One Year Ago…

In mid-October of last year, I went to Nice, France. It was a nice break from cloudy England. Highlights were visiting Monaco, walking around old town and meeting another American traveler called Lucas.

In late October, I met Enter Shikari for the first time at a signing in Kingston, London (you can read about it in my original post here). I bought one of their albums at the same record store where they had the signing, bought another one of their albums in Philadelphia and ordered one more for the signing. They were really genuine and listened to what I had to say, regardless of how long the line was behind me. They signed all three of my albums and I couldn’t stop smiling the whole way back to Brighton.

Halloween was so fun last year! My roommate, Ben, and I dressed up as Danny and Sandy from Grease and our outfits were a hit. Along with a few more of our friends, we spent the night pub crawling, with my favorite pub being The Hope and Ruin, it was so nicely decorated.

One of the most memorable experiences I had in the United Kingdom was Bonfire Night in Lewes. You can read about it in the original post here, but Bonfire Night signifies the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. To celebrate the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London. It is now celebrated all around the nation, with one of the most critically acclaimed ones in the small town of Lewes, which was mere miles away from my university. It was so rainy, muddy and miserable, but the worst part was the loud firecracker that went off in the street and the debris that hit you like a hot whip. However, seeing the awesome fireworks was all worth it. I will also remember this night as one of the first real night out with my now boyfriend, Dan. Although we were with a group of friends, it is still a fun memory to look back on today.

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