My Three Favourite British Experiences

I’ve been living in Wales for just over a month now. My life is so different that it feels like it must have been a few years since I was last in the US. This has probably been the most difficult and simultaneously the most joyful month of my entire life.
Here are my favourite British experiences so far:

Visiting A Medieval Village 

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Last weekend some friends and I visited an old Victorian pier and beach (in the not so pretty but oh so typical Welsh weather). Afterward we stopped by a restored medieval village. That stop was particularly special for me.
For the past three years I’ve been writing a middle grade historical fiction novel about a girl surviving the 1348-1349 outbreak of Bubonic Plague by finding an abandoned castle where she forms a family with a diverse group of strangers each escaping various plague created situations. Walking through that village was like seeing all my research and imagined stories come to life! There was a small church just like the one I described in my story. There were peasant cottages just like the one my main character lives in. There was even a sign post in the middle of the village, just like the one that my novel starts out with!
So I walked around oohing and aaaahing and dancing on the inside cause there is no way I could find anything like that in the US.
(According to a History major friend of mine, there are quite a few parks with restored plague era villages sprinkled across the UK. WHOOOOPPEEEEEE!)
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Learning Rugby

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I happened to arrive in Wales at the same time as the World Rugby Cup. Last week I watched a game and learned the rules. Why do people compare it to American football? The balls may look kinda similar, but the game play is completely different. What I like about it is that it moves way faster, so (in my humble opinion) it is a lot more fun to watch.
Over the weekend, I went to the park with the family I live with and they taught me some rugby skills. We spent quite a long time out there practicing punting and throwing etc… I think I could get used to this game. Now I just need to learn cricket and netball…

Marmite 

 One of my classmates dared me to try marmite, the infamous British spread. I haven’t gotten my hands on a jar yet, but I did try the Kiwi version Vegemite. Man oh man, it is DELICIOUS. No really… I am not kidding. There is nothing quite as comforting as vegemite on toast after a long day at school.
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#tastbudstransformed 
So basically, I love it here. I love trying all the new foods and sports and other experiences. It is funny to hear people making fun of my American accent and even funnier when they try to mimic it. It is not quite as funny when my professors bash America at every chance, but hey, I’m learning to deal.

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!

12 thoughts on “My Three Favourite British Experiences”

  1. Sounds like it’s been amazing!
    Sorry I haven’t commented much! 🙂 I did follow you on Twitter though 😀
    OH! That village looks like the one in Dr Who.. it was in wales right? Maybe they filmed there?! OHMYGOSH
    Double oh! *get’s very australian* sorry but Vegemite is Aussie.:-D. anyways glad that you liked it cause not many people do.
    ~Evie

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    1. Whoops… so sorry. I got it from my Kiwi friends. I should edit the post and give credit to Australia where credit is due : )

      Anyhow, yes that is very possible. Dr. Who is filmed in the town where I live and the medieval village is nearby so you are probably right. Good eye!

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  2. Zach and I loved reading your article. We laughed out loud several times, especially about the part where people try to imitate your accent. Can’t wait to hear that too! And it’s so awesome to hear about the things you saw for real in the medieval village. Oh so glad you are having so much fun amidst the trials of studying abroad. We love you! Mom and Zach

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  3. as always, your posts make me smile & squeal of excitement & laugh & oooh & aaah, & then cry because I miss you. you’re living a dream my dear!

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  4. I’m glad you’re enjoying the UK so far! That medieval village looks amazing, I’ve never been to any park like that from that era but I’d really love to experience it! I have to say, I’ve never actually tried Marmite so I don’t actually know which camp I’m in as far as that goes, but I just feel like it would be something I wouldn’t like… I’m a bit of a fussy eater at the best of times! x

    Beth @ Alphabeth.co.uk

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    1. Thanks for your sweet comment Beth. Vegemite is one of those things like avocado, black coffee, and black liquorice that I absolutely adore but completely understand why other people think that it is disgusting. It is a weird phenomenon. Anyhow, you oughta at least give it a try someday. You never know : )

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