep, so I won’t be doing that.

In my search for trying to find some words that start with the letter “X” I was able to learn some interesting things, which I never knew before. I will now kindly share this with you, because who doesn’t want to know some random facts?

If a word has “xanth” in it, then it may be referring to something yellow.

For example: Xanthocyanopsy is a form of colour-blindness in which only blue and yellow can be distinguished.

I bet you are very happy to know that!

And another great word that you will probably never have to use in your life: Xiphophyllous- having sword-shaped leaves. There are also about five different words that start with “X” that are almost impossible to pronounce, that would refer to having excessive dry skin.

My conclusion of letters that start with “X”: Most of them are pointless, and only extremely intelligent people would want to use them. Also, I have successfully been able to write a post, about trying to find something to write a post about.

Well, that is all for this lesson on the crazy letter X. Sorry that this is so short, but I have to go to bed so I can wake up at six o’clock in the morning, and not look like a complete zombie for tomorrow. Well, why should I be waking up at this ungodly hour you may ask?

Well, it is that time of the month again! I am going to Stratford-Upon-Avon, or more commonly known as; Shakespeare’s birthplace! I can’t wait!

Until next time,

Have a joyful day!

W Is For…Wind And Rain, The Good Ol’ English Weather

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For the past two weeks it has been very windy, and very rainy, almost every day!

I started to think that the stereotype of how it is always raining here, was just a lie. Although, after these past few weeks, I am starting to agree with it.

If you know me, you would know that I may have a slight obsession with the rain. No, I am not severely depressed. I am actually the opposite. Every time it rains I can’t help but smile. I just find that everything is so much prettier when it rains, and so much more exciting.

It also gives me a good excuse to drink hot chocolate.

All my friends in school think I am absolutely mad to be even slightly excited for the rain. While everyone else is groaning as the rain pours down, I am there with an excited smile and wishing it would never stop.

I also enjoy walking to/from school as it rains. Although, I get completely drenched while walking. I make up for it by listening to “singin in the rain”. I must look crazy for walking down the street a little bit too enthusiastically, but I don’t care!

It also has been very windy. I don’t bother trying to fix up my hair in the morning, because the second I step outside the wind does a good job at messing it up.

Last night I thought someone was trying to break in through my window. It was only the wind, which was obnoxiously loud.

Amanda keeps telling me that I am probably the only person in all of  England that is actually happy for this weather. I probably am, but who cares? Not me!

So while everyone back home is in their cute summer clothes, and soaking up the horribly hot California sun. I am here, bundled up in layers of clothes, inside drinking hot tea. appreciating the weather while it lasts. No complaints from me!

By the time I get home it will be the beginning of summer. The moment I step off of that plane, I know I will melt.

Have a great day!

V Is For…The Verdict Of Court

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Every few weeks at my school we have an activity day (I am not really sure what it is really called). On these days each form does something different, such as, changing a car tire, or learning about current affairs.

Today my form was able to go to the Magistrates Court!

It was a great experience.

When we first walked into the court room I immediately said to everyone that it was just like the court room in Harry Potter. There was a glass box in the center of the room that a prisoner would stand in while on trial, pretty intense.

Sadly, there was no one that committed that high of a crime, so no one was able to stand in the glass box of doom.

the room was very old and had benches all around the room. There was also a very pretty skylight

I found it to be fairly interesting anyways. Even though it was nothing like what I have seen on the television.

Each case went fairly quick, and there were no outbursts from anyone.

I must say that I have a lot of respect for lawyers now. They have to sit around all day reciting a speech for each case. I would probably get tired of talking after the first two.

I really did not understand half of what was happening, because one, it was hard to hear the people talking, and two, they used a lot of technical terms. I  still was able to really enjoy it either way.

It was just another exciting experience that I have had here in England!

Have a great day!

 

U Is For… Unforgettable Memories

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There are so many things that happen in life that are unforgettable.

It is always nice to have a memory that you will never forget, or person that you will never fail to remember.

For me it is hard to really know what memory will be unforgettable. It might be a big event, like studying abroad, or something so tiny, like my favorite shirt from two years ago.

I really like when I remember something from years ago that I had completely forgotten about.

My sister and I tend to do this a lot when we are together. We just start talking about events that have happened to us in the past, and we begin to remember them again.

Sometimes we forget some great memories and we just need something to remind us. The solution: take lots of pictures, or write in a journal!

I did a blog post on how I keep a journal, and it is really great. I like to think of my journal as my external hard drive. It keeps all my memories safe, so if I ever forget it, I can just go back and read it.

“We do not remember days, we remember moments. The richness of life in memories we have forgotten.” – Cesare Pavese

Now for some reason I am really tired, and I do not want to bore you with anymore of my tired, pointless writing today. I think the reason I might be tired is because I have not been able to get to sleep until about one every night. I don’t think I am able to blame jet lag anymore.

Have a jolly good day!