Southampton - Arrival & The House
Above: The train station in London Victoria where we were waiting to find the platform!
Below: Again. It was such a huge train station and I had no clue what I was doing as this was my first time on a train!
Above: My street! Luckily, we only got turned around once when finding the house!
Below: Titanic building. The Titanic began sailing from Southampton. I can't wait to check out the museum.
Above: There is an IKEA almost right in my backyard!
Below: The front door to my house! It is super cute!
Above: Keys to my house and room! Canada pride!
Below: Picture from the train ride to Southampton. There was a castle but I was not quick enough to take the picture! LOL.
Above: Picture from the train ride!
Above: British pride at London Victoria station!
Below: Southampton Solent University Conference Centre entrance!
Above: My road! It is super cute and so British!
Below: The train station we arrived at in Southampton!
Above: International Induction Booklet telling us where we need to be, when, and for what! Meeting loads of great people!
Below: My bed/duvet cover set! Makes the room feel like home. I will have pictures on those boards as soon as I pick them up! Pictures printed take 6 days here - not instant like Wal-Mart!
Above: The wonderful donut I had when I discovered there was a bakery inside the mall!
Below: Ed's Diner! LOL. It made me chuckle. Anyway, it gives you a tiny glimpse at how big the mall is here!
The Adventures of Me - Trying new things
Above: Solent University Library!
Below: Solent University main campus!
Above: Cute pond in one of the parks right across from the university.
Below: Flowers in the park! So pretty to have a peaceful space in the busy city!
Above: Flowers in the park!
Below: A sitting area in the park with amazing artwork!
Above: My induction program!
Below: The cool archway again!
Above: My cute little house!
Below: Me ready for orientation last week!
Above: The place where we got fish and chips! It was honestly so so so so good!
Below: Danny's visit to Southampton before we left for Nandos!
Above & Below: Nandos Restaurant! Sadly, I did not spot any members of 1D! It was amazing food though!
Above: Table at Nandos!
Below: Silly little napkin they have!
Above: The amazing dinner I had at Nandos!
Below: The mall in Southampton!
Above: The amazing mall from the view of the little historical bridge/castle we climbed up!
Below: The historical walls of Southampton all down by the river!
Above: The view from the bridge! Yes, in the distance that is the most amazing cruise ship ever! It is right on the dock at Southampton!
Below: Another Rhino!
Above: Down by the seaside. Yes, those are cars coming off a large boat!
Below: Walking the walls of Southampton!
Above: Another cute Rhino!
Below: A close picture of that amazing cruise ship! It was honestly so huge!
Above & Below: Making my room feel more and more like home! Bringing the most precious people with me!
Above: Solent University library - where I will spend my time studying when I am not travelling!
Below: The park while walking to university!
Above: Flowers in the park.
Below: And again.
Above: Flowers in the park!
Below: A really cool walk way I found in the park!
Above: Memorial in the middle of the park. It is what I look for to know I am heading the right way!
Below: The city was having a contest for the best decorated Rhino. They were placed all around town for the month of September. You were able to see the whole city following the trail of rhinos!
Above: The most amazing chocolates from Hotel Chocolate in the mall!
Below: When I was at the university buying a Solent shirt, saw these little pig chocolates and had to try them! They were not very good but hey, they are cute little pigs!
Above: British Subway! No flatbread or shredded cheese but it was okay!
Below: My new Southampton Solent University tshirt!
Above: Walking to the university! Hard to believe I can wear capris and a tshirt out in September! It is gorgeous weather here lately!
Below: Waiting in the insanely long line to enrol and get my student card!
Above: The kitchen/laundry room! Yes it is normal for houses here to have laundry in the kitchen!
Below: Watching some British TV in the living room!
Above: Making dinner for myself! Best one yet! Sausages and rice!
Below: New tshirt I bought! Trying to get used to British fashion! I felt this was between British fashion and Molly fashion!
Above: Bank - an amazing store I found my tshirt in! Going to probably be one of my favourites!
Below: Having fish and chips for the first time. I felt so British with my little fork! Like Ed said, fit in ... that is why I waited to take the picture back home! LOL.
Above: The aftermath of my first fish and chip experience!
Below: This is how busy the mall is on Saturdays! This is from the top floor looking down! This is not even a glimpse of how many people there were!
Above & Below: A castle like bridge that is in the heart of the High Street/Shopping Centre here in Southampton. Yes, Ed I did walk through it. I know you are probably dying right now because I see a castle before you! LOL.
Above: Gelato at Tooti's! It was so amazing!
Below: A super cute display that was in the mall! Gosh, pigs just follow me everywhere. It must be a calling!
The Life of me!
Above: The walk home from class! It is so gorgeous here! Its like summer to a Canadian!
Below: The gorgeous park I have to walk through everyday! I love it!!
Above: I am becoming the next big chef I am telling you!
Below: Canada flag my landlord helped me attempt to put up in my room until he gets hooks! LOL.
Above: I tried Steak Pie and I really enjoyed it!!! I am finding things I like ... slowly but is better than nothing!
Below: My cute little street!
Above: The cutest little pathway in the park! It is gorgeous here!
Thanksgiving Weekend Representing Canadians LOL!
Above: I found the closest flavour to any chip we have back home! They were actually good!
Below: My Sunday Dinner - tried to have "thanksgiving"!
Above: My cute street! Except it has been raining lots lately...
Above: Barely any leaves have fallen from the trees...no snow anytime soon! Loving the England weather (yes, even the rain because it is better than snow)!
Below: Turkey dinner for Thanksgiving Monday!
OCTOBER 24TH, 2013 - DAY OUT - EXPLORING
Above and Below: The Memorial in the High Street for those lost at sea.
Above and Below: Memorial for those lost at sea.
Above and Below: Southampton coast line.
Above and Below: The marina! It was a gorgeous sight on the nicest day!
Above and Below: Walking the walls of Southampton!
Above: The walls of Southampton.
Below: The ruins to the castle from a birds-eye view (there is a walkway above it)!
Above: The skyline.
Below: The view of the marina from a distance.
Above: The distance of the marina.
Below: The gorgeous fall leaves that are just starting to turn colour!
Above and Below: Huge ships at the marina! This was one of those boats cars can drive on to.
Above and Below: The marina.
Above: The walls of Southampton!
Below: The duck type bird that loved me!
Above and Below: yea, we were pretty good friends!
Above: My little buddy!
Below: The stadium of Southampton FC.
Above and Below: Stadium of Southampton FC. I still don't get the fascination with football here. LOL. Everyone is so into it. Maybe I should try...
Above: The stadium sign!
Below: The best donuts in the world! I actually love these things! They are like sugar twists but toffee instead of sugar! LOL.
Above: Got some mail from back home to make me feel loved! It was a hilarious talking card from my Mimsey and cousin Whip. I really appreciate it so much as it gets tough sometimes missing those who mean the most to you. I was very excited and happy to see that 1/ I had mail and 2/ a card from two of my favourite people! Thanks for the smiles you two brought!
October 26th - Getting Inked in England!
The Past Few days…
Above: I am a champion cook - taco salad!
Below: Some neat snacks I found at the corner store called McColls. They were really good!
Above: Jacket Potatoes are a huge deal in England. They even have "fast food" places that sell them! I need to try that place one day!
Below: Coat I bought today!
Above: Lecture room here at Solent!
Below: Snack I found similar to home! So excited and they tasted like Cotton Candy!
Above: Me - ready to mentor!
Below: Winter coat I bought today!
Exploring and Such!
Above: Walking to class on Friday morning! SO gorgeous and no rain (BONUS)!
Below: Fireworks in celebration of Guy Fawkes night (November 5th but they started this weekend)!
Above: Starbucks - Venti Salted Carmel Hot Chocolate was amazing!
Below: That firework was a dud...
Above: You can't really see in the picture but the weather honestly has a problem. One second its pouring (As it was in the picture) then next minute its hot and sunny!
Above and Below: Adventures finding the bus stop! So pretty outside after the rain stopped!
Above: Me all representing UWindsor!
Above: Inspiration mentoring on Thursday!
Below: That one was bright...
Above: I am so getting good at this whole cooking thing! Next step - finally baking!
Below: Just around the corner from my house on the way to class!
Shopping and Living A great Life!
Above: Made brownies for my roommates! And they tasted phenomenal!
Below: Improvised with flake chicken and used real chicken but made my macaroni salad!!! Was way too Happy!!
Above: My table of love!
Below: My shopping from Saturday - yes the two items were 10 pounds total. My jaw dropped too!
Above: Rainy days. Typical England.
Below: Brownie Mix!
Above: My scarf and super cute hat!
Below: Brownies pre-cooked.
Above: Rocking the winter scarf and hat!
Below: Watched Hocus Pocus while making brownies!
Above: The brownies plated!
Below: Bought a cute hat and scarf - looking so British!
Above: The first time wearing the UGGS (because the rain stayed away for a day) so I thought it called for a picture!
Below: The pan for the brownies - yes I had to text mom and ask if this would work because we didn't have a proper glass pan! LOL.
Above: I look so British in my winter attire!!
Below: Snacks British Style!
Above: Rain in the park.
Below: Rocking the Canada socks!
Above: Walking to the mall in the rain…
Below: Finally found nail polish!
SOUTHAMPTON IS GETTING READY FOR CHRISTMAS!
Above: The Christmas Market!
Below: The band Concept playing to mark the beginning of Christmas at West Quay in Southampton!
Above: I love getting cards in the mail from home!
Below: My timetable - officially proper for this semester! LOL.
Above: The band Concept!
Below: Me ready for a chilly day out! Rocking my new favourite sweater I bought on the first outing in London!
Above and Below: Decorations in the mall!
Above: Ice cream in November - yup, even in England!
Below: Popcorn - microwavable! Miracles.
Above: The band Concept! The one on guitar is Harry Styles cousin!!!!!
Below: Christmas Market!
Above: I was a chef and made stir-fry! And lived to tell the tale.
Below: Harry Styles cousin!! That one is for you Whip!
Above: Getting in the Christmas spirit!
Below: Charity Bear Pudsey!
Above: Christmas spirit here in Southampton!
Below: Traditional British puppet show called "Punch and Judy"!
Above: Getting all British and drinking tea…and enjoying it!
Below: Christmas spirit!
Above: MICROWAVEABLE POPCORN! I finally found it! Still not like we have at home but hey, I'll take what I can get.
Below: Band Concept.
Above: Traditional British style.
Below: The Christmas Market!
Above: Billy the Owl who appeared in the Harry Potter films!
Below: Christmas lights!
Above: So nice and sunny out in November but the wind is so cold! At least we don't have snow!
Below: Harry Styles cousin.
Above: Lights and the busy dining level of the WestQuay mall. Or shopping centre as they are called here.
Below: Chocolate covered strawberry skewer brought home from the Christmas market!
Above: Me and my tea! New addiction…possibly. I even bought some while grocery shopping this weekend!
Life Is Perfect!
It is the Everyday Things - Loving Every Minute of Exchange
Above: Enjoying some Ferraro Rocher gelato at a place called Sprinkles!
Below: Inside Sprinkles!
Above: Streets of Southampton from inside Sprinkles!
Below: Preparing for my in-class critique for Dangerous Offenders…We were allowed one sheet inside with us…I made the most of it.
Above: Working on stuff for critique and enjoying some tea. I am becoming so British…
Below: Cute cardigan that was in my care package!
Above: OMG, I love donuts. It was better than words can say.
Below: Cute shirt and some socks from Primark!
Above: I am becoming such a good cook! I made my own caesar salad chicken pitta wraps!
Below: Good friends, even better times!
Above and Below: Fish and Chips!
Above: Some love from home!
Weekend of Fun - Good Memories, Even better company!
Above: Birthday cards from home - came early! :)
Below: I bent the spoon…eating ice cream is so serious that I forget my own strength…
Above: Ice cream eating is very serious…
Below: Funny friends!
Above: Friends forever! :)
Above and Below: One of my friend's roommates had real Maple Syrup! Such a happy and proud moment! LOL.
Above: Me and my friend Mark!
Below: Me and my German roommate, Lukas.
Above: Yup, we are roommates indeed.
Below: Lunch with Danny from Greggs! So good!
Hello 21 - My Birthday, England Style
Above and Below: Amazing friends who made the day amazing!
Above and Below: My first present of being 21 - from my German roommate!!
Above: They had a page about having more then you came with to an airport…It will be me in June!
Below: Lovely cards!
Above and Below: Biggest surprise of all - my cake and being sung happy birthday!
Above and Below: Blowing out the candles!
Above and Below: Too fun!
Above: Presents all the way from home - thanks to my parents!
Below: Gift from home!
Above: I am spoiled! But it was such a great day!
Below: Cupcake from Sprinkles!
Above: My cupcake, too cute with sparkly icing - tasted even better!
Above and Below: Cards and gift from Mark!
Above and Below: The biggest cone in the world - but oh so yummy!
Above and Below: T-shirts from Mark!
Above: My England pillow from Mark!
Below: Shoes from home!
Above and Below: Gifts from home!
Above and Below: Gifts from home!
Above: Gift from home!