Christmas Feelings

I am grateful for Christmas! Check out what Kelli is grateful for.

This is my first time experiencing Christmas in England. I love all the Christmas Markets they have here! The first one I went to was the one in Gloucester.2015-11-19 Choir in Gloucester05It was so cute. I also like the one in Cheltenham.20151205-IMG_2892The Christmas Market in Bath is MASSIVE. There were sooooooooo many stalls. We waited for the train…20151203-IMG_285720151203-IMG_2858When we arrived, we were greeted by a beautiful sky and the sun. I felt like I haven’t seen the sun in days!20151203-IMG_2864Bath is beautiful.20151203-IMG_287720151203-IMG_287520151203-IMG_2884Yesterday was the first time I have ever been on the performing side of the orchestra. It was such a beautiful experience. I love being part of the choir even though I am still self conscious about my own voice, and, oddly enough, I don’t like to hear myself sing. My favourite part of last night was when we performed “Welcome the Star” and all the voices (tiny and big) sang together with all the instruments going all out. It was extraordinary. This is a photo I took during rehearsal.2015-12-05 Choir ConcerI feel so grateful for all the adventures I’ve had, and that I also get to share these adventures with the new friends I have made. This experience has been an incredible one, and one that I will never forget. I am so happy I chose to go back to school, and that I chose to do it abroad.

Everyday

So many adventures. I have been taking a photo a day and adding a quote next to each photo and posting them on Steller (my user is dailymeel if you use the app and want to see the quotes), but I think I will make the blog kind of like a diary.

13.11.2015. The chill in the air reminds me of home.

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14.11.2015. I went on my first long run since I got here. 7km. It’s small compared to what I usually do when I was training, but at least it’s better than nothing.Tivoli Street

15.11.2015. The vintage fair is so much fun, and I loved the look everyone wore!IMG_2611bw

16.11.2015. Uni is just a ten minutes walk away. I have never felt so little stress about getting to class on time!IMG_2617

17.11.2015. The blackout meant that our work on the computers were put to a stop, so Betta and I went to a coffee shop and got coffee and hot chocolate in our bellies and ideas down on paper.IMG_2628

18.11.2015. My ideas didn’t stop flowing and kept coming out until three in the morning.IMG_2644

19.11.2015. Daniel and I wandered around Gloucester a bit and we sang with the choir at Gloucester Cathedral and it was such a magical experience to sing in such a grand place. I feel so lucky and so grateful for this opportunity.IMG_2653

20.11.2015. Today was a day of essay writing. What a relief when it was time to tuck in.2015-11-20 Bed Time03Good night.

Grateful

Since Kelli posted early, I thought I would too. We are looking for complimentary colours this week. I know, red and green are the complimentary colours, but orange is close enough to red, so there:IMG_2502(2)I have so much to be grateful for. For one thing, just being here is something I never could have imagined. Today, I spent the morning and early afternoon studying and practicing music. I finally feel like I am getting better with my piano skills, instead of feeling stuck for the last 13 years of practice. I have also met so many wonderful people! I feel like I can really connect with the friends I made in choir, like Madison who is such a great writer and made me feel so special by including me in her blog post, so I will include her in mine too! Please forgive my grammar and bad writing skills.

I also met Ryan and Daniel who invited me to a dinner tonight at Doreen’s house. Doreen and her husband were so kind and friendly, I had a wonderful time there, and I got to eat food like Mom’s! After dinner, we had a Bible studies(?) group chat with Patrick who taught us stories from the Bible and shared with us experiences from his personal life. The sharing was really nice because it made me feel trusted and included. I hope to become more open and brave, since I usually like to keep things to myself.

Exploration

This photo was taken at Snowshill Manor. Check out what Kelli has to share.

IMG_2186(2)I had a wonderful visit to Snowshill Manor. I will share those photos one day (maybe). My mom came to visit me in Cheltenham, and I had a nice “staycation” (always felt weird using that word) at a very lovely B&B called Hanover House. It was a 10 minute walk from where I’m living, and it was a beautiful house with wonderful hosts.

During my staycation, my mom, my aunt, and I visited Gloucester, Broadway, Bath, and Winchcombe. Hopefully I will have time to share those photos, but I can’t make any promises. In the meantime, here’s one of Kermit walking around Broadway.IMG_2260

Jenn - November 4, 2015 - 9:39 pm

I am in love with that photograph of the apple!! It looks mysterious yet so beautiful.

Kelli - November 5, 2015 - 10:27 am

Love it! Reminds me of Snow White.

Staycations are great!

Amelia - November 8, 2015 - 3:39 pm

I love staycations! I didn’t think about Snow White, but thanks for making my photo sound more magical!

Amelia - November 8, 2015 - 3:39 pm

Jenn, Thank you!

Over A Month Already?

Before I start talking about my experiences in England, I’m going to share an image from a photography challenge I’m doing with Kelli because we both feel we want to improve in our photography skills. Click here for her blog. This week’s challenge was to photograph something with a corner composition. I photographed a few things, keeping that in mind, but I feel like I still came up with a rather boring photo. I guess we are doing this so we can get better, so hopefully I will get better as the challenge goes on!IMG_2018I’m really enjoying my time here in England. I still can’t really explain how I feel. Sometimes I’m still confused as to where I am when I wake up, but when I walk around town I feel like I’ve been here forever, even though I’ve only been here for about five weeks.

University life here is great! I don’t know if it’s because it’s just the first year, and I’ve done University before, but it feels really easy. I feel like I have so much time. I’m not spending all my time in Uni working on projects or essays, I actually have time to make friends, have a social life, practice piano, and explore. I even have time to cook every day.

If I have any advice to give, I would tell you to get involved in groups and societies. Especially if you’re a shy person like me! I met people from all over the world in the International Society. Marco (society president) organized a walk for us to Cleeve Hill so we can have a majestic view of Cheltenham from the hill top.IMG_1752IMG_1816(2)IMG_1821(2)IMG_1833Everyone dressed like it was winter, but it was like 10 degrees Celsius!

The International Society is great. Last week, I got to make hot chocolate for everyone!

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I got into a nice morning routine here, I walk to campus with various flat mates and take photos interesting things in the neighbourhood, and of course my flat mates too, because they all look so lovely.IMG_1885IMG_1886The classes are also very enjoyable. I’m studying animation, so I get to draw all day!IMG_1888The drawing class is basically Drawing 110 at UofA all over again, but I think it’s good practice.

Last weekend, I had an unplanned journey to Oxford. I love how I have time for unplanned journeys. And the other plus side was that it only cost me £2.60 to get there, thanks to Stagecoach! It was the cheapest, but longest possible journey. I didn’t mind though, because I got to see all these beautiful towns and villages along the way.IMG_1974(2)IMG_1976(2)There are always markets and interesting festivals happening in England! When I arrived in Oxford, there was a market and lots of food! IMG_1979The following morning, in Summertown, there was Farmer’s Market going on. Farmer’s Market is probably one of my favourite things in England! (It’s also one of my favourite things in Edmonton.) IMG_2025And if anyone could tell me what this red berry is, that would be wonderful! It looks like a beautiful red bead.IMG_2052

Kelli - October 21, 2015 - 5:23 pm

I love that you are taking pictures of your time away! It looks like you are having a great time! Your mommy is so cute!

Amelia - November 8, 2015 - 3:41 pm

Yes! I am trying to take more photos.