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(Old) That Time I Trapped Myself in Mortimer

(Originally posted on January 26, 2012)

It all began in a graveyard.

(Which is a pretty good opening line, you have to admit.)

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(Old) Some Observations

(Originally posted on January 17, 2012)

The Dining Hall

The dining hall system here was very confusing at first, but I think I’ve got the hang of it. At my home university, I can swipe my card and eat basically whatever I want. Here it’s more like flexbucks. You have a set amount of money to spend for a week, and everything in the dining halls has a price. This wasn’t explained to me, so I was quite perplexed the first two times I tried it.

So far I haven’t been suffering too much in the food department. At various meals I’ve had some sort of meat+roll thing, a 3-cheese pasta (that was in desperate need of Parmesan…Continue Reading

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(Old) Arrival

(Originally posted on January 15, 2012)

  1. Boarded plane without incident. Took sleeping drugs. Spent the rest of the flight in a doze during which I alternated between hating Delta for not turning off the lights and planned the destruction of the child who kept kicking my seats. The plane was half empty so I got to lay down properly, which was a big plus.
  2. Landed earlier than expected and zoomed through customs. The lady was very kind and gave me a few tips and some new information about my student visitor visa. Quite a contrast to the fellow who nearly didn't let me in last time.
  3. Got out about an hour before I was supposed to meet an…Continue Reading
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(GH) All of Time and Space

(Originally posted on February 14, 2012)

So! Last Friday. First: Everyone, meet Mary. She is another study abroad student from Atlanta, GA. She does not have a strong southern accent. I believe she is studying the classics here (which is Roman and Greek stuff). She is a Doctor Who fan and, like myself, loves Eleven, so we make a good team.

Mary and I caught a train down to Paddington, then set off to find The Doctor Who Experience. We were both very giggly and excited, unsure what to expect but certain it would be brilliant. And it was, my friends. It was.

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(GH) The Faerie Guide to Surviving Wales

(Originally posted on 15 April 2012)

I’m heading to Wales this week with my friend, Anna, and some locals from the university. It is going to be epic! Conveniently, I have also been reading a ton of Welsh fairytales and mythology in the past several weeks as part of my research for Blessings. So in case you ever find yourself in Wales and don’t fancy getting turned to ash or worse, here’s five things to keep in mind if you want to get there and back again!

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