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Heading back again

I am heading back for Hilary term (the second one) at Pembroke. Break was a bit strange because my life in Chicago is so radically different than my life in England that it was beginning to feel like a distant … Continue reading

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One Third of the Way Through

I finished Michaelmas term on December 2nd. One term down, two to go. It is crazy how fast the 8 weeks went by. Just as I was truly feeling at home and getting into the swing of things at Oxford, … Continue reading

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Academic Set-up

I am officially in my last week of Michelmas term! I thought this might be a good opportunity to outline what academics are like at Oxford compared to Georgetown. At Oxford, we have three eight week terms called “Michelmas,” “Hilary,” … Continue reading

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Appreciating Home Before Heading Away

In what I saw as being a slow goodbye to Georgetown, I stayed the summer in Washington, D.C., and returned in early August to Glenview, Illinois. I was about to begin my “second summer”: 6 weeks at home before I left for … Continue reading

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A Brilliant Arrivederci: Last Trip to London and Rome

In two days’ time, I will be on a plane home to California after what’s been an incredible three and a half month adventure. During this semester, I’ve been on eight different trips to eleven European cities and nine countries, … Continue reading

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Oxford!

So, because certain individuals more or less threatened to disown me unless I visited Oxford, last weekend I decided to do just that!  A friend of mine has spent the year there– more specifically, at Pembroke College (the Oxford system is a … Continue reading

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Churchill’s War Rooms

Although it’s been a good long time since I originally visited the Churchill War Rooms, no better time to write about then than the present, right? The Churchill War Rooms are absolutely incredible.  If it wasn’t for the price of … Continue reading

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Thatcher’s Cultural Impact in Britain: Some Thoughts

Usually, I feel incredibly uncomfortable opining on foreign leaders, particularly foreign leaders who were before my time—if I haven’t lived under them and had their decisions impact my life, anything I can contribute is just academic analysis—worse than academic really, … Continue reading

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British Food—A Basic Breakdown

British food gets a LOT of disrespect from just about everyone—both back in the states and not infrequently here as well.  There’s an old joke about British colonialism being a natural response to the fact that actual British food just … Continue reading

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Jaffa Cakes on Jaffa Cakes on Jaffa Cakes

So, I’ve decided that I should write a bit about highlighting the finer things I encounter in London– the victories, the accomplishments, the triumphs.  This item below most certainly counts: There, sandwiched between the popcorn and the Quality Street, deep … Continue reading

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