Begin: Study Abroad of Summer 2015


On May 27th, I hopped on a plane and flew across the Atlantic to begin an adventure that will be the adventure of a lifetime.

Having never flown internationally by myself (seeing as, before this trip, I’ve only done it one other time, haha), it was kind of like “WHOA WHOA WHOA, I’m… by myself. What in the world am I doing. What do I do if something bad happens. I don’t know anyone. I’m… wat…”

That being said, I had nothing to worry about. It was super easy, just like flying within the country, just with a couple (or a lot, haha) of hours added on to the flight time. It was nice that I had done it once before, so in the vague memories I had of getting off of the airplane in 2011 at Heathrow were definitely helpful.

IMG_9405 IMG_9403 So since then, I’ve gotten to meet and spend a lot of time sightseeing with my fellow AIFS classmates! Which has been incredible and a wonderful experience. Even though I’ve seen things like Big Ben and the London Eye before… I don’t think I could ever get tired of seeing them and things similar, haha.

Also, during all this sightseeing that we’ve done within the past day and a half, as you can imagine…


I’ve been knitting, haha. Is anyone surprised by that? Coming from the girl who loves museums partly because she loves to walk around and knit at the same time, this should be absolutely no surprise, haha.


Yesterday evening (…which was Thursday, the 28th. I’m so messed up, the days are so confusing now! #timechanges #jetlag) we did the Hop On – Hop Off bus tour around London, just to get an idea of things we might have wanted to do today (…which is Friday, the 29th. So, we just got on, and rode the entire thing through. Which is probably one of my favorite tourist things to do in London, or cities like London.

Its so great, you can just sit there looking around and listening to people tell you about all the things that you’re going by! The weather was a wee bit chilly, but I did have my FRESHLY FINISHED COLOR AFFECTION


(*cue applause and cheers*) (yes, I did manage to finish it before leaving, and I’m so glad I did. I may or may not have cheated a wee bit on the boarder, but who cares… it turned out exactly how I wanted it, and I love it sooo much)

Anyways, so I continued to knit during said bus ride, and also today…

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IMG_9444 True, they’re a bit out of order, seeing as they start off with the brim of the hat (which I’m about to tell you about!) being a lot longer than it is at the end, at St. Pauls, haha.

I just started (in the Heathrow airport, haha) the Barnraiser hat by Julia Trice (which every single time I either write it out or type it out, I always said “Bairnraiser”… which I guess works?.. but a little different, haha)

I’m also using super super old stash… I don’t even remember when I got it, its that old! But its been in my stash forever (perfect for Stash Dash 2015! I signed up to do 10k.. I think I can do it, haha), its Rowan Felted Tweed DK. In some dark purple colorway, haha. I’m really excited about this hat, love me some cables, haha. I’m not sure what color of pompom to do though! Either go super drastic, and do something really contrasting. Or, maybe stick with a white or light grey… Who knows!

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I’m so glad I had my Color Affection (there will be an FO post soon, I promise! Joey kindly took pictures for me literally right before I left, haha.


So, this is the last bit of the Roman wall that is still alive and well. Seeing this awaked the Scholite in me, and reminded me of reading and learning about everything Roman and Greek. Knowing all that stuff made seeing the wall that more special.

This is literally just the beginning of my 10 week long summer adventure, and its already been so incredible! I cannot wait to see what the rest of the summer holds… besides school, of course :-)


This is such a beautiful city, and I’m sad we have to leave tomorrow. But I know I’ll be back in August!

We’re flying to Lyon, France tomorrow, then off to Grenoble for 4 weeks! School is about to start! The summer is going to fly by…


I’ll be back soon!

“little by little, one travels far”

~ J.R.R. Tolkien


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