Sunday, May 8, 2016

Monthly Favourites- April 2016

This is coming to you late, but it's coming to you nonetheless. It's the end of the school year for me, and I'm in a whirlwind of papers and fitting in last minute trips to get the most of my last month here. I'm going to be honest with you - I'm not 100% sure what I did in April. A couple things have stood out to me, but other than that, April was relatively uneventful.

1. York



This trip happened at the end of March, but it was too late to make it onto my March favourites. However, it was absolutely amazing. I would go so far as to say this has been my favourite trip. I'm still very proud of myself for making the full trek up the York Minster. I wrote a full post about it in April, so check that out for more details.

2. Edinburgh



I went on a trip to Edinburgh, Scotland a couple weeks ago. I'll be writing a full post about it coming soon! I really wish I had more time there, but it was gorgeous. It's similar to York with the history and old buildings, and I loved it. Plus, there's a castle there, and I have loved exploring castles.

3. The Deep



Last week, Matt and I went to The Deep Aquarium in Hull. We've been doing a lot of day trips, so I'll write a full post about those at some point in the next couple weeks. Matt loves tropical fish, so he's been wanting to take me here for a while. It was a great experience. We went on a weekday, so there were so many kids running around, and they were all just so cute. I don't know anyone who doesn't love a good aquarium visit.

4. Snooker World Championships

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Before I came to England, I had no idea what Snooker was. Matt loves it, so I've slowly been learning how it works. It takes incredible skill to be able to be a good Snooker player, and it has been really fun to learn about the game. I'll admit, it's not for everyone. It has some boring moments, and I've definitely fallen asleep a couple times, but when there's a good match on, it gets exciting just like any other sport. Although, I did end up watching the first and second longest frames to ever be played at The Crucible. The World Championships started at the end of April and finished in May. One of the finalists was the first ever Asian player to make it into the finals, so I lucked out and saw some history being made. The winner was Mark Selby, and it was great to watch his victory in the end. 

5. Headphones



This may seem like an odd one, but these headphones have been my saviour this month. I wanted to end the year well, so I tried to focus. However, in a flat with thin walls, it's difficult to find focus when you can hear everyone's conversations or music or Netflix. I remembered that these headphones are noise-cancelling, so I plugged them in one of my devices and used them as earplugs when I was working. If you can work with music, even better. If not, I still suggest this technique. I forget what type of headphones these are, but I'm pretty sure I got them at The Source back in Canada.

So April was more eventful than I thought. The only other thing I could possibly put on this list is that I finished up my classes. However, I'm in the process of writing two papers, so school isn't actually over yet. As soon as I'm done those, that's when really cool things start happening. In May, I'll be visiting three countries, so I'll have some exciting posts lined up! Plus, I get to see my family again. I've been getting increasingly more sad as my time here is coming to a close. I'm stuck in a place where I want to go home and see my friends and be at home with my family, but I also don't want to leave my new home. It's a dilemma. That's my personal reflection for the day.

What did you do in April?

-Daniella