Part of travel blogging entails the privilege to share and swap stories with the bloggers you read and the bloggers that follow you. I met Ariel from A Dreamer's Daze on the first day being abroad, and only found out later that we had a common interest: blogging! We decided to share our shared love for Canters in a questionnaire we both compiled. I hope you enjoy a different (but oddly similar) perspective on the little city that I fell in love with.
My name is Ariel! I blog over at A Dreamer's Daze. I studied in Canterbury last semester with the wonderful Hannah Margaret. Through e-mails of story swapping and reminiscing, we decided it would be fun to answer a few questions about our time spent across the pond. Just writing this is making me all nostalgic. I still can't get it out of my mind that I won't be going back to England for this upcoming semester. I guess it's safe to say, England kind of stole my heart.
1. What made you want to study abroad in Canters?
I love the way of life. It's slower- more peaceful. I guess you could say that about European cultures, in general, but I just loved how I was able to slow down and really appreciate the experience. For dislike- they call salad dressing, salad cream. cream. That is #1 on my list of words that gross me out. I can't even.
3. What was your favorite thing to do or place to go?
4. What did you learn from the experience as a whole?
5. Where else did your travels lead, and which place was your favorite?
6. Funniest Moment:
I was in Austria visiting a dear friend when The Hunger Games came out. As huge Hunger Games nerds, we decided we absolutely had to see it on opening night. We got to the movie theatre and accidentally snuck into the theatre before we were allowed to be in there. Then I sat through two hours of The Hunger Games in German. Do I speak or understand German? Nope. But Peeta's pretty, so it was fine. ha!
In Scotland, the girls I and I went on a pub crawl. I ended up starting a dance party in a pub to Thriller with a friend. We got almost everyone dancing and singing along. It was amazing! That night will forever be a highlight of my time abroad.
I was at the airport in Denmark, leaving for Amsterdam. One of the men working the security line told me I could leave my boots on when walking through the airport security scanner. I walked through and the lady on the other side told me to step up onto a stool. I stepped up and was, at that point, standing in front of everyone. She then proceeded to pat me down. Problem? I am extremely ticklish. I was trying so hard to just hold still and get it over with, but it wasn't really happening. I was literally crying, I was laughing so hard. And of course people in the security lines were watching and laughing
7. Best meal:
8. Favorite regular spot in town:
9. Favorite drink:
Kopparberg mixed berry cider. Or any hard cider, really. So. Good.
10. What do you miss most?
I miss the people. I miss traveling across Europe with some of my very best friends. I miss the bunnies that seemed to be everywhere on campus and waking up to the sun and the birds chirping. I miss the view of the river walking down High Street. I miss the cafes and the accents and the traveling by train. It was such a poetic way of life, even if for such a short time. It was a dream.
Ariel, you are so wonderful! Thanks for sharing a little bit of the place that we clearly both know and love. It was such a treat swapping stories. And FYI, I answered the same questions on her blog here. And I've got some more teen tips in an article over at Popcosmo!