Angela K. - Chester, England - Fall 2012
My name is Angie and I'm studying for a semester in Chester, UK and I'm so happy of the placement I've chosen. I've been here for two weeks already, but school has just started today. The first week was designed so that international students could get to know one another. I love the group of friends I've made. I now have friends from Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, the US, Australia, Canada, and so many more! The second week the freshman, otherwise known as the freshers, came to Chester and havoc broke loose! We were warned that the freshers week was one of the craziest weeks we'd experience, and they weren't lying! Students celebrated starting the school year off all day every day for a week straight! I couldn't keep up with the British ways so I took a couple nights off to plan some trips across Europe instead!
Chester is lovely town with some of the most beautiful architecture I've ever seen. Chester is equipped with a roman built wall that surrounds the city. It's a lovely walk around the city. Great for photographic reasons as well as a different view of the city. About half of the wall is currently being restored so we'd have to get off and find where it started back up, but that was the best part because we were in the part of the city that we were unfamiliar with so we were forced to explore and find some hidden gems of the city.
The location of Chester is fantastic because we are 40 minutes away from Manchester and Liverpool and Wales is only 20 minutes away. We've already explored Liverpool many times and me being a huge Beatles fan found Liverpool to be amazing for it's the birthplace of the band. A trip to Wales and Snowdonia is this weekend and I couldn't be more excited. I have found a great group of friends here that all share the same interest in traveling and we already have trips to Spain, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Amsterdam, and more planned out! What a great semester it's going to be!!