A Day in Dumfries

My Saturday began with a rough start.  Not really even a start, because the night never actually ended.  Not in a “party the night away and get a second wind to travel the next day while still drunk!” way.  No.  It was a “I didn’t go out on St. Patrick’s Day because I knew I was travelling the next day like a responsible adult, but couldn’t fall asleep no matter how long I lied there”.  I’m pretty sure I spaced out at around 4:30am, but I know I didn’t get any actual sleep.  I considered not going, but mama didn’t raise no quitter.  So I picked up a very milky coffee from Tesco and walked to the Buchanan bus station. Our first stop was in a roadside town called Moffat.  I walked to the river (River Annan, in case you have a thing for rivers) and sat on a rock as I […]

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confession time: I feel “too young” for solo travel

I’m trying to make plans for my summer.  Eastern Europe.  Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, and Greece.  I’ll start from the top and work my way down, flying out of either Greece or Istanbul at the end of the summer or when my money runs out, whichever comes first. *90’s movie record scratch* But wait, back up.  I already have a plan for my summer.  I literally just told you it.  Poland, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, and Greece.  Why do I act like I don’t know what I’ll be doing in 3 months time?  Why do I make jokes about my money running out when, as long as I don’t go crazy, it definitely shouldn’t? I’m scared to commit to a solid plan, because in all honesty I feel too young to be going off on my own. This feeling is akin to impostor syndrome, feeling like I have no right to […]

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What I’m Reading: March 2017 #1

Books: I published a TBR post a few days ago about all the books I’m currently reading and want to start reading soon! I’ve read more of The Radium Girls, but it’s taking me awhile.  It’s definitely going to be the book that I only read when I’m on public transportation for awhile. I started and finished Shrill by Lindy West.  I can’t wait for my little cousin to hit the teenage years so I can pass this book onto her.  This is the type of book I wish I had when I was younger. I’m almost finished with Difficult Women. It’s enjoyable and interesting to read but I don’t think short stories are my thing.  I just need more time to connect with the characters, ya know? ALL of Jane Austen’s books can be found as audiobooks on podcasts.  (For iPhones at least, I’m not knowledgeable about the podcasting app on other phones.) […]

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Glasgow Week 10: Robert Burns’ Hometown

Different week, different essays to write.  I wasn’t joking when I said most of my March will be spent writing.  And not the fun kind of writing.  The assigned kind.  I’m trucking along at about 1,000 words of day.  Onward and upwards, amiright? Saturday was a class trip to Robert Burns’ birth cottage and museum.  We also walked around the small graveyard where his parents are buried. We then moved on to Culzean Castle (as seen above), which was really cool and updated.  It can be rented out for weddings for anywhere from £500-£6000.  Which is a lot cheaper than I expected.  The third floor is off limits for the tour because that’s the floor people stay on for weddings/for fun. Sunday was a paper writing day again.  I know I’m here for study abroad but doing actual work is still a pain.  But oh well, I shouldn’t complain.  I need […]

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rest and be thankful

Blame it on my millennial-ness, but I catch myself being way too ungrateful way too often. I find myself getting bored easily.  Spacing out as the beautiful mountains pass.  Taking a nap instead of looking at more sheep (I love sheep). It’s so easy to think “oh it’s just another cloudy day”, “cool, another castle”, or “ugh this class is so boring”. Sometimes, you just need a mountain and a little bit of sunshine to remind you that you are so lucky to be in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, learning at one of the best universities from professors who have their own extensive Wikipedia pages. If you find yourself complaining a little too much or getting down in the dumps, just pull over on the side of the road.  Rest and be thankful.

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Glasgow Week 9: Y’ALL

I’ll be honest, I’m getting bored of writing these weekly updates, but I do like them because they show the passage of time.  But rule one of writing: if I’m bored while writing it, y’all will be bored while reading it. So I’m going to discuss what I’ve been thinking about recently… Accents, economic class, and intelligence. I have a slight Southern accent, I realize this.  My dad is from Georgia and my mom’s side of the family is a mix of coastal Virginians and North Carolinians.  Europeans always, and I mean ALWAYS, comment when I say “y’all”.  But funnily enough, I’ve gotten the most shit for how I talk from Americans who are from the Northeast.  The occasional teasing is fine, I’ll comment on my friend’s Long Island accent sometimes, but people apparently have to say something almost every single time I open my mouth.  With some of them, the Northeasterners, I can tell that […]

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Radioactive Girls, Fat Girls, Ancient Girls, and more… (TBR #1)

I’m not sure if this is going to become a series like my What I’m Reading bi-weekly posts, but I wanted to talk about all of the books I’m currently reading plus the ones I really want to read as soon as possible. Currently Reading, or “why am I reading all these books at once why can’t I just read one at a time” The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore.  I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.  It’s about the factory girls who were exposed to radiation around the World War I era and (of course) died because of it.  It’s rather long (480 pages) and the beginning feels repetitive, but I see why the author chose to write it the way she does.  She really wants to pay respect to these women who were essentially murdered and thankfully the writing […]

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Glasgow Week 8: car rides and essays

I spent most of last week working on an essay.  I have three more essays due throughout the next month.  Eight pages due the 14th, 3000 words and 4000 words due on the 28th.  The 4000 paper is technically due at the end of April, but I’m leaving March 28th for London and then will be gone for about a month (bless Scotland’s month long spring break).  I noticed with my last paper that I average on 500 (researched and well-written) words a day, so it’s safe to say I’m going to spend a lot of March in the library though.  It’ll all be worth it when I basically have all of April and May free to do whatever I want. One of my friends rented a car for Sunday and Monday and I joined even though I had a lot of work to do and class to go to. […]

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What I’m Reading: February 2017 #2

Books: I started When Breath Becomes Air and this is definitely one of my favorite books ever.  Paul was an English and Neuroscience double major, like moi, so I feel connected to him in that aspect. I’ve also started The Rules Do Not Apply, but I’m not far enough in to really say anything yet.  I like the writing, though. Articles: Romantic comedies aren’t dead, they’re just different How Doctors Take Women’s Pain Less Seriously.  This article pissed me off SO MUCH and needs to be required reading for all medical students. Liberal, blue cities are good examples of decentralized government, so technically Republicans should be supportive of giving cities more local power. To any future spouses out there, don’t ask my dad for permission before you propose. These books have greatly increased in sales since Trump became president.  I definitely need to reread 1984 since its been awhile since 11th grade English. […]

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My Favorite Quotes from ‘Becoming’ by Laura Jane Williams

I need to talk about this book, but I don’t want to do a boring book review.  We already know that this book is great (judging by all the five star reviews on Amazon); I don’t need to tell you that. But I need to talk about this book.  How much I love it, how much I need everyone to read it, how much I want to write a book like that someday. I’m going to share with you my favorite quotes that Laura Jane Williams blessed us with in Becoming.  All the quotes that I read and was like “yes, me too, thank God someone else feels the same way“. My copy, which I bought the first day it came out in paperback, is now full of pink highlighter.  It’s rather aesthetically pleasing paired with the pink cover. Allow me to be human, too.  Allow me to be prejudiced. Unreliable. […]

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