So…you’re in a flat in the UK…what to do

Hello All, (THIS POST IS DIRECTED TOWARDS ISU STUDENTS THAT ARE THINKING OF EXCHANGE IN LANCASTER) If you are reading this post, you are most likely one of the brave Midwest souls that has decided to go on exchange in a place with possibly even shittier weather than Iowa; when most students choose tropical, you... Continue Reading →

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Map of my Journeys (UK Exchange)

Hello All,  This post simply provides an overall map of my travels, (with a few still places still to come) as well as a couple zoomed in pictures to differentiate the more cluttered portions. The numbers represent the order I visited those places in with "1" essentially being where I started my journey and "33"... Continue Reading →

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Day Trip To York (Photos)

Hello All, Today the University provided a coach trip down to York to visit the Christmas markets there. It truly felt like Christmas while I was there and there were tons of stalls selling food, unique items, and commercial items. For the sake of myself, I have attached the information page to the Christmas markets... Continue Reading →

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Hello All, (This post only relevant to ISU exchange students) As you can see below, this infographic compares Iowa State to Lancaster with 10 fun facts. ... .... ... .... ... .... ... .... ... .... ... ....

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Weekend Trip to Ireland

Hello All, You are in for a long post this time so you will have to bear with me...as I actually took some notes while traveling this time. After about six times of trying to recount my trip by memory, I decided this may be a better way to go. So, without further ado, I... Continue Reading →

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Short Weekend Trip Down To London

Hello All, In light of my other posts taking a very long time to write (and the fact that I am lazy), I am going to keep this post a bit shorter for everyone's sake. This past weekend I took yet another train from Lancaster to London Euston. The journey is around three hours...but thanks... Continue Reading →

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Overnight in Windermere & Lake District Guided Tour

Hello All, This past weekend (specifically Friday night and all of Saturday) I went down to Windermere where I also took a guided tour of the lake district. This article is especially tailored to students at Lancaster (specifically exchange) that would like to do the same trip. On Friday, I started by taking the 555... Continue Reading →

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Hiking in Malham (Yorkshire Dales National Park, UK)

Hello All, This past weekend I went out with the Lancaster University Hiking Club to Malham in the Yorkshire Dales. This hike was around 13 miles in total and included departing from Malham, a couple different scrambles, lake views, and Malham Cove (where they filmed a scene for Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows). Again, I... Continue Reading →

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Essential Apps for the Study Abroader in the UK

This post contains a list of apps that I have found to be absolutely crucial in the UK, from navigation, to communication, to studying, to safety. While this list is not at all comprehensive or complete, it will give some good information and insight in how your smartphone can be an absolute life-saver in a... Continue Reading →

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1/2 Day Trip Down to Blackpool

Hello All, I took a quick trip down to Blackpool today in order to get acquainted with the train system here in the UK. All in all, the trains are very easy to figure out, even if you have connections. While the British people I have spoken to in the stations say the system is... Continue Reading →

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Quick Trip to Morecambe

Hello All, The following photos are from the coastal area of Morecambe England. This shoreline is a great little town to check out, very family friendly, and close to the lake district / Lancaster.

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Lancaster, UK – Make A Night Out of It!

While the university bars are great fun, for the more chill students at Lancaster University other parts of the city can be very interesting as well. Needing a night off from going out, I (along with some uni friends) decided to attend a Lancaster Castle tour. Our tour guide, Sandra, was an amazing resource of... Continue Reading →

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My UK Debut

Hello All, After two connections, 13 hours of flying, and 21 hours of total travel...I have arrived at Lancaster University. My journey took me through Des Moines, Newark, Lisbon, Manchester, Wilmslow, and finally Lancaster. I had the opportunity of staying overnight at the King William Inn (Wilmslow); the quaint guest rooms sit above a pub.... Continue Reading →

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Russell Stover Got Us Again

Hello All, (Click on the above image to add this post to your Pinterest Boards!) I hope you will find this post slightly humorous as well as pertinent to your lives... On a recent trip to West St. Paul Minnesota to pick up my brother who is working as a full time missionary there, my... Continue Reading →

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6 Quotes To Get You Through

Hello All, This post features photos taken by myself with quotes inserted in. Enjoy. ***Icon in Featured Image made by Dave Gandy on flaticon.com ***Creative commons license the above mentioned is under

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3 Peaceful Picnic Spots (Central Iowa)

Hello All, (Click on the image above to add this post to your Pinterest Boards!) The family and I took a day trip from Newton, IA up to the Sac & Fox Overlook, along the way we found some great picnicking (pull-off) spots that are great for the whole family. This post is your one-stop... Continue Reading →

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6 Beautiful Grey-scale Pictures of Washington D.C.

Hello All, (Click on the above photo to add this post to your Pinterest Boards!) The featured images in this post were taken during a summer trip to Washington, D.C. that my brother and I took this past summer. Overall, we did not focus on photography but more the history of the place as it... Continue Reading →

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7 Tips For Career Fair Success (ISU Style)

Hello All, (Click on the above image to add this post to your Pinterest Boards!) I recently completed my first year at Iowa State University, where I experienced more success than I ever could have hoped for. Throughout the year doors were opened up that I never saw possible when I arrived that first rainy... Continue Reading →

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3 Amazing Fossil Parks in Northern Texas

Hello All, (Click the image above to add to your Pinterest Boards!) Earlier this summer, my father and I took a rather spontaneous trip down to Texas...from Newton, IA. Although it was quite a drive, it was well worth it in the end. We started the drive at around 6 p.m. at night, which I... Continue Reading →

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Three Stunning Vignette Knobs Photos

Hello All, (Click on the above Photo to save this post to your Pinterest Boards!) Featured photographs were taken with a Macro 15x lens attachment for the iPhone 7 (Plus). Cheap lens accessories for phones are a great way to get professional looking photos for a fraction of what brand-name camera companies will charge for... Continue Reading →

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