Blogmas 2016: A Year Later and an Ocean Away

Blogmas 2016: A Year Later and an Ocean Away

So I don’t totally get what “blogmas” or “vlogmas” is, let me just lead with that. Nevertheless, I like the idea of a staying in touch more regularly with my blog readers (if there are any of you out there besides my mom and my best friend). Also, I love a good theme.

So! I’m going to try and post *at least* once a week during the month of December in honor of “Blogmas 2016”, whether that’s a thing or not.

This week a year ago I was preparing for my jaunt around Europe! I can’t believe it’s already been a year since I was studying in England, it still feels like yesterday! And my winter break travels feel even more immediate. It was all sort of a crazy dream fulfilled, and an experience that was so different from what I expected, but still so amazing!

Almost exactly a year ago I kicked off my winter break with a whirlwind, record breaking trip to London with my friend Judith (hey Judith!!), that was a true highlight of my entire semester. Just a week or so later I headed off for a few weeks of travel, some solo and some not, that was one of the best experiences of my life.

While I was abroad, I vowed that my experiences wouldn’t become shoebox experiences, that I wouldn’t store them away and distance them from the rest of my life to be pulled out fondly every now and then. To combat that, I tried to take a short video of my life everyday, of the exciting things, the once in a lifetime things, but also the mundane things, and academic things. I wanted it to be fully fleshed and well rounded, not just an Instagram picture (of which I have many), but more representative of my everyday life.

I got an app called 1 Second a Day, which is pretty self-explanatory. I didn’t quite follow the rules because some days life just happens and you forget to whip out your phone and film your bus ride or your grocery store trip or whatever, and other days are so amazing and wonderful that you film too much. At least, I did. So it’s not an every-single-day representation, but it gives a pretty good idea of what my day-to-day life was like, and also what an incredible time I had traveling.

So, after a year, I finally produced this video that’s less than 4-minutes long. I know, you’re probably thinking How does this girl ever get anything done? Well, folks, life’s a bag of mysteries.

[Shameless self-plug: If you want to read more broadly about my full study abroad experiences, check out my study abroad blog: Winning Leeds]

As always, leave a comment! Let’s talk about places you’ve been or where you want to go! Can’t wait to hear from you!

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