Adventures in Switzerland

Back in late July/early August I went to Zurich, Switzerland, to visit my boyfriend Alex for his birthday, along with his family. We had a really lovely time visiting some fantastic places, so I thought I’d share some of my favourite pictures of my trip!

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Adventures in Paris

Versailles was without doubt our favourite attractionMy boyfriend Alex is currently away on an internship in Switzerland, and instead of one of us visiting the other, we decided to meet up halfway – and Paris seemed like the perfect place! We spent five nights there over the last week, arriving last Wednesday. There are so many attractions in Paris that we simply didn’t have time to do them all, but we did manage to spend Thursday at the Eiffel Tower, Friday at Versailles, Saturday at Notre Dame and Saint Chapelle, and Sunday at the Pantheon and the military history museum. Continue reading “Adventures in Paris”

Year Abroad Update, Part The Last

This is going to be my last year abroad update. And not because I’m too forgetful to keep writing my blog (no matter how likely that would be)! I’ve recently decided that I’m not going to continue with studying German, and I’m also not going to continue with my year abroad. So I guess my “year abroad” updates are actually “semester abroad” updates? 😛

Neither of these decisions have been on a whim. In fact, my reasoning is going to take a bit of explaining, since both decisions impact each other quite a lot.
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Year Abroad, Part Five: Christmas Markets

One of the few things I’ve loved about Germany is all the Christmas markets I visited through December. So I thought, rather than boring you all with how I’m doing at uni, I’d focus on the positive and write my next (long overdue) year abroad post about the Weihnachtmärkte!

Year Abroad, Part Four: Welcome Week

I’ve been in Germany for about a month now and classes still haven’t started. Yes, Tübingen University starts late, and I arrived earlier than I probably needed to. But I’ve not had nothing to do. I have a book to write (still not finished, but this draft is getting there!), and of course there’s cooking, cleaning, sorting out the last bits of paperwork (which seem to take the longest… Never mind this “your year abroad is the best year of your life!” stuff; I swear all I’ve done on mine so far is get stressed over admin). And last week (12th – 15th October) there was also welcome week!
(If you haven’t read my previous Year Abroad posts, you can find them through the following links: Part One, Part Two, and Part Three.)

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Year Abroad, Part Three: My First Week

It feels far longer than a week that I’ve been in Germany. Technically, I have: my parents and I arrived last Wednesday, so it’s only really that I’ve been Germany on my own for a week. But that isn’t what I meant. Saying that it’s only a week since I said goodbye to my parents just feels wrong. Surely it can’t have been so recently?

I’ve spent my first week alone in Germany working on my book, exploring Tübingen (pictures below!), going for jogs (admittedly only two), having awkward conversations with flatmates I barely know in the kitchen, setting up a German bank account, handing in forms, and Skyping numerous people, numerous times. I definitely feel like I’m settling in; like I’m getting to know my surroundings and life here is a little more normal.

(You can read Part One here and Part Two here.)

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Year Abroad, Part One: Preparation

Since I got back from my family holiday in Italy, I haven’t been writing as much as I’d have liked. I’ve been busy. But not in the usual way. My year abroad has come around rather fast and I’ve suddenly realised there’s quite a lot I still have to do to prepare for it.

I’m spending my year abroad studying, in Tübingen, Germany. I leave in two days.

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Adventures in Wales

Back in April (yes, this is how far behind my blog is), I went to Caernarfon in Wales for two nights with the Newcastle University Creative Writing Society. As part of the Creative Writing Society’s committee, I helped to plan and organise the trip. We chose Caernarfon mostly because we found a nice hostel there that was available on the last-minute dates we wanted. (If anyone’s interested, the hostel was Totters’; situated inside the walled town, it’s a nice little hostel with very friendly and accommodating owners, and it was just what we were looking for) Caernarfon’s main attraction is its castle, though it also boasts a beaches, a pretty town, and a Roman fort.

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