The Exploits of a Lifetime in London

Ask Away Minions!   The daily blog of me (Ally) as I trek around the beautiful city of London for a month. As a study abroad trip for theatre, myself and 17 fellow thespians are coming from Corpus Christi, Texas to London and Scotland! I'll be blogging every day about the glories we behold, the wonderful shows we see and the experiences of a lifetime!



UPDATE: I have returned from my trip :) however, the blog is still updated now and then with reliving memories and new discoveries from my time abroad!

Holy Cow!

It’s already been 6 months since I was in London! Do you know how long that is?? A full month of summer and a whole semester and Christmas break. It’s crazy. It was the greatest experience of my life, and from that trip I became stronger, fuller and better.

After that trip, everything seemed…ok. Even when it wasn’t and things were rough and tough last semester, I held so much hope and love for life. I want it all to continue and carry on too. How often does anyone get that kind of opportunity? Last semester I thought about that trip almost every day. In classes, in my studies, talking to my family and friends about it.

It’s still surreal that it even ever happened!

— 3 months ago
#travel  #study abroad  #europe  #theatre  #personal 
Still Missing It!

Even though my semester has gotten to calm down a lot, I’m beginning to reminisce way more about this summer. It’s been almost 3 months since we got back and touched down in Texas. Still so surreal, despite being in the nitty-gritty of college life again.

I watch TV and see scenes in London and think “Oh my god. I’ve been there. I WAS THERE!!” Or I’ll find ways to worm i my summer trip into a conversations just so I have a chance to talk about i again. Whether it’s the theatre aspect, the travel part or just answering “How was your summer?” I can’t stop thinking or talking about it.

This trip most definitely changed me. I’m more confident, adventurous. I have plans for internships and traveling. Just doing what I can!

— 5 months ago with 1 note
#education  #travel  #study abroad  #europe  #london 

My London ticket stub collages!!! So many memories were brought back when I was making these!!!

— 6 months ago with 1 note
#london  #study abroad  #theatre  #travel 

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Edinburgh by Andrew Ridley

There is like a 50% chance I *might* be going to Scotland in the next few months and I DIE. 

I HAVE TO GO BACK

I do miss it.. I really do.

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My time in Edinburgh, for 2 freaking days were probably my favorite. So damn pretty. Beautiful city with amazing views! I miss it :(

— 6 months ago with 25228 notes
#edinburgh  #scotland  #europe 
So I’ve had this poster for a year. I bought it at this legit poster sale that comes to my University every semester. I bought it because I’ve always loved cityscapes and black and white photography. 

Right now, I’m looking at it as I lay in bed sick. And I’m amazed. Because I walked across that bridge. I stood on the bridge and took photos on the Thames and the London Eye and Big Ben. 

For all I know, I was in the exact position the photographer was when they took it. And it’s bringing back so many memories!

We’re over halfway through September and London seems like a lifetime ago! And yet it has stuck with me through and through. I have so many ideas for my future and my thirst for travel and for wanting to learn so much about many more places has just been fed and fed. I can’t wait to start new adventures!

So I’ve had this poster for a year. I bought it at this legit poster sale that comes to my University every semester. I bought it because I’ve always loved cityscapes and black and white photography.

Right now, I’m looking at it as I lay in bed sick. And I’m amazed. Because I walked across that bridge. I stood on the bridge and took photos on the Thames and the London Eye and Big Ben.

For all I know, I was in the exact position the photographer was when they took it. And it’s bringing back so many memories!

We’re over halfway through September and London seems like a lifetime ago! And yet it has stuck with me through and through. I have so many ideas for my future and my thirst for travel and for wanting to learn so much about many more places has just been fed and fed. I can’t wait to start new adventures!

— 7 months ago
#london  #study abroad  #education  #travel  #england  #landmarks 
It’s Been Awhile!

Both since I got back from London and since I blogged here :) Things are going pretty good. I’m definitely not the same person I was before London, and that is exactly what I wanted. I never wanted to just revert back to ‘me.’ So look out world, there’s a new, fiery Ally in the world!

On another note, I can begin to decipher the huge differences between my country and London now. We have such a huge, built up, physical power structure. Large, blocky buildings and highways, tall buildings that loom over cities. We have giant cities sprawled everywhere, and little rural and small populated farming towns scattered across 50 states. But London, clearly, is so much older. And I have gained a deep appreciation for that! Their architecture constantly changes from every part of the city you visit, and yes they’re huge and have big buildings, but they mean something. It’s not a big Wal*Mart somewhere, it’s a theatre or a bookstore built into a landmark place!

I loved everything about that trip, and now, 6 weeks later I’m still getting questions and I’ve been rendered speechless. How do you keep talking about something that you’ve explored so much? Verbally and physically? I just don’t know what to say anymore. I mostly just want to cry because I realize how lucky I was to experience that.

And tomorrow we have an info session for any students who want to go in 2 years. And oh my god will they have one hell of a presentation for them! All 17 of us, and our professor, just miss it so much and we are constantly around each other and talking about it and man. London was…..better than perfect.

— 7 months ago with 1 note
#study abroad  #travel  #education  #theatre  #theater  #school  #london  #england 
New Things.

Well, life has been hectic and crazy since I got back from London. I’m so glad though. As tired as I am, as stressed as I know I will get at some point, it’s just more experience to learn from and to grow with. All of these sudden new changes that have been happening do nothing but keep my spark and fire for life alive. After London, I just wanted to go back. I was scared that all of the changes and the growth that I’d had would just go away and I would revert to “Just Ally” as I referred to myself.

But I’ve been proven wrong. Meeting new people, starting a new job, having new responsibilities have really kept me going. I’m grateful for all of you. The people I’ve known already and still am close with, those who I’ve become closer and to all of people that have entered my life. 

— 7 months ago with 1 note
#personal  #change  #study abroad 
1. Month. Later.

Wow, how time flies by! A whole month ago I was in London! Things have been getting better though, for me personally.

Even though I was scared (still am) I wouldn’t keep the changes that came to me on my trip abroad, I think I have. At least some of them. I talk about the trip with some people, and I’ve embraced the history I’ve learned. My perspective on things is very heightened and very new to me now and I see some things in a different light.

I’m even more open to other cultures than I was before, and my job as a Resident Adviser (RA) has really helped me keep up the changes too! Being more open as a person, and very accepting of where people come from. Not to mention, school starts in a few days and I’m going to take on my classes by storm!

— 7 months ago
#london  #study abroad 
3 weeks later.

Well as of today I am 21! And 3 weeks ago I was spending my final Saturday in London. Exploring the city once more, meeting my cousin for dinner. That euphoric feeling of independence was strong and exciting.

But now I have a knew kind of exciting independence. My age. They say 21 is a special age, and it is. But not because I can do this and that. But because its a realization that Hey! I’m an adult, and in 21 SHORT years, I’ve gotten to experience a whole lot of stuff.

Countries, cultures, people and new adjustments. Adapting and learning about so many things. So here I am. 21. In college. About to start a new part of my life. After being changed with this study abroad experience, and being 365 days and a plethora of knowledge older, I am a new person.

I still have my quirks and quips and I’m a child on the inside and out. I love, I hurt, I care and I am confident. I’m ready for this new part of what’s to come.

And London was a huge part of that. With this experience, today would be feeling very different.

— 8 months ago with 1 note
#birthday  #london  #study abroad 

Well my postcard arrived today!! Before we left London, our Study Abroad coordinator had us write a postcard to ourselves and she would send them at random times within a month. And here’s mine!

It was a very refreshing reminder too. It’s nice to read something that was right there, in the moment. That’s why this blog is going to be archived for me personally, and my journal too. I DON’T want to forget what I’ve learned. I want it to change me and form me into a better, more passionate person.

Study Abroad. There it is!

— 8 months ago with 6 notes
#study abroad  #london