Study Abroad

To the friends I met across the pond

6:30:00 AM

This post is going up the day before we leave, and honestly it doesn't seem like it's ending.
We just met. You don't even know how many times I logged onto my laptop to just play around on google maps street view and get myself to the manor and around London. 

There have been so many times that I have felt truly grateful to have such great friends like you. 
People who care when I feel sad, and people who sometimes know me better than myself. People who make me laugh, and are there with open arms when one of us cries. We may have only met in January but it feels like I have known you my entire life. There's no one else I would run up and down 5 flights of stairs for late at night. 

I have never smiled so much or laughed so hard. There's no way words can even describe how much I love each of you. 

Travelling the world with you, has really been a pleasure, and something I will never, could never, forget. We conquered the tube the first weekend, navigated airports and train stations and countless cities. 

You mean the world to me. Leaving you really tears my heart in half. Even though, I know you're going to be so happy to be home again. 

And I hope
That whatever roads we take, that we get to run into one another again, and that we never lose touch. 
Because I've never had best friends before. 
And these last four months have taught me what it's like to finally have that. 
We have grown so much together. We're literally the same people. I'm so glad I didn't have to go through my entire life not knowing you.

I could never thank you each enough. I wrote all of you letters that you have to read on the plane ride home. I think a piece of my heart is going to be left behind in England, and left with all of you. They tell you making friends is the easy part, but they never tell you that it's also the best part. It's really about who you're with that makes the adventure that much better.

Thanks for an amazing ride. Smiles, laughs and cries and long, late night talks. 

I love you all so much. And this isn't goodbye. Because we'll always have each other, Even if we're more than a floor away from each other.

Until next time, 

see you soon, Kenzie


Dancing by the Sea

6:23:00 PM

One of my favorite places that I have ever visited in the world is Santorini, Greece. I was there with my family on a cruise in 2012, and five years later who would have thought I would have the chance to go back but this time with my best friends.


Santorini was full of amazing memories, on the first day we hung out at the Black Sand beach less than half a mile from our airbnb. It was a bit windy, but we've been sun-deprived for so long that nothing was going to stop us from soaking it in.

Elephant Pants

It's hard to describe a place that is so beautiful in words. Not even pictures do it justice. There was the cutest stray dog on the beach who was so happy to hang out with us, my friend Catie and I even took selfies with him. We called him Ralph and he followed us to a restaurant, and unfortunately we never saw Ralph after that. Hope he's doing well living on the beach.

Stray Dogs


Black Sand
PC: Hannah 

Because it was off season, a lot of the shops were closed, which was alright because we found a grill house nearby that served delicious gyros! There were so many shops on the beachfront that I'm sure in the summer are filled with people! If you're going to the black sand beach, it's a bit rockier than we had expected.


Spanish Sun

4:25:00 AM

One afternoon train, a sunset flight and I found myself in the city of Barcelona. A few weeks ago, I also realized I hadn't been back to the Mediterranean sea since 2012. Which is crazy, because that trip was one of my favorites. 


I was reminded why I loved the sea so much last time as I found myself back in a city that was bordered by it. 


We only had a few days to explore, so packed in a lot of walking. Like a 2 mile walk to La Sagrada Familia two days in a row and then resting on a hop on hop off bus tour around the city. 


The Sagrada Familia is a beautiful cathedral that has been in construction since 1882. Which is crazy! The inside was gorgeous, with windows that reflected the sun onto the cement in greens and blues and oranges and reds. 
Sagrada Barcelona

Sagrada Familia

We accidentally booked our tickets for 9am on Thursday and I would actually recommend it. Yes you have to get up early, but the lines later on were a lot longer and it was more crowded. After visiting the Sagrada, we were going to visit Park Guell, but ended up buying tickets for the next day and stuck to finding something else on one of the stops!

I also found some rare sunshine and even though it was less than 60 degrees Fahrenheit, I still sunbathed in it. 


We also stopped off the bus for some shopping along the La Rambla, and also for some Gelato at Amorino! Which you may have seen if you followed me on instagram

Gelato flower

I fell asleep that first night ready for the next day at Park Guell, ready for the rainy day and more shopping. I also had my first Sangria that night, which is when I fell in love with Sangrias and more in love with Barcelona. 

You can find more info about Sagrada Familia tickets here
I'm not sure what it's like in Summer time but it was pretty busy during the winter months! You don't need very long inside the church, other than to marvel at the windows and structure itself. I would definitely recommend getting your hop on hop off bus tickets outside the Sagrada, which was about 30 euro for one day and 40 euro for two days. You can go anytime and get off anytime but have to use the tickets consecutively. 


Another Barcelona post is coming your way! I spent four days there and there wasn't enough room in this one to tell you all about it. 

Lake District

Lost by the Lake

5:11:00 AM

There are only a few weeks left in my semester abroad, and I can't think about it too much or I'll cry. I've honestly fallen in love with this country, and one of the prettiest places I got to travel to was the Lake District. 


Though the weekend we went was misty and foggy, it was still gorgeous and breathtaking. We had two days to explore the town of Ambleside. The CoreFour had gotten ourselves lost on the streets of Ambleside, which wasn't too bad since the town is really cute! I really would not have wanted to be lost with anyone other than this group of best friends anyway. 



Ambleside UK

None of us fell into the mud or waterfalls, but some of us purposely jumped in the lake later on. 
Windermere lake

One of my favorite memories from this trip? Has to be walking 5 miles with Catie to get Gingerbread in Grasmere. It's famous, tastes amazing and smells incredible. Mini shoutout to Catie because she had just gotten back from Ghyll Scrambling (waterfall climbing) and was up for walking 5 miles with me for food. We took the taxi there because we all had a little nap, and the shop closed at 5:30p. 



If you want to get some amazing gingerbread, go to Sarah Nelson's Gingerbread in Grasmere!
It's fantastic, it was about 8 pounds for a bag of 12 and about 6 pounds for a bag of 6. 
Lake District was so beautiful and I cannot wait to come back and visit again someday.