Category Archives: Sydney Helphenstine

Saying Goodbye to a City I Love So Much

This week I spend my final days in London. A city my heart has grown so close to. I can’t even begin to describe how sad I am to be leaving this wonderful place, but also the pure happiness I have to be home. It is definitely a situation with many mixed feelings. Continue reading

The End of the Semester Slump

I have only a few weeks left in my time here abroad. I have done so much and seen so much, that I have honestly become burnt out. I am very, very tired if I am going to be honest. I have not only seen most of London, but many other cities as well. Including places like Brighton, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Paris, Berlin, and Bruges. All of these places were completely amazing, and truly opened my eyes to the world. But, they have all made me so tired, and ready to finally come home. Traveling and being around new things constantly, truly does make a person tired. It makes you feel completely overwhelmed, while also feeling completely grateful at the same time. You are drained, while also feeling the need to do so much in your valuable time. Continue reading

Making a New City Your Home

When I first chose to come abroad, I would have never expected to love a city so much. I was honestly terrified. Terrified of being dropped off in a city I knew nothing about and knew absolutely no one. But, little did I know that this place would turn into home sooner than expected.

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The Reality of Being Homesick Abroad

When it comes to studying abroad, you think it will all be fun and games. You think it’s going to be some magical experiences that will change the rest of your life. Well, don’t get me wrong, my trip has been nothing but magical so far. And, yes it has changed my life in so many ways. You really start to grow up and learn who you are as a person. But, along with learning who you are, you start to see how hard the real world can be. You have to grow up in a matter of minutes, when arriving to a new place alone. Yes, this is an amazing thing for people! You should be thrown into the world at some point, to truly learn and grow as a person. But, it can also make life extremely tricky. By extremely tricky, I mean you start to get homesick. Continue reading

Experiencing a Culture Shock

As I have been living in London the past two months, and found it extremely easy to adapt to my new surroundings, it has been quite the adventure arriving in some new cities. I have recently started my fall break travels, and it has been very different than the life I have been living in London. When arriving in London, everyone spoke English. So, I found it very easy to get used to the new environment. I have recently traveled to Berlin, Germany and Amsterdam in the Netherlands. When arriving in both of these cities I noticed very quickly that it is extremely hard to communicate with others. Most people had been speaking German and Dutch, so it was a bit of a challenge to even order a coffee.

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Fall Break or the Summer of Study Abroad

Since coming to London, I have made tons of friends with whom I spend all of my time. Whether it is going to dinner, going out for drinks, or just watching movies, we are all always spending time together. They have all become some of my best friends while I have been here. Soon, though, fall break will be starting. We will all be parting ways, and going on different journeys. When I thought about fall break before coming here, I couldn’t wait! I thought it was going to be the best thing to get away from school and experience something new. Which, don’t get me wrong, I am still extremely excited for. But, it is definitely going to be weird leaving my friends’ sides. Continue reading

Dealing with Strikes

When it comes to traveling abroad, I have noticed quite a few challenges that I have come to face. Some of these challenges being strikes on air lines, and even strikes on the tube. These types of strikes make it, not only difficult to travel, but sometimes impossible.

When I was looking to book flights for my upcoming fall break trip, I noticed prices were sky rocketing. The were rising by the second, and soon did I find out why. Continue reading

Being a Tourist in a City I Am Calling Home

Ever since I arrived in London, I have been so thrilled to find new places to go. I have been traveling to a few small cities outside London so far, while also exploring all of the wonderful places London has to offer. I have quickly come to notice, though, that true Londoners do not tend to love Americans. As they give us weird looks and consider us all tourists. Some people here are extremely friendly, while others just give you the eye while exploring. So, you may wonder how I am coping with this while I am trying to explore the city. Well my answer to that is easy, simply ignore them. Or at least I wish it was that easy. Continue reading

Living Out of a Suitcase as a Fashion Major

Before my journey overseas, I had slowly been gathering all the clothes I could find to bring with me. Being a fashion major, this was a bit tricky. Especially since I was unable to bring all of the pieces I wanted to. As I started to pack my 26” suitcases, which has to be under 50 pounds, I began to notice this was going to be a bit of a challenge. So, I made a list. Starting with all of my favorite staple pieces, to a few of my trendy favorites. After a few days I had packed both of my suitcases to the maximum weight requirement. I thought to myself well this is perfect! I have all of my staple pieces and few more, including all of my favorite shoes. I thought I had it all figured out; I was ready to start my stylish journey. Continue reading

New City, New Experiences

In my first week here, in London, England, I have begun to fall in love with this amazing city. From the amazing views to all of the rich history, it is hard not to feel like you’re in a dream. I live in an area known as Kensington, which is a very exclusive area of London. Within walking distance, we are able to reach some of the most beautiful and historic places here in Europe: places like the Kensington Palace and Buckingham palace. We are also very close to the tube stations and a large shopping district. While exploring all of these wonderful areas of London, I have come to notice quite a few differences in the way they live. Whether it Is accommodations or just the way they speak, there are many small differences in culture.

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