I AM ACTUALLY IN THE UK

In which I actually factually make it to my dream country and desperately tackle jet-lag.

Well, my mom and I are safely stowed away with our Cardiff friends in a little seaside town in Southern England. Which means that the first leg of our journey is officially over and the second has begun. I’ve been dreaming and planning this trip for so long, seeing all these names and ideas on papers, to be here is incredible.
Started the journey with an unexpected delay. We were stuck in DC instead of flying through Iceland. At first I was pretty devastated, but then I realized that I would get a chance to see two things in DC that I’ve only ever dreamed of: the library of congress and the national archives. We had a great tour guide and had a lowly slow paced afternoon exploring those places.

Just pulled an all nighter on the plane and way too excited about landing to be at all tired. When I realized all efforts to snooze were futile, I sated myself with Dr. Who and cooking shows instead of sleep.

I know this is totally a cliche plane wing photo but I just cannot get over the fact that mankind has taught himself how to fly. That just amazes me to no end. My favorite part was the night as we flew above the clouds and amongst the stars.
Descending into London with a sunrise and a cup of tea.
Once we got our bearings, Oxford was a gorgeous place to explore.
Libraries will probably be a theme of this trip.
Tea time in Oxford.
Along the waterway are quaint little houseboats all lined in a row. My mom took a breather while I hiked this peaceful path. Bells rung, boats mozzied by, people greeted me with perfect accents and I had to remind myself that I was in fact living real life.
We walked down a random lil alleyway and HELLO a castle. Wow I love England.
After a lovely day in Oxford we took a loong bus ride to Cardiff Wales to visit my fav fam the Higgins and my friend Rebecca.
This morning I got to your Cardiff University, my potential future home. The best part was that I got to do it in typical Welsh drizzle with some people I LOVE.
Then it was time for a long but lovely road trip to the sea squished between these two lovely girls:
I am talking car games, evil stuffed animals, and wannabe barber shop quartet practice for three and a half hours : ) I cannot wait to see what tomorrow will bring.
(Please excuse spelling errors or other annoying mistakes, I am writing fromyΒ phone and I’m not too keen about it.)
In my next post I want to rant about some of the surprises I’ve run into over here. Think accents, vocab differences, and of course, the toilets.

Author: Susanna

I'm Susanna, a 20-year-old Christian girl incorrigibly addicted spontaneous adventures. My first dream was to become a pioneer. Unfortunately, I was born a couple centuries late, so I've decided to read, cook, run, and travel the world until my time machine is finished. You'll mostly likely find me getting into trouble and/or eating licorice. I am currently blogging the misadventures of a middle-school teacher in training. Come join me on my quest to become the next Ms. Frizzle!

18 thoughts on “I AM ACTUALLY IN THE UK”

  1. This is SO COOL! Ahh! I am fangirling over here just looking at all of these lovely pictures! πŸ™‚ Sounds like you're having a wonderful time so far, and I can't WAIT to hear about all of those British surprises!

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  2. That is amazing! It makes me so mad whenever people say plane flights are boring. Um, hello? You are sitting on a chair in the middle of the sky! That is probably the most exhilarating flying experience we are going to get! Seriously! πŸ˜›

    xoxo Morning

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  3. England!! I love it so much! although.. I've been once.. 😦 I'm going back this year for 4 weeks with my best friend who's from Scotland so we are going period drama house spotting, the Harry Potter and Dr Who experiances and I'm dragging her to the BBC. She's dragging me to Glasgow πŸ˜€

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  4. I hope you have a great time. I was just in Cardiff touring the university and my tour guide pointed out some Dr. Who locations. Apparently the show is filmed there. My friend went to the experience museum and raved about it!

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  5. Totally agree. You never know what will pop up once you fly through the next set of clouds. You are moving at over six hundred miles an hour. And you are face to face with the man in the moon. Who couldn't like flying?

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  6. Thanks! I am looking for a time to set down and write. I haven't been staying nearly as organized as I planned to be on this trip. But I'll try to keep blogging as best as I can.

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  7. Oh my gosh! I squealed internally when I saw this post, and the pictures are swoon-worthy. πŸ˜„ And Oxford… I can't even! I am so excited for your next post, and I can't wait to hear about the surprises you've run into over there. (-:

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  8. AHHH!! THIS IS THE BEST EVER. I love that picture of your journal/tea on the airplane as you were landing in London. That's just pretty darn perfect. And wow!!! England looks AMAZING!!! I can't wait to read your next post!!

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  9. (I commented on this once before, but I think it didn't work, so here's take 2!)

    Susanna, this post is so exciting and absolutely lovely! Sounds like your trip has been awesome so far. It's great that you had a positive attitude about the change of plans that happened at the beginning of your trip – that's the spirit to have on adventures! Can't wait to hear more about your travels!

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  10. These are such beautiful pictures! I definitely want to go to the U.K. someday (I was going to go, but that trip got cancelled). The scenery pics are lovely, and I can't imagine the kinds of adventures out there. Keep having fun! πŸ™‚

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  11. I am so sorry that your trip was cancelled. I say GO FOR IT as soon as possible. The UK is lovely. But spend as much time as you can with people you know. No matter how awesome and lovelt and historic the sites are, I find that my travel highlights ALWAYS come from spending time with old friends and meeting new ones.

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  12. Thanks Emily. I have to agree. This is one of the craziest things that has ever happened to me. I will try my best to keep the blog updated. It is a lot harder than I thought it would be to find internet connection and the time to write.

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