Tag Archives: London

Studying Abroad: Is It Worth It?

I missed the boat when it came to studying abroad. Sensible people take a semester during their university years, go to Florence or Seville, or, I don’t know, Canada, and have the time of their lives. (No offense, Canada.) But it wasn’t on my radar. Instead, I went to Cancun for spring break and wondered […]

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Strange Encounters: London

Traveling alone was one of the best things I ever did – I met lots of people, made decisions independently, and learned how to stand on my own two feet. It also meant that I commonly wandered the streets of European cities by myself, soaking it all in. This is what I was doing one […]

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Hitting Rock Bottom

Walking down Queen Street in Auckland one day, I saw a man wearing a hairy gorilla suit. He was sitting on the sidewalk behind a cardboard box, muttering to himself. “F**k this,” he said, quietly. Then, louder, “F**k this.” He stood abruptly, ripped off his gorilla mask and threw it to the ground. “F**K THIS,” […]

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Back in Action

It had been four weeks, and still no sign of my passport or approved visa.  I spent ludicrous amounts of company time scouring immigration forums, reading about various reasons why people’s visas were rejected, and how long it took.  Just when I resigned myself to the fact that I was going to be waiting six […]

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RIP Freedom

I am in mourning. London, formerly my favorite city, is now the home of obligations and dissertations.  You mean to tell me I’ve got to pay rent?  And go to work?  Possibly most depressing is when my alarm goes off and I go to catch the bus.  It is now a red double decker that […]

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Tell Me How You Really Feel

Six weeks ago, I was in Paris. Five weeks ago, I was in Berlin. Four weeks ago, I was in Vienna. Three weeks ago, I was in Venice. Two weeks ago, I was in Korcula, Croatia. One week ago, I was in Slovenia. Now, of course, I’m in London, still reeling from everything. I actually […]

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