Tintern Abbey in Monmouthshire, Wales

On the Welsh bank of the River Wye and adjacent to the village of Tintern in Monmouthshire, Wales, sits the stunning Tintern Abbey, a former home to Cistercian monks that was founded in the year 1131.  Continue reading “Tintern Abbey in Monmouthshire, Wales”

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Tips on Surviving Your First Year Abroad

Moving abroad is something most people only dream of, so when it actually happens the focus tends to be on the move itself, finding somewhere to live, and settling in. But what happens beyond that initial stage?

If you’re anything like me, I had a few goals when I moved abroad: learn more about the culture, travel throughout Europe, and gain some international work experience. But there were also other parts that I was less sure about – like making friends, how my relationships at home would be impacted, and if I would become out of the loop of what was going on in the United States and my local area.

In the end, I survived my first year abroad – and I know you can too. Here are tips on what helped me make it through.

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A Photo Diary of the Beauty of England

Even though I don’t live in England anymore, with a trip across the pond coming up next month, I find myself reminiscing on the beauty that abounds in the country. And, as most English people will tell you – “There’s more to England than London”. So, here are twelve photos that encapsulate what the country outside of London is all about. Continue reading “A Photo Diary of the Beauty of England”

A Day in Bath, England

Set in the rolling countryside of southwest England, the city of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known for its Roman bath houses and honey-colored Georgian architecture. Only a one and half hour train journey from London Paddington station, or quick fifteen minute ride from Bristol, Bath makes a great day trip destination that is compact and can easily be seen on foot. Here’s my guide on how to spend a day in Bath. Continue reading “A Day in Bath, England”

A Storybook Day Trip in the Cotswolds, England

When my friend Karen, visiting from London, told me she wanted to see more of the English countryside, I knew just where to bring her: the Cotswolds. The Cotswolds are an area of outstanding natural beauty in England; picture quintessential limestone colored villages with thatched roofs and peaceful countryside. Continue reading “A Storybook Day Trip in the Cotswolds, England”