So we’ll start off by reviewing the success of my November Appreciation Month.
✔ Integrate pumpkin spice even more to my life
✔ Get an ugly Thanksgiving sweater
✔ Find the best Movember mustache on campus
✔ Add November pictures and decorations to the wall collage
✔ Buy cozy, fall socks
So pumpkin spice was appreciated by baking the most delicious pumpkin spice cupcakes with amazing cream cheese icing. They were a success to say the least.
I was also able to purchase a Thanksgiving sweatshirt that received much criticism from my family when I wore it home (and then proceeded to wear it all weekend) over Thanksgiving break. What can I say, it was just about the most comfortable sweatshirt I own and all I needed was comfort when I sat on the couch for hours watching endless episodes of Scandal.
The best Movember mustache on campus goes to… Thomas Hartnett! Well, I may be a little biased considering Tom is my boyfriend, but he was still able to raise the most on the team with $1,131.12! (And I could not have been happier to see that mustache go). The team overall was able to raise $2,588 for men’s health research.
Pictures from November were definitely added to the wall collage in our apartment including this gem from the end of soccer season.
And, the search for some cozy, fall socks was a success and I was able to track down a few pairs from Free People.
So with November in the books, the December countdown has already begun and it is extremely bittersweet. As I study up for finals, I will be counting down the days for them to end, but also dreading their completion. This year, I won’t be returning to Wesleyan for the spring semester and will be heading off to London on January 2nd. I will be studying at Queen Mary University.
Having never been to London before, I am eager to explore the city. While London is not notoriously known for their food, there are endless possibilities as the city is at the center of so much culture. Between Indian food, amazing bar food, delis and bakeries, and incredible markets, I can’t wait to experiment with foods I’ve never had before. High Tea also sounds like a must. Perhaps one of the most renowned traditions for the British, High Tea can be experienced almost everywhere and something I definitely must do (regularly). I will definitely be taking multiple bus and boat tours. I have already booked a boat tour through Queen Mary the day after we arrive to not only get acquainted with the city, but also to hopefully make a few friends along the way. The classic sights including the London Eye, Big Ben, and Parliament are all must-sees as well.
Not only am I super excited for the accents (and to pretend to acquire one), but also, I can’t wait to travel throughout Europe. Between the high-speed trains and the cheap flights, traveling will be a huge part of the experience. So far, my go-to countries and cities are…
- Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Majorca?)
- France (Paris, Nice, Marseille?)
- Germany (Berlin)
- Italy (Venice, Rome?)
Anything else anyone would suggest??
A number of my friends from both Wesleyan and home will be abroad in Europe during the Spring semester as well, which will give me another excuse to travel. With friends in Madrid, Venice, and Amsterdam, I will not only have people to stay with, but also people to show me around – the sights to see, the places to go, and who to meet.
With the semester coming to a close and London fast approaching, I am left with the most bittersweet feeling. With so much to look forward to, so many new experiences, I can’t help but be excited (and a bit nervous). But I can’t help but feel sad about what and whom I am leaving behind. I’ll be missing off-season soccer training with my team, hill season, Spring Fling, Easter with my family, the senior studio art thesis shows, Tom’s graduation, and so much more. I’ll also be missing all of the people who I’ve spent my days with for the past two and a half years. I can’t begin to explain how much I am going to miss everyone but I also am having trouble putting into words how excited I am for this experience. Academically as well as emotionally, I know it will be a challenging endeavor, but one I could not be more eager to begin.