Articles Abroad

For those wondering where they can see what articles I wrote and collaborated on for The Handbook when I was abroad, here you go:

What To Do This Weekend 22nd-24th July
Alfresco Cinema at Bluebird
Morning Glory Brunch at 100 Wardour St.
An Alternative Night Out with Hemsley and Hemsley
What To Do This Weekend 29th-31st July
Top Celebrity Hangouts
Summer Hits South West London
Gin Tasting at The Punch Room
Olives Restaurant at The Bailey’s Hotel London – What We Thought
Balans Soho Society Café Review – What We Thought
Casa Havana Brings a Taste of Cuba to London
Breakfast at Albion Clerkenwell Review – What We Thought

Hope you guys enjoy reading these as much as I enjoyed writing them!

xx, AE

The Miscommunication of Alexa Edwards

If you recognize that loose play-on-words, we can be friends.

Disclaimer: This is a long one.

I have been back and forth in my head about whether or not I should post about this, but in many ways I feel like I have to. Why was I so MIA this summer? Why did I only publish a couple of blog posts while I was abroad for eight weeks? Why didn’t I share any of my writing from my internship? Well, I’ll try to sum it up as succinctly as I can.

This intern abroad program was not what I expected and, in many ways, was falsely advertised. From the housing to my initial internship experience, I was extremely disappointed and unhappy. I absolutely hated my first internship from day one. Two and half weeks in, there was a misunderstanding between me and my employer about my role at the company and ultimately it was decided that I would work remotely twice a week. This actually left me without work for two whole weeks while this company dragged their feet in coming to this conclusion. I am leaving out the bulk of the story for a reason, but just know that the “remote work” didn’t come and my involvement with that company was the most adverse experience I ever had in my entire life that genuinely took a toll on my psyche. Continue reading “The Miscommunication of Alexa Edwards”

The Last Call

The Last Call

What happens when your best friend graduates from a university in a different country? You attend, of course.

I always said I would save up to fly to Edinburgh to go to my best friend Naomi’s college graduation. As fate would have it, I am fortunately already in the U.K. so I hopped on a train down to Scotland this past Wednesday night. This was honestly a weekend for the books. While it mostly consisted of sitting around and watching reality TV, it felt so much like home. A completely stress-free weekend full of home-cooked meals, sightseeing and endless laughter. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend my time with my second family, regardless of the fact that I got hailed on (no, seriously, we were attacked by hail). Not to mention, I’m still not over how beautiful Edinburgh is ❤
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Adventure Awaits

Adventure Awaits

First, I’d like to apologize for staying MIA when I said that I wouldn’t…twice. The time off from blogging and posting has exceeded the 21-day limit which means it feels like more of a habit now than a choice. But now that I am no longer living out of a suitcase or dealing with paperwork, I can stop, breathe and share.

As expected, I spent my first week here doing touristy thing with my brother: Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Leicester Square, pubs, Hyde Park, markets, you name it. The sun sets by 10 p.m. and rises right before 5 a.m. so it feels like the days can go on forever while the nights are so short. It really put us in a bind with staying on time for our plans, but I love the feeling of long days, no matter how exhausting.
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This second week, I started my internship while my brother headed over to Barcelona. My internship hasn’t consisted of much to report, but I have been taking advantage of said late sunsets. Staying out after work makes my time here feel more concrete rather than waiting for the weekend to enjoy myself. I feel like a real Londoner (not to mention, my work day doesn’t start until 9:30 a.m. so I have the luxury of staying out later).
The week flew by with Cameron not being around. We saw each other once more for his last night in London yesterday. We ended the weekend by revisiting Oxford Street, stopping by the MI6 building, and taking in an aerial view of the city from Sky Garden. I am so glad to have been able to create these memories with my brother that will last a lifetime. Next time we will be even more prepared and I look forward to traveling together again.
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IMG_3894Returning to London was equally everything I imagined and nothing I imagined. I thought once I boarded the tube from Heathrow, I would feel this sense of nostalgia and that I would be even more overwhelmed with emotion once I rose above ground. However, I didn’t feel anything at all. Aside from the stress I inflict upon myself to make sure all the T’s are crossed and all the I’s are dotted, I see now that I didn’t feel nostalgia because it still feels so familiar. Even as I type this, it doesn’t really feel like I’m here. It’s a recognizably different feeling than any other because I feel like I’m somewhere between fantasy and reality. The amount of memories I made here last year in a short span of four months makes me feel both attached and detached because it’s not my home, but it feels like it is. Granted, I’ve been preoccupied with many, many other things to really stop and smell the roses, but in the quiet moments of walking through the streets, it feels like I belong. I’m so glad to be back 🙂 Continue reading “Adventure Awaits”