Dreaming of a White Christmas

This past week Maryland has been getting a lot of snow. I know because my Mom keeps emailing me about it. And the Baltimore Ravens tweeted pictures of a snow-filled M&T Bank  Stadium.

It’s actually been reasonably warm here in London, but then again I normally wear leggings under my jeans so maybe I just don’t notice the chill.

Last year we had white Christmas, and I’m hoping for one this year. As long as the snow holds off until I am snug in my bed dreaming of sugar-plums and all that jazz. Continue reading


Feeling grateful

Today is Thanksgiving. It’s also my first Thanksgiving away from my family and away from the country that actually celebrates Thanksgiving.

But I am an American, so I still want to take this day to express my gratitude.

Today I’m grateful for…

  • the opportunity to live in a new country and experience a part of the world I might not have otherwise
  • the scholarships that helped get me here and the people who encouraged me to go
  • my education at UNC, which in itself has been my life’s greatest opportunity
  • the new friends here who I have enjoyed London with and taught me about their cultures
  • the old friends I’ve explored Europe with
  • and most importantly my family( and friends) at home who I look forward to seeing in a few weeks

Pre-Study Abroad Diaries: Anglophiles Anonymous

Now that I’ve decided on a study abroad blog domain, I’m reblogging the posts on breezenriley.wordpress.com

Breeze Riley

An·glo·phile noun \ˈaŋ-glə-ˌfī(-ə)l\ : a person who greatly admires or favors England and things English

In two months I will be leaving U.S. soil for the first time in my life to study abroad in the far away and exotic locale of…


OK, so not all that far away or exotic. But as someone who has never even been south of Georgia or west of West Virginia, going to England to study for a few months is a huge deal.

However, I’ve been preparing. You could say I’ve been preparing my whole life. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve been exposed the American pastime that is Anglophilia.

Harry Potter, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, all the shows PBS jacks from the BBC, P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster stories,  bands ranging from the Paddingtons to Art Brut, the 2006 English World Cup team, Doctor Who, an obsession with Winston…

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