Last weeks in the USA

During the last few weeks of my time in the United States of America, I had a rapid tour of Washington, D.C.; New York City; and Chicago (although I lived there for around 9 months, there is always more to see – especially since the sun was finally out again)! The day after checking out the National Mall and the Burning Man sculptures (exhibit named “No Spectators”), Diana, who was accompanying me on this whirlwind tour, took me around Georgetown, a really pretty neighbourhood next to the Potomac River that also features a historic canal that is currently being restored. Since there had been a lot of rain before my visit, the Potomac was almost bursting its banks with rapids having formed along its length. From one of the bridges that crossed a sidestream, I was able to see rocks with tiny patches of vegetation hanging on for dear life – even a tiny tree struggling to stand its ground! One person was even kayaking in the main river, not for the fainthearted!

The next day we got a train to New York. Unfortunately, it was raining when we arrived and I, lacking a raincoat, got to ‘jellyfish up’ in a lovely yellow rain mac. The rain let off by the time we had eaten lunch, allowing us to see Times Square without being drenched. If you’ve ever been to London, think Piccadilly Circus but bigger – like most things in the US!

On the following day, we explored many squares in NYC, as well as some parks and Lady Liberty from a distance. NYC has some lovely areas to see, although it’s very compact and pretty busy too. I ate a traditional New York bagel (again, huge) with some vegan garlic and herb cream cheese, which was pretty damn good. Later on, we saw the 9/11 memorial fountains which were quite a sight to see. After seeing the sights, it was time for the flight back to Chicago and catching an Uber to the airport was an absolute nightmare!

To make the most of the sunny weather in Chicago, Diana and I took a trip up to the Chicago Botanic Gardens (CBG), I was particularly interested in seeing the bonsai trees. It’s a huge garden so there was no way for us to see all of it in the time we had, plus, it was far too hot to stay for long. On another sunny day, we visited the beach and I got to play some volleyball – a sport I’ve missed playing a bunch whilst in the states.

In the final few weeks before I left the US, I got to spend some time with some of the wonderful people I met whilst living in Chicago. We played games, went to the Lincoln zoo, had a boozy brunch, took an architectural boat tour, even went out to a club for a drag show. I’m very sad to leave them and my life in Chicago behind, but of course am excited for what the future holds back in the UK, including a summer internship with the Biology department at Edge Hill!

Welcome to Edge Hill!

Hi everyone!

I’m so excited, this is my first official blog post. I thought I would use it to introduce myself and to introduce Edge Hill, so here goes!

I’m Rebecca, a first year English Literature student and I live on campus here at Edge Hill. I could tell you all day about how lovely it is here, but a picture says a thousand words so here goes!

The campus boasts a huge range of facilities. As a Literature student the library is probably the place I visit most often (although no matter what your degree you will probably be spending a lot of time there.) There are lots of lecture theatres and classrooms too, this may seem a bit daunting in your first few weeks but there is always a friendly face to point you in the right direction.

Don’t worry though, it’s not all work and no play! In your free time you can always go grab a coffee from the Hub, or head over to the Arts Centre to watch a good show- the range of productions on offer there are incredible.

And of course, not all University’s can boast their very own beach, one of the many things that sets Edge Hill apart. Great for a sunny day with friends. Or (more likely) a good place to cheer yourself up when the English weather is not as bright as expected.

I look forward to telling you more about all that Edge Hill has to offer in future posts, but if you can’t wait you can go find out more here.

Quote for the day: “Once again…welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring.” Dracula, Bram Stoker.

Have a nice day, until next time! 🙂