The European Adventure

A year ago I never imagined that I would be living this life. Every single plan I had for my life has literally been thrown out the window. My expectation for this school year was basically the exact opposite of what has happened. 
I actually just need to stop planning my life out so much because God has a brilliant way of screwing it up. Honestly though, I am happy. 
Looking back if I would have gotten what I wanted I would be so miserable right now. I used study abroad as my escape from the “real world” when it turns out I jumped right in the middle of the real world. 
It’s one thing to visit a foreign country but a completely different experience to LIVE in one. For my whole life I have put God into my Lubbock, Texas box. Traveling abroad has made me realize that my God is so much bigger than I’ve ever imagined. I see him everywhere. I see him walking down the streets of Oxford. I see him in the green hills of Edinburgh. I see him in the crystal blue waters of Marseille. 
Even though I couldn’t see it, all of the hard times I have been through in the past year have revealed a journey for me much greater than myself. Without this study abroad trip I would still be in Abilene and I would not have met some of the greatest friends of my life. The best part is that my trip is far from over. 3 days ago I reached my halfway point and I am so excited to see where God will lead me on the rest of this journey. View Larger

A year ago I never imagined that I would be living this life. Every single plan I had for my life has literally been thrown out the window. My expectation for this school year was basically the exact opposite of what has happened.
I actually just need to stop planning my life out so much because God has a brilliant way of screwing it up. Honestly though, I am happy.
Looking back if I would have gotten what I wanted I would be so miserable right now. I used study abroad as my escape from the “real world” when it turns out I jumped right in the middle of the real world.
It’s one thing to visit a foreign country but a completely different experience to LIVE in one. For my whole life I have put God into my Lubbock, Texas box. Traveling abroad has made me realize that my God is so much bigger than I’ve ever imagined. I see him everywhere. I see him walking down the streets of Oxford. I see him in the green hills of Edinburgh. I see him in the crystal blue waters of Marseille.
Even though I couldn’t see it, all of the hard times I have been through in the past year have revealed a journey for me much greater than myself. Without this study abroad trip I would still be in Abilene and I would not have met some of the greatest friends of my life. The best part is that my trip is far from over. 3 days ago I reached my halfway point and I am so excited to see where God will lead me on the rest of this journey.


2 weekends ago we took a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland! First off I didn’t realize that there was a place colder than Oxford, but it was still really nice to be in an English speaking country! We stayed in Castle Rock Hostel which was AMAZING because we had a view of the Edinburgh Castle! Like seriously nothing like waking up to a castle view. 
The culture of Scotland was incredible. Kilts, haggis, bagpipes, the works. We decided to take a free walking tour where we passed many famous sights including The Elephant House (“the birthplace of Harry Potter”), Greyfriar’s Bobby (the cute statue of a dog who guarded his owners grave until his own death), and mainly just enjoyed the beautiful city of Edinburgh. 
On our final day we took a tour of the Edinburgh Castle. From the castle we had a great view of the city, saw the treasures of Scotland, and even heard a cannon shot! For our final adventure we decided to hike up to King Arthur’s Seat. This is what Scotland is all about. The greenery was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. When you think of Scotland this hike is everything that you imagine. When we finally reached the top we had a view of the ENTIRE city and the lake. God’s handy work has never been so prominent. We stayed there for about 45 minutes taking advantage of every single moment not knowing if we would ever witness this view ever again. We definitely ended this trip with a bang and I can definitely say that Scotland is at the top of my list.2 weekends ago we took a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland! First off I didn’t realize that there was a place colder than Oxford, but it was still really nice to be in an English speaking country! We stayed in Castle Rock Hostel which was AMAZING because we had a view of the Edinburgh Castle! Like seriously nothing like waking up to a castle view. 
The culture of Scotland was incredible. Kilts, haggis, bagpipes, the works. We decided to take a free walking tour where we passed many famous sights including The Elephant House (“the birthplace of Harry Potter”), Greyfriar’s Bobby (the cute statue of a dog who guarded his owners grave until his own death), and mainly just enjoyed the beautiful city of Edinburgh. 
On our final day we took a tour of the Edinburgh Castle. From the castle we had a great view of the city, saw the treasures of Scotland, and even heard a cannon shot! For our final adventure we decided to hike up to King Arthur’s Seat. This is what Scotland is all about. The greenery was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. When you think of Scotland this hike is everything that you imagine. When we finally reached the top we had a view of the ENTIRE city and the lake. God’s handy work has never been so prominent. We stayed there for about 45 minutes taking advantage of every single moment not knowing if we would ever witness this view ever again. We definitely ended this trip with a bang and I can definitely say that Scotland is at the top of my list.2 weekends ago we took a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland! First off I didn’t realize that there was a place colder than Oxford, but it was still really nice to be in an English speaking country! We stayed in Castle Rock Hostel which was AMAZING because we had a view of the Edinburgh Castle! Like seriously nothing like waking up to a castle view. 
The culture of Scotland was incredible. Kilts, haggis, bagpipes, the works. We decided to take a free walking tour where we passed many famous sights including The Elephant House (“the birthplace of Harry Potter”), Greyfriar’s Bobby (the cute statue of a dog who guarded his owners grave until his own death), and mainly just enjoyed the beautiful city of Edinburgh. 
On our final day we took a tour of the Edinburgh Castle. From the castle we had a great view of the city, saw the treasures of Scotland, and even heard a cannon shot! For our final adventure we decided to hike up to King Arthur’s Seat. This is what Scotland is all about. The greenery was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. When you think of Scotland this hike is everything that you imagine. When we finally reached the top we had a view of the ENTIRE city and the lake. God’s handy work has never been so prominent. We stayed there for about 45 minutes taking advantage of every single moment not knowing if we would ever witness this view ever again. We definitely ended this trip with a bang and I can definitely say that Scotland is at the top of my list.2 weekends ago we took a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland! First off I didn’t realize that there was a place colder than Oxford, but it was still really nice to be in an English speaking country! We stayed in Castle Rock Hostel which was AMAZING because we had a view of the Edinburgh Castle! Like seriously nothing like waking up to a castle view. 
The culture of Scotland was incredible. Kilts, haggis, bagpipes, the works. We decided to take a free walking tour where we passed many famous sights including The Elephant House (“the birthplace of Harry Potter”), Greyfriar’s Bobby (the cute statue of a dog who guarded his owners grave until his own death), and mainly just enjoyed the beautiful city of Edinburgh. 
On our final day we took a tour of the Edinburgh Castle. From the castle we had a great view of the city, saw the treasures of Scotland, and even heard a cannon shot! For our final adventure we decided to hike up to King Arthur’s Seat. This is what Scotland is all about. The greenery was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. When you think of Scotland this hike is everything that you imagine. When we finally reached the top we had a view of the ENTIRE city and the lake. God’s handy work has never been so prominent. We stayed there for about 45 minutes taking advantage of every single moment not knowing if we would ever witness this view ever again. We definitely ended this trip with a bang and I can definitely say that Scotland is at the top of my list.2 weekends ago we took a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland! First off I didn’t realize that there was a place colder than Oxford, but it was still really nice to be in an English speaking country! We stayed in Castle Rock Hostel which was AMAZING because we had a view of the Edinburgh Castle! Like seriously nothing like waking up to a castle view. 
The culture of Scotland was incredible. Kilts, haggis, bagpipes, the works. We decided to take a free walking tour where we passed many famous sights including The Elephant House (“the birthplace of Harry Potter”), Greyfriar’s Bobby (the cute statue of a dog who guarded his owners grave until his own death), and mainly just enjoyed the beautiful city of Edinburgh. 
On our final day we took a tour of the Edinburgh Castle. From the castle we had a great view of the city, saw the treasures of Scotland, and even heard a cannon shot! For our final adventure we decided to hike up to King Arthur’s Seat. This is what Scotland is all about. The greenery was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. When you think of Scotland this hike is everything that you imagine. When we finally reached the top we had a view of the ENTIRE city and the lake. God’s handy work has never been so prominent. We stayed there for about 45 minutes taking advantage of every single moment not knowing if we would ever witness this view ever again. We definitely ended this trip with a bang and I can definitely say that Scotland is at the top of my list.2 weekends ago we took a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland! First off I didn’t realize that there was a place colder than Oxford, but it was still really nice to be in an English speaking country! We stayed in Castle Rock Hostel which was AMAZING because we had a view of the Edinburgh Castle! Like seriously nothing like waking up to a castle view. 
The culture of Scotland was incredible. Kilts, haggis, bagpipes, the works. We decided to take a free walking tour where we passed many famous sights including The Elephant House (“the birthplace of Harry Potter”), Greyfriar’s Bobby (the cute statue of a dog who guarded his owners grave until his own death), and mainly just enjoyed the beautiful city of Edinburgh. 
On our final day we took a tour of the Edinburgh Castle. From the castle we had a great view of the city, saw the treasures of Scotland, and even heard a cannon shot! For our final adventure we decided to hike up to King Arthur’s Seat. This is what Scotland is all about. The greenery was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. When you think of Scotland this hike is everything that you imagine. When we finally reached the top we had a view of the ENTIRE city and the lake. God’s handy work has never been so prominent. We stayed there for about 45 minutes taking advantage of every single moment not knowing if we would ever witness this view ever again. We definitely ended this trip with a bang and I can definitely say that Scotland is at the top of my list.2 weekends ago we took a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland! First off I didn’t realize that there was a place colder than Oxford, but it was still really nice to be in an English speaking country! We stayed in Castle Rock Hostel which was AMAZING because we had a view of the Edinburgh Castle! Like seriously nothing like waking up to a castle view. 
The culture of Scotland was incredible. Kilts, haggis, bagpipes, the works. We decided to take a free walking tour where we passed many famous sights including The Elephant House (“the birthplace of Harry Potter”), Greyfriar’s Bobby (the cute statue of a dog who guarded his owners grave until his own death), and mainly just enjoyed the beautiful city of Edinburgh. 
On our final day we took a tour of the Edinburgh Castle. From the castle we had a great view of the city, saw the treasures of Scotland, and even heard a cannon shot! For our final adventure we decided to hike up to King Arthur’s Seat. This is what Scotland is all about. The greenery was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. When you think of Scotland this hike is everything that you imagine. When we finally reached the top we had a view of the ENTIRE city and the lake. God’s handy work has never been so prominent. We stayed there for about 45 minutes taking advantage of every single moment not knowing if we would ever witness this view ever again. We definitely ended this trip with a bang and I can definitely say that Scotland is at the top of my list.2 weekends ago we took a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland! First off I didn’t realize that there was a place colder than Oxford, but it was still really nice to be in an English speaking country! We stayed in Castle Rock Hostel which was AMAZING because we had a view of the Edinburgh Castle! Like seriously nothing like waking up to a castle view. 
The culture of Scotland was incredible. Kilts, haggis, bagpipes, the works. We decided to take a free walking tour where we passed many famous sights including The Elephant House (“the birthplace of Harry Potter”), Greyfriar’s Bobby (the cute statue of a dog who guarded his owners grave until his own death), and mainly just enjoyed the beautiful city of Edinburgh. 
On our final day we took a tour of the Edinburgh Castle. From the castle we had a great view of the city, saw the treasures of Scotland, and even heard a cannon shot! For our final adventure we decided to hike up to King Arthur’s Seat. This is what Scotland is all about. The greenery was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. When you think of Scotland this hike is everything that you imagine. When we finally reached the top we had a view of the ENTIRE city and the lake. God’s handy work has never been so prominent. We stayed there for about 45 minutes taking advantage of every single moment not knowing if we would ever witness this view ever again. We definitely ended this trip with a bang and I can definitely say that Scotland is at the top of my list.2 weekends ago we took a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland! First off I didn’t realize that there was a place colder than Oxford, but it was still really nice to be in an English speaking country! We stayed in Castle Rock Hostel which was AMAZING because we had a view of the Edinburgh Castle! Like seriously nothing like waking up to a castle view. 
The culture of Scotland was incredible. Kilts, haggis, bagpipes, the works. We decided to take a free walking tour where we passed many famous sights including The Elephant House (“the birthplace of Harry Potter”), Greyfriar’s Bobby (the cute statue of a dog who guarded his owners grave until his own death), and mainly just enjoyed the beautiful city of Edinburgh. 
On our final day we took a tour of the Edinburgh Castle. From the castle we had a great view of the city, saw the treasures of Scotland, and even heard a cannon shot! For our final adventure we decided to hike up to King Arthur’s Seat. This is what Scotland is all about. The greenery was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. When you think of Scotland this hike is everything that you imagine. When we finally reached the top we had a view of the ENTIRE city and the lake. God’s handy work has never been so prominent. We stayed there for about 45 minutes taking advantage of every single moment not knowing if we would ever witness this view ever again. We definitely ended this trip with a bang and I can definitely say that Scotland is at the top of my list.

2 weekends ago we took a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland! First off I didn’t realize that there was a place colder than Oxford, but it was still really nice to be in an English speaking country! We stayed in Castle Rock Hostel which was AMAZING because we had a view of the Edinburgh Castle! Like seriously nothing like waking up to a castle view.
The culture of Scotland was incredible. Kilts, haggis, bagpipes, the works. We decided to take a free walking tour where we passed many famous sights including The Elephant House (“the birthplace of Harry Potter”), Greyfriar’s Bobby (the cute statue of a dog who guarded his owners grave until his own death), and mainly just enjoyed the beautiful city of Edinburgh.
On our final day we took a tour of the Edinburgh Castle. From the castle we had a great view of the city, saw the treasures of Scotland, and even heard a cannon shot! For our final adventure we decided to hike up to King Arthur’s Seat. This is what Scotland is all about. The greenery was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. When you think of Scotland this hike is everything that you imagine. When we finally reached the top we had a view of the ENTIRE city and the lake. God’s handy work has never been so prominent. We stayed there for about 45 minutes taking advantage of every single moment not knowing if we would ever witness this view ever again. We definitely ended this trip with a bang and I can definitely say that Scotland is at the top of my list.


This is a sweeter blog I promise. After Berlin, Shannon and I hopped on a plane and headed to Brussels, Belgium! Flying in we knew that it was going to be beautiful and Belgium did not disappoint. On a random note I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned how much I travel with on these trips. All I carry with me is my backpack which contains maybe 2 shirts my makeup and a curling iron (which is rarely used). I also carry my camera bag (which looks like a purse, BUT IT’S NOT) which is the pink bag you see in almost every picture. Literally all that I carry in that bag is my camera, cause that’s all that fits :)
So we arrive at our hostel, which was empty. We walk into our 6 bed dorm and we find that we are the first people in this room. So we were slightly hoping that we would be the only 2 occupants. I decided to walk down to the lobby to retrieve the WiFi password before we went to explore the city. As I walk around the corner I hear American voices (which is SO weird). & WUT it’s 4 people FROM ACU that we are studying abroad with in Oxford. Such a small world. We were all so happy to see each other because (at least for me and Shan) we had only been around people who spoke German. So English speaking people/people who we knew! Oh my, it was joyous indeed. It also turns out that they are sharing a room with us! YAYAYAY for not rooming with randos!!!
So we head out on the town to see all of the major tourist attractions including the Grand-Place, Manneken Pis (because who doesn’t want to see a statue relieving itself?), St. Michaels Cathedral, and of course the city center of Brussels. We also apparently saw a Belgian celebrity? His name was Harry Fox…. If you know/figure out why this kid is famous we would LOVE to know because if you google him nothing pops up? Apparently he was the Justin Beiber of Belgium because girls were going NUTS. We witnessed a girl bawling her eyes out because she was so happy that she touched him (idk he didn’t seem that great.) Anyways, We loooooooooved Brussels the culture was so fantastic I can hardly stand it. The main language was French but most everyone spoke English which was FANTASTIC. 
*random side story* So don’t put your foot onto the track of the metro… Because the police will come and talk to you……… Yes one member (who shall not be named) (not me) (seriously it wasn’t me) stuck her foot on the track as a joke. (We knew the train wasn’t coming for another 5 minutes). The Belgium popo was not too happy, but hey we’re ok! 
So when you hear “Belgium” you should complete that with waffles. Belgium waffles. Say it with me, Belgian waffles are the best thing on this whole entire world period. Honestly the majority of the things we did in Belgium was eat. We ate waffles, chocolate, and fries. I think I gained 5 pounds and I couldn’t be happier. I also encountered my first macaroon. I’m literally dead. SO GOOD! & a special treat for y’alls enjoyment, 2 pictures of me with waffle all over my face. promise I haven’t changed that much :) -LaurenThis is a sweeter blog I promise. After Berlin, Shannon and I hopped on a plane and headed to Brussels, Belgium! Flying in we knew that it was going to be beautiful and Belgium did not disappoint. On a random note I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned how much I travel with on these trips. All I carry with me is my backpack which contains maybe 2 shirts my makeup and a curling iron (which is rarely used). I also carry my camera bag (which looks like a purse, BUT IT’S NOT) which is the pink bag you see in almost every picture. Literally all that I carry in that bag is my camera, cause that’s all that fits :)
So we arrive at our hostel, which was empty. We walk into our 6 bed dorm and we find that we are the first people in this room. So we were slightly hoping that we would be the only 2 occupants. I decided to walk down to the lobby to retrieve the WiFi password before we went to explore the city. As I walk around the corner I hear American voices (which is SO weird). & WUT it’s 4 people FROM ACU that we are studying abroad with in Oxford. Such a small world. We were all so happy to see each other because (at least for me and Shan) we had only been around people who spoke German. So English speaking people/people who we knew! Oh my, it was joyous indeed. It also turns out that they are sharing a room with us! YAYAYAY for not rooming with randos!!!
So we head out on the town to see all of the major tourist attractions including the Grand-Place, Manneken Pis (because who doesn’t want to see a statue relieving itself?), St. Michaels Cathedral, and of course the city center of Brussels. We also apparently saw a Belgian celebrity? His name was Harry Fox…. If you know/figure out why this kid is famous we would LOVE to know because if you google him nothing pops up? Apparently he was the Justin Beiber of Belgium because girls were going NUTS. We witnessed a girl bawling her eyes out because she was so happy that she touched him (idk he didn’t seem that great.) Anyways, We loooooooooved Brussels the culture was so fantastic I can hardly stand it. The main language was French but most everyone spoke English which was FANTASTIC. 
*random side story* So don’t put your foot onto the track of the metro… Because the police will come and talk to you……… Yes one member (who shall not be named) (not me) (seriously it wasn’t me) stuck her foot on the track as a joke. (We knew the train wasn’t coming for another 5 minutes). The Belgium popo was not too happy, but hey we’re ok! 
So when you hear “Belgium” you should complete that with waffles. Belgium waffles. Say it with me, Belgian waffles are the best thing on this whole entire world period. Honestly the majority of the things we did in Belgium was eat. We ate waffles, chocolate, and fries. I think I gained 5 pounds and I couldn’t be happier. I also encountered my first macaroon. I’m literally dead. SO GOOD! & a special treat for y’alls enjoyment, 2 pictures of me with waffle all over my face. promise I haven’t changed that much :) -LaurenThis is a sweeter blog I promise. After Berlin, Shannon and I hopped on a plane and headed to Brussels, Belgium! Flying in we knew that it was going to be beautiful and Belgium did not disappoint. On a random note I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned how much I travel with on these trips. All I carry with me is my backpack which contains maybe 2 shirts my makeup and a curling iron (which is rarely used). I also carry my camera bag (which looks like a purse, BUT IT’S NOT) which is the pink bag you see in almost every picture. Literally all that I carry in that bag is my camera, cause that’s all that fits :)
So we arrive at our hostel, which was empty. We walk into our 6 bed dorm and we find that we are the first people in this room. So we were slightly hoping that we would be the only 2 occupants. I decided to walk down to the lobby to retrieve the WiFi password before we went to explore the city. As I walk around the corner I hear American voices (which is SO weird). & WUT it’s 4 people FROM ACU that we are studying abroad with in Oxford. Such a small world. We were all so happy to see each other because (at least for me and Shan) we had only been around people who spoke German. So English speaking people/people who we knew! Oh my, it was joyous indeed. It also turns out that they are sharing a room with us! YAYAYAY for not rooming with randos!!!
So we head out on the town to see all of the major tourist attractions including the Grand-Place, Manneken Pis (because who doesn’t want to see a statue relieving itself?), St. Michaels Cathedral, and of course the city center of Brussels. We also apparently saw a Belgian celebrity? His name was Harry Fox…. If you know/figure out why this kid is famous we would LOVE to know because if you google him nothing pops up? Apparently he was the Justin Beiber of Belgium because girls were going NUTS. We witnessed a girl bawling her eyes out because she was so happy that she touched him (idk he didn’t seem that great.) Anyways, We loooooooooved Brussels the culture was so fantastic I can hardly stand it. The main language was French but most everyone spoke English which was FANTASTIC. 
*random side story* So don’t put your foot onto the track of the metro… Because the police will come and talk to you……… Yes one member (who shall not be named) (not me) (seriously it wasn’t me) stuck her foot on the track as a joke. (We knew the train wasn’t coming for another 5 minutes). The Belgium popo was not too happy, but hey we’re ok! 
So when you hear “Belgium” you should complete that with waffles. Belgium waffles. Say it with me, Belgian waffles are the best thing on this whole entire world period. Honestly the majority of the things we did in Belgium was eat. We ate waffles, chocolate, and fries. I think I gained 5 pounds and I couldn’t be happier. I also encountered my first macaroon. I’m literally dead. SO GOOD! & a special treat for y’alls enjoyment, 2 pictures of me with waffle all over my face. promise I haven’t changed that much :) -LaurenThis is a sweeter blog I promise. After Berlin, Shannon and I hopped on a plane and headed to Brussels, Belgium! Flying in we knew that it was going to be beautiful and Belgium did not disappoint. On a random note I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned how much I travel with on these trips. All I carry with me is my backpack which contains maybe 2 shirts my makeup and a curling iron (which is rarely used). I also carry my camera bag (which looks like a purse, BUT IT’S NOT) which is the pink bag you see in almost every picture. Literally all that I carry in that bag is my camera, cause that’s all that fits :)
So we arrive at our hostel, which was empty. We walk into our 6 bed dorm and we find that we are the first people in this room. So we were slightly hoping that we would be the only 2 occupants. I decided to walk down to the lobby to retrieve the WiFi password before we went to explore the city. As I walk around the corner I hear American voices (which is SO weird). & WUT it’s 4 people FROM ACU that we are studying abroad with in Oxford. Such a small world. We were all so happy to see each other because (at least for me and Shan) we had only been around people who spoke German. So English speaking people/people who we knew! Oh my, it was joyous indeed. It also turns out that they are sharing a room with us! YAYAYAY for not rooming with randos!!!
So we head out on the town to see all of the major tourist attractions including the Grand-Place, Manneken Pis (because who doesn’t want to see a statue relieving itself?), St. Michaels Cathedral, and of course the city center of Brussels. We also apparently saw a Belgian celebrity? His name was Harry Fox…. If you know/figure out why this kid is famous we would LOVE to know because if you google him nothing pops up? Apparently he was the Justin Beiber of Belgium because girls were going NUTS. We witnessed a girl bawling her eyes out because she was so happy that she touched him (idk he didn’t seem that great.) Anyways, We loooooooooved Brussels the culture was so fantastic I can hardly stand it. The main language was French but most everyone spoke English which was FANTASTIC. 
*random side story* So don’t put your foot onto the track of the metro… Because the police will come and talk to you……… Yes one member (who shall not be named) (not me) (seriously it wasn’t me) stuck her foot on the track as a joke. (We knew the train wasn’t coming for another 5 minutes). The Belgium popo was not too happy, but hey we’re ok! 
So when you hear “Belgium” you should complete that with waffles. Belgium waffles. Say it with me, Belgian waffles are the best thing on this whole entire world period. Honestly the majority of the things we did in Belgium was eat. We ate waffles, chocolate, and fries. I think I gained 5 pounds and I couldn’t be happier. I also encountered my first macaroon. I’m literally dead. SO GOOD! & a special treat for y’alls enjoyment, 2 pictures of me with waffle all over my face. promise I haven’t changed that much :) -LaurenThis is a sweeter blog I promise. After Berlin, Shannon and I hopped on a plane and headed to Brussels, Belgium! Flying in we knew that it was going to be beautiful and Belgium did not disappoint. On a random note I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned how much I travel with on these trips. All I carry with me is my backpack which contains maybe 2 shirts my makeup and a curling iron (which is rarely used). I also carry my camera bag (which looks like a purse, BUT IT’S NOT) which is the pink bag you see in almost every picture. Literally all that I carry in that bag is my camera, cause that’s all that fits :)
So we arrive at our hostel, which was empty. We walk into our 6 bed dorm and we find that we are the first people in this room. So we were slightly hoping that we would be the only 2 occupants. I decided to walk down to the lobby to retrieve the WiFi password before we went to explore the city. As I walk around the corner I hear American voices (which is SO weird). & WUT it’s 4 people FROM ACU that we are studying abroad with in Oxford. Such a small world. We were all so happy to see each other because (at least for me and Shan) we had only been around people who spoke German. So English speaking people/people who we knew! Oh my, it was joyous indeed. It also turns out that they are sharing a room with us! YAYAYAY for not rooming with randos!!!
So we head out on the town to see all of the major tourist attractions including the Grand-Place, Manneken Pis (because who doesn’t want to see a statue relieving itself?), St. Michaels Cathedral, and of course the city center of Brussels. We also apparently saw a Belgian celebrity? His name was Harry Fox…. If you know/figure out why this kid is famous we would LOVE to know because if you google him nothing pops up? Apparently he was the Justin Beiber of Belgium because girls were going NUTS. We witnessed a girl bawling her eyes out because she was so happy that she touched him (idk he didn’t seem that great.) Anyways, We loooooooooved Brussels the culture was so fantastic I can hardly stand it. The main language was French but most everyone spoke English which was FANTASTIC. 
*random side story* So don’t put your foot onto the track of the metro… Because the police will come and talk to you……… Yes one member (who shall not be named) (not me) (seriously it wasn’t me) stuck her foot on the track as a joke. (We knew the train wasn’t coming for another 5 minutes). The Belgium popo was not too happy, but hey we’re ok! 
So when you hear “Belgium” you should complete that with waffles. Belgium waffles. Say it with me, Belgian waffles are the best thing on this whole entire world period. Honestly the majority of the things we did in Belgium was eat. We ate waffles, chocolate, and fries. I think I gained 5 pounds and I couldn’t be happier. I also encountered my first macaroon. I’m literally dead. SO GOOD! & a special treat for y’alls enjoyment, 2 pictures of me with waffle all over my face. promise I haven’t changed that much :) -LaurenThis is a sweeter blog I promise. After Berlin, Shannon and I hopped on a plane and headed to Brussels, Belgium! Flying in we knew that it was going to be beautiful and Belgium did not disappoint. On a random note I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned how much I travel with on these trips. All I carry with me is my backpack which contains maybe 2 shirts my makeup and a curling iron (which is rarely used). I also carry my camera bag (which looks like a purse, BUT IT’S NOT) which is the pink bag you see in almost every picture. Literally all that I carry in that bag is my camera, cause that’s all that fits :)
So we arrive at our hostel, which was empty. We walk into our 6 bed dorm and we find that we are the first people in this room. So we were slightly hoping that we would be the only 2 occupants. I decided to walk down to the lobby to retrieve the WiFi password before we went to explore the city. As I walk around the corner I hear American voices (which is SO weird). & WUT it’s 4 people FROM ACU that we are studying abroad with in Oxford. Such a small world. We were all so happy to see each other because (at least for me and Shan) we had only been around people who spoke German. So English speaking people/people who we knew! Oh my, it was joyous indeed. It also turns out that they are sharing a room with us! YAYAYAY for not rooming with randos!!!
So we head out on the town to see all of the major tourist attractions including the Grand-Place, Manneken Pis (because who doesn’t want to see a statue relieving itself?), St. Michaels Cathedral, and of course the city center of Brussels. We also apparently saw a Belgian celebrity? His name was Harry Fox…. If you know/figure out why this kid is famous we would LOVE to know because if you google him nothing pops up? Apparently he was the Justin Beiber of Belgium because girls were going NUTS. We witnessed a girl bawling her eyes out because she was so happy that she touched him (idk he didn’t seem that great.) Anyways, We loooooooooved Brussels the culture was so fantastic I can hardly stand it. The main language was French but most everyone spoke English which was FANTASTIC. 
*random side story* So don’t put your foot onto the track of the metro… Because the police will come and talk to you……… Yes one member (who shall not be named) (not me) (seriously it wasn’t me) stuck her foot on the track as a joke. (We knew the train wasn’t coming for another 5 minutes). The Belgium popo was not too happy, but hey we’re ok! 
So when you hear “Belgium” you should complete that with waffles. Belgium waffles. Say it with me, Belgian waffles are the best thing on this whole entire world period. Honestly the majority of the things we did in Belgium was eat. We ate waffles, chocolate, and fries. I think I gained 5 pounds and I couldn’t be happier. I also encountered my first macaroon. I’m literally dead. SO GOOD! & a special treat for y’alls enjoyment, 2 pictures of me with waffle all over my face. promise I haven’t changed that much :) -LaurenThis is a sweeter blog I promise. After Berlin, Shannon and I hopped on a plane and headed to Brussels, Belgium! Flying in we knew that it was going to be beautiful and Belgium did not disappoint. On a random note I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned how much I travel with on these trips. All I carry with me is my backpack which contains maybe 2 shirts my makeup and a curling iron (which is rarely used). I also carry my camera bag (which looks like a purse, BUT IT’S NOT) which is the pink bag you see in almost every picture. Literally all that I carry in that bag is my camera, cause that’s all that fits :)
So we arrive at our hostel, which was empty. We walk into our 6 bed dorm and we find that we are the first people in this room. So we were slightly hoping that we would be the only 2 occupants. I decided to walk down to the lobby to retrieve the WiFi password before we went to explore the city. As I walk around the corner I hear American voices (which is SO weird). & WUT it’s 4 people FROM ACU that we are studying abroad with in Oxford. Such a small world. We were all so happy to see each other because (at least for me and Shan) we had only been around people who spoke German. So English speaking people/people who we knew! Oh my, it was joyous indeed. It also turns out that they are sharing a room with us! YAYAYAY for not rooming with randos!!!
So we head out on the town to see all of the major tourist attractions including the Grand-Place, Manneken Pis (because who doesn’t want to see a statue relieving itself?), St. Michaels Cathedral, and of course the city center of Brussels. We also apparently saw a Belgian celebrity? His name was Harry Fox…. If you know/figure out why this kid is famous we would LOVE to know because if you google him nothing pops up? Apparently he was the Justin Beiber of Belgium because girls were going NUTS. We witnessed a girl bawling her eyes out because she was so happy that she touched him (idk he didn’t seem that great.) Anyways, We loooooooooved Brussels the culture was so fantastic I can hardly stand it. The main language was French but most everyone spoke English which was FANTASTIC. 
*random side story* So don’t put your foot onto the track of the metro… Because the police will come and talk to you……… Yes one member (who shall not be named) (not me) (seriously it wasn’t me) stuck her foot on the track as a joke. (We knew the train wasn’t coming for another 5 minutes). The Belgium popo was not too happy, but hey we’re ok! 
So when you hear “Belgium” you should complete that with waffles. Belgium waffles. Say it with me, Belgian waffles are the best thing on this whole entire world period. Honestly the majority of the things we did in Belgium was eat. We ate waffles, chocolate, and fries. I think I gained 5 pounds and I couldn’t be happier. I also encountered my first macaroon. I’m literally dead. SO GOOD! & a special treat for y’alls enjoyment, 2 pictures of me with waffle all over my face. promise I haven’t changed that much :) -LaurenThis is a sweeter blog I promise. After Berlin, Shannon and I hopped on a plane and headed to Brussels, Belgium! Flying in we knew that it was going to be beautiful and Belgium did not disappoint. On a random note I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned how much I travel with on these trips. All I carry with me is my backpack which contains maybe 2 shirts my makeup and a curling iron (which is rarely used). I also carry my camera bag (which looks like a purse, BUT IT’S NOT) which is the pink bag you see in almost every picture. Literally all that I carry in that bag is my camera, cause that’s all that fits :)
So we arrive at our hostel, which was empty. We walk into our 6 bed dorm and we find that we are the first people in this room. So we were slightly hoping that we would be the only 2 occupants. I decided to walk down to the lobby to retrieve the WiFi password before we went to explore the city. As I walk around the corner I hear American voices (which is SO weird). & WUT it’s 4 people FROM ACU that we are studying abroad with in Oxford. Such a small world. We were all so happy to see each other because (at least for me and Shan) we had only been around people who spoke German. So English speaking people/people who we knew! Oh my, it was joyous indeed. It also turns out that they are sharing a room with us! YAYAYAY for not rooming with randos!!!
So we head out on the town to see all of the major tourist attractions including the Grand-Place, Manneken Pis (because who doesn’t want to see a statue relieving itself?), St. Michaels Cathedral, and of course the city center of Brussels. We also apparently saw a Belgian celebrity? His name was Harry Fox…. If you know/figure out why this kid is famous we would LOVE to know because if you google him nothing pops up? Apparently he was the Justin Beiber of Belgium because girls were going NUTS. We witnessed a girl bawling her eyes out because she was so happy that she touched him (idk he didn’t seem that great.) Anyways, We loooooooooved Brussels the culture was so fantastic I can hardly stand it. The main language was French but most everyone spoke English which was FANTASTIC. 
*random side story* So don’t put your foot onto the track of the metro… Because the police will come and talk to you……… Yes one member (who shall not be named) (not me) (seriously it wasn’t me) stuck her foot on the track as a joke. (We knew the train wasn’t coming for another 5 minutes). The Belgium popo was not too happy, but hey we’re ok! 
So when you hear “Belgium” you should complete that with waffles. Belgium waffles. Say it with me, Belgian waffles are the best thing on this whole entire world period. Honestly the majority of the things we did in Belgium was eat. We ate waffles, chocolate, and fries. I think I gained 5 pounds and I couldn’t be happier. I also encountered my first macaroon. I’m literally dead. SO GOOD! & a special treat for y’alls enjoyment, 2 pictures of me with waffle all over my face. promise I haven’t changed that much :) -LaurenThis is a sweeter blog I promise. After Berlin, Shannon and I hopped on a plane and headed to Brussels, Belgium! Flying in we knew that it was going to be beautiful and Belgium did not disappoint. On a random note I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned how much I travel with on these trips. All I carry with me is my backpack which contains maybe 2 shirts my makeup and a curling iron (which is rarely used). I also carry my camera bag (which looks like a purse, BUT IT’S NOT) which is the pink bag you see in almost every picture. Literally all that I carry in that bag is my camera, cause that’s all that fits :)
So we arrive at our hostel, which was empty. We walk into our 6 bed dorm and we find that we are the first people in this room. So we were slightly hoping that we would be the only 2 occupants. I decided to walk down to the lobby to retrieve the WiFi password before we went to explore the city. As I walk around the corner I hear American voices (which is SO weird). & WUT it’s 4 people FROM ACU that we are studying abroad with in Oxford. Such a small world. We were all so happy to see each other because (at least for me and Shan) we had only been around people who spoke German. So English speaking people/people who we knew! Oh my, it was joyous indeed. It also turns out that they are sharing a room with us! YAYAYAY for not rooming with randos!!!
So we head out on the town to see all of the major tourist attractions including the Grand-Place, Manneken Pis (because who doesn’t want to see a statue relieving itself?), St. Michaels Cathedral, and of course the city center of Brussels. We also apparently saw a Belgian celebrity? His name was Harry Fox…. If you know/figure out why this kid is famous we would LOVE to know because if you google him nothing pops up? Apparently he was the Justin Beiber of Belgium because girls were going NUTS. We witnessed a girl bawling her eyes out because she was so happy that she touched him (idk he didn’t seem that great.) Anyways, We loooooooooved Brussels the culture was so fantastic I can hardly stand it. The main language was French but most everyone spoke English which was FANTASTIC. 
*random side story* So don’t put your foot onto the track of the metro… Because the police will come and talk to you……… Yes one member (who shall not be named) (not me) (seriously it wasn’t me) stuck her foot on the track as a joke. (We knew the train wasn’t coming for another 5 minutes). The Belgium popo was not too happy, but hey we’re ok! 
So when you hear “Belgium” you should complete that with waffles. Belgium waffles. Say it with me, Belgian waffles are the best thing on this whole entire world period. Honestly the majority of the things we did in Belgium was eat. We ate waffles, chocolate, and fries. I think I gained 5 pounds and I couldn’t be happier. I also encountered my first macaroon. I’m literally dead. SO GOOD! & a special treat for y’alls enjoyment, 2 pictures of me with waffle all over my face. promise I haven’t changed that much :) -Lauren

This is a sweeter blog I promise. After Berlin, Shannon and I hopped on a plane and headed to Brussels, Belgium! Flying in we knew that it was going to be beautiful and Belgium did not disappoint. On a random note I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned how much I travel with on these trips. All I carry with me is my backpack which contains maybe 2 shirts my makeup and a curling iron (which is rarely used). I also carry my camera bag (which looks like a purse, BUT IT’S NOT) which is the pink bag you see in almost every picture. Literally all that I carry in that bag is my camera, cause that’s all that fits :)

So we arrive at our hostel, which was empty. We walk into our 6 bed dorm and we find that we are the first people in this room. So we were slightly hoping that we would be the only 2 occupants. I decided to walk down to the lobby to retrieve the WiFi password before we went to explore the city. As I walk around the corner I hear American voices (which is SO weird). & WUT it’s 4 people FROM ACU that we are studying abroad with in Oxford. Such a small world. We were all so happy to see each other because (at least for me and Shan) we had only been around people who spoke German. So English speaking people/people who we knew! Oh my, it was joyous indeed. It also turns out that they are sharing a room with us! YAYAYAY for not rooming with randos!!!

So we head out on the town to see all of the major tourist attractions including the Grand-Place, Manneken Pis (because who doesn’t want to see a statue relieving itself?), St. Michaels Cathedral, and of course the city center of Brussels. We also apparently saw a Belgian celebrity? His name was Harry Fox…. If you know/figure out why this kid is famous we would LOVE to know because if you google him nothing pops up? Apparently he was the Justin Beiber of Belgium because girls were going NUTS. We witnessed a girl bawling her eyes out because she was so happy that she touched him (idk he didn’t seem that great.) Anyways, We loooooooooved Brussels the culture was so fantastic I can hardly stand it. The main language was French but most everyone spoke English which was FANTASTIC. 

*random side story* So don’t put your foot onto the track of the metro… Because the police will come and talk to you……… Yes one member (who shall not be named) (not me) (seriously it wasn’t me) stuck her foot on the track as a joke. (We knew the train wasn’t coming for another 5 minutes). The Belgium popo was not too happy, but hey we’re ok! 

So when you hear “Belgium” you should complete that with waffles. Belgium waffles. Say it with me, Belgian waffles are the best thing on this whole entire world period. Honestly the majority of the things we did in Belgium was eat. We ate waffles, chocolate, and fries. I think I gained 5 pounds and I couldn’t be happier. I also encountered my first macaroon. I’m literally dead. SO GOOD! & a special treat for y’alls enjoyment, 2 pictures of me with waffle all over my face. promise I haven’t changed that much :) -Lauren


Hello all! Sorry for the delayed post, but contrary to popular belief i am STUDYING abroad lol. We really have been loaded up on the course work recently. Needless to say I am here to tell you about our latest adventure. This past weekend my roommate and I went to Berlin, Germany and Brussels, Belgium. For this post I will just be telling you about our German experience. 
Arriving in Germany was very interesting. This was the first country where neither of us spoke the language of that country. This was very intimidating but we were willing to take the challenge. After dropping our bags off at the hostel we decided that we wanted to go take a look at Museum Island. This is a section of Berlin where 5 museums are located however, on our trip only 3 were open. So Shannon and I ventured through these 3 museums for about 5 hours. We saw some pretty cool artwork like the statue shown above…. and also too many naked statues. 
The architecture was amazing to look at. You almost felt that every building in this area had a story. The next two pictures are for my dad (hi dad) because CRANES! We literally saw 16 cranes at one point because Berlin is under massive construction. So love you dad, there’s a picture of some cranes…..
The next day we had planned to do a bike tour. For those who do not know the main way to get around European cites is by their metro systems! The previous day Shannon and I had purchased a 24 hour pass on the metro. We can gone the previous day without our tickets ever being checked or having to scan our tickets. As we are heading toward the bike tour the next stop on the train is where we are getting off. All of a sudden about 10 police, train checker, important-ish looking people swarm our train car…. At the time we didn’t realize that they were ticket checkers because, well, they were speaking GERMAN. When we figure it out we show them our tickets. Something was not right because we started getting screamed at in German (scariest thing of my life). We were yanked off the train where they led us to a translator and *apparently* you are supposed to get your tickets “validated…..” Before getting on the metro. At this point Shannon and I are freaking out because our bike tour starts in 20 minutes. The Germans repeatedly say “This is NOT ok.” Finally I ask what we need to do and the man tells us “90 Euros.” Pretty sure I crapped my pants at this point. “EACH?!” I say. He replies that we must each pay 40 Euros. To this I hand him my credit card. Apparently they only take cash. So these 2 scary police-ish people walk us about a mile to an ATM. So I am now the proud owner of a 40 Euro train ticket ladies and gentleman. 
We made it to our bike tour on time (did i mention it’s pouring down rain?). Shannon and I are the only ones on our tour, but I will say it was a ton of fun! We rode along where the Berlin wall is/was standing. We saw the Memorial to the Murdered Jews, the German “White House,” Parliament, The Brandenburg Gate, and the Victory Tower all while wearing our sexy red ponchos (pictured with Brandenburg Gate). 

Berlin was a great city to visit but honestly when I pictured Germany, Berlin is not what I had on my mind. We had a wonderful time and I hope to go back to Germany some day and visit more of the countryside! -Lauren Hello all! Sorry for the delayed post, but contrary to popular belief i am STUDYING abroad lol. We really have been loaded up on the course work recently. Needless to say I am here to tell you about our latest adventure. This past weekend my roommate and I went to Berlin, Germany and Brussels, Belgium. For this post I will just be telling you about our German experience. 
Arriving in Germany was very interesting. This was the first country where neither of us spoke the language of that country. This was very intimidating but we were willing to take the challenge. After dropping our bags off at the hostel we decided that we wanted to go take a look at Museum Island. This is a section of Berlin where 5 museums are located however, on our trip only 3 were open. So Shannon and I ventured through these 3 museums for about 5 hours. We saw some pretty cool artwork like the statue shown above…. and also too many naked statues. 
The architecture was amazing to look at. You almost felt that every building in this area had a story. The next two pictures are for my dad (hi dad) because CRANES! We literally saw 16 cranes at one point because Berlin is under massive construction. So love you dad, there’s a picture of some cranes…..
The next day we had planned to do a bike tour. For those who do not know the main way to get around European cites is by their metro systems! The previous day Shannon and I had purchased a 24 hour pass on the metro. We can gone the previous day without our tickets ever being checked or having to scan our tickets. As we are heading toward the bike tour the next stop on the train is where we are getting off. All of a sudden about 10 police, train checker, important-ish looking people swarm our train car…. At the time we didn’t realize that they were ticket checkers because, well, they were speaking GERMAN. When we figure it out we show them our tickets. Something was not right because we started getting screamed at in German (scariest thing of my life). We were yanked off the train where they led us to a translator and *apparently* you are supposed to get your tickets “validated…..” Before getting on the metro. At this point Shannon and I are freaking out because our bike tour starts in 20 minutes. The Germans repeatedly say “This is NOT ok.” Finally I ask what we need to do and the man tells us “90 Euros.” Pretty sure I crapped my pants at this point. “EACH?!” I say. He replies that we must each pay 40 Euros. To this I hand him my credit card. Apparently they only take cash. So these 2 scary police-ish people walk us about a mile to an ATM. So I am now the proud owner of a 40 Euro train ticket ladies and gentleman. 
We made it to our bike tour on time (did i mention it’s pouring down rain?). Shannon and I are the only ones on our tour, but I will say it was a ton of fun! We rode along where the Berlin wall is/was standing. We saw the Memorial to the Murdered Jews, the German “White House,” Parliament, The Brandenburg Gate, and the Victory Tower all while wearing our sexy red ponchos (pictured with Brandenburg Gate). 

Berlin was a great city to visit but honestly when I pictured Germany, Berlin is not what I had on my mind. We had a wonderful time and I hope to go back to Germany some day and visit more of the countryside! -Lauren Hello all! Sorry for the delayed post, but contrary to popular belief i am STUDYING abroad lol. We really have been loaded up on the course work recently. Needless to say I am here to tell you about our latest adventure. This past weekend my roommate and I went to Berlin, Germany and Brussels, Belgium. For this post I will just be telling you about our German experience. 
Arriving in Germany was very interesting. This was the first country where neither of us spoke the language of that country. This was very intimidating but we were willing to take the challenge. After dropping our bags off at the hostel we decided that we wanted to go take a look at Museum Island. This is a section of Berlin where 5 museums are located however, on our trip only 3 were open. So Shannon and I ventured through these 3 museums for about 5 hours. We saw some pretty cool artwork like the statue shown above…. and also too many naked statues. 
The architecture was amazing to look at. You almost felt that every building in this area had a story. The next two pictures are for my dad (hi dad) because CRANES! We literally saw 16 cranes at one point because Berlin is under massive construction. So love you dad, there’s a picture of some cranes…..
The next day we had planned to do a bike tour. For those who do not know the main way to get around European cites is by their metro systems! The previous day Shannon and I had purchased a 24 hour pass on the metro. We can gone the previous day without our tickets ever being checked or having to scan our tickets. As we are heading toward the bike tour the next stop on the train is where we are getting off. All of a sudden about 10 police, train checker, important-ish looking people swarm our train car…. At the time we didn’t realize that they were ticket checkers because, well, they were speaking GERMAN. When we figure it out we show them our tickets. Something was not right because we started getting screamed at in German (scariest thing of my life). We were yanked off the train where they led us to a translator and *apparently* you are supposed to get your tickets “validated…..” Before getting on the metro. At this point Shannon and I are freaking out because our bike tour starts in 20 minutes. The Germans repeatedly say “This is NOT ok.” Finally I ask what we need to do and the man tells us “90 Euros.” Pretty sure I crapped my pants at this point. “EACH?!” I say. He replies that we must each pay 40 Euros. To this I hand him my credit card. Apparently they only take cash. So these 2 scary police-ish people walk us about a mile to an ATM. So I am now the proud owner of a 40 Euro train ticket ladies and gentleman. 
We made it to our bike tour on time (did i mention it’s pouring down rain?). Shannon and I are the only ones on our tour, but I will say it was a ton of fun! We rode along where the Berlin wall is/was standing. We saw the Memorial to the Murdered Jews, the German “White House,” Parliament, The Brandenburg Gate, and the Victory Tower all while wearing our sexy red ponchos (pictured with Brandenburg Gate). 

Berlin was a great city to visit but honestly when I pictured Germany, Berlin is not what I had on my mind. We had a wonderful time and I hope to go back to Germany some day and visit more of the countryside! -Lauren Hello all! Sorry for the delayed post, but contrary to popular belief i am STUDYING abroad lol. We really have been loaded up on the course work recently. Needless to say I am here to tell you about our latest adventure. This past weekend my roommate and I went to Berlin, Germany and Brussels, Belgium. For this post I will just be telling you about our German experience. 
Arriving in Germany was very interesting. This was the first country where neither of us spoke the language of that country. This was very intimidating but we were willing to take the challenge. After dropping our bags off at the hostel we decided that we wanted to go take a look at Museum Island. This is a section of Berlin where 5 museums are located however, on our trip only 3 were open. So Shannon and I ventured through these 3 museums for about 5 hours. We saw some pretty cool artwork like the statue shown above…. and also too many naked statues. 
The architecture was amazing to look at. You almost felt that every building in this area had a story. The next two pictures are for my dad (hi dad) because CRANES! We literally saw 16 cranes at one point because Berlin is under massive construction. So love you dad, there’s a picture of some cranes…..
The next day we had planned to do a bike tour. For those who do not know the main way to get around European cites is by their metro systems! The previous day Shannon and I had purchased a 24 hour pass on the metro. We can gone the previous day without our tickets ever being checked or having to scan our tickets. As we are heading toward the bike tour the next stop on the train is where we are getting off. All of a sudden about 10 police, train checker, important-ish looking people swarm our train car…. At the time we didn’t realize that they were ticket checkers because, well, they were speaking GERMAN. When we figure it out we show them our tickets. Something was not right because we started getting screamed at in German (scariest thing of my life). We were yanked off the train where they led us to a translator and *apparently* you are supposed to get your tickets “validated…..” Before getting on the metro. At this point Shannon and I are freaking out because our bike tour starts in 20 minutes. The Germans repeatedly say “This is NOT ok.” Finally I ask what we need to do and the man tells us “90 Euros.” Pretty sure I crapped my pants at this point. “EACH?!” I say. He replies that we must each pay 40 Euros. To this I hand him my credit card. Apparently they only take cash. So these 2 scary police-ish people walk us about a mile to an ATM. So I am now the proud owner of a 40 Euro train ticket ladies and gentleman. 
We made it to our bike tour on time (did i mention it’s pouring down rain?). Shannon and I are the only ones on our tour, but I will say it was a ton of fun! We rode along where the Berlin wall is/was standing. We saw the Memorial to the Murdered Jews, the German “White House,” Parliament, The Brandenburg Gate, and the Victory Tower all while wearing our sexy red ponchos (pictured with Brandenburg Gate). 

Berlin was a great city to visit but honestly when I pictured Germany, Berlin is not what I had on my mind. We had a wonderful time and I hope to go back to Germany some day and visit more of the countryside! -Lauren Hello all! Sorry for the delayed post, but contrary to popular belief i am STUDYING abroad lol. We really have been loaded up on the course work recently. Needless to say I am here to tell you about our latest adventure. This past weekend my roommate and I went to Berlin, Germany and Brussels, Belgium. For this post I will just be telling you about our German experience. 
Arriving in Germany was very interesting. This was the first country where neither of us spoke the language of that country. This was very intimidating but we were willing to take the challenge. After dropping our bags off at the hostel we decided that we wanted to go take a look at Museum Island. This is a section of Berlin where 5 museums are located however, on our trip only 3 were open. So Shannon and I ventured through these 3 museums for about 5 hours. We saw some pretty cool artwork like the statue shown above…. and also too many naked statues. 
The architecture was amazing to look at. You almost felt that every building in this area had a story. The next two pictures are for my dad (hi dad) because CRANES! We literally saw 16 cranes at one point because Berlin is under massive construction. So love you dad, there’s a picture of some cranes…..
The next day we had planned to do a bike tour. For those who do not know the main way to get around European cites is by their metro systems! The previous day Shannon and I had purchased a 24 hour pass on the metro. We can gone the previous day without our tickets ever being checked or having to scan our tickets. As we are heading toward the bike tour the next stop on the train is where we are getting off. All of a sudden about 10 police, train checker, important-ish looking people swarm our train car…. At the time we didn’t realize that they were ticket checkers because, well, they were speaking GERMAN. When we figure it out we show them our tickets. Something was not right because we started getting screamed at in German (scariest thing of my life). We were yanked off the train where they led us to a translator and *apparently* you are supposed to get your tickets “validated…..” Before getting on the metro. At this point Shannon and I are freaking out because our bike tour starts in 20 minutes. The Germans repeatedly say “This is NOT ok.” Finally I ask what we need to do and the man tells us “90 Euros.” Pretty sure I crapped my pants at this point. “EACH?!” I say. He replies that we must each pay 40 Euros. To this I hand him my credit card. Apparently they only take cash. So these 2 scary police-ish people walk us about a mile to an ATM. So I am now the proud owner of a 40 Euro train ticket ladies and gentleman. 
We made it to our bike tour on time (did i mention it’s pouring down rain?). Shannon and I are the only ones on our tour, but I will say it was a ton of fun! We rode along where the Berlin wall is/was standing. We saw the Memorial to the Murdered Jews, the German “White House,” Parliament, The Brandenburg Gate, and the Victory Tower all while wearing our sexy red ponchos (pictured with Brandenburg Gate). 

Berlin was a great city to visit but honestly when I pictured Germany, Berlin is not what I had on my mind. We had a wonderful time and I hope to go back to Germany some day and visit more of the countryside! -Lauren 

Hello all! Sorry for the delayed post, but contrary to popular belief i am STUDYING abroad lol. We really have been loaded up on the course work recently. Needless to say I am here to tell you about our latest adventure. This past weekend my roommate and I went to Berlin, Germany and Brussels, Belgium. For this post I will just be telling you about our German experience. 

Arriving in Germany was very interesting. This was the first country where neither of us spoke the language of that country. This was very intimidating but we were willing to take the challenge. After dropping our bags off at the hostel we decided that we wanted to go take a look at Museum Island. This is a section of Berlin where 5 museums are located however, on our trip only 3 were open. So Shannon and I ventured through these 3 museums for about 5 hours. We saw some pretty cool artwork like the statue shown above…. and also too many naked statues. 

The architecture was amazing to look at. You almost felt that every building in this area had a story. The next two pictures are for my dad (hi dad) because CRANES! We literally saw 16 cranes at one point because Berlin is under massive construction. So love you dad, there’s a picture of some cranes…..

The next day we had planned to do a bike tour. For those who do not know the main way to get around European cites is by their metro systems! The previous day Shannon and I had purchased a 24 hour pass on the metro. We can gone the previous day without our tickets ever being checked or having to scan our tickets. As we are heading toward the bike tour the next stop on the train is where we are getting off. All of a sudden about 10 police, train checker, important-ish looking people swarm our train car…. At the time we didn’t realize that they were ticket checkers because, well, they were speaking GERMAN. When we figure it out we show them our tickets. Something was not right because we started getting screamed at in German (scariest thing of my life). We were yanked off the train where they led us to a translator and *apparently* you are supposed to get your tickets “validated…..” Before getting on the metro. At this point Shannon and I are freaking out because our bike tour starts in 20 minutes. The Germans repeatedly say “This is NOT ok.” Finally I ask what we need to do and the man tells us “90 Euros.” Pretty sure I crapped my pants at this point. “EACH?!” I say. He replies that we must each pay 40 Euros. To this I hand him my credit card. Apparently they only take cash. So these 2 scary police-ish people walk us about a mile to an ATM. So I am now the proud owner of a 40 Euro train ticket ladies and gentleman. 

We made it to our bike tour on time (did i mention it’s pouring down rain?). Shannon and I are the only ones on our tour, but I will say it was a ton of fun! We rode along where the Berlin wall is/was standing. We saw the Memorial to the Murdered Jewsthe German “White House,” Parliament, The Brandenburg Gate, and the Victory Tower all while wearing our sexy red ponchos (pictured with Brandenburg Gate). 

Berlin was a great city to visit but honestly when I pictured Germany, Berlin is not what I had on my mind. We had a wonderful time and I hope to go back to Germany some day and visit more of the countryside! -Lauren 


This past weekend was our first long weekend. For those of you who don’t know, we already don’t have class on Fridays, so a long weekend means we do not have class on Thursday either. Myself and 5 other girls decided to go to Barcelona, Spain and y’all, I’m not sure anything can live up to this trip. 
Our first official day of being there we decided to take a bike tour. I’m seriously recommending this to EVERYONE. It was called Fat Tire Bike Tour and they are available in Barcelona, London, Paris, and Berlin. Our tour guide was spectacular. He knew all about the history and he was hilarious and extremely entertaining. Taking this bike tour was the fastest and easiest way to do it. We saw all of the iconic sights including, Sagrada Familia, which (when finished) will be the largest church in the world. Let me tell ya’ it was MASSIVE. *fun fact* the original architect on the project did not want to exceed the work of God so Sangrada Familia when finished will be one foot less than the tallest mountain in Barcelona. Nothing was more peaceful than cruising around the streets on a bike, it was definitely a highlight of this weekend. 
That night we decided to take a trip up to Parc Guell. None of us really knew what to expect but many friends told us we HAD to go. After getting lost, speaking a bunch of Spanglish, and climbing up SO MANY HILLS and SO MANY STAIRS, we finally made it to the top of the mountain where you witness the whole city of Barcelona. The first picture is me at Parc Guell, and fortunately we decided to go at sunset. You could even see the ocean! 
The next day, 4 of us decided to take a day trip to Girona. It was a great excursion from the busy city life of Barcelona. We walked the ancient Roman wall and had a beautiful view of the city, in fact we walked all the way across this city on the Roman wall (picture with the mint green building). We sat in a cafe and watched a Spanish soccer game for about 2 hours. It was fascinating to observe the spanish culture and to just enjoy the bliss that was Girona. 
Our last day was one to remember. Shannon, Bonnie, Sarah and I woke up around 7:30 am (1:30 am US time) and headed towards the beach to observe the sunrise. As the Sun melted over the clouds and into the sky to begin the new day, you could feel God’s presence all around. After visiting a few churches we headed back to the beach mid afternoon to stick our toes in the water (which was FREEZING) but hey, we did it…. Exhausted we actually all fell asleep on the beach for about an hour. For all who know me well, this will make you very proud…. We went to enjoy our last meal in Barcelona and I actually went out of my comfort zone and tried a couple of new things including, fried lamb, bombas (meat and potato meatball with spicy covering) and a few other tapas. After this we said goodbye to Barcelona and headed back to the airport. Let me just tell you that we arrived back in Oxford at 4:30 this morning and I haven’t slept since. So goodnight world -Lauren



This past weekend was our first long weekend. For those of you who don’t know, we already don’t have class on Fridays, so a long weekend means we do not have class on Thursday either. Myself and 5 other girls decided to go to Barcelona, Spain and y’all, I’m not sure anything can live up to this trip. 
Our first official day of being there we decided to take a bike tour. I’m seriously recommending this to EVERYONE. It was called Fat Tire Bike Tour and they are available in Barcelona, London, Paris, and Berlin. Our tour guide was spectacular. He knew all about the history and he was hilarious and extremely entertaining. Taking this bike tour was the fastest and easiest way to do it. We saw all of the iconic sights including, Sagrada Familia, which (when finished) will be the largest church in the world. Let me tell ya’ it was MASSIVE. *fun fact* the original architect on the project did not want to exceed the work of God so Sangrada Familia when finished will be one foot less than the tallest mountain in Barcelona. Nothing was more peaceful than cruising around the streets on a bike, it was definitely a highlight of this weekend. 
That night we decided to take a trip up to Parc Guell. None of us really knew what to expect but many friends told us we HAD to go. After getting lost, speaking a bunch of Spanglish, and climbing up SO MANY HILLS and SO MANY STAIRS, we finally made it to the top of the mountain where you witness the whole city of Barcelona. The first picture is me at Parc Guell, and fortunately we decided to go at sunset. You could even see the ocean! 
The next day, 4 of us decided to take a day trip to Girona. It was a great excursion from the busy city life of Barcelona. We walked the ancient Roman wall and had a beautiful view of the city, in fact we walked all the way across this city on the Roman wall (picture with the mint green building). We sat in a cafe and watched a Spanish soccer game for about 2 hours. It was fascinating to observe the spanish culture and to just enjoy the bliss that was Girona. 
Our last day was one to remember. Shannon, Bonnie, Sarah and I woke up around 7:30 am (1:30 am US time) and headed towards the beach to observe the sunrise. As the Sun melted over the clouds and into the sky to begin the new day, you could feel God’s presence all around. After visiting a few churches we headed back to the beach mid afternoon to stick our toes in the water (which was FREEZING) but hey, we did it…. Exhausted we actually all fell asleep on the beach for about an hour. For all who know me well, this will make you very proud…. We went to enjoy our last meal in Barcelona and I actually went out of my comfort zone and tried a couple of new things including, fried lamb, bombas (meat and potato meatball with spicy covering) and a few other tapas. After this we said goodbye to Barcelona and headed back to the airport. Let me just tell you that we arrived back in Oxford at 4:30 this morning and I haven’t slept since. So goodnight world -Lauren



This past weekend was our first long weekend. For those of you who don’t know, we already don’t have class on Fridays, so a long weekend means we do not have class on Thursday either. Myself and 5 other girls decided to go to Barcelona, Spain and y’all, I’m not sure anything can live up to this trip. 
Our first official day of being there we decided to take a bike tour. I’m seriously recommending this to EVERYONE. It was called Fat Tire Bike Tour and they are available in Barcelona, London, Paris, and Berlin. Our tour guide was spectacular. He knew all about the history and he was hilarious and extremely entertaining. Taking this bike tour was the fastest and easiest way to do it. We saw all of the iconic sights including, Sagrada Familia, which (when finished) will be the largest church in the world. Let me tell ya’ it was MASSIVE. *fun fact* the original architect on the project did not want to exceed the work of God so Sangrada Familia when finished will be one foot less than the tallest mountain in Barcelona. Nothing was more peaceful than cruising around the streets on a bike, it was definitely a highlight of this weekend. 
That night we decided to take a trip up to Parc Guell. None of us really knew what to expect but many friends told us we HAD to go. After getting lost, speaking a bunch of Spanglish, and climbing up SO MANY HILLS and SO MANY STAIRS, we finally made it to the top of the mountain where you witness the whole city of Barcelona. The first picture is me at Parc Guell, and fortunately we decided to go at sunset. You could even see the ocean! 
The next day, 4 of us decided to take a day trip to Girona. It was a great excursion from the busy city life of Barcelona. We walked the ancient Roman wall and had a beautiful view of the city, in fact we walked all the way across this city on the Roman wall (picture with the mint green building). We sat in a cafe and watched a Spanish soccer game for about 2 hours. It was fascinating to observe the spanish culture and to just enjoy the bliss that was Girona. 
Our last day was one to remember. Shannon, Bonnie, Sarah and I woke up around 7:30 am (1:30 am US time) and headed towards the beach to observe the sunrise. As the Sun melted over the clouds and into the sky to begin the new day, you could feel God’s presence all around. After visiting a few churches we headed back to the beach mid afternoon to stick our toes in the water (which was FREEZING) but hey, we did it…. Exhausted we actually all fell asleep on the beach for about an hour. For all who know me well, this will make you very proud…. We went to enjoy our last meal in Barcelona and I actually went out of my comfort zone and tried a couple of new things including, fried lamb, bombas (meat and potato meatball with spicy covering) and a few other tapas. After this we said goodbye to Barcelona and headed back to the airport. Let me just tell you that we arrived back in Oxford at 4:30 this morning and I haven’t slept since. So goodnight world -Lauren



This past weekend was our first long weekend. For those of you who don’t know, we already don’t have class on Fridays, so a long weekend means we do not have class on Thursday either. Myself and 5 other girls decided to go to Barcelona, Spain and y’all, I’m not sure anything can live up to this trip. 
Our first official day of being there we decided to take a bike tour. I’m seriously recommending this to EVERYONE. It was called Fat Tire Bike Tour and they are available in Barcelona, London, Paris, and Berlin. Our tour guide was spectacular. He knew all about the history and he was hilarious and extremely entertaining. Taking this bike tour was the fastest and easiest way to do it. We saw all of the iconic sights including, Sagrada Familia, which (when finished) will be the largest church in the world. Let me tell ya’ it was MASSIVE. *fun fact* the original architect on the project did not want to exceed the work of God so Sangrada Familia when finished will be one foot less than the tallest mountain in Barcelona. Nothing was more peaceful than cruising around the streets on a bike, it was definitely a highlight of this weekend. 
That night we decided to take a trip up to Parc Guell. None of us really knew what to expect but many friends told us we HAD to go. After getting lost, speaking a bunch of Spanglish, and climbing up SO MANY HILLS and SO MANY STAIRS, we finally made it to the top of the mountain where you witness the whole city of Barcelona. The first picture is me at Parc Guell, and fortunately we decided to go at sunset. You could even see the ocean! 
The next day, 4 of us decided to take a day trip to Girona. It was a great excursion from the busy city life of Barcelona. We walked the ancient Roman wall and had a beautiful view of the city, in fact we walked all the way across this city on the Roman wall (picture with the mint green building). We sat in a cafe and watched a Spanish soccer game for about 2 hours. It was fascinating to observe the spanish culture and to just enjoy the bliss that was Girona. 
Our last day was one to remember. Shannon, Bonnie, Sarah and I woke up around 7:30 am (1:30 am US time) and headed towards the beach to observe the sunrise. As the Sun melted over the clouds and into the sky to begin the new day, you could feel God’s presence all around. After visiting a few churches we headed back to the beach mid afternoon to stick our toes in the water (which was FREEZING) but hey, we did it…. Exhausted we actually all fell asleep on the beach for about an hour. For all who know me well, this will make you very proud…. We went to enjoy our last meal in Barcelona and I actually went out of my comfort zone and tried a couple of new things including, fried lamb, bombas (meat and potato meatball with spicy covering) and a few other tapas. After this we said goodbye to Barcelona and headed back to the airport. Let me just tell you that we arrived back in Oxford at 4:30 this morning and I haven’t slept since. So goodnight world -Lauren



This past weekend was our first long weekend. For those of you who don’t know, we already don’t have class on Fridays, so a long weekend means we do not have class on Thursday either. Myself and 5 other girls decided to go to Barcelona, Spain and y’all, I’m not sure anything can live up to this trip. 
Our first official day of being there we decided to take a bike tour. I’m seriously recommending this to EVERYONE. It was called Fat Tire Bike Tour and they are available in Barcelona, London, Paris, and Berlin. Our tour guide was spectacular. He knew all about the history and he was hilarious and extremely entertaining. Taking this bike tour was the fastest and easiest way to do it. We saw all of the iconic sights including, Sagrada Familia, which (when finished) will be the largest church in the world. Let me tell ya’ it was MASSIVE. *fun fact* the original architect on the project did not want to exceed the work of God so Sangrada Familia when finished will be one foot less than the tallest mountain in Barcelona. Nothing was more peaceful than cruising around the streets on a bike, it was definitely a highlight of this weekend. 
That night we decided to take a trip up to Parc Guell. None of us really knew what to expect but many friends told us we HAD to go. After getting lost, speaking a bunch of Spanglish, and climbing up SO MANY HILLS and SO MANY STAIRS, we finally made it to the top of the mountain where you witness the whole city of Barcelona. The first picture is me at Parc Guell, and fortunately we decided to go at sunset. You could even see the ocean! 
The next day, 4 of us decided to take a day trip to Girona. It was a great excursion from the busy city life of Barcelona. We walked the ancient Roman wall and had a beautiful view of the city, in fact we walked all the way across this city on the Roman wall (picture with the mint green building). We sat in a cafe and watched a Spanish soccer game for about 2 hours. It was fascinating to observe the spanish culture and to just enjoy the bliss that was Girona. 
Our last day was one to remember. Shannon, Bonnie, Sarah and I woke up around 7:30 am (1:30 am US time) and headed towards the beach to observe the sunrise. As the Sun melted over the clouds and into the sky to begin the new day, you could feel God’s presence all around. After visiting a few churches we headed back to the beach mid afternoon to stick our toes in the water (which was FREEZING) but hey, we did it…. Exhausted we actually all fell asleep on the beach for about an hour. For all who know me well, this will make you very proud…. We went to enjoy our last meal in Barcelona and I actually went out of my comfort zone and tried a couple of new things including, fried lamb, bombas (meat and potato meatball with spicy covering) and a few other tapas. After this we said goodbye to Barcelona and headed back to the airport. Let me just tell you that we arrived back in Oxford at 4:30 this morning and I haven’t slept since. So goodnight world -Lauren



This past weekend was our first long weekend. For those of you who don’t know, we already don’t have class on Fridays, so a long weekend means we do not have class on Thursday either. Myself and 5 other girls decided to go to Barcelona, Spain and y’all, I’m not sure anything can live up to this trip. 
Our first official day of being there we decided to take a bike tour. I’m seriously recommending this to EVERYONE. It was called Fat Tire Bike Tour and they are available in Barcelona, London, Paris, and Berlin. Our tour guide was spectacular. He knew all about the history and he was hilarious and extremely entertaining. Taking this bike tour was the fastest and easiest way to do it. We saw all of the iconic sights including, Sagrada Familia, which (when finished) will be the largest church in the world. Let me tell ya’ it was MASSIVE. *fun fact* the original architect on the project did not want to exceed the work of God so Sangrada Familia when finished will be one foot less than the tallest mountain in Barcelona. Nothing was more peaceful than cruising around the streets on a bike, it was definitely a highlight of this weekend. 
That night we decided to take a trip up to Parc Guell. None of us really knew what to expect but many friends told us we HAD to go. After getting lost, speaking a bunch of Spanglish, and climbing up SO MANY HILLS and SO MANY STAIRS, we finally made it to the top of the mountain where you witness the whole city of Barcelona. The first picture is me at Parc Guell, and fortunately we decided to go at sunset. You could even see the ocean! 
The next day, 4 of us decided to take a day trip to Girona. It was a great excursion from the busy city life of Barcelona. We walked the ancient Roman wall and had a beautiful view of the city, in fact we walked all the way across this city on the Roman wall (picture with the mint green building). We sat in a cafe and watched a Spanish soccer game for about 2 hours. It was fascinating to observe the spanish culture and to just enjoy the bliss that was Girona. 
Our last day was one to remember. Shannon, Bonnie, Sarah and I woke up around 7:30 am (1:30 am US time) and headed towards the beach to observe the sunrise. As the Sun melted over the clouds and into the sky to begin the new day, you could feel God’s presence all around. After visiting a few churches we headed back to the beach mid afternoon to stick our toes in the water (which was FREEZING) but hey, we did it…. Exhausted we actually all fell asleep on the beach for about an hour. For all who know me well, this will make you very proud…. We went to enjoy our last meal in Barcelona and I actually went out of my comfort zone and tried a couple of new things including, fried lamb, bombas (meat and potato meatball with spicy covering) and a few other tapas. After this we said goodbye to Barcelona and headed back to the airport. Let me just tell you that we arrived back in Oxford at 4:30 this morning and I haven’t slept since. So goodnight world -Lauren



This past weekend was our first long weekend. For those of you who don’t know, we already don’t have class on Fridays, so a long weekend means we do not have class on Thursday either. Myself and 5 other girls decided to go to Barcelona, Spain and y’all, I’m not sure anything can live up to this trip. 
Our first official day of being there we decided to take a bike tour. I’m seriously recommending this to EVERYONE. It was called Fat Tire Bike Tour and they are available in Barcelona, London, Paris, and Berlin. Our tour guide was spectacular. He knew all about the history and he was hilarious and extremely entertaining. Taking this bike tour was the fastest and easiest way to do it. We saw all of the iconic sights including, Sagrada Familia, which (when finished) will be the largest church in the world. Let me tell ya’ it was MASSIVE. *fun fact* the original architect on the project did not want to exceed the work of God so Sangrada Familia when finished will be one foot less than the tallest mountain in Barcelona. Nothing was more peaceful than cruising around the streets on a bike, it was definitely a highlight of this weekend. 
That night we decided to take a trip up to Parc Guell. None of us really knew what to expect but many friends told us we HAD to go. After getting lost, speaking a bunch of Spanglish, and climbing up SO MANY HILLS and SO MANY STAIRS, we finally made it to the top of the mountain where you witness the whole city of Barcelona. The first picture is me at Parc Guell, and fortunately we decided to go at sunset. You could even see the ocean! 
The next day, 4 of us decided to take a day trip to Girona. It was a great excursion from the busy city life of Barcelona. We walked the ancient Roman wall and had a beautiful view of the city, in fact we walked all the way across this city on the Roman wall (picture with the mint green building). We sat in a cafe and watched a Spanish soccer game for about 2 hours. It was fascinating to observe the spanish culture and to just enjoy the bliss that was Girona. 
Our last day was one to remember. Shannon, Bonnie, Sarah and I woke up around 7:30 am (1:30 am US time) and headed towards the beach to observe the sunrise. As the Sun melted over the clouds and into the sky to begin the new day, you could feel God’s presence all around. After visiting a few churches we headed back to the beach mid afternoon to stick our toes in the water (which was FREEZING) but hey, we did it…. Exhausted we actually all fell asleep on the beach for about an hour. For all who know me well, this will make you very proud…. We went to enjoy our last meal in Barcelona and I actually went out of my comfort zone and tried a couple of new things including, fried lamb, bombas (meat and potato meatball with spicy covering) and a few other tapas. After this we said goodbye to Barcelona and headed back to the airport. Let me just tell you that we arrived back in Oxford at 4:30 this morning and I haven’t slept since. So goodnight world -Lauren



This past weekend was our first long weekend. For those of you who don’t know, we already don’t have class on Fridays, so a long weekend means we do not have class on Thursday either. Myself and 5 other girls decided to go to Barcelona, Spain and y’all, I’m not sure anything can live up to this trip. 
Our first official day of being there we decided to take a bike tour. I’m seriously recommending this to EVERYONE. It was called Fat Tire Bike Tour and they are available in Barcelona, London, Paris, and Berlin. Our tour guide was spectacular. He knew all about the history and he was hilarious and extremely entertaining. Taking this bike tour was the fastest and easiest way to do it. We saw all of the iconic sights including, Sagrada Familia, which (when finished) will be the largest church in the world. Let me tell ya’ it was MASSIVE. *fun fact* the original architect on the project did not want to exceed the work of God so Sangrada Familia when finished will be one foot less than the tallest mountain in Barcelona. Nothing was more peaceful than cruising around the streets on a bike, it was definitely a highlight of this weekend. 
That night we decided to take a trip up to Parc Guell. None of us really knew what to expect but many friends told us we HAD to go. After getting lost, speaking a bunch of Spanglish, and climbing up SO MANY HILLS and SO MANY STAIRS, we finally made it to the top of the mountain where you witness the whole city of Barcelona. The first picture is me at Parc Guell, and fortunately we decided to go at sunset. You could even see the ocean! 
The next day, 4 of us decided to take a day trip to Girona. It was a great excursion from the busy city life of Barcelona. We walked the ancient Roman wall and had a beautiful view of the city, in fact we walked all the way across this city on the Roman wall (picture with the mint green building). We sat in a cafe and watched a Spanish soccer game for about 2 hours. It was fascinating to observe the spanish culture and to just enjoy the bliss that was Girona. 
Our last day was one to remember. Shannon, Bonnie, Sarah and I woke up around 7:30 am (1:30 am US time) and headed towards the beach to observe the sunrise. As the Sun melted over the clouds and into the sky to begin the new day, you could feel God’s presence all around. After visiting a few churches we headed back to the beach mid afternoon to stick our toes in the water (which was FREEZING) but hey, we did it…. Exhausted we actually all fell asleep on the beach for about an hour. For all who know me well, this will make you very proud…. We went to enjoy our last meal in Barcelona and I actually went out of my comfort zone and tried a couple of new things including, fried lamb, bombas (meat and potato meatball with spicy covering) and a few other tapas. After this we said goodbye to Barcelona and headed back to the airport. Let me just tell you that we arrived back in Oxford at 4:30 this morning and I haven’t slept since. So goodnight world -Lauren



This past weekend was our first long weekend. For those of you who don’t know, we already don’t have class on Fridays, so a long weekend means we do not have class on Thursday either. Myself and 5 other girls decided to go to Barcelona, Spain and y’all, I’m not sure anything can live up to this trip. 
Our first official day of being there we decided to take a bike tour. I’m seriously recommending this to EVERYONE. It was called Fat Tire Bike Tour and they are available in Barcelona, London, Paris, and Berlin. Our tour guide was spectacular. He knew all about the history and he was hilarious and extremely entertaining. Taking this bike tour was the fastest and easiest way to do it. We saw all of the iconic sights including, Sagrada Familia, which (when finished) will be the largest church in the world. Let me tell ya’ it was MASSIVE. *fun fact* the original architect on the project did not want to exceed the work of God so Sangrada Familia when finished will be one foot less than the tallest mountain in Barcelona. Nothing was more peaceful than cruising around the streets on a bike, it was definitely a highlight of this weekend. 
That night we decided to take a trip up to Parc Guell. None of us really knew what to expect but many friends told us we HAD to go. After getting lost, speaking a bunch of Spanglish, and climbing up SO MANY HILLS and SO MANY STAIRS, we finally made it to the top of the mountain where you witness the whole city of Barcelona. The first picture is me at Parc Guell, and fortunately we decided to go at sunset. You could even see the ocean! 
The next day, 4 of us decided to take a day trip to Girona. It was a great excursion from the busy city life of Barcelona. We walked the ancient Roman wall and had a beautiful view of the city, in fact we walked all the way across this city on the Roman wall (picture with the mint green building). We sat in a cafe and watched a Spanish soccer game for about 2 hours. It was fascinating to observe the spanish culture and to just enjoy the bliss that was Girona. 
Our last day was one to remember. Shannon, Bonnie, Sarah and I woke up around 7:30 am (1:30 am US time) and headed towards the beach to observe the sunrise. As the Sun melted over the clouds and into the sky to begin the new day, you could feel God’s presence all around. After visiting a few churches we headed back to the beach mid afternoon to stick our toes in the water (which was FREEZING) but hey, we did it…. Exhausted we actually all fell asleep on the beach for about an hour. For all who know me well, this will make you very proud…. We went to enjoy our last meal in Barcelona and I actually went out of my comfort zone and tried a couple of new things including, fried lamb, bombas (meat and potato meatball with spicy covering) and a few other tapas. After this we said goodbye to Barcelona and headed back to the airport. Let me just tell you that we arrived back in Oxford at 4:30 this morning and I haven’t slept since. So goodnight world -Lauren

This past weekend was our first long weekend. For those of you who don’t know, we already don’t have class on Fridays, so a long weekend means we do not have class on Thursday either. Myself and 5 other girls decided to go to Barcelona, Spain and y’all, I’m not sure anything can live up to this trip. 

Our first official day of being there we decided to take a bike tour. I’m seriously recommending this to EVERYONE. It was called Fat Tire Bike Tour and they are available in Barcelona, London, Paris, and Berlin. Our tour guide was spectacular. He knew all about the history and he was hilarious and extremely entertaining. Taking this bike tour was the fastest and easiest way to do it. We saw all of the iconic sights including, Sagrada Familia, which (when finished) will be the largest church in the world. Let me tell ya’ it was MASSIVE. *fun fact* the original architect on the project did not want to exceed the work of God so Sangrada Familia when finished will be one foot less than the tallest mountain in Barcelona. Nothing was more peaceful than cruising around the streets on a bike, it was definitely a highlight of this weekend. 

That night we decided to take a trip up to Parc Guell. None of us really knew what to expect but many friends told us we HAD to go. After getting lost, speaking a bunch of Spanglish, and climbing up SO MANY HILLS and SO MANY STAIRS, we finally made it to the top of the mountain where you witness the whole city of Barcelona. The first picture is me at Parc Guell, and fortunately we decided to go at sunset. You could even see the ocean! 

The next day, 4 of us decided to take a day trip to Girona. It was a great excursion from the busy city life of Barcelona. We walked the ancient Roman wall and had a beautiful view of the city, in fact we walked all the way across this city on the Roman wall (picture with the mint green building). We sat in a cafe and watched a Spanish soccer game for about 2 hours. It was fascinating to observe the spanish culture and to just enjoy the bliss that was Girona. 

Our last day was one to remember. Shannon, Bonnie, Sarah and I woke up around 7:30 am (1:30 am US time) and headed towards the beach to observe the sunrise. As the Sun melted over the clouds and into the sky to begin the new day, you could feel God’s presence all around. After visiting a few churches we headed back to the beach mid afternoon to stick our toes in the water (which was FREEZING) but hey, we did it…. Exhausted we actually all fell asleep on the beach for about an hour. For all who know me well, this will make you very proud…. We went to enjoy our last meal in Barcelona and I actually went out of my comfort zone and tried a couple of new things including, fried lamb, bombas (meat and potato meatball with spicy covering) and a few other tapas. After this we said goodbye to Barcelona and headed back to the airport. Let me just tell you that we arrived back in Oxford at 4:30 this morning and I haven’t slept since. So goodnight world -Lauren


Ask me how many times I’ve paid for laundry in my lifetime. I think maybe once? So here in good ol’ Oxford we have to pay for laundry. So my roommate Shannon and I decided that we would do our laundry together today to save money. So two girls who haven’t done laundry since we left home about 2 weeks ago…. Just let that sink in…. So it costs about 2 pounds (1 pound = 1.64 US dollars) to do one load of laundry and 1 pound to dry. One container of laundry detergent is 5.50 pounds. (I swear this isn’t a math problem) Shannon and I have 4 loads of laundry but we decide to combine one load to save money. Just to save even more money we decide to not dry any of our clothes hahaha. So we carry this basically 70 pound bag of laundry from the basement of this laundry mat, down 2 streets, up the stairs to our house, and back down to the basement. (it was AWFUL) & for your enjoyment shown above are the pictures of where all we hung our laundry… I formally apologize to our other basement dwellers for our stuff being everywhere -Lauren Ask me how many times I’ve paid for laundry in my lifetime. I think maybe once? So here in good ol’ Oxford we have to pay for laundry. So my roommate Shannon and I decided that we would do our laundry together today to save money. So two girls who haven’t done laundry since we left home about 2 weeks ago…. Just let that sink in…. So it costs about 2 pounds (1 pound = 1.64 US dollars) to do one load of laundry and 1 pound to dry. One container of laundry detergent is 5.50 pounds. (I swear this isn’t a math problem) Shannon and I have 4 loads of laundry but we decide to combine one load to save money. Just to save even more money we decide to not dry any of our clothes hahaha. So we carry this basically 70 pound bag of laundry from the basement of this laundry mat, down 2 streets, up the stairs to our house, and back down to the basement. (it was AWFUL) & for your enjoyment shown above are the pictures of where all we hung our laundry… I formally apologize to our other basement dwellers for our stuff being everywhere -Lauren Ask me how many times I’ve paid for laundry in my lifetime. I think maybe once? So here in good ol’ Oxford we have to pay for laundry. So my roommate Shannon and I decided that we would do our laundry together today to save money. So two girls who haven’t done laundry since we left home about 2 weeks ago…. Just let that sink in…. So it costs about 2 pounds (1 pound = 1.64 US dollars) to do one load of laundry and 1 pound to dry. One container of laundry detergent is 5.50 pounds. (I swear this isn’t a math problem) Shannon and I have 4 loads of laundry but we decide to combine one load to save money. Just to save even more money we decide to not dry any of our clothes hahaha. So we carry this basically 70 pound bag of laundry from the basement of this laundry mat, down 2 streets, up the stairs to our house, and back down to the basement. (it was AWFUL) & for your enjoyment shown above are the pictures of where all we hung our laundry… I formally apologize to our other basement dwellers for our stuff being everywhere -Lauren Ask me how many times I’ve paid for laundry in my lifetime. I think maybe once? So here in good ol’ Oxford we have to pay for laundry. So my roommate Shannon and I decided that we would do our laundry together today to save money. So two girls who haven’t done laundry since we left home about 2 weeks ago…. Just let that sink in…. So it costs about 2 pounds (1 pound = 1.64 US dollars) to do one load of laundry and 1 pound to dry. One container of laundry detergent is 5.50 pounds. (I swear this isn’t a math problem) Shannon and I have 4 loads of laundry but we decide to combine one load to save money. Just to save even more money we decide to not dry any of our clothes hahaha. So we carry this basically 70 pound bag of laundry from the basement of this laundry mat, down 2 streets, up the stairs to our house, and back down to the basement. (it was AWFUL) & for your enjoyment shown above are the pictures of where all we hung our laundry… I formally apologize to our other basement dwellers for our stuff being everywhere -Lauren Ask me how many times I’ve paid for laundry in my lifetime. I think maybe once? So here in good ol’ Oxford we have to pay for laundry. So my roommate Shannon and I decided that we would do our laundry together today to save money. So two girls who haven’t done laundry since we left home about 2 weeks ago…. Just let that sink in…. So it costs about 2 pounds (1 pound = 1.64 US dollars) to do one load of laundry and 1 pound to dry. One container of laundry detergent is 5.50 pounds. (I swear this isn’t a math problem) Shannon and I have 4 loads of laundry but we decide to combine one load to save money. Just to save even more money we decide to not dry any of our clothes hahaha. So we carry this basically 70 pound bag of laundry from the basement of this laundry mat, down 2 streets, up the stairs to our house, and back down to the basement. (it was AWFUL) & for your enjoyment shown above are the pictures of where all we hung our laundry… I formally apologize to our other basement dwellers for our stuff being everywhere -Lauren Ask me how many times I’ve paid for laundry in my lifetime. I think maybe once? So here in good ol’ Oxford we have to pay for laundry. So my roommate Shannon and I decided that we would do our laundry together today to save money. So two girls who haven’t done laundry since we left home about 2 weeks ago…. Just let that sink in…. So it costs about 2 pounds (1 pound = 1.64 US dollars) to do one load of laundry and 1 pound to dry. One container of laundry detergent is 5.50 pounds. (I swear this isn’t a math problem) Shannon and I have 4 loads of laundry but we decide to combine one load to save money. Just to save even more money we decide to not dry any of our clothes hahaha. So we carry this basically 70 pound bag of laundry from the basement of this laundry mat, down 2 streets, up the stairs to our house, and back down to the basement. (it was AWFUL) & for your enjoyment shown above are the pictures of where all we hung our laundry… I formally apologize to our other basement dwellers for our stuff being everywhere -Lauren 

Ask me how many times I’ve paid for laundry in my lifetime. I think maybe once? So here in good ol’ Oxford we have to pay for laundry. So my roommate Shannon and I decided that we would do our laundry together today to save money. So two girls who haven’t done laundry since we left home about 2 weeks ago…. Just let that sink in…. So it costs about 2 pounds (1 pound = 1.64 US dollars) to do one load of laundry and 1 pound to dry. One container of laundry detergent is 5.50 pounds. (I swear this isn’t a math problem) Shannon and I have 4 loads of laundry but we decide to combine one load to save money. Just to save even more money we decide to not dry any of our clothes hahaha. So we carry this basically 70 pound bag of laundry from the basement of this laundry mat, down 2 streets, up the stairs to our house, and back down to the basement. (it was AWFUL) & for your enjoyment shown above are the pictures of where all we hung our laundry… I formally apologize to our other basement dwellers for our stuff being everywhere -Lauren 



This weekend we made our first trip to London. It was a class trip where we were assigned to different parts of London and told to research the area, take photographs and examine the culture. My Group was assigned to the East End (photos of that later) we walked around for probably 6ish hours… We had booked tickets to see the Phantom of the Opera at 7:30 so we had planned to leave the East End around 4:30 to meet up with other groups and check in to our Hostel. Unfortunately our group was running behind schedule and didn’t even head for the tube (the London subway) until about 4. Finally reaching the Tube at about 4:30 (whoops) we start to head over to our meeting place. Upon arrival at Pattington Station we realize that we have no way to contact the group we are meeting up with and this place is HUGE. After waiting for about 10 minutes we decided to go ahead and head to the Hostel in hopes that they would find their way there. We are planning to meet up with another group at 6:45 at Her Majesty’s Theatre to see Phantom and we arrive at the Hostel at approximately 6:30….. I set a record for changing clothes in about 15 seconds. 
By some magical miracle as soon as we change clothes the people who we were supposed to meet at the station walk in the hostel door ready to go to the theatre! Ive never been so happy hahaha. We decided that the fastest way to get all the way across London is by taxi. We cross the street and finally see one. When we approach to talk to him he explains to us that we are on the wrong side of the street. So we venture BACK across the street wait about 3 minutes and a taxi pulls up. (at this point it’s 7:00) The taxi can only hold 5 people and we have 6. 3 of us hop in the cab and right before we take off the cab driver jumps out of the cab whistles at the other girls and tells them to get in. He said, “I’m going to have to charge you some ‘insurance’ and don’t tell anyone this happened.” He explains that we should have left an hour ago because we were about to hit the night rush. As we are ALL PANICKING he does his best to get us once again to the OTHER SIDE OF LONDON. We find out that his name was Gary and that it was “our lucky day” because it was his birthday! He was turning 54 and of course we insisted on singing him happy birthday. He said sure but we had to sing it like the Englishmen…
This was his version: happy birthday to you, squashed tomatoes and stew, bread and butter in the gutter, happy birthday to you. 
Needless to say Gary was the best taxi driver EVER. He took us down closed roads, got OUT OF THE CAB and moved a barricade, and I’m pretty sure he drove on the sidewalk… so it’s about 7:25 and Gary informs us that in European theaters when the show starts they lock the theatre doors. So now Lauren Payne is panicking. As we pull up to the theatre at 7:29 I repeat 7:29 to a 7:30 show. Gary yells at the doorman, “YOU BETTER NOT SHUT THAT DOOR.” we SPRINT inside grab the tickets sit down and the show starts. I think I was shaking through the whole performance….
Phantom of the Opera was AMAZING. The stage effects were unbelievable and the woman who played Christine was out of this world. and YES, after being screamed at I got a picture of the copyrighted chandelier for yall’s enjoyment. -Lauren 

This weekend we made our first trip to London. It was a class trip where we were assigned to different parts of London and told to research the area, take photographs and examine the culture. My Group was assigned to the East End (photos of that later) we walked around for probably 6ish hours… We had booked tickets to see the Phantom of the Opera at 7:30 so we had planned to leave the East End around 4:30 to meet up with other groups and check in to our Hostel. Unfortunately our group was running behind schedule and didn’t even head for the tube (the London subway) until about 4. Finally reaching the Tube at about 4:30 (whoops) we start to head over to our meeting place. Upon arrival at Pattington Station we realize that we have no way to contact the group we are meeting up with and this place is HUGE. After waiting for about 10 minutes we decided to go ahead and head to the Hostel in hopes that they would find their way there. We are planning to meet up with another group at 6:45 at Her Majesty’s Theatre to see Phantom and we arrive at the Hostel at approximately 6:30….. I set a record for changing clothes in about 15 seconds. 
By some magical miracle as soon as we change clothes the people who we were supposed to meet at the station walk in the hostel door ready to go to the theatre! Ive never been so happy hahaha. We decided that the fastest way to get all the way across London is by taxi. We cross the street and finally see one. When we approach to talk to him he explains to us that we are on the wrong side of the street. So we venture BACK across the street wait about 3 minutes and a taxi pulls up. (at this point it’s 7:00) The taxi can only hold 5 people and we have 6. 3 of us hop in the cab and right before we take off the cab driver jumps out of the cab whistles at the other girls and tells them to get in. He said, “I’m going to have to charge you some ‘insurance’ and don’t tell anyone this happened.” He explains that we should have left an hour ago because we were about to hit the night rush. As we are ALL PANICKING he does his best to get us once again to the OTHER SIDE OF LONDON. We find out that his name was Gary and that it was “our lucky day” because it was his birthday! He was turning 54 and of course we insisted on singing him happy birthday. He said sure but we had to sing it like the Englishmen…
This was his version: happy birthday to you, squashed tomatoes and stew, bread and butter in the gutter, happy birthday to you. 
Needless to say Gary was the best taxi driver EVER. He took us down closed roads, got OUT OF THE CAB and moved a barricade, and I’m pretty sure he drove on the sidewalk… so it’s about 7:25 and Gary informs us that in European theaters when the show starts they lock the theatre doors. So now Lauren Payne is panicking. As we pull up to the theatre at 7:29 I repeat 7:29 to a 7:30 show. Gary yells at the doorman, “YOU BETTER NOT SHUT THAT DOOR.” we SPRINT inside grab the tickets sit down and the show starts. I think I was shaking through the whole performance….
Phantom of the Opera was AMAZING. The stage effects were unbelievable and the woman who played Christine was out of this world. and YES, after being screamed at I got a picture of the copyrighted chandelier for yall’s enjoyment. -Lauren 

This weekend we made our first trip to London. It was a class trip where we were assigned to different parts of London and told to research the area, take photographs and examine the culture. My Group was assigned to the East End (photos of that later) we walked around for probably 6ish hours… We had booked tickets to see the Phantom of the Opera at 7:30 so we had planned to leave the East End around 4:30 to meet up with other groups and check in to our Hostel. Unfortunately our group was running behind schedule and didn’t even head for the tube (the London subway) until about 4. Finally reaching the Tube at about 4:30 (whoops) we start to head over to our meeting place. Upon arrival at Pattington Station we realize that we have no way to contact the group we are meeting up with and this place is HUGE. After waiting for about 10 minutes we decided to go ahead and head to the Hostel in hopes that they would find their way there. We are planning to meet up with another group at 6:45 at Her Majesty’s Theatre to see Phantom and we arrive at the Hostel at approximately 6:30….. I set a record for changing clothes in about 15 seconds. 
By some magical miracle as soon as we change clothes the people who we were supposed to meet at the station walk in the hostel door ready to go to the theatre! Ive never been so happy hahaha. We decided that the fastest way to get all the way across London is by taxi. We cross the street and finally see one. When we approach to talk to him he explains to us that we are on the wrong side of the street. So we venture BACK across the street wait about 3 minutes and a taxi pulls up. (at this point it’s 7:00) The taxi can only hold 5 people and we have 6. 3 of us hop in the cab and right before we take off the cab driver jumps out of the cab whistles at the other girls and tells them to get in. He said, “I’m going to have to charge you some ‘insurance’ and don’t tell anyone this happened.” He explains that we should have left an hour ago because we were about to hit the night rush. As we are ALL PANICKING he does his best to get us once again to the OTHER SIDE OF LONDON. We find out that his name was Gary and that it was “our lucky day” because it was his birthday! He was turning 54 and of course we insisted on singing him happy birthday. He said sure but we had to sing it like the Englishmen…
This was his version: happy birthday to you, squashed tomatoes and stew, bread and butter in the gutter, happy birthday to you. 
Needless to say Gary was the best taxi driver EVER. He took us down closed roads, got OUT OF THE CAB and moved a barricade, and I’m pretty sure he drove on the sidewalk… so it’s about 7:25 and Gary informs us that in European theaters when the show starts they lock the theatre doors. So now Lauren Payne is panicking. As we pull up to the theatre at 7:29 I repeat 7:29 to a 7:30 show. Gary yells at the doorman, “YOU BETTER NOT SHUT THAT DOOR.” we SPRINT inside grab the tickets sit down and the show starts. I think I was shaking through the whole performance….
Phantom of the Opera was AMAZING. The stage effects were unbelievable and the woman who played Christine was out of this world. and YES, after being screamed at I got a picture of the copyrighted chandelier for yall’s enjoyment. -Lauren 

This weekend we made our first trip to London. It was a class trip where we were assigned to different parts of London and told to research the area, take photographs and examine the culture. My Group was assigned to the East End (photos of that later) we walked around for probably 6ish hours… We had booked tickets to see the Phantom of the Opera at 7:30 so we had planned to leave the East End around 4:30 to meet up with other groups and check in to our Hostel. Unfortunately our group was running behind schedule and didn’t even head for the tube (the London subway) until about 4. Finally reaching the Tube at about 4:30 (whoops) we start to head over to our meeting place. Upon arrival at Pattington Station we realize that we have no way to contact the group we are meeting up with and this place is HUGE. After waiting for about 10 minutes we decided to go ahead and head to the Hostel in hopes that they would find their way there. We are planning to meet up with another group at 6:45 at Her Majesty’s Theatre to see Phantom and we arrive at the Hostel at approximately 6:30….. I set a record for changing clothes in about 15 seconds. 

By some magical miracle as soon as we change clothes the people who we were supposed to meet at the station walk in the hostel door ready to go to the theatre! Ive never been so happy hahaha. We decided that the fastest way to get all the way across London is by taxi. We cross the street and finally see one. When we approach to talk to him he explains to us that we are on the wrong side of the street. So we venture BACK across the street wait about 3 minutes and a taxi pulls up. (at this point it’s 7:00) The taxi can only hold 5 people and we have 6. 3 of us hop in the cab and right before we take off the cab driver jumps out of the cab whistles at the other girls and tells them to get in. He said, “I’m going to have to charge you some ‘insurance’ and don’t tell anyone this happened.” He explains that we should have left an hour ago because we were about to hit the night rush. As we are ALL PANICKING he does his best to get us once again to the OTHER SIDE OF LONDON. We find out that his name was Gary and that it was “our lucky day” because it was his birthday! He was turning 54 and of course we insisted on singing him happy birthday. He said sure but we had to sing it like the Englishmen…

This was his version: happy birthday to you, squashed tomatoes and stew, bread and butter in the gutter, happy birthday to you. 

Needless to say Gary was the best taxi driver EVER. He took us down closed roads, got OUT OF THE CAB and moved a barricade, and I’m pretty sure he drove on the sidewalk… so it’s about 7:25 and Gary informs us that in European theaters when the show starts they lock the theatre doors. So now Lauren Payne is panicking. As we pull up to the theatre at 7:29 I repeat 7:29 to a 7:30 show. Gary yells at the doorman, “YOU BETTER NOT SHUT THAT DOOR.” we SPRINT inside grab the tickets sit down and the show starts. I think I was shaking through the whole performance….

Phantom of the Opera was AMAZING. The stage effects were unbelievable and the woman who played Christine was out of this world. and YES, after being screamed at I got a picture of the copyrighted chandelier for yall’s enjoyment. -Lauren 


Today we decided that we would attempt to cook our first meal. So shannonlimotz and I set out for the grocery store at the center of town. After about a 10 minute walk we enter the store with the expectation to find everything fairly easily. This however, was not the case. 
We have basically found everything, but the one item that we cannot locate is half and half. The recipe requires this so it is important that we find it. I am also aware that there is a substitute for half and half minus the fact that I have no internet connection so I cannot look it up! We stared at the dairy section for what felt like an eternity and finally decided to give up.  After walking away, we were like “ok surely we just missed it.” So we went back to the dairy section in hopes that the half and half would magically appear. Which it did not, but we did happen upon this Fresh British Cream. We shook the container and it sounded like liquid (we hoped)? We went ahead and bought it and ventured back to our house.  
As we are walking all the way back to house 9 with both hand full of groceries, I told Shannon, “the grocery store that I get into my car and drive to is probably closer than this.” We made it back cooked our potato soup, which was DELICIOUS, and were happy campers. 
All this to say, it is very interesting seeing how different things are over in the UK. Who knew that people were living their lives so differently than over in the United States. It’s very awkward living in a world that I do not know everything about. The “Fresh British Cream” did turn out to be half and half and saved the day. So far so good. -Lauren  View Larger

Today we decided that we would attempt to cook our first meal. So shannonlimotz and I set out for the grocery store at the center of town. After about a 10 minute walk we enter the store with the expectation to find everything fairly easily. This however, was not the case. 

We have basically found everything, but the one item that we cannot locate is half and half. The recipe requires this so it is important that we find it. I am also aware that there is a substitute for half and half minus the fact that I have no internet connection so I cannot look it up! We stared at the dairy section for what felt like an eternity and finally decided to give up.  After walking away, we were like “ok surely we just missed it.” So we went back to the dairy section in hopes that the half and half would magically appear. Which it did not, but we did happen upon this Fresh British Cream. We shook the container and it sounded like liquid (we hoped)? We went ahead and bought it and ventured back to our house.  

As we are walking all the way back to house 9 with both hand full of groceries, I told Shannon, “the grocery store that I get into my car and drive to is probably closer than this.” We made it back cooked our potato soup, which was DELICIOUS, and were happy campers. 

All this to say, it is very interesting seeing how different things are over in the UK. Who knew that people were living their lives so differently than over in the United States. It’s very awkward living in a world that I do not know everything about. The “Fresh British Cream” did turn out to be half and half and saved the day. So far so good. -Lauren 


While you were sleeping at 2 am this morning we were just arriving to the UK. The 8 1/2 hour plane right wasn’t too bad but right as we got off the plane things changed a little. As we were going through customs (I of course was the last one to go through) the man checking my passport was not the friendliest. Long story short they almost didn’t let me in the country…. BUT IM HERE (after about 30 minutes of questioning and confusion.) 
So welcome to our “humble cave.” Shannon and I are sharing the smallest room in both houses which is ironic because we brought the most stuff. We share one closet and have the smallest mirror known to man, but it is very cozy and will feel like home in no time. Oh and did i mention that our room is in the basement?
&&& check it out! my first European transaction at STARBUCKS of course… It was a nice break after being rained on all day and who knew Starbucks actually had dishes? not I for sure.. Have a blessed day -Lauren While you were sleeping at 2 am this morning we were just arriving to the UK. The 8 1/2 hour plane right wasn’t too bad but right as we got off the plane things changed a little. As we were going through customs (I of course was the last one to go through) the man checking my passport was not the friendliest. Long story short they almost didn’t let me in the country…. BUT IM HERE (after about 30 minutes of questioning and confusion.) 
So welcome to our “humble cave.” Shannon and I are sharing the smallest room in both houses which is ironic because we brought the most stuff. We share one closet and have the smallest mirror known to man, but it is very cozy and will feel like home in no time. Oh and did i mention that our room is in the basement?
&&& check it out! my first European transaction at STARBUCKS of course… It was a nice break after being rained on all day and who knew Starbucks actually had dishes? not I for sure.. Have a blessed day -Lauren While you were sleeping at 2 am this morning we were just arriving to the UK. The 8 1/2 hour plane right wasn’t too bad but right as we got off the plane things changed a little. As we were going through customs (I of course was the last one to go through) the man checking my passport was not the friendliest. Long story short they almost didn’t let me in the country…. BUT IM HERE (after about 30 minutes of questioning and confusion.) 
So welcome to our “humble cave.” Shannon and I are sharing the smallest room in both houses which is ironic because we brought the most stuff. We share one closet and have the smallest mirror known to man, but it is very cozy and will feel like home in no time. Oh and did i mention that our room is in the basement?
&&& check it out! my first European transaction at STARBUCKS of course… It was a nice break after being rained on all day and who knew Starbucks actually had dishes? not I for sure.. Have a blessed day -Lauren 

While you were sleeping at 2 am this morning we were just arriving to the UK. The 8 1/2 hour plane right wasn’t too bad but right as we got off the plane things changed a little. As we were going through customs (I of course was the last one to go through) the man checking my passport was not the friendliest. Long story short they almost didn’t let me in the country…. BUT IM HERE (after about 30 minutes of questioning and confusion.) 

So welcome to our “humble cave.” Shannon and I are sharing the smallest room in both houses which is ironic because we brought the most stuff. We share one closet and have the smallest mirror known to man, but it is very cozy and will feel like home in no time. Oh and did i mention that our room is in the basement?

&&& check it out! my first European transaction at STARBUCKS of course… It was a nice break after being rained on all day and who knew Starbucks actually had dishes? not I for sure.. Have a blessed day -Lauren 


Ok so today is the day! My roommate Shannon and I are headed to Oxford, England. Together we have over 200 pounds worth of luggage and way more excitement than we can handle. We both have places we are wanting to travel to but no exact plans yet.  
I am so blessed to be able to study abroad this semester. (for my parents) Studying is “THE MOST IMPORTANT PART.” We will see….. This will be an amazing spiritual adventure and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me - Lauren  View Larger

Ok so today is the day! My roommate Shannon and I are headed to Oxford, England. Together we have over 200 pounds worth of luggage and way more excitement than we can handle. We both have places we are wanting to travel to but no exact plans yet.  

I am so blessed to be able to study abroad this semester. (for my parents) Studying is “THE MOST IMPORTANT PART.” We will see….. This will be an amazing spiritual adventure and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for me - Lauren 


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