Valentine’s Day Homemade Dinner Date

One of my favorite things to do is cook dinner with my boyfriend. It is less expensive than going out to eat, and we can sit in sweatpants and watch The Office while eating dinner from the comfort of my own apartment. This Valentine’s Day, we decided to cook dinner together so that we could skip the busy restaurants (and because I had to study for an exam that was scheduled for the next day).

Since Valentine’s Day was also Ash Wednesday, we needed to make sure that the meal was vegetarian (my boyfriend is vegetarian so it was a win-win!). We decided to a make spinach artichoke mac and cheese. I had the idea to make it when I saw a Tasty video about it the week before.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like the End of the Semester

It really hasn’t yet hit me that I’m done with my last final of the semester and that I’m heading back home tomorrow for Christmas. It seems like I don’t even remember this semester since it flew by.

This fall, I made it a priority to be more appreciative. I got so much more out of everything that I did with the mindset of “I don’t have to do this; I get to do this.”

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Weird Things I Learned in London

Although I would say that London isn’t too different from the United States, here are some fun differences that I found/things that people do in London and not as much in the U.S.:

  • baked beans on toast is normal to eat for breakfast
  • you can find tea almost anywhere and a lot of people put milk in their tea
  • trash cans are difficult to find
  • all of the branded cafes are extremely similar and offered a lot of sandwiches that are stored in a cooler and that you would take to the counter to get pressed
  • toilets look different; there is a button on the wall to flush the toilet
  • I first tried/heard of elderflower cordial
  • people keep to themselves
  • “take-away” is actually takeout
  • car and taxi drivers can have an attitude
  • it doesn’t always rain
  • weird (and delicious!) potato chip/crisp flavors: paprika, balsamic vinegar, red onion/cheddar
  • many bars do not ID
  • “sorry” instead of “excuse me”
  • the exit signs in buildings are pictures of stick people running
  • “way out” instead of “exit”
  • when you are crossing the street, the pavement will tell you to “look left” or “look right”
  • street signs would be placed on the walls of corner buildings
  • restaurant service/pay before eating/order at bar
  • many Europeans and foreigners in England
  • eye-catching advertisements in the underground

I just wanted to provide you a quick list–if you want any further explanations, please leave a question in the comments!

(I apologize for the bad grammar. I just wrote like 5 blog posts and am hungry haha).

London: Day 6

On the sixth day of London, our small group took the tube to the South Bank area and toured Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. It was a really cool experience because we happened to be the only tour in the theatre at the time. I had read about five Shakespeare plays in high school, and I have a better appreciation for Shakespeare after touring the replica theatre.

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