Great Expectations and Lincoln (Not Abraham)

7 March 2010 | No Comments
The massive Lincoln Cathedral soaring over Lincoln as viewed from the Lincoln Castle walls

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.

Rounding Out the Month and Haworth: Bronte Country

28 February 2010 | No Comments
Crocuses popping up - signs of life in a place of death

York Smells Like Chocolate York smells like chocolate. This is something I have failed to mention in all my previous blog posts, but it’s true: York smells like chocolate. Often I will step outside my door in the morning, or be walking back to the Grange from classes and take a whiff of the air,… Read more.

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

21 February 2010 | 2 Comments
Hike around Derwent Water, the lake near Keswick

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.

Railways and a Sojourn in Wales

14 February 2010 | 3 Comments
Melissa L. survey the land from the castle tower

I started off my second week of class with a full English breakfast. Recipe: sausage, bacon, poached egg, beans, tomato, and hash browns. Needless to say, it was scrumptious. The tutor of Roads to Revolution class continued his lecture on the paths to the English civil war, my Medium is the Message tutor talked about… Read more.

Weekend Wonders

8 February 2010 | 2 Comments
Clifford's Tower

Hiya! (That’s how you say “hi” or “hello!” in Yorkshire, apparently.) … My first weekend spent fully in York was a foggy one… not my state of mind, the weather, of course! For the past few mornings I have woken up to a thick, grey fog covering the city, creeping in and around shadowy alleyways… Read more.

First Week of Classes in York

4 February 2010 | 1 Comment
York St John University on Lord Mayor's Walk (from City Wall)

My schedule here in York is pretty front-loaded. I have 3 classes on Monday: both of my York St John University classes and one of my Calvin College classes, British Literature. That means I have a relatively light schedule class-wise for the rest of the week. Tuesday is British Culture class, and Thursday is the… Read more.


31 January 2010 | 4 Comments
The majesty of the Whitby Abbey ruins in the sunlight

This had to be one of the best Sundays of my life to date. I spent it in the coastal town of Whitby, England, with the other Calvin students and all the other international students here at York St John. We boarded a bus and took an hour and a half bus ride out to… Read more.

Exploring York

30 January 2010 | 3 Comments
York Minster in all its glory

Day two was much better than day one in York. I was finally rested and it actually felt like morning in the morning. I walked to campus and found the dining hall. I guess I had half of a full English breakfast. I had eggs, sausage, and beans. Yum. We had to attend a few… Read more.

Arrival in York

29 January 2010 | No Comments
My room (Room 3 in 3 Cruse House)

From Grand Rapids to Chicago to Manchester to York I have arrived in York, England safe and sound. Let me back up a bit and tell you how we got here. We flew from Grand Rapids to Chicago, which was short and painless. I’ll skip over most of the 5-hour-layover-in-Chicago part, but I will mention… Read more.

All Packed and Ready to Go

26 January 2010 | 3 Comments

Tonight I am all packed and ready to go. I meet my Britain group at the airport at 10 AM tomorrow, and our flight to Chicago takes off at noon. From Chicago we fly to Manchester, and from Manchester we bus to York. I’ve got one suitcase, a backpack, and my laptop. I’ll double-check everything… Read more.