Last weekend I went on my first “real” adventure since coming to Europe! I crossed the border from Scotland into England to not only meet up with Kat from Yours Truly, Katrina but also to explore the Titanic exhibit they had in a museum! While that was my main reason for going there, Liverpool ending up being so darn beautiful! I really wish I had more than seven hours in the city.
Let’s detail what I did manage to explore in my short time there though! And I’m going to throw in a few places I wish I got around to visiting as well.
Glasgow to Liverpool
I took an 8 a.m. train to Liverpool Lime Street Station from Glasgow Central. I had to wake up at 5:55 to make sure I had time to not only eat breakfast but also to do my makeup and get dressed as I asked Kat beforehand to take some pictures for an outfit post. (You can see that post here!)
It was my first real train ride, and not just a short 5 minute trip to the West Side of Glasgow so I was stoked.
I had a reserved seat and sat in it, but a lot of people didn’t sit in their reserved seats and had to move when we stopped at platforms and more people got on. There were also these four guys drinking beer. At 8 a.m. LOL. You okay guys?
I did have to switch trains in Preston and literally almost missed the train because I couldn’t figure out how to get across the tracks to the other platform. Long story short, there was a little hidden passageway underneath the platforms.
On the train, I got to see so much of the Scottish and English countryside and it was beautiful! Plus, I got to see all the seasons. It literally was sunny when I left Glasgow Central, then halfway to Preston, it was snowy on both sides and so foggy that I couldn’t see more than 20 feet outside my window. Within ten minutes it was sunny and there was no snow in sight.
Today is going to be the first in a three-part series of what to pack when you study abroad. This post will be sharing what I wish I had packed, next will be what I actually packed, and the last installment will be what I wish I hadn’t packed. So stay tuned for all of those to come!
One of the biggest concerns (let’s be real, my biggest concern) I had with studying abroad was making sure I brought enough clothes to make outfits for four months and still being under the weight limit of my suitcases. I managed to make the weight easily, but I still had a decent amount of room in my suitcases which stressed me out. It tricked me into thinking I hadn’t packed enough, or at least not the right things. And well I was somewhat right.
I’ve really struggled to put together outfits since being here. One because I brought pieces I actually never wore back home, but I thought bringing them here would force me to wear them. Lol no they just sit in my wardrobe. Two because I didn’t really think about outfits and just threw a ton of neutral pieces in my suitcases. Which is fine, my closest is mostly neutrals, but I left my favorite statement color tops at home which sucks because sometimes I do want to wear color. Especially when it’s dreary and I need to something to cheer me up. Aka everyday Glasgow weather.
There are a couple things I wish I brought that aren’t clothes, as well. So let’s find out what those are!
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I’ve been in Scotland for about nine and a half days now. I didn’t plan on doing a study abroad update this early into my adventure, but there was an overwhelming amount of you asking for an update. So here I am delivering!!
This is basically going to be very similar to my Conversations with Caitlyn posts but exclusively about my life in Scotland so far.
After almost 22 hours of traveling, I was hype to finally arrive at my flat on campus.
I live with seven other international students and I promise you it’s not as bad as it sounds! We all have our own bedroom and then there are two bathrooms, two showers, and a kitchen that we all share. I did a little flat tour on Instagram stories last week, so make sure you follow me there to get little inside looks at other things in my life abroad!
The only complaint I have about the flat is that the showers are tiny! I’m talking maybe two feet by two feet. And the shower head doesn’t move and blasts straight into the opposite corner, so there’s nowhere to stand in the shower and not be getting sprayed. I have no idea how I’m going to shave my legs while I’m here.
Also, not all my flatmates are here on exchange. Some are here to do their whole undergrad and at least one is here to complete her masters. One of the other NKU students actually lives in the same flat as me, but I have yet to officially meet him.