Hyde Park & Brighton

Hyde Park and Brighton

Hello again!

On Friday Alejandra and I set off for Hyde Park. It was such a nice day for a walk and we enjoyed seeing Marble Arch and walking along the water. It was really beautiful and so fun to just walk and talk with my friend.

Hyde Park

Hyde Park


Marble Arch!


That night we took the tube to London Bridge and then walked the short distance to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. It was really cold and windy but so worth it. The sun started to set and we were able to see Tower Bridge all lit up. We took s many pictures and just had a great time together.



My second weekend in London also featured the long awaited trip to Brighton. I mentioned in my last post that the day didn’t start off so great. However, I was determined to make the best of the day and thankfully I quickly made friends with a really nice girl also studying at Regent’s. I’m really grateful that I had someone with me that day.


Brighton, U.K.

Anyway, Brighton was as beautiful as I imagined it would be. I really hope that my friends and I can go back in the spring to spend a little time on the beach. We ate fish and chips for lunch and then just wandered around a bit before going on a guided audio tour of the Royal Pavilion.


The Royal Pavilion

The Royal Pavilion

After having a rough Saturday I decided that Sunday should be a slow and relaxing day. I haven’t had a relaxing Sunday in so long because back in Michigan I ALWAYS work on Sundays. It was amazing to sleep in and then have a lovely breakfast of fruit, yogurt, and a chocolate croissant with Alejandra.  Alee and I are in International Business Environment together and had a presentation due on Tuesday so we spent Sunday researching at the library.

After spending hours in the library I came back to my room and met with Hannah to book our tickets to see “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime” which we planned to see on Wednesday. Then I did laundry and turned in early that night to prepare for the busy week ahead of me.


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5 Tips for Overcoming Homesickness While Abroad


I was honestly doing fine. The first week in London I just focused on making friends and enjoying every minute. I was so proud of myself for keeping it together and keeping my anxiety at bay. Suddenly, one bad thing happened to me and I couldn’t stop the tears and nervousness. I was still happy to be in London but the only thing I wanted was my mom by my side helping me.

It was Saturday, the day that I was going to Brighton. I had a terrible day and it made me feel so alone and small. And I really was alone, 10 minutes until I had to be at the train station and 1.7 miles away. London is big and confusing, so being alone and lost is not fun. This is especially true when you are trying desperately to hold back tears.


I wanted so badly to call my mom but at the moment I couldn’t call her, I couldn’t call anyone not in the U.K. Later that night when I could finally talk to her I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. My parents have sacrificed so much to get me here and I was embarrassed and ashamed. I didn’t want to seem ungrateful because I’m not. Even though I was ashamed of what had happened I confessed to my mom and she wasn’t upset or disappointed in me. That’s when I started to think about being homesick and what I could do to change my attitude.


I used my experience with being homesick to create a few tips for you.

  1. Don’t be ashamed that you are homesick because there is nothing wrong with it! Being homesick means that you have a great life with people who love and miss you.
  2. Don’t dwell on it. I did and trust me when I say that you should just move on with your life. It’s okay to realize that you miss your family and friends but they want you to be happy. You will see them again so for now you need to move on and make the best of your time abroad.
  3. Talk to your family and friends. Let them know that you are missing them. It’s okay to be vulnerable for a little bit.
  4. Turn to your new friends. Even though you haven’t known them for long they will be more than willing to help you. I told my new friends that I was feeling homesick and they were there for me. They made sure to keep me busy and happy. Having them help made our relationship even stronger. If you don’t have any new friends, give it time. You can always come to my blog and talk to me!
  5. Go out and have fun! Don’t sit in your room listening to depressing music and crying. Go out, walk around, and smile. Everything will be okay!

I really hope that my experience and how I dealt with it can help you. Being homesick is not fun but it happens to the best of us. Personally, it took me a while to get back into the swing of things but I am so glad that I pushed through. Don’t let other people or your own bad experiences bring you down. You can do this!! And if you ever need help or someone to talk to I am always here for you!

Thanks for reading! Sorry for the sappy post but I am really hoping that these tips will help others who are going through the same thing I went through.

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