Archive for the ‘British Culture’ category

Hung Parliament to Hadrian’s Wall

16 May 2010 | 1 Comment

After a great weekend in Edinburgh, wishing it had been a week at least, I woke up at 8 AM the following Monday to get my day started with a full English breakfast. I caught up in my journal and had the most productive hour of writing yet. I wrote 1,000 words of my media… Read more.

Everything from an Election to an Elephant-sized Excursion to Edinburgh

10 May 2010 | 3 Comments

The day after Durham, I slept in to get some much needed extra rest. I picked up 2 pasties from the Cornish Pasty Bakery across from Betty’s Tea Rooms (as opposed to the one in King’s Square) for brunch and dinner — I tried to keep my weekend meals cheap and to the minimum. I… Read more.

Feature Story: U.S. vs. U.K. Politics

3 May 2010 | 1 Comment

The following article was written for my British Culture: Tapestries and Networks class, one of my Calvin College courses here at York St John University. Therefore, it’s a little different than my typical blog post. Enjoy. I anxiously watched the live coverage of the Health Care Reform bill debates on the night of March 21,… Read more.

Hoek van Holland to Harwich and Back to York

23 April 2010 | No Comments

Hoek van Holland to Harwich On the morning of April 17, I packed my backpack one last time. My 3-week long spring break was over. I was happy for all the extra time to travel, but was also happy to begin my journey back to my home-away-from home. After breakfast, my uncle and aunt would… Read more.

Hectic Happenings and Castle Howard

23 March 2010 | 1 Comment

St Thomas with St Maurice Church After having heard so many good things about St Thomas with St Maurice Church on Lowther Street (near the Grange, where I live), and even meeting some of its members as a result of my Oral Histories project interview with Mr and Mrs Nye, and attending Tea and Toast… Read more.

Feature Story: British Gastronomy

22 March 2010 | 1 Comment

The following article was written for my British Culture: Tapestries and Networks class, one of my Calvin College courses here at York St John University. Therefore, it’s a little different than my typical blog post. Enjoy. Bangers and mash. Bubble and squeak. Toad-in-the-hole. Spotted dick. No doubt the British sometimes have an odd way of… Read more.

Reading, Research, and Rainy Rievaulx Abbey and Helmsley Castle

20 March 2010 | 1 Comment

Beware the ides of March! The middle of March came and I’m feeling the onslaught of homework. Part of it is my fault, due to my partial procrastination, but part of it is that I’m working under very different circumstances than I’m used to. Calvin College is much more regimented than York St John in… Read more.

Middlemarch in the Middle of March, Bath, and Stonehenge

14 March 2010 | No Comments

Full English breakfasts have become my routine Monday morning breakfast. That’s baked beans, a poached egg, a hash brown, bacon, tomato, and a sausage. They have a deal at the dining hall where you can get the full breakfast plus a free drink (usually tea for me) for £3. Americans may be wondering what the… Read more.

Great Expectations and Lincoln (Not Abraham)

7 March 2010 | No Comments

Great Expectations March came in like a lamb, not like a lion, contrary to the saying. Every day of this month so far has had sun. Granted, this is England, so even sunny days have clouds, the majority of the clouds this past week have been big, white, and puffy. Only a few days were… Read more.

Week Three and the Lake District: Land of Wordsworth and Coleridge

21 February 2010 | 2 Comments

The Sunday after Wales was a lazy day, but I finally used the machine washers and tumble dryers (for some reason, they say “tumble dryers” here and not just “dryers”) to do laundry. I had been doing essentials in my sink and air drying them in my room because the machines are a bit pricey–£2.60… Read more.