All posts tagged: study abroad

Throwback Thursday: Best Trip of My Life

Yesterday marked the date that I left New Zealand to go on my own 7 month adventure armed with two suitcases, a camera and one of my best friends. It is by far the best experience I’ve had in my life so far, so thanks to some of the photos I posted on Instagram, I thought I’d share a timeline of some of my highlights (this is going to be hard,) of the trip below: This was taken as I farewelled my family goodbye at the departure gate. There were lots of tears, but as soon as I was through those gates I was a ball of excitement! PARIS June and July 2014: Moana and I were shown around Paris by a wonderful family friend. We did a lot of touristy things and few not so touristy things. I love Paris, I visited it quite a few times during my trip. GERMANY July 2014: Some down-time on the plane to Germany really made me reflect and appreciate how lucky I was to be having such …

Living the Student Life: Tips

Despite the fact that I’m nearly starting my third year of university, it wasn’t until a few months ago that I was able to experience the ‘real’ student life Going to university in Auckland and already living in Auckland meant that living at home with my parents was a whole lot easier and cheaper, and it is pretty much the normal thing to do if you’re already a JAFA (just another fucking Aucklander; apparently the rest of New Zealand hate us). This resulted in me staying at home all the time studying and watching television shows instead of socialising with the rest of the world. I was in my own little bubble most of the time. Living in a flat with 7 other people, all but one who I had never seen or spoken to in my entire life was definitely a new and exciting experience, and it was honestly the best experience, EVER. Naturally, over the past few months I’ve discovered some things that work better than others, so I thought I’d compile them in a list for …

National Museum Cardiff

I was pleasantly surprised by the National Museum Cardiff. My main purpose for going was that I’d never been there in the four months that I’d been living in Cardiff and felt like it was almost a necessary thing to do. What I really loved about it was the layout. The natural history part of the museum was laid out in a clear, easy-to-follow path, so that there was no aimless wandering trying to figure out where to go next or where you were. It made the whole experience really relaxing and enjoyable, as you could just stroll along the path and look at everything without accidentally missing something. Cardiff also have an impressive art collection on the second floor. There is a range of Monet’s work, along with some of  Renoir’s, Picasso’s and a Van Gogh and Magritte too. We spent a lot of time admiring the art. I would highly recommend the Cardiff Museum if you are ever in Cardiff. It’s not too big and easy to navigate around, another perk is that it …

The Doctor Who Experience

While I haven’t grown up with the television show Doctor Who, I did get into the show a couple of years ago and now I would definitely count myself as a fan. Therefore it wasn’t right to not go to the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff, which is the only one of its kind. There are two parts to the Doctor Who Experience, the first part is the interactive part, where you are taken on a little adventure and need to help the Doctor save the universe. It was quite funny and quite enjoyable. My favourite part was definitely going through the forest of weeping angels- scary as hell, but also a lot of fun! That takes about 15-20 minutes (you’re not allowed to film or take photos, so you’ll just have to go by my word). The second part is where you get to have a stroll around the Doctor Who exhibitions, where there is actual set, props and costumes that you can look at, which is also super cool. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed …

Cardiff Castle: Castell Caerdydd

Sadly, it is a little under ten days until I have to bid farewell to my Cardiff University family and head back home to New Zealand. One thing that I have been terrible at doing whilst being here has been doing the touristy things around Cardiff and Wales. So, with the limited amount of time I have left here, my friend and I decided we should visit some of the popular sites, first up, Cardiff Castle! What was super cool was, since I’m currently a Cardiff resident (albeit only for another ten days,) I was given a discount PLUS a ‘key to the castle’, which pretty much means I was given a card which gives me free entry for the next three years, which was pretty sweet and will be a cool souvenir. Just like usual I took advantage of the free audio guides to find out about the places and things we were visiting. There is not much left of the original Roman Fort, but you can see a few old stones here and …

England: The Stonehenge

The day after we were officially done with uni for the year, my fellow kiwi flatmate and I decided to do a spontaneous little trip to a few spots across South England. Our first stop, (after leaving Cardiff in the early hours, perhaps still slightly drunk from the night before,) was by train to Salisbury, where we were going to catch a coach to The Stonehenge. Once we got dropped off at the tourism complex, we hopped on a little ‘land train’ up to see the Stonehenge with our complimentary audio-guides around our necks. We spent about an hour or so, listening to the audio guide and wandering around the area surrounding the beautiful stones. When we got there, there just so happened to be a group of Neo-Druids, performing a sun ritual (I think this is what I overheard a woman saying, I’m not 100% sure,) they were dressed in costumes you’d imagine Robin Hood would’ve worn and were chanting within the henge. It was a very strange but interesting thing to witness. Thoughts: …

Winter Wonderland: Cardiff

Leading up to the opening of Winter Wonderland in Cardiff I would walk past the park and see all the different parts being built and lights being hung up and in addition to the pretty Christmas lights and displays in town, it really was beginning to feel like Christmas. Seeing as this was my first Winter Wonderland experience (because I’m used to a  hot summer Christmas,) I was very excited, especially excited for the ice skating rink in fact. I ended up heading to Winter Wonderland twice. Once with just two of my friends, and the second time with the majority of my flat and the flat next door, which was a lot of fun. The highlights included; ice skating, going on the giant swing ride and eating Nutella and banana crepes!

Winter Favourites

Haven’t done a favourites post in a very long time, but recently there have been a few items that I’m really enjoying and I thought I’d share them. First up: Christmas themed bedding: I bought this double-sided bedding set from Primark about two months ago. There is a very Christmasy side and then a navy blue, slightly less Christmas-y side which I’ve been showing until now when it’s acceptable to be Christmas-y. It’s warm, cute and was very cheap! Turtle-neck tops/jumpers: With the colder months here I’ve been investing in some long sleeved, warmer tops. I’ve really been loving turtle-necks at the moment, reminds me of my childhood when I used to rock the skivvys and overalls. I originally bought a black and white stripped top from Urban Outfitters and loved it so much that I got the same in black (yes, I have become one of those people). I also bought a grey and black turtle-neck jumper from Topshop (pictured above) and another grey top from Next. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 camera: With everything being …

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas…

I’ve always loved Christmas, it is definitely my favourite time of the year, however unlike my friends up here in the Northern Hemisphere, my Christmas day is usually associated with summer sun, BBQs and the beach. I’ve always grown up with summer Christmas’, so one of the most exciting things about being in Europe for Christmas is the hope for a white Christmas! While my friends here tell me that it very rarely snows in Cardiff, particularly around Christmas, I’m hoping that going back to Limoges in France will treat me, as they usually get snow. I am so excited! In other news, last night I got an email congratulating me for getting accepted into my university major of choice; Journalism, which is such a huge relief and has made me excited for my final year of university. This is the second to last week before we break up for Christmas break, so my flat have a few Christmas-y plans such as a homemade flat Christmas dinner and a floor trip to the Cardiff Winter …

Update: Studying Abroad

It has been just over three months since I have last written a blog post, but what an amazing three months it has been. At the end of September I packed up my suitcases and said goodbye to my life in France which had been such a wonderful experience and being able to spend such a lot of time with my family that I’ve only seen a handful of times in my life. Onto a train to Paris, on a plane to London and then onto a coach to Cardiff I hopped! It was so strange suddenly seeing signs in English, but when I arrived into Wales not only was it English, but Welsh too. I was a bundle of excitement and nervousness as I sat in the van that drove me to my flat. I knew one person who was going to be in my flat, so that calmed my nerves a bit. Arriving to the flat is a bit of blur for me. I was super flustered and hot from carrying my huge …