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April 2018

Lifestyle, Travel

Away Carry-On Luggage Review

Just before leaving for London, I purchased a piece of carry-on luggage from the Away brand. This was an investment, made possible by my graduation $$. (Shoutout to all my lovely relatives and friends!).

The Away brand seemed to be popping up everywhere – in blog posts, travel articles, my Instagram feed! I don’t generally purchase something simply because everyone else is, but the hype surrounding this brand prompted me to do further research.

To be honest, the luggage originally caught my eye because I loved the way it looked. I think the Away luggage is super stylish (as proved by all the aesthetically pleasing Instagram posts!). But I wanted to know if it was worth the price – if the quality was what everyone said it was.

I took the carry-on to London (on an international flight), and since then I’ve taken two weekend trips, so I think I’m in a good position to write a thoughtful review.

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How to Enjoy a Warm Weather Day in London

Just as I blogged about our unexpected week of snow here in London, I must also blog about our unexpected (but welcome!) week of warm temps! It is a beautiful thing to walk out the door and see the sun shining. It’s only when the sun comes out – on a cloudless blue sky day – that you realize how much it’s been missed. Also, how nice it feels to be totally warm and dry.

This week, we’ve had temps in the 70s and even 80s. It’s as if we’ve completely skipped spring and into summer. You walk down the block, and everyone has ditched their raincoats and umbrellas for tanks and t-shirts.

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First London Vlog: What I’ve Learned Vlogging

So I’ve published my first London vlog! The video chronicles my first month in London. The vlog is live on my YouTube channel, and if you’re interested, I’d love for you to check it out. I really enjoy creating videos to commemorate my experiences, and that’s what the vlog does for me. I started vlogging at the beginning of last summer (June 2017), so I could make videos for family and friends about my internship in New York.

Of course, I’d like to keep it up while I’m here in London! I’m making memories here that I never want to forget, and I love video because it captures so many things – action, moments, emotions – that photographs alone cannot.

I want the vlog to complement my blog. I believe they serve different purposes, but both platforms are incredibly powerful.

That’s why today, on the blog, I’ll be giving the videos some context through my written word. Specifically, I’ll be writing about what I’ve learned about vlogging over the past 10 months (has it really almost been an entire year?!).

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All Things Harry Potter in Edinburgh, Scotland

Maybe you haven’t noticed, but I’m a huge fan of Harry Potter. I grew up with the books. My dad and I read the first Harry Potter novel together when I was in third grade. I felt inspired by J.K. Rowling and by her stories, and I’ve wanted to be a creative writer from a very early age.

So, naturally, it’s some kind of magic to be here in Europe, to be surrounded by the people and the places that fueled J.K. Rowling’s imagination and the story we’ve all come to know and love.

There’s quite enough Harry-Potter-related activities in London (and, trust me, I want to do it all!), but it was special to travel to Edinburgh, Scotland, where J.K. Rowling lived and worked on her novels.

I’ve highlighted 5 of the Harry Potter hotspots in Edinburgh, several of which I’ve experienced myself…

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Picnic in St. Andrews, Scotland

While we were in Edinburgh, Scotland for the weekend (check out my previous post featuring 5 “can’t miss” things to see and do in the city), we took a day trip to St. Andrews. We arrived in Edinburgh on Friday, spent the afternoon exploring / hiking Arthur’s Seat, and woke up Saturday to visit St. Andrews.

St. Andrews is about an hour and a half away from Edinburgh. We took coach buses (we’re a large group!), but you can reach St. Andrews by car, by bus, or by train. There’s a helpful page on the St. Andrews website listing these various methods of transportation.

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