Foodie Fridays: The best foods to try in Scotland

I’m finally writing a Foodie Friday post about my favorite place! I love Scotland so much, not only for its beautiful mountains and cities but also for its food. My last trip to Edinburgh, everything I ate was great.

Here are some of my top recommendations for things to try in Scotland. And, of course, how could we start with anything but… Read More

British-to-American dictionary

I find differences in language and slang interesting and sometimes amusing.

While I was studying in England, I compiled a list of words I heard that were different from the ones I used and tried to incorporate them into my everyday vocabulary.

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Christmas in Wales

How to spend Christmas in the UK

Things to do in the UK at Christmastime

Merry Happy Christmas!

I spent last Christmas away from home traveling around England and Wales. It was truly magical! Here are some tips and ideas for things to do and see if you are visiting the UK during the holiday season.

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Celebrating Hogmanay in Edinburgh, Scotland

I decided to spend New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh, Scotland before I knew it was the site of one of the biggest New Year celebrations in the world—and learning that it was made me more excited, and nervous, than ever.

Hogmanay is the Scottish equivalent of Christmas anywhere else—it’s the holiday where they go all out. The event has historical roots, but what it means today, if you find yourself in Scotland for the New Year, is street parties, drinking, dancing, and enthusiastically ringing in the New Year in camaraderie with the rest of the country. While there are events and parties in other Scottish towns, Edinburgh is the place to be when the new year rolls in.

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Bristol

Five less touristy places to visit in the UK

Before studying abroad in England, my knowledge of UK tourist locations was pretty limited. Everyone knows London, of course, and I also had Oxford on my list. But while I have a few English major friends who have been to Scotland, almost no one back home really talks about Scotland or goes there just for the sake of going there, much less Wales or northern England.

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How to get around the UK without a car

You arrive at Heathrow airport, fresh off a ten-hour plane ride and excited to begin exploring your new surroundings. But first things first: how are you even going to get off the airport grounds? And how will you get around after that? That’s where a few transportation tips I learned from other students who had studied abroad in England before I did came in handy—and I hope they can be helpful to you, too.

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