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March 2018


Weekend in Edinburgh: 5 “Can’t Miss” Things to See & Do

I’m excited to share this post about my weekend in Edinburgh, Scotland, as this was my first overnight trip with the program (as a Program Assistant). I was really thankful for the opportunity to spend time with the students and to get to know them better. It was a totally different experience interacting with them on this “fun” cultural trip, in comparison to our typical interactions in the admin office at the study centre.

The trip went really, really well, and I think everyone had a fantastic time. We were incredibly lucky to have awesome weather – Scotland can be very chilly, but the temps were fairly mild, and we had sunny blue skies every day!

When I studied abroad two years ago, I took this same weekend trip to Edinburgh, and it was my favorite overnight trip of the semester. I just loved Scotland and everything we were able to do there.

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Harry Potter Graphic Art at House of MinaLima

I’ve finally had the opportunity to visit the House of MinaLima, which has been on my bucket list since I left London two years ago. House of MinaLima is “an exhibition and shop of the graphic art of the Harry Potter films, and other works… by graphic design duo Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima.” The shop showcases 15 years worth of their creative collaboration. How cool is that?!

House of MinaLima opened its doors only weeks after I left London in April 2016 upon the completion of my semester abroad. This was in timing with the premiere of Cursed Child on the West End, which I was also upset to have missed. The shop is located just around the corner, behind the theatre on Greek St.

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Lifestyle, Travel

“Monday Madness” at My Old Dutch: £5 Pancakes

I’ve long been a fan of breakfast-for-dinner. My family particularly enjoys making waffles, or scrambled eggs with bacon. It’s a go-to when nobody is in the mood for a heavy meal.

On Monday, my roommates and I had dinner at My Old Dutch, a pancake house that’s been around since 1958. Today, there are three locations (Kensington, Holborn, and Chelsea), but we’re closest to the Holborn shop. We’ve been dying to go on a Monday evening to partake in the “Monday Madness” deal, which boasts £5 pancakes. Um, absolutely.

My Old Dutch serves both savoury and sweet Dutch-style pancakes, as well as traditional Dutch starters and desserts. Take a look at the menu on their website for a list of all their options – it’s extensive! There’s certainly something for everyone.

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3 Reasons to Visit Windsor This Spring

Pretty exciting stuff, this past week I went to Windsor on my first day trip with the program. (If you don’t have a clue why I’m in London or what I’m doing here, check out this post which explains my new job as a Program Assistant at a study abroad university!)

We took buses to Windsor to explore Windsor Castle. We arrived around 10 AM, toured the castle and the castle grounds, grabbed lunch, and were back on the buses by 4.

Windsor Castle is one of the official residences of the British Royal Family, and the queen actually spends quite a bit of time here. Similarly to Buckingham Palace, you’ll know if the Queen is in if the British Royal Standard flag is flying. If possibly bumping into the Queen isn’t enough of a compelling reason to visit Windsor, here are 3 other reasons…

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Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour in London

For all you Harry Potter fans, there is SO. MUCH. to see and do in London. Just walking the streets of central London will make you feel as though you’re in a Harry Potter film. I’ve loved Harry Potter (the books, the movies, my hero J.K. Rowling) because I grew up with the stories. I was in third grade when I read the first book with my dad.

And when I came to London in spring 2016 to study abroad, I wanted to experience all Harry-Potter-related things the city had to offer. There are Harry Potter walking tours, Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross, The Elephant House cafe in Edinburgh where J.K. Rowling started it all (by scribbling her notes on napkins). Today, there’s the House of Mina Lima featuring the graphic design work of the Harry Potter films, and the Cursed Child on the West End.

But one of my favorite experiences was the Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter. I went with my study abroad program. And this past weekend, I had the opportunity to visit again because I accompanied a group of students. In this post, I’ll share all you need to know about the studio tour, including cost / how to get there / what to expect / etc.

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