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Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 13:17

As my transatlantic adventure is now coming to a close, I am beginning the very long (but incredibly beneficial) reflection process.  Perhaps the easiest matter to consider first is the many funny and absolutely terrifying mistakes I have made along the way…..and how I have grown from them. Mistakes #1 and #2 (I Can’t Believe I Just Did That…)
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Monday, June 19, 2017 - 04:36

We managed to find wifi and get an uber from the bus station to our airbnb, where we met our very friendly host and his friendly cat. It was actually a pretty nice airbnb, we had our own room and little balcony and they gave us a water kettle and tea. We had chosen Prague because we had been planning on ending in Reykjavik, and the cheapest flight was from Prague, so going into our full day in Prague, we didn’t have an exact plan. I have a trip planning app, so I looked up Prague on there and...
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Friday, June 16, 2017 - 21:57

In Vienna, we started off on a weird foot because I got a message from our airbnb host who said that there was a double booking issue and he had an apartment for us, but it wasn’t the one we had looked at. It was a little stressful because we didn’t have data, so we could only talk to him when there was wifi. The apartment we ended up staying in, which was “unfinished,” didn’t have wifi, we could only connect to the public wifi on the street corner outside or if we leaned out the window of our...
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Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 21:53

We got to the airport in Venice and our airbnb host offered to pick us up, which worked out well, and he picked us up wearing a Captain America shirt, which was very amusing. We found out later he was really into comic books, so it made sense, but it was fun at the time. The house was also really nice, we had our own bathroom and essentially the whole top floor part to ourselves. Our host was also incredibly friendly, he made us dinner our last night and we made dessert and we all played a...
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 22:36

It’s taken me quite a bit of time, but after feeling settled back into my routine and stuff, I’m finally getting around to making a post for each of the places I traveled once the program with ASE finished. My boyfriend, Henry, arrived on the day that we had to move out of our houses and we went to our airbnb in Bristol. I’ve been to Bristol a couple times, but never to the part we were staying in, which didn’t seem to be the best neighborhood. We also never actually met our airbnb hosts, which...
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Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 21:23

St. Aldhelm’s Chapel, Dorset 14.4.17
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Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 21:17

Dorset Hike 14.4.17
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Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 21:17

Dorset Hike 14.4.17
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 22:08

The program is done and I am currently in Italy after a few days in England. The wifi is iffy at best, so I will make posts on each country we’ve visited once I get back to the states. Thanks to everyone who has been part of this adventure.
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Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 20:25

I’ve officially moved out of my house and ASE is officially over, so I thought I’d say a couple things in reflection.  Dear ASE staff, thank you all so much for all of the hard work you’ve put into this unexpectedly eventful semester, it’s been so wonderful to see and get to know you all.  Dear fellow ASE students, thank you for all adding so much to my experience here, I’m going to miss all of you a ton but hope to see everyone soon or in September.  
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Friday, May 19, 2017 - 21:25

I’ve officially finished finals and everything now, so I’m getting around to writing all of the other things I’ve been meaning to write.
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Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 22:24

We got back yesterday from spending three days in Stratford on Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace. The first day we had a talk from a tutor and his wife about the history of Stratford and Shakespeare and Julius Caesar, which is the play we were seeing that night. Then we went to Shakespeare’s birthplace, which was a really cute Tudor cottage (see photo below). They had it all laid out with fake food and stuff, which seems a little silly to me, but it was still a cool place to be. It’s crazy how...
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Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 20:34

I spent last weekend working with the Young Carers project with Bath Phil for the second weekend of the project. We have one more weekend, this weekend, and then the performance right before the end of the program. I enjoy every weekend with them, and I feel like I am getting to know these kids more and getting to know more about music and the process that Bath Phil goes through in their education projects.
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 22:15

On Friday, myself and some other ASE students went into London to see Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard, which had Daniel Radcliffe playing Rosencrantz. This is one of my favorite shows, and I performed in it in high school as Guildenstern, so I was really excited to see it.  It did not disappoint, but I will get to that in a minute.  We got food beforehand at a Mexican street food restaurant, which turned out to be really delicious. And it was Cinco de Mayo, so we...
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Friday, May 5, 2017 - 20:32

Seeing as this is a study abroad program, I figured I should probably say some things about the academic side of my life, especially since I (basically) had my last class yesterday.
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Monday, May 1, 2017 - 21:32

So we’re not that far off from having to leave, and I honestly still feel like I haven’t quite gotten the hang of the money here, the coins that is. I can easily identify the one and two pound coins, the 50 pence one, and the 20 pence one on days when I’m really with it. But the five, ten, two, and one pence coins are really a mystery for me. If I think about it like I am now, I can get through them all, but when I am checking out at the grocery store or somewhere else, it is a real issue for...
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Friday, April 28, 2017 - 21:24

ASE organized the opportunity to have dinner with another house, which we happily agreed to do. We were paired up with a flat that only had three people agree to the dinner, which was fine. We organized that I would make chili, Rachel was going to make guacamole, and they were going to make pasta and a dessert.
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Monday, April 24, 2017 - 19:52

It’s been six days since I last posted, which is I think the longest it’s been, so my apologies for that.
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Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 02:24

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 22:24

I spend a lot of time talking about things that I’ve done on this blog, but I thought it would also be nice to say a little bit about things going on me with that aren’t as noteworthy.
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Monday, April 17, 2017 - 22:34

Alliteration just makes a good title, what can I say.
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Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 21:42

We had our second, and I believe last, class trip for my drama class on Thursday, to the Theatre Royal to see Shirley Valentine, which is another solo performance, this time by a woman. The actress was a woman named Jodie Prenger, who is apparently somewhat well-known actress because she competed on a reality show to find the next Nancy for the West End revival of Oliver, and won. I have seen none of the show, but I can absolutely understand why, she was an absolutely incredible actress.
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Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 13:18

Dorset Coast Hike & Corfe Castle
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Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 21:03

On Monday, I finally made it to the namesake of this town: the Roman Baths (see photo below). Fun fact, Bath used to be called Aquae Sulis, after the goddess Minerva Sulis, who is actually a merging of two goddesses, Minerva and Sulis (I am pretty sure all of that is true). I hadn’t realized, but it isn’t just the baths, there is an entire museum aspect to the Roman Baths, which I had not seen any pictures of or anything, but makes perfect sense. The oldest inscription at the site is from 76 AD...
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 21:35

On Saturday, I helped with the third Bath Phil concert while I’ve been here, this time with the Minerva Choir in Bath Abbey. A lot of my job was preparing, serving, and cleaning up tea and coffee for the musicians, along with erasing bowings from scores for the musicians for the next concert on the 21st, which has been a common theme the last couple of times that I’ve been there. However, the main thing that was different about this concert was the venue, the Abbey, which is a tourist...
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Friday, April 7, 2017 - 18:52

Rachel and I are now back from our couple day trip to Glasgow, Scotland. We were off to a great start by almost missing boarding for our flight there, we had to semi-run through the airport and were the second to last group of people to board, but we did get there all well and good. We took a taxi from the airport to our hostel, and our taxi driver was very friendly and offered lots of suggestions of things to do, although I have to be honest, I didn’t quite understand everything he said, he...
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Friday, April 7, 2017 - 11:18

Spring Break: the only time Amelia and I really left England….we went to Scotland. We got to Glasgow at around 5 in the evening. After nearly missing our flight from Bristol and having to sprint from security to our gate (which felt like was on the other side of the airport through our run). Once in Glasgow, we dropped our big luggage off at our Hostel before setting out to wander along Buchanan Street.
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Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 17:25

Well London was the first day, and I already talked about that. This is going to be a pretty short post, as most of my past three days has consisted of watching movies and getting things that I want to done, like looking through grad schools and deciding what to keep and take off my list. We also made cookies last night, which turned out pretty good, but didn’t flatten like cookies normally do, instead they were a bit more biscuit-like, but still yummy.
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Monday, April 3, 2017 - 14:17

An unseen gif of me at New College in Oxford. I was a little to excited.
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Monday, April 3, 2017 - 11:12

Today was a bit of a slow day, I was sat down with one assignment that took me the full day to complete. A patron of the museum, Mr. Colin Emmins, recently passed away and he had bequeathed most of his collection to the Museum of Bath at Work. The collection itself all pertains to a research based book on the soft drinks industry. 
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Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 20:32

Spring Break has officially begun and Rachel and I started by getting up at 6 in the morning to catch a 7 am bus. Well, I got up and Rachel’s alarm didn’t go off so I woke her up approximately 5 minutes before we had to head to the bus station. She was able to get ready and we didn’t miss our bus, so it was all good. Then we took a three-hour bus ride to London, in what turned out to be basically the last time we were sitting until we got on the bus to go home about 10 hours after we arrived in...
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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 22:32

Spring Break stop numero uno: London 31,710 steps, 14.5 miles and 19 floors completed in order for Amelia and I to completely walk around London. We bought bus tickets to London with National Express, and it took us exactly 3 hours and 10 minutes to get to London Victoria coach station. As soon as we hopped off the bus we picked up some coffee, a pastry and a bap for some food before officially setting out on the trek around London. 
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Friday, March 31, 2017 - 21:51

1. The best explanation for why chocolate Easter eggs are hollow is that it is reminiscent of the empty tomb after Jesus was resurrected. Because it has nothing to do with hollow ones being cheaper.  2. You can actually bruise your thumb from spending three hours straight erasing bowing marks from a piece of music.  3. There are a lot of unfortunate differences between British and American terms for erasing. Such as they call erasers “rubbers” and erasing “rubbing it out.”
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Monday, March 27, 2017 - 19:55

We got back from Oxford on Friday, and I honestly had a good week. I think, however, that one week is the perfect amount of time for us to have spent here. We got to get a feel for the area and we got to do some of the tourist-y stuff, but I think that if we had spent more time there, there are aspects that would have bothered me. For example, I noticed a lot more tourists and people in general in Oxford than we have here in Bath, and so to me it felt a little bit more crowded than I would like...
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Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 22:55

There are some really interesting flavors in England that we don’t have in America, especially in chip flavors, or crisp flavors if you’re British. One of my personal favorites is cheese and onion, which are two of my favorite foods and one of my favorite food combinations, so I’m pretty happy about that one. There are also a lot more meat-flavored ones than I’ve ever seen, and as a vegetarian, I tend to steer clear of those. For example, in a pub, I came across some roast ox flavored chips,...
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Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 13:09

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Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 13:09

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Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 13:09

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Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 13:09

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 23:11

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 23:11

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 21:29

Most weeks, on Tuesday and Wednesday I have my internship. However, seeing as we are in Oxford, I did not have my internship, so I had entirely free days for the past two days. Fortunately, so did my housemate Rachel, whom I will also be traveling with for spring break, so we decided to try and do all of the touristy stuff these past two days. Except the Ashmolean Museum, that is, because we’re going as a program on Thursday, so look forward to that.
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 18:17

Today was even more walking around and playing tourist than yesterday was, so I’m just going to break it down by photography. Picture’s #1 and #2: Modern Art Museum Originally, we wanted to go to the Story Museum but the exhibit is only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays so we decided to go check out the Modern Art Museum instead. We get there, and their current exhibit was on Black Identity and being an African-American who’s returning to their roots. 
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 23:50

After Lunch, Amelia and I continued our way through museums. We originally wanted to go to the Botanic Gardens, but Magdalen College, but the entrance fee was a little too expensive. So, instead we walked to the Bodleian Library and did a short 30 minute tour of both the Divinity School and Duke Humphrey’s Library (for £6). I’ve attached a picture of me in the Divinity School, which is on the ground floor of the Bodleian Library, and was used as the filming location of the Hogwarts infirmary...
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 13:43

Oxford University Museum of Natural History & Pitt Rivers Museum To start: the Oxford Natural History Museum has an array of exhibits and artifacts that span from ancient history, to current organisms, to rocks/minerals and gems.  It’s built in an absolutely fantastic Victorian building that was meant to house all of these collections.  Some of the artifacts have been in the hands of the University of Oxford since the late 1600s.
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Monday, March 20, 2017 - 20:18

On Saturday, the program moved to Oxford for the week, where we’ll still be having classes and all of that jazz, except I won’t have my internship or my usual volunteer stuff. As a side note related to my internship, Bath Phil had a concert last week and I spent 10 hours that day at the venue working, and it went off really well. They have a program pairing with a local private school and were as one orchestra with students and members of Bath Phil, and it was a beautiful concert.
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Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 23:41

“Even though Oxford is the most prestigious college in the world, their showers still clog up very easily.” - Me, in the shower.
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Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 19:08

Blenheim • Oxford
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Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 19:08

Blenheim • Oxford This morning ASE students had to be up at 7 (no thank you) to get on a bus (double no thank you) and drive an hour and a half to Blenheim Palace (yes please) and then to Oxford (double yes please).
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Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 19:07

Blenheim • Oxford
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Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 19:06

One of the things about being in a country that speaks the same language means that there is a lot thought about the accent, and I think that both British people and American people try hard to figure out each other’s accent; when I was in the school with the Bath Phil, one kid tried an American accent while we were in small groups, and seeing as he was in elementary school, it wasn’t all that good. To be fair though, I’ve definitely heard a lot of bad British accents from Americans, and I have...
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Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 19:06

Caerleon • Caerwent
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Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 23:27

Canal path, Bath 4.2.17
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Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 23:21

Stonehenge 5.2.17
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Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 13:49

Yesterday was a bit of a slow day (in the sense that it wasn’t a crazy amount of work and running around all day), but I was working ALL DAY. At the beginning of the semester, Stuart locked me down with a project concerning the preservation of documents from the late 19th century and early 20th century. I had a meeting with the owner of these documents last week, where he handed me all of the documents as well as a few pieces of background information.
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 14:52

Tower Bridge,, London 23.1.17
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Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 20:15

Yesterday, for my screenwriting class, we went to the Bristol Film Festival for our study trip, which is my second time in Bristol. The first event we went to was a screening on Bristol on Film, which showed clips that were of Bristol throughout history, starting with the first clip taken of Bristol from 1902. It was interesting because the person leading the screening pointed out that at that time, even though cameras were new, the camera was not well placed to shoot the event, as it was more...
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Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 18:12

Here is a lesson on how to not do a Ghost Tour:
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Friday, March 10, 2017 - 18:33

Last night my drama class went on a study trip to see a show at a local theater called the Rondo. Study trips are a part of all of the classes, although all of them are different, my screenwriting class is going to the Bristol Film Festival on Saturday, so get ready to hear about that. The show we saw was called When the Eye Goes, and was a solo performance about an English cricketer from the 60s named Colin Milburn, who was very skilled and well-loved until he got in a car accident and lost...
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 23:01

Because Stuart went on Holiday this week, I got some free time (and a museum card) so I went wandering around the Fashion Museum and the Assembly Rooms. One thing I really did enjoy when wandering through the museum was the very thorough and constant connection of fashion to history. Next to each object’s label, there was a label that outlined what was going on in history at the time. For example, there was a dress from the early 1910s that was owned by a British woman who was a survivor of the...
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 17:27

Hyde Park, London 23.1.17
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 17:26

Hyde Park, London 23.1.17
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 16:48

Salisbury Cathedral 5.2.17
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 16:47

Salisbury 5.2.17
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 16:40

Steventon Church 3.3.17
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 16:35

Winchester 3.3.17
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 16:34

Winchester 3.3.17
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 14:40

Winchester Cathedral 3.3.17
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 14:27

Chawton Manor 3.3.17
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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 14:22

Broadway tower 24.2.17
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 18:56

On Sunday I started my volunteering with the Next Stage Youth Theatre here in Bath. When I say youth, I hope you’re not picturing small children, I would guess that the kids I worked with were all around middle and high school age. Going into it, I had absolutely no idea what I would be doing, I even didn’t know where or when I was going. Happily, the other ASE student who is also volunteering with them did know, so we went together.
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 12:05

Stonehenge trip 5.2.17
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 00:23

Today….was…bizzzzzzzay. It started out with me taking notes for the annual Volunteer Meeting. Stuart joked that I was there to make sure that the volunteers wouldn’t get violent, but I was more the note taker for the whole meeting. But, before hand I manned the café and made sure the volunteers had their tea/coffee/water/biscuits. Then we sat down for the meeting and I scribbled away on everything that was being said. Events were discussed for the next year, including the volunteer outing, an...
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Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 14:57

This title honestly speaks for itself.  I may be working for the UK Parliament right now by breaking down federal legislation, writing speeches, and handling petition campaigns, but I swear that the one job I would never be able to accomplish here in the United Kingdom is serving as a bus driver. The very first day of my arrival here in England required me to take a coach bus from the London Heathrow airport to the Bath Bus Station.  As we slowly made our way to the highway and beyond, it...
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Friday, March 3, 2017 - 20:30

I just felt that the title would go in theme with my last post. It probably won’t be a continuous thing.
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 11:53

One of the things about being in a country that speaks the same language means that there is a lot thought about the accent, and I think that both British people and American people try hard to figure out each other’s accent; when I was in the school with the Bath Phil, one kid tried an American accent while we were in small groups, and seeing as he was in elementary school, it wasn’t all that good. To be fair though, I’ve definitely heard a lot of bad British accents from Americans, and I have...
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 17:15

It is with my luck that I have come down with the worst possible sore throat/common cold ever. Mononucleosis/Glandular Fever Basically: it sucks. You’re always tired, your muscles hurt, your throat is on fire, your lymph nodes are so swollen it feels like you have swallowed two ping pong balls and your tonsils are covered in gross white things. Altogether I think I’ve felt sick about a week now, and I’m just now coming out of it.
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Monday, February 27, 2017 - 22:17

On Friday, ASE organized an optional trip to the Cotswolds, which were about an hour bus ride away. Myself and two of my housemates all went on the trip. We started out by going to Broadway Tower. Or more accurately, the cafe by the Tower. I got a hazelnut hot chocolate that was disappointingly lacking in the hazelnut department, but was a good hot chocolate. Then we walked up to Broadway Tower (see additional photos), which was finished in 1798, and from what I got from the various exhibits...
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Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 22:21

Today, was a little bit of an adventure. I got very little warning that there was a school group coming to the museum for a class trip. Stuart warned me about 10 minutes in advance. Now, I don’t do well with children. Especially with the young children that showed up to the museum. The last time I worked with kids under the age of 6, I was a swim coach and I hated myself every day. With that, I was a little bit worried that I would do something bad or say something bad, but I didn’t!
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Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 11:19

I’ve decided to start doing something called quick posts, which are for when not much has been happening, so I just want to put up a quick post about something that I’ve thought about. And here’s the first one! It’s on dogs.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 01:20

Last night ASE (and by ASE I mean Jeff) took us to a storytelling circle at The Raven.  My expectations of the event was something quite informal of “oh tell a personal story.” But what I got instead was something much more celtic in its origins. Sometimes you could just tell.
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Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 19:44

Malmesbury • Chepstow • Bradford-on-Avon
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Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 19:03

This weekend 3/8 people who live in my house where visiting friends outside of the country, and 1 person had a study trip for  class, so the rest of us decided to go to Bristol for the day on Friday. To get to Bristol is a whopping £5 round trip by train, about 10 minutes there, a little longer back. To give credit where credit is due, I did basically nothing in terms of the planning of the trip, all the credit goes to Bridget, who did research and laid it out and ran it by Andrew, who works as...
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Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 21:38

On Friday February the 18th the history of the Middle Ages class took to Bradford-upon-Avon, Malmesbury and Chepstow for a full day of old buildings. But really cool old buildings.  Like old buildings that smell like old wood and books, and are set in hilled areas with amazing views.  FIRST STOP: Bradford-on-Avon Bradford was gorgeous. The river Avon runs through the tiny, sleepy little town with cute little tea shops and pubs littered around the town. This is Andrews hometown so he was more...
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Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 19:59

Chepstow • Malmesbury • Bradford-upon-Avon
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Friday, February 17, 2017 - 01:07

Sorry that I’ve been gone for a while, I’ve been both busy and not busy. We’ve continued the week of classes, which are still going well and I’m still really enjoying. As a house, we also went out to dinner on Monday to celebrate Galentine’s Day (as in with the gals) along with my housemate Alexis’s birthday, which was the day before. We went to Las Iguanas, which was actually pretty good Latin American food.
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Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 18:29

First day doing Tour Towers, and I had an absolute blast. The staff member that I followed, Ellie, is an absolute doll. She let me hold the keys to the Abbey (for a full hour AND let me open doors with them), and made me feel comfortable and everything. I am 100% ready to do my own tours by now, I’m pretty sure. Regardless, I’m going to study and read up on the script that Holly sent me.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 23:24

bathengland: Reflection in the river Avon
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 23:20

Today was my second day at the Museum of Bath at Work, and Stuart put me to work immediately. When I met Stuart at MOBAW, it was a fast paced canter to the office, where I dropped off my jacket and bag and then was escorted back to the exhibit floor. Stuart had me throw linen covers over a few objects (such as the Bath Chair and a diorama of a Bath gas factory), then we walked down to the meeting room where I was given my tasks for the day.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 23:12

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Monday, February 13, 2017 - 12:17

The answer: they’re not the same in the UK and the US (this is becoming a running theme).
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Friday, February 10, 2017 - 23:53

I started my internship on Wednesday. They had a concert on Thursday, and an education project associated with it. On Wednesday, I spent my time in the office cutting 65 strips of bubble wrap that were about 3? x 6? as well as restringing some triangles and helping load up the van to bring things over to the venue. On Thursday, at the venue, I spent one and a half hours of my afternoon labeling over 400 chairs with seat numbers, and then after the concert, taking all of those labels off.
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Friday, February 10, 2017 - 23:16

A good chunk of ASE students wandered to the Bath Rugby Stadium in order to watch the Bath vs. Northampton game. It was very, very, very cold. Before the match even started a good number of us were lined up at the bar buying the 2 pint pitchers (as pictured). But, the weather just kept getting worse, to the point that it began to snow mid game. A few ASE students ended up leaving the pitch to go home, just to regain feeling in their extremities.
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Friday, February 10, 2017 - 00:05

We’ve officially finished our first week of class and all of that, we don’t have any classes Friday. I am really looking forward to the rest of my semester with my classes, they’re all pretty small (6, 8, and 14 people), and all of my professors seem really excited about teaching the class and making it useful to what we want to get out of the class. I mentioned my Drama class before, but I had my two other classes today, UK Media in a Globalized Society, which I will call UK Media, and Film...
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Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 14:13

Just some snapshots from the day
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Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 14:02

Yesterday was my first day at my internship, and the first step toward my museum dreams. It started out a little bit slow (Andrew warned me it would be that way), but when I walked in to MOBAW I told Stuart to “put me to work immediately.” While that would have been perfect if I were set to work inventorying objects as soon as I arrived, Stuart wanted me to tour the museum and really get to know the museum and its objects first. Stuart sent me off to wander the museum with a voice guide, where...
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 22:57

Now we’re getting more into the actual stuff that will be happening every week. I had my first class yesterday, and my first regular community thing today.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 22:10

Before I got to Bath, I had been in contact with the Bath City Women’s Rugby team.  Practice was today. Honestly, I was kind of expecting to be treated like a rookie because I am…but the girls (and coached) just welcomed me in! I had originally shown up to practice in jeans and casual boots, but ended up being given free shorts and boots when I decided to jump in at practice.
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Monday, February 6, 2017 - 22:20

I’ve been sitting here for the last hour, procrastinating on this post because there is simply far too much I can write about.  Therefore, upon the conclusion of this hour, I decided to add “Chapter 1” to the end of my lengthy blog title.  By doing so, you can read the many chapters of how the United States and the United Kingdom differ.  I would like to remind you that I am focusing on three key areas of difference:  political, social and cultural.
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Monday, February 6, 2017 - 14:55

Spoiler alert: the Patriots won. Disclaimer: I am not a fan of American football, at all. So take this entire post with that thought in mind. A few of us in the flat decided to go out with some other ASE students to watch the Super Bowl at a Bar called Belushi’s. To be completely fair, after watching the Six Nations match this past weekend I was expecting something similar for the Super Bowl. I was wrong. 
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Monday, February 6, 2017 - 14:53

Stonehenge • Salisbury • Lacock
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Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 23:47

So this will probably be long, so buckle up, we did a lot of awesome, semi-touristy stuff today.
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Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 21:41

I’ve done a lot in the past two days, so I’m splitting each into it’s own post, here is yesterday.
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Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 19:55

Today kicked of the Six Nations tournament. And….um….well…uh…. It was great. My friend Sarah was with me when we watched Ireland lose to Scotland, and then England beat France. Honestly, the England v. France game was fantastic. The ambience in the pub was phenomenal. Compared to what I grew up with, watching the Six Nations from the comfort of my living room couch, watching a game in a pub is unreal. 
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Friday, February 3, 2017 - 22:02

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Friday, February 3, 2017 - 17:01

It’s been a few days, but not as much has been going on as it was initially. A couple observations before I go into what exact things I’ve been up to though. There are definitely similarities to the US, which is what I expected. But there are also some things that are distinctly different. I mentioned the tipping before, which I’ve found is a little more nuanced than I originally thought. It turns out that people do tip, but only about 10% and only if you are at a restaurant or somewhere with...
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Friday, February 3, 2017 - 09:04

First time at Mus and couldn’t be happier. I was sent here by a friend of mine from school, she used to work here. The staff is so friendly and kind, they were more than happy to make me feel right at home. I was encouraged to become a regular, to come study here when I can and then given a medium mocha on the house. Pretty sure I found my coffee haunt for the semester.
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 06:02

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 19:58

So we’ve actually started doing things today, it was probably the busiest day of this week of orientation. We started out by having a welcome and general orientation session with the director of the program and getting introduced to all of the staff, who all seem really wonderful. Plus they served us tea and coffee after, and I’m always a fan of free refreshments. That also gave us the chance to chat and mingle with each other, and I got to talk to 3 of the 4 other Oberlin students on the...
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 18:40

Welcome…to Bath. Yesterday was a little bit of a blur, seeing as I got here at 10 am and then napped at my new house from 12-4. I really shouldn’t be jet lagged anymore since I’ve been here for a week already. But it really could have been because I didn’t sleep at all on Sunday night.  The girls of Prior Park just had a fam dinner (of Pasta and wine) then watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and then went to bed at around 9:30 pm.
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Monday, January 30, 2017 - 20:22

Well after two plane rides and a bus ride, I am in Bath and coming to the end of my day. It’s pretty much been good so far, haven’t done a whole lot. We had to wait a bit at the train station to get our bus to our house because the driver had to take a lunch break, but the house I’m in is actually really close to the train station. And let me just say, basically all of Bath is just cute. There are also enough coffee shops to go to a new one each day for probably about a month.
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Sunday, January 29, 2017 - 03:49

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Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 15:02

Things have been WILD. England has been WILD. I have been told by my friends in the UK, that in the past 3 days I have quite possibly done the most British things possible. I won’t go in to detail about most of them because they have to do with partying and alcohol (don’t want to give anyone the wrong impression now).
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 05:42

This is how I feel right now. London is calling, and I must go.  It’s unreal that it’s actually here. Study abroad is here. NOW. A year ago if someone told me “oh yeah, Rachel, you’re studying abroad in England,” I would laugh. One year ago I worked my BUTT off to be here today. I worked my booty off just to get the chance to be accepted in to this program, and I leave tomorrow. I need to say that one more time for myself. I. LEAVE. TOMORROW. 
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Monday, January 23, 2017 - 01:38

Well here we go, the first blog post. In a week, I will be on my way to Bath, England. To be perfectly frank, I’m a little scared. I have spent a lot of time out of the country, I’ve traveled to Paris a couple times to visit family, spent three weeks in Tanzania the summer before I started college, and went on a service program to Nicaragua the summer after my junior year of high school. So really, I probably shouldn’t be too worried, I’ve gone through customs, adjusting to large time...
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Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 18:32

breathtakingdestinations: Bath - England (by Jesse Loughborough) 
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Friday, January 20, 2017 - 02:24

“What do want to eat for your last supper?”
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Sunday, January 15, 2017 - 00:51

Here is very real footage of me (successfully) cramming ALL OF my stuff in to a suitcase.
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Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 22:26

Cell Plans, contd. I called in the big guns. Special shout out to my beautiful friends Brieneke, Liv and Eliana for providing me with bomb cell plan advice. Brank (Brieneke) and I played rugby together at UMW and now she’s working in England, Eliana just got home from a 3 month study abroad in London, and Liv also played rugby with me at school and had an internship in London last Spring.
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Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 21:18

CELL PHONE PLANS Today was the day for attacking UK cell phone plans. My study abroad office at UMW told me to not go through my standard US cell company, because it’s way more expensive than just getting a UK plan. First stop, O2. A lot of my friends in the UK told me to go through O2 for a phone plan, because they have the best coverage. The only issue is, O2 only has pay as you go sims and monthly sims. I talked to the O2 live chat thing and went through 3 different people (Neil, Anjali and...
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 04:08

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 02:25

Today is officially the two week mark until I leave for England. That being said, the packing has begun, so currently my room is a mess. Don’t know what to bring, how many pairs of shoes to bring (I’m packing 6 pairs, for fashion reasons), should I bring a skirt?
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Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 04:33

I leave in 17 days. I’m not packed, not even in the slightest. But i bought really cool black leather luggage? Does that count as being prepared to go to England? Probably not. Just bring it on. #AmericanInvasion?
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Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 12:53

My first impression of Clarendon was that it was a quintessential, quirky English house. The rooms were spread across four floors, there were three bathrooms (only one of which contained a shower, toilet, AND a sink—what a novelty!), the kitchen and dining room were in the basement, and my bedroom was on the fourth floor which meant I got to climb up three flights of stairs every single day. All that being said, I immediately fell in love with the house; it felt like home in no time at all.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 14:39

My relationship with the American Museum began when I applied to study with Advanced Studies in England and live, for four months, in Bath. Because I am pursuing a career in museum work, the internship at the American Museum was an obvious choice for me.
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Friday, December 12, 2014 - 12:49

For those of you that don’t know me from your time in the beautiful city of Bath, I’m Laura and I joined the ASE family in 2012 as a student helper. Having first heard about the job through my university’s careers department, I leapt at the opportunity.
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Friday, December 12, 2014 - 12:45

This summer, I had the pleasure of being the US professor in the inaugural Theatre Summer School at Advanced Studies in England. Although there was never a ‘typical day’, I want to give a snapshot of my time teaching this amazing group of students from the US and England.