Hello Again!

It’s been a while since I have added any new content to this blog. There are a few reasons for this but it’s mostly because I have been feeling pretty down since returning to the U.S. It has been a lot harder for me adjust back to life here than it was for me to adjust to life in London. Don’t get me wrong, it is great being back with my family and Brett but I miss my carefree life in London.

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There have been a lot of changes in my life recently that have also affected my desire to blog. I have the best news that I will share with you all on my next blog post! I have also recently accepted a promotion at work which has led to some training and new responsibilities. Going back to work has been hard but it is a good way to keep my mind off of London.

I also feel like a lot of bloggers only show one side of their lives which is the happy, perfect side. During this adjustment period nothing has felt blogworthy because I felt like it wouldn’t live up to people’s expectations. Ultimately, I write this blog as a way of documenting my life and sharing it with others going through similar experiences. I have decided that even if no one reads this blog it still deserves to be shared and explored.

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This summer I worked a ton, took two summer classes, and spent time with my family and friends. It was a great summer that went by way too fast. Fall semester is almost here and I will be graduating with my Bachelor’s degree in May!!

As of today I will be blogging as often as I can. I want to share a lot of the experiences that I had while abroad as well as my day-to-day life. If you have any suggestions about what to write or blogging advice, please let me know! I can use all of the help that I can get!

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for my exciting, life changing news!

P.S. I am going to my cousin’s wedding this weekend and starting school again on Tuesday so I may not blog right away! Sorry and thanks for sticking with me!

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Sunday Funday at Primrose Hill

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Hello, friends!

One of my favorite things to do in London was explore the Royal Parks with my friends. While I was in London I had the privilege to live in Regent’s Park which is one of the largest parks in central London. Near Regent’s Park is Primrose Hill where you can climb to the top of the hill and have a fantastic view of the London skyline.

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The last Sunday (5/10/15) in London before my family visited six of us girls packed a picnic brunch and climbed Primrose Hill to eat. Anna  Sophie made pancakes at her flat and the rest of us brought drinks and snacks. I brought a blanket and we all lounged together for hours eating, laughing, and chatting about anything and everything.

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It was the perfect day for a picnic with the sun shining brightly over London. We had a clear view of the skyline and were even surprised with the Red Arrows doing a flyover right above us! It was such a cool experience to be a part of!

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I miss my friends and I really miss the simple things like spending the afternoon relaxing together. London was the most wonderful adventure of my life where I met my life-long best friends! Primrose Hill was one of my favorite places in London to explore and relax at.

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Thanks for reading! 

P.S. All of the pictures in this post were taken by Anna Sophie! Thanks for letting me use your pictures! 🙂

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Scotland Part 3: Loch Ness

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Hi there, friends!

I am finally back from my amazing trip to Germany!! I had the best time and can’t wait to share my adventures with you. But for now, here’s the third and final installment of my trip to Scotland! (part one and part two)

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Sunday began bright and early with breakfast at the hostel and packing. We left right around 8:30 am for Culloden Battlefield which was really close by. We made a few stops along the way for pictures by Loch Nest.  Loch Ness is huge and beautiful and I wish that we would have had a little more time to explore it.

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I was really interested in Culloden battlefield but unfortunately it started down pouring right after we got there and we weren’t really able to enjoy most of it. I don’t think I have ever been that soaked in my whole life! We wandered around the battlefield a bit and paid our respects to the soldiers that lost their lives and are buried in mass graves throughout the property.

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Scotland Trip // Study Abroad // www.lifeofhayley.com

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After freezing to death in the pouring rain we returned to the bus and headed to lunch in Pitlochry. Diana accidentally spilled her coffee on me during the ride which helped warm me up a bit! 😉 After changing, we headed to a small bakery to grab lunch and then did some shopping.

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Scotland Trip // Study Abroad // www.lifeofhayley.com

Our next stop was a forest called Hermitage. Birnam Wood in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” was inspired by this forest. We took a nice walk through the woods with waterfalls and the salmon leap.  It rained again so we walked quickly but I still really enjoyed the scenery.

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Scotland Trip // Study Abroad // www.lifeofhayley.com

Scotland Trip // Study Abroad // www.lifeofhayley.com

After our walk we all piled back into the bus and headed back to Edinburgh to catch the train to London. I was extremely tired but still really sad that it was already time to go home. This trip went by so fast but I had an amazing time. I hope that one day I will be able to go back to Scotland!

Thanks again for reading! I am currently writing posts about Paris and Germany so stay tuned!

I also just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been reading, liking, and commenting! Your support means the world to me 🙂 

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London Bucket List!

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Hey friends!

I am officially on spring break which means that I have the next 17 days off to travel and explore Europe with my friends! I am so excited!

With that said, I have been thinking a lot about the things that I still have to do before heading back to Michigan. There’s not enough time to get everything in London done which means that I will have to come back again! 😉

Here’s a few of the most important things that I want to do before I leave:

  • Portobello Market
  • Notting Hill
  • Windsor
  • Les Mis
  • Westfield Mall
  • Convent Garden
  • Natural History Museum
  • Victoria & Albert Museum
  • London Eye
  • Harrods’s
  • Oxford

Tomorrow I am leaving for Germany where I will be staying until April 8th! I probably will not be writing blog posts while I am away because I’m not sure if there will be Wi-Fi available! Follow my Instagram and Twitter to stay updated while I’m away! I am so excited to go explore Germany!!

Thanks for reading!! I will talk to you all in April 🙂

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Scotland Part 2: The Highlands

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Hello, lovely readers! I think I have kept you waiting long enough for part 2 of my adventure through Scotland. We left off with me spending the night in Edinburgh.

The next morning we all had a quick breakfast at the hostel before boarding the bus and setting off at 8:30 for the Scottish Highlands. Ever since I visited Switzerland back in 2011 I have been in love with the mountains. They are just so big, beautiful, and mysterious. I love winding through them as we drive and staring out the window.

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We drove for about an hour before stopping at Stirling Castle for a short visit. We met another Scottish tour guide who led us around the castle telling us the history and facts. The tour guide had a really thick accent which made him hard to understand but I still enjoyed the tour.

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Scotland Highlands // Study Abroad // www.lifeofhayley.com

While wandering around the castle my iPhone broke which made me really anxious. It did the thing where an “iPhone is not backed up” message pops up and won’t let you open your phone. Usually you can just restart your phone by pressing the circle and lock button. However, my lock button is broken so I had to wait until my phone died naturally and then hope that when I plugged it in to charge it would turn back on.

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After the castle and iPhone incident we boarded the bus and continued on our journey. We stopped in Tyndrum for lunch where Dani, Diana, and I had a delicious meal of fish and chips. Yummmm….

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After lunch we headed to Glencoe for a quick picture stop. It was raining so many people decided to stay on the bus. I decided not to let a little rain put a damper on my weekend so I left the bus to explore in the downpour. Glencoe is absolutely beautiful. We only stopped for 15 minutes so I didn’t have enough time to explore properly but what I could see was amazing.

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Scotland Highlands // Study Abroad // www.lifeofhayley.com

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After another hour and a half of driving we arrived in Fort Augustus near Loch Ness. Our first stop was the Clansman Centre where a man named Ken told us what it was like to live in the Highlands hundreds of years ago. I was really surprised to hear about the horrible conditions that those people had to live in. I guess I never really thought about what it would’ve been like to live in the mountains without technology, heat, and sanitation methods. After telling us the history of the highlands, Ken proceeded to dress one boy and one girl in traditional Highland gear. It was hilarious and very entertaining. If you are ever in the area I would suggest stopping and seeing a show.

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Our next stop was the hostel that we were staying at for the night, Morag’s Lodge. We had a traditional Scottish dinner of chicken, haggis, potatoes, and vegetables with a creamy whiskey sauce. I’m really glad that I didn’t look up what haggis was until AFTER I had already eaten it. I think that when you visit a place you should always try the food even if you are positive that you won’t like it because it’s part of the experience. I enjoyed dinner a lot and felt really full for the rest of the night.

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The hostel was such a fun place to be and we decided to stay in and enjoy it rather than explore the small town. The hostel had a bar where we hung out for the night. I’m not a big drinker so I mostly just watched people drink and laughed at them when they started dancing on tables. I had so much fun meeting new friends, talking, laughing, dancing, and staying up late. Eventually, we all went to our rooms to sleep because we had to be up at 7:30 the next morning!

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for the third and final installment of my trip to Scotland!

P.S. I am back from Paris and I leave for Germany on Sunday!

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Making Plans: Upcoming Trips!

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Hello everyone!

March is turning into a super busy month for me so I thought I would share my travel plans with all of you. When I thought about studying abroad I figured that I would be traveling every weekend and just spending the weekdays in London. Now that I am in London, I am finding it difficult to leave. I love it here and I enjoy having the weekends to explore.

With that said, I still want to travel a lot this semester. I had a whole list of places that I wanted to go which was super unrealistic. I’ve decided to let go of my expectations and just go with the flow. So far, everything has turned out to be better than I could have possibly imagined.

So here’s a list of my upcoming trips:

  • March 13-15: Siw visiting me from Denmark
  • March 20-22: Paris
  • March 29-April 8: Germany with my friends
  • May (Dates TBD): Denmark and Ireland

As you can see, the next several weeks are going to be very busy for me but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I am so excited to see as much of the world as possible! The places on my list that I won’t hit this trip will just mean that I will need to travel again soon. 😉

Thanks for reading! I hope you are all having a wonderful week! And if you have any suggestions for things I need to do/see, please comment below!

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Hampstead, UK

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Hello lovely readers! How are you today? I hope you are doing wonderful!

I just wanted to let you know about a little secret place that my friend Anna told me about. It’s not actually a secret, I had just never heard of it before. And if you couldn’t tell by the title of this post, that place is Hampstead.

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Hampstead is a little town outside of central London. It’s only about a twenty minute tube ride but it feels completely different than London. Anna, Ana, Alejandra and I set out for Hampstead on February 21st for a relaxing day in the sun.

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We started our little adventure by walking to the park, Hampstead Heath, where we climbed a big hill and were rewarded with an amazing view of London. There was a cross country event that afternoon so there were a ton of runners and cheering fans. All of the activity had turned the paths into pits of mud but that didn’t stop us!

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After having our breath taken away by the picturesque scenery and posing for a million pictures, we headed back down the hill and into town. We stopped for some carrot cake and hot chocolate at a little café where we sat and talked for some time. I thoroughly enjoy spending time with the wonderful girls that I have met here. It’s such an amazing thing when you find people who understand you and can make you laugh until you cry.

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We wandered around Hampstead for a couple of more hours until Ana and Anna had to head back. Alejandra and I didn’t have anything else to do so we stayed in Hampstead. We met a group of drunken Australians (it was only 5 pm!) who invited us to a pub crawl and posed for some pictures! We declined their invitation and continued onward.

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I could have spent the rest of the day in Hampstead but it started to rain which turned into snow. We decided that it was time to head back as the sun started going down as well.

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I had such a wonderful day exploring with my friends! There’s always something to do in London and it’s nice to step outside the city and enjoy nature! I definitely recommend stopping in Hampstead if you are ever in London!

Thanks again for reading! I am feeling overwhelmed (in a good way!) with the amount of support I have been receiving lately!

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