Winter in York

 

It’s been consistently snowing in York for the past few days. There’s something absolutely pure, silent, and magical about having familiar buildings covered with a fresh and fluffy layer of snow. York, as always, is gorgeous in any season. It’s been so great to walk to seminars and make my way through a winter wonderland.

Here are some snaps I’ve captured on my afternoon walks!
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Business As Usual

Apologies for a less than stellar record of blogging this past month. I’ve been really digging my heels into my MA program, trying to get involved with my department as much as possible and, of course, balancing all the reading and writing that is a part of my degree. I’m working on a few final papers and planning to go back to the States for two weeks over the Christmas holiday. When I return, the papers are due almost immediately after New Years, which is a major bummer.

Since there’s nothing really “interesting” to tell you guys, (I mean, my days are spent reading and writing for the most part…) I thought I’d share some pics taken in the last few weeks. York is gorgeous. You all need to visit at some point, trust me. Life here is wonderful and I’m so happy to be living in this amazing place!

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Autumn in York

Well, fall has officially fallen in York. The trees are all various shades of red, yellow, and orange. This city is so beautiful, no matter what time of year. The temperatures have dropped a little bit, so I’m wearing a heavier coat and scarf these days. Classes are going well and I’m already thinking of what to write my dissertation on. But I have to say, the transition into graduate school in a different country definitely requires a learning curve. I’m still learning my place in the department, what’s what, who’s who, where I need to be.

I’m still in the search for a church, I’ve been visiting a few and hopefully will decide on one soon. I’m just hoping to meet other Christians and learn some great stuff here in York. Please pray for me as I navigate my “new” life!

And don’t worry, here are some photos! Enjoy!

Fall view outside of my window

King’s Manor

Self-Portrait

More King’s Manor

Lately

My view on the way to classes.
(Seriously)

Hellooooo everyone, I have come back from a mini hiatus.

In the past two weeks, I have basically been going to different orientation meetings, settling up my life here in York, and getting my bearings in a really awesome city. I also managed to get a cold, but I’m over it now. To be honest, there isn’t much to tell. I start classes tomorrow and it’s officially off to the races! I’ll try and keep posting, but obviously my schoolwork comes first.

But we all know that you’re here for some pics. And I don’t want to disappoint. All of these are courtesy of my iPhone. Enjoy!

King’s Manor, where I take the bulk of my classes

The view out of my window on a rainy night

A clear UK day

Roomie hang at our local pub

Settling In

Well, I’ve only been living in York for two days but it’s already starting to feel pretty comfortable. I guess visiting the city in April really helped me to get a feel for the town and the general “vibe” of Yorkshire. I am, for the most part, all moved in. I’m still working on unpacking my clothes but I should be done by the end of the week. I really like my room. It’s very spacious, with a big desk, shelves, sink to wash my face and brush my teeth, and tons of cabinet space to put my clothes. The room isn’t a horrible shade of purple like it was in France, which is a definite plus. My bed is right up next to the window, so I wake up to the sweetest view. Although, a lot of heat goes out the window at night so I close the curtains and I stay pretty warm. I know that in a few weeks, I’ll definitely have to spring for an electric blanket.

The house I’m living in is really nice and cozy. On my floor, there are several shower rooms, a kitchenette, and a laundry room. No more schlepping my dirty laundry over a mile to wash it! But on the main floor of the house is the big kitchen, which has lots of cabinet and refrigerator space. Right now, we have ten people in our house. We aren’t sure if more are going to arrive, but we’re hoping that our numbers will stay small!

One of the things that I love about England is that I can get really good quality food for a reasonable price. For example, I went to the grocery store today and bought two medium-sized canvas bags full of food for £11, which is amazing. Many products are only £1-2, which works great for my student budget. And it lets me splurge on items that I really want, like high quality olive oil or a pepper mill. Even shopping for my toiletry items wasn’t bad at all. I was able to get everything for about £115, including a hairdryer, flat iron, and electric toothbrush!

This week is pretty chill, I have some orientation activities on the 4th and 5th. And the week after that, I have my department orientation stuff. So… I have a few weeks to get adjusted, see the city, and get my bearings! It’s a nice transition into grad student life. but once my program starts… oy.