Happy Thanksgiving!

29 November 2013

Instead of my weekly "Thoughts From Abroad", I decided to make a post dedicated solely to my first Thanksgiving in England.
I'm not going to lie, Thanksgiving this year was hard. Having said that, I think this has been the first year I have truly appreciated the holiday. I now live in a country where not only did I have to attend class on Thanksgiving, but I also had to prepare a meal on my own. There was no turkey, no football, and no family. 
However, I am thankful for so many things this year. I feel so blessed to be living out my dreams, and sacrificing Thanksgiving in Texas was just a small price I had to pay. So here are a few things I am thankful for:

+ My parents who have supported me in my move abroad.

+ My sister who is rocking her sophomore year at Tech.

+ The other MA History students. They've helped me so much in adjusting to life here in England.

+ My friends who Snapchat me like crazy, making sure I don't miss a thing.

+ A boy who, despite my protests, refused to let me do all the cooking on my own this Thanksgiving. It may have been my first Thanksgiving abroad, but it was his first Thanksgiving ever

+ The volunteer position I have at the museum. I am gaining experience I need for my future career, and having a lot of fun doing it. 

+ My faith, which has helped me overcome any struggles I have faced in my move.

+ Mission Burrito which gives me my Mexican food fix whenever I need it. 

+ This little blogging community I have become a part of. 

+ The education I am receiving here at the University of Bristol. Sure, my life would be a lot less stressful if I wasn't doing a masters, but life would be far less interesting!

I'm off to London for a wonderful weekend getaway!
How was everyone else's Thanksgiving?

Throwback | Paris, France

26 November 2013

I'm attempting to organize my life.
And when I say life, I mean the 'Travel' page of my blog. 
Most of the countries I have visited were pre-Bristol in my Pocket. I thought long and hard about how I should include some of those travels, and it dawned on me: Throwbacks.
So grab a cup of tea and enjoy the lovely pictures of me in my awkward years.

July 2011. Age: 20.

I'm probably going to be the only person to ever say it, but I'm actually not a fan of Paris. I had built Paris up in my head to be this wonderful place when in reality I felt extremely uncomfortable and unwelcome

I desperately want to change my perception of Paris. I'm hoping that one day I'll go back and have a wonderful time. Paris is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to, but my overall experience was, dare I say, terrible.

That's the problem with traveling. There is always a possibility a destination may not live up to your expectation.

Have you ever been disappointed by a destination? Let me know!

Thoughts From Abroad | Part 8

22 November 2013

1) Texas BBQ flavored Pringles. That's a thing here and it's awesome.

2) I have officially been to a speakeasy.

3) Christmas shopping has officially begun! Don't expect major gifts everyone, my suitcase can only be a limited amount of weight!

4) I'm constantly amazed by the opportunities presented to me here in Bristol. Just this month I've met with the editor of a history magazine and the executive producer of a TV production company. How crazy is that?!

5) Soup Wednesdays at the BISC are literally the best thing in this cold weather.

6) I have yet to try mulled wine. Maybe next week on my trip to London?

7) "Where are you from?"
"Houston, Texas."
"You don't have a very strong accent."

8) I'm finally a 'regular' at a cafe down the street.

9) A kid at work today asked me if I was American. I said yes. He proceeded to turn to his friend and say "I told you she was! You owe me 5 pounds!" Oh children.

10) Ahhhh, I can't think of a number ten! I'll leave you with a song.

(Sorry I don't have a picture this week! I'm pretty useless at the moment due to an exhausting day of work at the museum).

Happy Friday!

A Walk to Work

20 November 2013

I love my job. 
Well, it's not exactly a job. It's a volunteer position. But I'm gaining experience in museums and I love it.
It takes me about 20 minutes to walk to the museum, and it still amazes me how beautiful Bristol is.
So here are a few pictures of the things I see on my walks to work. 

It's starting to get to that point in the semester where I'm absolutely exhausted.
Somehow I'm managing to balance research, writing, volunteering, and blogging.
Coffee is a lifesaver.
How is everyone else's week going?


German Christmas Market | Bristol

17 November 2013

The best thing about living in Europe during the holidays?
The markets. They are everywhere. The German Market in Bristol was one of the first Christmas markets to be set up this holiday season. If you haven't noticed by now, I love getting into the holiday spirit. So I brought a couple of friends along with me to check out the market.

There was live Christmas music, beer, and crepes. 
It was perfectly German. 
The only downside? These pictures were taken at 4 in the afternoon! It's crazy how dark it's getting here in England!

Happy Sunday!

Thoughts From Abroad | Part 7

15 November 2013

1) I'm starting to go into crazy busy mode. Between my essays, class, and work, I am one busy bee!

2) Starbucks is the international hangout. I run into at least 3 people I know from the Bristol International Student Center every time I go.

3) I have a little weekend trip to London planned in a few weeks! I haven't been to London since my very first week in England and I'm super excited to see it right before Christmas!

4) Thanksgiving is coming up! This will be my first Thanksgiving away from home, and I'm planning on going all out for it. I ordered quite a few American groceries off Amazon, so hopefully they aren't super sketchy! 

5) There's nothing wrong with eating alone. I feel like this is something most Americans would never think of doing. Eating alone in a cafe is the norm here, and it's actually quite pleasant.

6) I'm pretty sure my veins run with coffee now.

7) Most of the wine I drink is provided to me by professors. The English love a good bottle of wine during afternoon seminars.

8) The Primark jumper section is my second home.

9) I just found out a friend I met during my study abroad time is moving to England in January! I can't wait!

10) I finally managed to cook something (other than pizza) in my kitchen! I've been hesitant to cook just because I share a kitchen with 4 other people who are always cooking, but I need to stop eating out every meal. Thank goodness I brought the Davis Family Cookbook with me to England!

Happy Friday!

Arnos Vale Cemetery

13 November 2013

Today marks my two month anniversary in Bristol!
Crazy, right?
I've been living in England for two months now and it feels like no time at all.

One of my favorite things about living in England is the close proximity to history. History is everywhere, and as a MA History student it's my job to take advantage of it.
Having learned from my mistake at Hereford Cathedral, I made it my priority to bring my camera on our class trip to Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol.

Arnos Vale Cemetery was established in 1837 as a 32 acre cemetery. Now, at 45 acres, it houses more than 300,000 souls (both buried and cremated). The cemetery is overgrown and rugged, very unlike cemeteries in the United States. By maintaining a wildlife feel, Arnos Vale holds unique British character. In the 1960s, little was being done to care for the property. It was under serious threat of being shut down. However, the Bristol locals made it their mission to keep it open.

In order to keep the cemetery open and successful, Arnos Vale now holds weddings, yoga classes, art festivals, and other public activities. It even houses a cafe with wi-fi. The property is so large that you can still buy plots today.

Happy Wednesday!

Throwback | Scotland

11 November 2013

I'm attempting to organize my life.
And when I say life, I mean the 'Travel' page of my blog. 
Most of the countries I have visited were pre-Bristol in my Pocket. I thought long and hard about how I should include some of those travels, and it dawned on me: Throwbacks.
So grab a cup of tea and enjoy the lovely pictures of me in my awkward years.

July 2011: Age 20. 

While studying abroad in London, I had the opportunity to go with some classmates on a weekend trip to Scotland. To this day, Scotland is one of my favorite travel experiences. 

Although it was raining most of the trip, we were able to travel across the entire country. Our guide was a local, doing our tour as a favor he owed to a friend. He was extremely knowledgable, and had that Scottish flare that really just added to the experience.  It was an exhausting weekend, but completely worth it. 


St. Andrews

Cairngorms National Park



 Glen Coe