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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.