New Year’s Resolution: Blog More

I started this blog back in August 2012 with every intention of becoming one of those prolific bloggers. Of course, like so many things in my life, it quickly moved to the back burner. It’s a new year, so here I am making the promise to try to blog more.

Since my last blog, I finished my first semester of grad school, Romney lost the Presidential race, I had an amazing holiday in the UK, and I started my second semester of grad school. The school probably isn’t that interesting to anyone but me and I’ve spent enough time pointing and laughing at Romney, so here is a brief summary (with pictures!) of the fabulous vacation.

I started off in London.


London is the best city in the world. I went to museums, saw plays, took tours, ate great food, and spent hours just wandering aimlessly around the city I love so dearly. Also, this happened:


Yes, I met Stephen Fry, one of Britain’s national treasures. I now like to pretend that he and I are best friends.

I took two day trips. As much as I love London, it was great to go out and see other places. On my next trip (which will, if everything goes to plan, happen in mid-2014) I will probably spend a good deal of time outside of London.

My first day trip was to Cardiff, Wales.


It was very chilly, windy, rainy, and beautiful. I spent the entire time soaking wet and barely noticed because I was enjoying the sights. I got to see a good portion of the city, including attending the Doctor Who Experience to amp up my geek cred.


The other day trip was to Edinburgh, Scotland. I had been there once before, but I only stayed in the city long enough to take a train to Stirling. This time I spent the whole day in the city.


It is really one of the most stunning places I have ever been to. I cannot get over the gorgeous architecture. There were several times I just stopped and spent several minutes admiring the winding and climbing streets. Or maybe I stopped because my lazy, out-of-shape self was winded from the hills. Either way, beautiful! Also beautiful was the hot chocolate I got at their Christmas fair.


Cadbury’s hot chocolate with whipped cream, marshmallows, and a Cadbury Flake bar. It was sinfully good.

Speaking of food, that was one of the best parts of the trip. Meat pies with mash or thick, greasy chips, hot tea, mince pies, chocolate. I spent most of the time drooling over the amazing food. I also took pictures of some of the delicious food.

Food (1)

Food (3)

Food (2)

It was incredibly bittersweet to have to return to the US and my real life, but I attempted to bring back a sizable chunk of Britain with me:


(The most important part, of course – the chocolate!)

Anyway, as everyone who has interacted with me in the past few weeks knows, I had the most amazing time. I was euphorically happy during the whole trip and I am ready to go back.

Happy 2013, everyone! This is the beginning of what I plan on making a blogging-filled year.