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Monday

Not the normal type of selfie! I spent Monday night in the hospital with a suspected broken wrist! A fun play fight led to me punching a wall and it didn't end so well! It's not broken but I need further tests. Not a great point of the summer!

Oh dear! An injury!

Tuesday

An early start today, one of my closest friends and drummer Rhys is finally heading back to the United States and we had to leave at 4am to get him to the airport. I'm really going to miss having the band around for a few months because we see each other so much! I'm hoping that we all have a great rest over the summer and come back ready to write more, play more and record more.

Bon voyage Rhys!

Wednesday

Not quite the sunny day that my friend Jen and I hoped for but it was nice sitting in one of our local parks for a catch up. It's great to find little things like this to do for free.

Things to do for free

Thursday

Shopping for my new flat. There are a lot more things for me to buy for a privately rented flat. It can get a little overwhelming making sure I have everything ready to move in. In halls of residence a lot of things are provided such as a microwave, kettle and toaster making it different from what I was used to in halls. I'm nervous but looking forward to picking up my keys on
Friday!

Shopping for my new pad

Friday

Here is a sneak peak for my new flat in central Kingston, I'm so pleased to finally have the keys! I found the process quite overwhelming personally. Usually people move in with a bigger group usually of 4 or 5, I decided to move in with my other half of five years instead. This means I'll have a different experience from most people but I'm really looking forward to it!

Here's a sneak preview of inside my new flat!

Saturday

My first picture with my TEENAGE sister, no calling her a baby anymore! My little sister Summer-Rose turned 13 today after a fantastic party last night. It means so much to me that I can be home for her birthday because we're so close!

Sunday

Only a week after playing Basingstoke Live my lyrics book is back out and I'm writing again. Sometimes I really struggle with how I feel and writing my lyrics is a way to get that out and make sure I'm okay! Lately I've been missing university and this helped get me back on track for September.

My little sister's birthday!My song writing book

Erasmus Top Tips

Posted 18 Jul 2014 by Antigone

 

Erasmus. The one word that caused me the most excitement and at the same time the most grief during my six months studying in Barcelona.

While studying abroad is a wonderful, brave thing to do; it is also incredibly hard. Be prepared for mental breakdowns, communication breakdowns, metro breakdowns and all other sorts of horrible torturous things; but remember, it's all worth it!! Erasmus is amazing.

So here are some of my top tips for studying in another country:

Barcelona Sign

1. Learn the language if possible!

Erasmus offers students an opportunity to experience a different land and culture, however, most of it is missed if you do not learn the language and truly interact with the locals!

For the first two months of my Erasmus, I was completely and utterly lost, but once I got a hang of the language I flew through and have never laughed so hard in my life. Spanish is a wonderful language and the expressions and jokes are beyond hilarious! Joining classes with other students is a great way to meet people and feel part of a group when you're feeling all alone in a foreign land.

2. Meet people outside of uni

Very often an Erasmus semester is taken during the second year of uni, so when you get to your universities abroad, the students have already grouped up and some may be reluctant to let you into their friend groups. Fear not!! There are always friends outside of university. As I said above, language classes are the best place to meet them, but doing other activities you enjoy may also lead you to the kind of people you want to hang out with.

Spanish Cooking

Till this day, the girls I met through my language school are the nicest I have ever known and I cannot imagine my life without them!

3. Try the food

When studying abroad, it's easy to eat the same food you always do. It's safe and comforting. However, the most important part of leaving your home and going to another country is stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something funky, like snails! (Yum yum) and other oddly shaped and unknown food.

4. Explore on foot

Much of a city is lost when you travel by car or public transport. My favourite thing to do is go exploring on foot! You might get lost but you will probably see some wonderful sights on the way, and maybe meet some other lost people. Of course, be careful when doing so, you don't want to wonder into a dodgy neighbourhood and find yourself in trouble.

Barcelona

5. Study hard!

While many Erasmus students see their time abroad as a chance to kick back and do no work, it is important to remember that you are still at uni and the grades you get here are carried through to your home university. There is plenty of time to relax and take in a new city while doing your best at university. You may even learn things you weren't expecting to!

 

I hope these help and if you have any questions about studying abroad feel free to ask! 

 

Well, well.. even though it might seem like this post is directed predominantly to a female audience, I believe that some of the gents might be interested in 'My Top 5 Places to Pamper Yourself' in Kingston. So, without further ado, let me introduce you to the places, where you are bound to relax and forget about reality.

David Lloyd - Kingston

Yes, indeed the gym! Mind you, not just any gym. Not only is their equipment superb but they also have an excellent swimming pool, sauna and hot tub. After a session there, you will feel heavenly. Trust me! While the membership is pricy, they have different kinds of memberships and I believe that if you go with 3-4 more people, you are bound to receive a discount.

Lush - Kingston

Conveniently located at the heart of Kingston, at the marketplace, Lush is among my favourites. Whether you are looking for skincare, cosmetics, bath bombs or shower gel, you are bound to find all of these there. The added bonus is that the products are indeed lush and they smell divine. Thus, relaxation at your home is guaranteed!

Space NK - Kingston

I agree that this is not the most student-friendly place but let's face it- sometimes it is the only answer when you hair is misbehaving or your skin is having, ahem, a bad week. They have some of the best quality skincare and cosmetics. My personal favourites? - Oribe (hair), Sarah Chapman (skincare), NARS (cosmetics). Yeah, you will tank me later. ;) Space NK in Kingston is conveniently located in the heart of town, in close proximity to the market place.

Beauty Within - Penrhyn Road

Need to trim your eyebrows, in need of some waxing or a massage? Yup, Beauty Within will sort all of these for you. What's best, you get a student discount on certain days of the week. Woop! Beauty Within is located on Penrhyn Road, on the same side of the street, as the university.

Pretty Nails KT - Penrhyn Road

Located right across from Beauty Within is my personal favourite place. The people working at Pretty Nails KT are warm and they will welcome you with tea or coffee. I highly recommend using their services and you also receive student discount throughout the whole week. Be it shellac, a new top coat, gel manicure or a pedicure, Pretty Nails KT is the place to go!

Okay, I admit it: some of these are not the most manly places. However, I do think guys think about the way they look, so I suggest you take a second look at the places mentioned above before you dismiss them completely. Hope I helped in your transition to Kingston!

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