Realizations

I remember I was at a confirmation in the spring and sat next to a girl who were about to graduate from high school. She said to me: “Do me a favour and enjoy it. Every single day! Even the shitty ones where maths is sucking the life out of you and your teacher is a true devil.”

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At one point I didn’t really get her. Yeah of course high school is great; I like my subjects and my teachers and I have wonderful classmates. But a few days ago in the middle of my English Language class, I suddenly realized what she actually meant. We were analyzing Shakespeare (which I’m not a fan of) when it came to my mind that we only have a week left in York. A week. That means it’s soon to be November and we have been in second grade of high school for 1/4 of the year. How crazy is that and how even more crazy is it, that time flows by so damn fast!

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I hate being cliché but it won’t keep me from saying, that I could really use one of those ‘pause time’ bottoms right now. York is an extremely big experience and I will for sure remember this trip for the rest of my life. Even the shitty days, where maths was bull shit (sorry for my bad choosing of words. Not very British and formel Maria… But to be honest it has been bull shit sometimes, so why cover it up? Honesty is the way to go) and when I get 90, old and grey I want to remember how young, free and lucky I was back when I was 17 years old and lived in England for two months. Right now is exactly the time to go make memories for life, and I think that’s important to remember, even if you have a shitty day. We have have shitty days, so why let the shitty ones keep you from making memories? Without the bad ones, we wouldn’t have the super-duper great ones. So a big thank you to the sweet girl I sat next to at the confirmation back in May. You really made me realize something important when I was in England and I had a really shitty day 🙂

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“It’s ALWAYS raining in England!”

Mhhhhh…. No. I have now spent 6 weeks in England and I can count the rainy days on one hand! And it’s autumn, how crazy is that. I don’t know if this autumn has been extremely sunny compared to usually (any English people out there who can help me??) or maybe we have just been awfully lucky. Anyway, the point is that we have had the most wonderful weather while being in England. Therefore Sofie and I have been quite good to put on the trainers and go for a run in the lovely weather!

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Best part of the day

The weather in England has been incredible for the last 6 weeks. Almost every morning when I’ve pulled the curtain to the side the sun has been shining so bright and clear, that I had to hide my sleepy eyes for a couple of seconds, before I could see anything again haha! Eventually, Sofie and I have a really nice morning routine: waking up, using 10 minutes by scrolling through social medias trying to convince yourself to get out of bed (Well ok, this is just me… Sofie is so cool at getting out of bed just like that!), shower-time, getting ready, eating breakfast, pack bags and then straight out of the door!

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Every morning Sofie and I have to walk for 15 minutes to get to school. At first I thought it was a bit annoying that we had to walk to school, because I’m used to use my bike all the time back in Copenhagen. But then, after the first morning of walking to school, I found out how extremely nice walking can be! Sofie and I often share a set of headphones and listen to all our favorite songs on our way to school. Other times we walk together with our host sister Sara as well and it’s lovely to start the morning by talking and joking with such sweet girls!! I’m not kidding when I say that this walk to school has become one of my favorite times of the day, because the music and the English surroundings makes it feel like 15 minutes of meditating. And… I will miss these morning walks so much when I get back to Copenhagen in just 10 days.

xxx from York

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Selby Abbey & Castle Howard

I’ve never been the cultural type of turist. Museums, castles and churches have never had my interest when I’ve been abroad. But yesterday a lot of the international students from York College went on an extremely cultural trip, where we first got to see Selby Abbey and later we visited Castle Howard. I have to say I was really impressed by the castle, and I caught myself thinking “why haven’t I been at castles like this before?”

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The Castle Howard was so charming and literally breathtaking. Not only was the castle itself extremely elegant and gorgeous, the enormous park surrounding the castle was also quite a delightful view. At first we walked around the great park (if you can even call it a park… It was huge!) enjoying the warm autumn weather while being delighted by our beautiful surroundings. Thereafter we went inside the castle which was quite a view as well. The thing I really liked about Castle Howard is that there’s a real family living at the castle! Not like many other castles this one is actually occupied and not just a museum which was clear by all the family photos on the walls around the house. Obviously, we weren’t inside the private part of the castle, only the part that were ‘unoccupied’. But still I think it was so cool to be on a castle, where people actually still live.

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The nature at Castle Howard was stunning.

Before going to Castle Howard we visited Selby Abbey, which is a big cathedral in the small town called Selby. It was really pretty, but unfortunately it was freezing inside the abbey, so we tried to make the visit quick, before rushing outside to the warmer autumn weather, haha. The abbey reminded me so much of the cathedral at King’s College in Cambridge, which I visited last summer when I was at a summer school. I guess the architecture is typical English, and that’s why it’s so similar.

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All in all it was a great weekend and I really enjoyed being cultural, haha! It will for sure not be the last time I visit castles and museums when I’m abroad.

The last bit of this Sunday evening will be spend with my politics and government notes, trying to get a great overview of Margaret Thatcher, David Cameron and One Nation Conservative. I have a ‘pre-exam’ in politics and government tomorrow morning, and since I’m really lost when it comes to English politics, I’ve been working my butt off in order to keep up in the subject… And sometimes I can’t help myself but thinking “what the h*ll am I going to use this for when I get back to Denmark?” but oh well, I guess no knowledge is for no good 😉 enjoy the last of your weekend!

October and what comes withtin

Right now I’m sitting on “Giraffe” a café just beside of York College. The thing is we sometimes have free periods, gabs, between our lessons and it can be pretty boring to sit in the corner of the library and do nothing for two hours. So instead, I’m trying to make the best out of my time, and get some blogging and homework done while enjoying myself with a nice soya latte.

September has turned into October which means that the autumn officially has arrived. I know a lot of people hate autumn because it’s something ‘in between’ two good seanons. But I actually find autumn quite charming and graceful. The nature is absolutely stunning, there’s new arrivals in the shops, and there’s a lot of great music to listen to! There’s something incredible nice about sitting with a warm drink wrapped up in blankets like the Michelin man and either listen to great music, reading an exciting book, or browse through new autumn magazines. For those lovely upcoming moments, I’ve put together all my favorite songs to make one big autumn music playlist!

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For the quiet times:

  1. Home by Michael Bublé
  2. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow by Amy Winehouse
  3. Funeral by Lukas Graham
  4. Chasing Pavements by Adele
  5. Latch (acoustic) Sam Smith
  6. You & I by John Legend
  7. Warwick Avenue by Duffy
  8. Let Her Go by Passenger
  9. She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5
  10. Nothing Really Matters by Mr. Probz
  11. Stay by Rihanna
  12. What Happened To Perfect by Lukas Graham
  13. Give Me Love by Ed Sheeran
  14. Unchained Melody by Righteous Brothers
  15. Photograph by Ed Sheeran

For the happy times:

  1. Marvin Gaye by Charlie Puth feat. Meghan Trainor
  2. Roses by OutKast
  3. Feeling Good by Michael Bublé
  4. Take The World By Storm by Lukas Graham
  5. Mercy by Duffy
  6. How Deep Is Your Love by Calvin Harris + Disciples
  7. Lush Life by Zara Larsson
  8. Tulips by Christopher
  9. What Do You Mean by Justin Bieber
  10. Strip No More by Lukas Graham
  11. Locked Away by R. City feat. Adam Levine
  12. Fight For This Love by Cheryl Cole
  13. Lost by Frank Ocean
  14. Hungry Eyes by Eric Carmen
  15. Waterfalls by TLC