Friday, April 18, 2014

Five on Friday


It's been quite some time since I participated in the blog round up for Five on Friday! Being on spring break, I've been able to structure my time during the week to get prepared to begin regularly blogging, again, and I knew this is something that I wanted to start doing again.

1.  Everyone knows I've had my Starbucks Gold card for years, and I'm coming no where close to never not being a gold member. The other day I was in Target, and I finally found the Starbucks Discoveries for the area! I've picked up the vanilla latte, and I love it! Has anyone else tried these?

2.  I've gotten wanderlust this past week. I'm still home in the States for another week or so before heading back to school for my last term. But, that hasn't stopped me from looking into a trip to Morocco and Hungary before I graduate!

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3.  The new lines at Target for spring have gotten me snatching up dresses left and right! I just picked up this gem for an evening with the girls!

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4. Did anyone else watch the Scandal season finale last night? I'm still coping with the last five minutes!

5.  And, this is just hilarious for all my fellow Beyonce fans.

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Have a fabulous weekend! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Reunions

Greetings from the States!

I've been back for a little more than a week at home. Just about three and half more weeks of spring break before I finish up my last term at LSE. I know I say this quite a lot, but crazy how fast time flies!

Since, I've been home, I was able to catch up with some friends that I have not seen in quite some time! 

Last week, I grabbed lunch with one of my best friends, Erin, and our good friend, Ryan. Erin and I met on the first day of freshman year at Syracuse. Living on the same floor that year, we've been friends ever since! Ryan is a mutual friend of both of ours, and he just headed off to China to teach English for the year! 

Friends
Erin and Me 

Ryan and Me 

Taking a break from doing work, I met up with my friend Evan in Syracuse on Sunday. He was up visiting campus as he finishes up his last year of grad school. We were both Remembrance Scholars, and we hadn't seen each other since graduation day in 2012. 

To celebrate our reunion, we took a trip to Dino BBQ before driving through campus and remembering the glory days!

Delicious Dino BBQ

Syracuse University

Evan and Me at Dino 
And, lastly, I grabbed dinner with a friend from high school on Wednesday. It's been a week of so of many catch-ups, but it was so nice to see all my old friends! 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Traveling Stateside!

Today, I'm headed back to the States for my last four weeks of spring break!

I'll be in the air as you read this...but the majority of my break will be spent writing final papers, preparing study outlines, playing with donkeys, and relaxing! 

Get ready for me, America!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Strawberry Hill Day Trip!

Getting the itch to escape outside the hustle and bustle of London...

I took a train to Strawberry Hill, yesterday. 

Strawberry Hill was the home of Horace Walpole.  Horace was the son of Sir Robert Walpole- the first PM of Great Britain.  Horace is best known for his writing. A 'Man of Letters,' his most famous work is The Castle of Otranto




Horace's castle is reflective of the gothic design. The guides mentioned that he had gathered numerous pieces of artwork and woodwork from his travels throughout Europe in his earlier years. Settling in to building his home, he took the gothic motif and carried it throughout the entire house. One part of the ceiling in the house was originally from Westminster Abbey!




If you are wondering if I'm related to him, from what we gather based on family trees, we should be. 

The Walpole family crest was featured throughout the entire house.  Numerous parts of the crest were featured on stained glass windows in a former bedroom.


And, the entire crest is painted on the ceiling in the library. I've decided that I must do the same in my future home! 


If Horace and I are not related, and we are just two people who share a last name, we could have been great pals! 

 His library was heaven when I stepped in. 


He enjoyed displaying his souvenirs from his travels around Europe throughout his house.


And, he liked a good garden-space.


It was a perfect Saturday outing. The whole trip took about three hours- journey time from my house to Waterloo and back, train ride, and exploring the grounds of Strawberry Hill. I recommend it to my fellow Walpoles around the world, and for those fascinated by historical buildings!