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Stranded… but not forgotten

Oh China, the only place that would have tourist buses to the Great Wall, but no tourist buses back. Okay… I admit we did get a little adventurous and decided to venture out to a deserted part of the wall 120km outside of Beijing, (金山岭 if

Who needs a grad job when you can do all this…?!

Your Bachelor’s Degree title is creeping ever closer, and instead of relishing the thought of putting BA or BSc after your name, you’re wishing you had another year because, quite frankly, real life is scary. No? Just me? Ok then, let’s just pretend I tried and failed to get a grad job; like many other …

How to survive a trip to Shanghai (上海)

So all of our friends were busy travelling at weekends, so my friend Bety and I decided that it was about time to make a move too. What better place to start than Shanghai, an enormous economic hub only a few hours away from Ningbo. Well… I say a few hours away, but it depends …

5 HUGE differences between Ningbo and the UK

Ever since arriving in Ningbo, I feel like I’ve been hit by a whirlwind of things to do from sorting out my modules, to joining societies and generally just trying to figure out my way around the campus. However, I can safely say that after three weeks, I’m finally settling down in Ningbo and becoming …

Life has been so hectic.

Picture the situation, I’m all ready and packed up to travel abroad with my friends and suddenly there’s a huge crash on the M6 and we possibly might be late to our flight. Fortunately, our taxi driver knew a route avoiding the motorway, so we were saved… or so we thought. Our friend Beth messaged …

✈️ ‘Embrace uncertainty – it keeps life interesting’ ✈️

We exist as creatures of habit; we adopt routines in everyday life to help us create structure and to keep us sane when life gets chaotic. However, routines can make us miss the small opportunities that surround us. Let’s take university for example – we spend countless hours commuting back and forth, perhaps taking the …

Life after the attacks: Paris will always be my Paris

You’ll have probably read and watched a lot about Paris on social media and the news in the last couple of weeks. You’ll have read about the deadly attacks, anti-terrorist raids and European cities experiencing ‘lock downs’ in the wake of November 13th. So saying nothing new here, Paris didn’t feel like itself for the …

Memoirs of a Study Abroad-er

So it appears that out of nowhere, I only have two weeks left of my study abroad period in Paris and in the words of Taylor Swift (fan girl alert), I’m suddenly feeling happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time. Reflecting on the last 3 months, I’m starting to get sad about leaving, …

Nottingham > Paris

Don’t get me wrong, being in Paris is great. Here, I get to be openly pretentious and no one can judge me. If I want to sit in a jazz bar with a copy of Le Monde on my knee, no one wrinkles their nose as I try to look cultured. Someone just pours me …

Applications open for best friends!

Applications are now open for a Parisian best friend! The applicant must be in the Paris area (studying or working, no preference); willing to spend copious amounts of time in cafés having deep meaningful conversations about life and whether Taylor Swift’s transition to pop was right for her; and share a love of cats which …