Nearly two months after the verdict and I’m finally writing this blog.
It’s not a post that I take great (or any) pleasure in writing. Nevertheless, I feel that I owe some follow up comments, given my post before the vote.
Like many people I know, my immediate reactions were that of shock, sadness and anger. Even the city I was born and grew up in voted to leave by a majority of 51%. The day before the vote I stood up in front of my Macroeconomics tutorial class to give a presentation about the UK economy. I talked about how one of the polls predicted a 52-48 split in favour of ‘Leave’. I went on to say that such a result was highly unlikely; after all, nobody had correctly predicted the results of the Scottish independence referendum two years earlier, and these things were almost never right. The embarrassing truth was that just this once, they were. Continue reading “Post-Brexit Blues”→
‘Brexit’: Britain’s exit from the EU, or the catchy name of a new breakfast cereal?
Ok but seriously, you can’t read the news lately without seeing something about the upcoming referendum, it’s the word on everybody’s lips (and social media pages)! I’m not going to pretend to know much about politics but I do hope to offer my point of view as someone who is currently benefitting greatly from Britain’s membership of the EU.
First off, I would like to say that, if you haven’t already guessed it, I am 100% supporting the IN-campaign, it isn’t very often that I find myself agreeing with David Cameron but in this case I think he makes some good points. No, the EU isn’t perfect, but neither are the alternatives. Continue reading “EU’ve got to be kidding me!”→
The most common question I’ve been asked since arriving here has got to be “why did you choose for Utrecht?”, a question often accompanied by a subtext of ‘what’s wrong with the UK?’ and a general incomprehension of why a seemingly quiet girl from the north of England would want to live in the Netherlands. Continue reading “Why Utrecht ?”→
The year is nearly over, but not until we’ve decorated our trees, sung a few carols, and stuffed our faces with more turkey and than we know is good for us. For me this year that has meant swapping the Econ girls for the KES girls, flatmates for parents, papernoten for gingerbread, Sinterklaas for Santa Claus, The Village Coffee and Music for Tamper Coffee, my bike for the car, miles of flat streets for the seven hills of Sheffield, and the flood management savvy Netherlands for a flooded UK. Continue reading “Flying Home for Christmas”→
Family is something which is incredibly important to me. Therefore, showing my sisters and brothers-in-law around my new city was one of the highlights of my year. Having only lived in Utrecht for just over two months I still felt like a tourist for many parts of the weekend but having visitors meant we could do fun, touristy things that I wouldn’t usually do as a student like canal boat tours and exploring parts of the city I hadn’t been to yet. Coffee, cake and beer made up some of the best parts of the weekend along with trying Dutch delicacies such as Bitterballen, some delicious Indonesian food, and all enjoyed with brilliant company. Continue reading “Table for 5”→
A friend commented recently that most of my pictures from my time here so far have been related to bikes (or in Dutch- Fiets)! I explained to her that living in the 3rd most bike friendly city in the world (beaten only by Copenhagen and Amsterdam) this is simply unavoidable.
The Netherlands in general is a biking paradise and there is certainly no shortage of bikes! There is an estimated 18 million bikes in the Netherlands, compared to their population of around 16.8 million (you do the maths). Continue reading “Fiets, Feats and Feet(s)”→
I can’t believe I’ve been here a month already! They say that time flies when you’re having fun, for me time has both flown and also at times gone incredibly slowly but (apart from a few bike related bruises) I’ve made it through the first month unscathed and with lots of good times and new friends (both Dutch and International). Continue reading “A Month Already?”→
Having arrived exactly two weeks ago I thought it was about time to write my first post from Utrecht! Arriving on Sunday both physically and emotionally exhausted seemed to signal much of what the week ahead would be like. The international meet and greet was first on the agenda and was sold as a way to meet other internationals studying in Utrecht (either on exchange, a bachelors, or a masters course) however in reality it became a game of “how many people can we find from the same country as ours and squeeze into a circle?” while I’m happy to have met other people from the UK I’m glad that I have now also met a lot of other internationals from all over the world as well as many Dutch students too. Continue reading “First Impressions”→
This blog post is coming to you from the departure lounge at Manchester airport. The day has finally come! It’s time.
It’s one of those days that’s been looming for a while but now that it’s actually here it feels pretty surreal. The Bateman wedding was full of joy and dancing and emotional goodbyes and I can’t imagine a better send off than all my family being together.
Someone pointed out to me recently that moving away doesn’t mean you lose all your old friends and start from scratch. I think I’ve needed reminding of this recently as moving got closer and it felt at times like I was leaving forever.
I’m really going to miss the places and people I love in Sheffield but can’t wait to arrive in Utrecht.