I’m finding it so hard to believe that I’ve already been living in England for over a month now! The past few weeks have gone by so quickly, but it also feels like I’ve been here my whole life. I’ve made so many amazing friends so far and it’s hard to imagine what life was ever like without them.
Moving to another country is such a big transition, but it was even bigger for me since this is my first time living away from home. I’m living in student residence with 5 other flatmates about a 10 minute walk from the university. My flatmates are the best. We’re all so different but we still get along well! It was a little weird at first because they had no idea I was even moving in until I was trying to lock my bedroom door and one of them came out and was watching me struggle 😂. But after that, they all just kinda took me in and showed me around the city and took me shopping for all 39492329 things I needed to buy for my room 😂. Our flat is almost always a mess, but there’s no one I’d rather spatula and share it with!
Meeting other international students has been such a great experience. It’s so nice knowing that they also had to go through the whole application process and understand all the feelings that you’re going through! So far, we’ve only had a few trips throughout England but we have 3 weeks of traveling through Europe to look forward to!
Our first weekend trip we took was to Bath. I honestly had no idea of the history of Bath and I was in awe the entire time! We spent three days there and stayed in a cute little airbnb on the side of one of the hills – the best part was, they had the cutest dog ever! 😩 Over those few days, we took a walking tour of the city, visited the roman baths and went to a bunch of cool art galleries. It was such a fun trip, but it was a little weird to be taking a vacation from what still felt like a vacation haha!
In my digital marketing class, we’re doing a report on the Eden Project. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a huge botanical garden in biomes that has a Mediterranean and Rainforest dome. I took a quick day trip there with my group mates and was such a cool place to see! My camera lens fogged up at first so I was a bit frustrated, but after a while it cleared and I could finally take pictures ahaha. We also got to try a real Cornish pasty! I am obsessed with pasties and I honestly think I’m going to feel so deprived from them when I get home lol.
Our most recent trip was a day in Exeter – it’s such a cute little city! We spent the day touring different museums and the big chapel, and even got to take a tour of the ancient underground tunnels. Peak the little dutch fishtail 👀. I’m glad I’ve found friends who like getting their hair done 🎉
We got there a little early and nothing was open yet, so we decided to have a spontaneous photoshoot in the park. These are my friends Sarah, Courtney, Stuart and Braeden – they’re the best! We’re always there for each other when we need our pictures taken – or not, we have too many funny spontaneous videos of each other aha! 😂
Being able to tour Plymouth with locals has been one of my favourite things. I’ve made quite a few friends here who have shown us around the city and we’ve been able to see what it’s like from a non-touristy point of view. It’s been so nice finding the little places everyone here seems to already know – like the movie theatre or cool restaurants or places that we wouldn’t have ever known to go to. These pictures are from Bovisands Bay, which is about 20 minutes away from the city centre and is so pretty!
A few months ago, I had a dream that I brought the snow to Plymouth and everyone was freaking out because it never snows here. Apparently, I can make dreams come true and it snowed here the other day for the first time in 8 years! 🤷🏼♀️ It was so refreshing to watch everyone freak out over one inch of snow – we even had a snowball fight in the courtyard haha. The university even shut down for 3 days due to the severe weather conditions (-5°C). We of course had to document it so Courtney and I went down to the Hoe and built a little snowman 😂.
This past month in England has been such an incredible experience so far. If you want to see updates as time goes, you can follow my personal instagram where I post more frequently! I can’t wait to see how the rest of my time here will go and how many new people I’ll get to meet! ❤❤