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”

Pass That Dutch

Pass That Dutch

Guess who spent eight hours in Amsterdam alone?

This actually happened last weekend, but I have had a crazy, full week of activities so I haven’t gotten around to posting. While I love London to the extent that I don’t mind staying here all the time, I did feel weird about not having traveled (with the exception of Scotland) during my whole time here. I knew I couldn’t make it to Berlin so I decided on Amsterdam.
For £50, I took a 12-hour bus journey to the Netherlands and let me tell you…it was one of the worst experiences of my life. Between the man next to me that had BO, the couple opposite me who were constantly making out or eating sour cream & onion Pringles, and the seasickness from the unprecedented ferry ride, I definitely had an emotional breakdown at 3:00 in the morning. I didn’t know what to expect from the journey, but that certainly wasn’t it. Let’s just say I was more prepared for the ride home.
When I finally arrived in Amsterdam, I had a minor panic about everything being in Dutch and not being able to pronounce anything in the event that I needed that information. But once I got to Centraal Station, everything was okay. I spent most of the day just walking around because I forgot free museums were only a UK thing and didn’t budget for it. Not to mention, the Anne Frank House, my main attraction, was impossible to see with the short time that I was there so the only thing I did was visit the Torture Museum and the I amsterdam sign.
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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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