Going Rogue: My Study Abroad Experience

During the summer of 2015, I was fortunate enough to study at the London School of Economics in the heart of London! (This experience was brought to you by countless hours of babysitting and working as well as donations from Jack Jessen- thanks dad). I took two business classes there (Foundations of Management and Consumer Behavior where I won Best Research Project), but before that, I went backpacking (also known as "going rogue" to our group) with one of my good friends at UGA and some of her friends through Munich, Venice, Milan, and Interlaken. Once I got to my program, I traveled on weekends to Ireland, Scotland, Paris, and of course, places in England like York, Cotswolds, Cambridge, and Oxford! Like many others, I recorded my experiences in this travel blog! It means a lot to me that you are taking part in my adventures by reading this blog, so thanks for stopping by! 

Roadtrippin' Through the UK

Tyler finally arrived on Thursday evening, and we were able to begin our "road trip" through the UK! We were excited not only because of the fantastic destinations, but also because we got to drive on the wrong side of the road! On Friday AFTER class (just wanted to point out to my parents and anybody else who may have been concerned that I did not skip class), we set out to drive north from London through Cambridge and York with Edinburgh as our ultimate destination. Each of these places was so unique, and it was such a pleasure to see what the United Kingdom was all about! 

A view from a cannon looking over Edinburgh from one of the castle walls

A view from a cannon looking over Edinburgh from one of the castle walls

York Minster

York Minster

University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

The first stop on our trip was The University of Cambridge, one of the world's oldest and most distinguished universities. It was much more than beautiful architecture- it was an amazing town. There were so many shops, parks, and of course, the river. Many people like to go "punting" on the river, which is really just the adorable boating shown in my pictures. (At least twenty people asked us if we wanted to go punting and we had no idea what that meant, but now you know ahead of time!)

York, England

It was so nice to get to experience a smaller, more traditional English town! York had buildings that have been around since way before America was a twinkle in its founders' eyes, but it is not filled with tourists like major cities. It was a great way to experience more traditional English culture in a smaller setting, while marveling at buildings that were created many centuries ago. 

Edinburgh, Scotland

Our final destination and the main purpose for our trip was Edinburgh, Scotland. We were able to explore the Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, Calton Hill, and have dinner at a cute restaurant near Portobello Beach on Saturday. We also got to stop by The Elephant House, where J.K.Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book! Sunday, we woke up early and hiked up to Arthur's Seat before journeying back to London. Both of these days were filled with incredible views because Edinburgh has beautiful water, old and new architecture, and incredible hills. We got lucky with great weather that allowed us to really enjoy these views! Maybe next time I can convince Tyler to wear a kilt!

The Ins and Outs of the Trip

Driving through the United Kingdom was super fun in and of itself. We got to see what driving on the wrong side of the road was all about! (And by we I mean Tyler because I would've messed that up). We learned that roundabouts are not worth getting excited about because there are so many, sheep basically rule the world, and British pop music is just like American pop with a few horrible excuses for songs thrown in the mix! I also finally listened to the Serial Podcast, and all I have to say about that without giving away any spoilers is that I will be doing some extra sleuthing of my own on the case. 

It was an incredible weekend and another great way to experience the United Kingdom, a place that I am already falling in love with. Now, I must get back to class as we begin our second week (and midterms since classes only last three weeks- weird, I know), but I miss all of you back home and really appreciate you reading this and keeping up with what I'm doing! Have a great week!