Walks through my life: Colchester

Walks through my life is a more personal series of blog entries, which will be posted on the second Friday of the month. Here is the first! I was born, and grew up, in a smallish English town called Colchester, which is in the East of England. It has 100,000 inhabitants, is fast-growing, and in the driest …

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My first time as an academic speaker

On Saturday the 21st of February 2015 I was a speaker at the first Cambridge Undergraduate Conference in German Studies. The theme was "Germany in 2015" and I was part of the last panel whose theme was "Memory and Renewal". This was scheduled for the end of the day, so I had ample time to watch …

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Returning to University after a Year Abroad

Hello! Sorry I went a whole month and a half without posting! I'm now halfway through the most stressful year of my academic life and blogging has fallen slightly to the wayside. I'm not taking a hiatus per-se, but until June don't expect more than perhaps two blog entries as I'm so busy. But that's …

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Homesickness is not wrong

When you are 15 and you go away from home for a week no one blames you for being homesick, when you're a fresher in your first term of uni people expect you to be homesick, and yet when you turn 20 you are suddenly expected to be an adult who can never miss home. …

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Why do we, like, hate language change?

There are always going to be words of our language (in my case, obviously English),  which we don't like.  When I hear people saying American words when there are perfectly good British ones and whenever a red squiggly line appears when I write 'colour', for example, my inner tea-drinking repressed British-self howls in despair.   …

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My first thoughts about Vienna

Hello all!  I moved to Vienna in Austria a few weeks ago so I left blogging by the wayside as I had to deal with the hassles of opening a bank/getting a student card/sorting out a phone/making friends/adjusting to my new life etc. etc.   I have now been in Vienna for just shy under …

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French Fashion versus British Attire

One of the most fascinating things when immersing yourself in a new culture is observing the fashion of your peers.  When I came to France I didn't really expect the typical sleek, thin stereotype but I did know Britain's reputation as, to put it mildly, 'tacky'.   Here are a few of my general observations when …

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