So it’s been a while since I last wrote. I feel like I keep saying that but this time, it’s like really true. This last week has been so busy with studying for a midterm this Friday, taking small day trips here and there, and just trying to enjoy Cambridge for the last few days I’m here. It’s been an adventure, and I’m really disappointed it’s coming to an end, even if I do get to go to the supposedly amazing city of Stockholm.
The day after I last wrote was Friday, and basically that…Continue
Added by Petra Dahms on August 19, 2015 at 4:46pm — No Comments
As the days go by and class is getting more intense, it’s hard to try to keep up with the world outside of this program. And so, even though I’ve basically given up on this ‘every day’ blog, my new goal is to write at least every other day, just so I can try to have more time to enjoy myself, but also so I can have more things to write about when I actually do write.
Yesterday and today were two totally different experiences and so much has gone on that it’s all very exciting and also…Continue
Added by Petra Dahms on August 19, 2015 at 4:44pm — No Comments
I really can’t believe it’s already been 11 days.
Time keeps going by too fast, and even though I’m trying to enjoy it all, I’m learning that 4 weeks for a class is really intense. It feels like it’s been nonstop for the past 3 days because, well, it basically has been.
These first few days have been split up in almost the same way: breakfast, class, tea break(!), class, lunch, class, tea and coffee break, and then tutoring/”free” time. That “free” time is basically time to try…Continue
Added by Petra Dahms on August 19, 2015 at 4:41pm — No Comments
This weekend was literally so much fun that I couldn’t feel my face (reference to the hit new song that is out now by The Weekend.)
1) Friday night consisted of a social gathering with Cambridge graduate students from all different areas of study. Being told to dress formal automatically made the night ten times more fun. As per the Cambridge tradition, we met on the Clare Bridge for photo opportunities. (This college really has their life together to have a set time for photos.)…Continue
Added by Carly Tyer on August 17, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments
It was drizzling and gloomy outside. There is a paint color at Color Me Mine called London Fog and it is the perfect shade of grey. Last time I was in London there was a heat wave and I feel like this is the first time I captured the true essence of the city. Rain changes every sensory detail in London from the smell to the sounds. The city noises became rain falling in the collecting puddles, water under the car ‘tyer’s and thunder booming. And wow, it really messes up my hair. I was about…Continue
Added by Carly Tyer on August 13, 2015 at 3:58pm — No Comments
Today’s excursion consisted of an outing to the science museums in the Cambridge area. I will share the highlights and not bore you with the details since I was collecting information to write a paper on later. The first stop was the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, aka the hipster antique shop of history. I have a secret/not so secret passion for astronomy and all things constellations that this museum really filled inside me. You enter the museum to a 1910 refracting telescope…Continue
Added by Carly Tyer on August 13, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Today’s highlight was a tour of the University of Cambridge’s Sainsbury Laboratory, on the forefront of research and design. We were met by the peppiest English receptionist who immediately lightened up the day. She showed us into a room with a long grandiose meeting table where we would here a talk from a lab leader on epigenetics with methylation and transposons. Epigenetics is the study of different expressions of the same piece of DNA without changing the sequence of nucleotides.…Continue
Added by Carly Tyer on August 11, 2015 at 4:32pm — No Comments
Sunday was the first day of school and I couldn’t have been more excited to dive into this material. The first day covered the basics of DNA replication, and our professor casually mentioned how she, “chit-chatted” with James Watson. *sigh* Every girls dream. (She really sets the bar high.)
After our first lecture, we had the day free to explore. Lunch was again eaten at the best comedy club in Cambridge, A.K.A The Cam River and The Punters. Wow, that could really be the name of a…Continue
Added by Carly Tyer on August 10, 2015 at 4:03pm — No Comments
Today was our first day of classes here at Cambridge. We started with a basic overview of genetics and went over some topics that we very fundamental to the rest of the course. Although it was mostly simple, it was so interesting to finally be learning what I’ve been waiting to learn these last 2 years. It was quite embarrassing actually: about an hour into class I got this overwhelming feeling of gratefulness to be sitting in this small room looking out a window into the large courtyard at…Continue
Added by Petra Dahms on August 9, 2015 at 4:02pm — No Comments
The day started with a historical science based walking tour. We learned that the college is where the students live and the university is where they are taught and laboratories held. Cambridge now has 31 colleges that are a part of the University of Cambridge and Cambridge has been the fuel behind 32 Nobel Peace Prizes. The tour started with interesting information on Darwin, the well know biologist and author of The Origin of Species; 1) science was only a hobby and he went to…Continue
Added by Carly Tyer on August 9, 2015 at 3:39pm — No Comments
Today I made the trek through the peaceful English country side to Cambridge. It was out of a fairytale it was so perfect. This city is basically the Davis of England- it’s a bike town, a small college town, and a cow town. What’s not to love?
Cambridge is just as I had imagined it to be; it has winding cobble streets, white paned windows, markets, and sprawling gardens. (I did not expect the very grandeur mall that was built in this century.) We started off the day with…Continue
Added by Carly Tyer on August 8, 2015 at 11:06am — No Comments
So it’s been a while since I last updated this, but I’ve been so busy with moving and trying to figure last minute details that I’ve had very little downtime to actually sit behind a computer. And most of that very little downtime was spent sleeping anyways!
Okay, recap time: My last few days in London were a lot more lowkey. I visited Kensington Palace, where the royal family with Prince William and Kate live and we toured the old apartments of Queen Victoria and King George III. We…Continue
Added by Petra Dahms on August 8, 2015 at 10:21am — No Comments
Today was definitely my favorite day so far in London. I don’t know if it was me having a good night’s sleep, or an awesome English breakfast to start my day, or that we went to a bunch of places and did things that I really just enjoyed. All I know is that today I finally felt excited and happy to be where I am. And that was the feeling that I knew I had been missing ever since I got here.
But first I’m going to quickly overview what we did yesterday, because I didn’t have time to…Continue
Added by Petra Dahms on August 8, 2015 at 8:43am — No Comments
After some unforeseen circumstances, I have finally started my journey to England. A week later, but I am here. I have to admit that traveling alone that distance is a little scary. I started with a flight to Chicago that ended up with the infamous seat next to a baby. Yes, the baby seat. DUN, DUn, Dun. He ended up being the cutest, and well-behaved baby ever that I got 2/3 hours of sleep on the flight. I even got to hold him. Something that is not in the job description of flying, is that…Continue
Added by Carly Tyer on August 8, 2015 at 2:33am — No Comments
Today was so much better than yesterday. First of all, I had a full night’s sleep. Second, I got to spend the day with my best friend from high school, Mackenzie, while my uncle was out for the day visiting the Cotswolds. She had been studying abroad in Scotland for the past few weeks and so it was so nice to finally see her again, even if just for a little while. Two of her friends from her program came too, so we all just hung out together having a fun and relaxing day in…Continue
Added by Petra Dahms on August 2, 2015 at 4:52pm — No Comments
My excitement to finally be in London should be met with, well, excitement. But as the last few days before my trip quickly came and went in a blur, it became so hard to focus on that excitement when all I really felt were nerves. Was I bringing the right clothes? Should I bring my rain boots? Wait, no, that puts me over the weight limit… etc. I eventually gave up trying to perfectly plan based on what other people told me, and decided to pack for myself (I chose my hair drying over…Continue
Added by Petra Dahms on August 1, 2015 at 5:57pm — No Comments
Hello! Hallo! Hej! Hallo!
You have officially entered my page where I will be telling my stories and adventures abroad to the magical far away kingdom across the pond, and I hope you will not be disappointed. Bare with me though- I have never done one of these “blog” things before of which people speak. (Pronounced blawg for those of you are new to this too. Honestly, they missed out spelling blog a much cooler way.) This is going to be a learning experience for myself, the…Continue
Added by Carly Tyer on July 13, 2015 at 5:58pm — No Comments
Today marks 17 days until I leave for my trip. As excited as I am – which is like, incomprehensible – it’s hard to believe how fast this first half of summer is going by. It feels like just yesterday I was applying to UC Davis and looking into all their study abroad programs, and now three years later I’m finally embarking on what is most likely going to be the best month and a half of my life.…Continue
Added by Petra Dahms on July 13, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments
This week I learned more about Scottish history than I ever could have from reading a history book – from visiting Culloden Battlefield, to driving through Isle of Skye, and hearing stories of “wee people” in the glens, I feel like I have a much deeper comprehension of Scottish culture following this trip to the Highlands. Throughout all of this adventure, the idea that stuck with me the most was when Debs told us about the contrast between the official Scottish national anthem, and the…Continue
Added by Lindsay Billings on July 9, 2015 at 1:10pm — No Comments
My second week in Edinburgh was absolutely incredible, and I'm really beginning to love this city! Week 2 was filled with plenty "touristy" adventures, including a tour of the Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum of Scotland, and a visit to the Edinburgh magic festival. While our huge group of 20 students definitely stuck out as tourists, I didn't really mind this week because I think it's important to see the city from the lens of a tourist as well as a more immersed, long-term visitor in…Continue
Added by Lindsay Billings on July 9, 2015 at 12:47pm — No Comments