In July, we spent a few days in Edinburgh, meeting up with family and friends. I was SO keen to go as I’ve never been before, and despite the fairly miserable weather, it was a fantastic trip and I’m fully in love with the city already! It actually reminds me a lot of Oxford – the old buildings, often cobbled streets, and more laidback and less busy atmosphere in comparison to other cities. Of course, it does have a much better castle than Oxford, and…Continue Reading “This is… Edinburgh”

A while back, I took a trip with my mum and my grandma to Bath for a night away. It was for my mum’s birthday so we had a bit of a celebration, and it was really lovely to spend some quality time just the three of us. As we were only there for one night, and we had previously made a day trip there, we didn’t see everything Bath has to offer. However, I’ll try to throw in recommendations where I can! After checking…Continue Reading “This is… Bath”

Welcome all to 2017! I know that a lot of people were REALLY looking forward to 2016 being over, and although I can empathise with making the most of the new year, a lot of great things happened in 2016 for me. 2016 was my first full year of being employed (yay!), and my first full year out of education (even if I am now studying for a graduate masters degree…). In November, Matt and I reached four years of being together, which was such…Continue Reading “Hey 2017!”

Skiing. Anyone who’s been raves about it, and people who haven’t appear generally indifferent to it. Whether the latter comes through jealousy or inability to go skiing, or whether it is simply an indifference towards the activity, depends on the person. Before going skiing, I can safely say I was indifferent to it. In fact, I was probably more actively against going, convinced I wouldn’t be any good at it and that it was far too expensive. As it turns out, both those things were…Continue Reading “A Beginner’s Guide to Skiing (sort of)”

This is a bit of a belated post, but it’s something I did want to write about. Last weekend, Matt and I went away on the Friday night for our anniversary, to a little hotel near Broadway, which isn’t that far away from where I live in the Cotswolds. It’s a cute little town, with some great cafes and pubs, and LOTS of super cute gift shops. Just my kind of place! We set off early in the afternoon, and the weather was actually okay when…Continue Reading “A Classic Cotswolds Escape”

It was a few days late, but last night I went out to a bonfire and fireworks night. It was out by Woodstock – which is in Oxfordshire for most of you reading this who don’t live anywhere near me – in a massive field, and despite the constant drizzle it was a great evening. There was fantastic food, a classic pig roast perfect for a cold night, and plenty of hot drinks on hand to keep us toasty. They had a huge fire, which…Continue Reading “Fire, Food, & Fireworks”

  Apologies for my short absence, but I have once again been on holiday! This has been quite the year for holidays, one which I know I won’t get to recreate any time soon, and so I jumped at every opportunity to get out of the country (or sometimes just to other parts of the country). As you may be able to tell, this time Matt and I jetted off to Bratislava, in Slovakia. Most people, when told where I was going, would either reply…Continue Reading “Ďakujem, Bratislava”

I have to say, the weather this past week has been a massive disappointment. Honestly, it shouldn’t be a surprise for a British summer, but the contrast with Texas has made it all the more depressing! This time on our trip across the pond, we spent a week at a beach house in Galveston (on the east coast of Texas), which was great fun. It was a bit of a change, as we usually stay at my grandparents’ house in Austin, which we only did…Continue Reading “TX, USA”

Continuing this series of catch-up posts, I wanted to write a little bit about what has been my predominant occupation over the past few months, namely exams and revising for them. Unfortunately for me, doing PPE at Oxford means doing all of the exams which count for my whole degree right at the end; no coursework, no resits, no nothing. From the 28th of May I faced eight 3-hour exams over 2 weeks, with my last 2 being on the same day. Honestly, it was…Continue Reading “The Horrors of Exams (no, seriously…)”

I haven’t updated much recently, as my last post dealt with, and one of the best events of the last couple of months was my trip to Barcelona – for a whole week! My boyfriend and I have been before, a couple of years ago, but only for a few nights. A week in such an amazing city was so worth it, and allowed us to see and do so much more, and we didn’t have to cram everything we wanted to do into a…Continue Reading “Barcelona: Food, Culture, and Plenty of Plane Problems”