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I’ve arrived in the USA // Study Abroad✈️

Howdy. I’ve been starting my posts by saying “howdy” ever since I started this blog but now it hits different because I’m actually in cowboy land aka the USA.

I’ve been here for a week now and since I spoke about this for months leading up to it, stressing and venting in the introductions to blog posts, I figured I’d share how this first week has been.


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Quick & easy books to read while travelling!🌍

Hello and howdy.

This weeks blog posts revolve around one common theme: travelling, which is why I come to you today with a list of recommendations that I think will be perfect to read while you’re out exploring the world.

In my eyes the best books to read while travelling are the ones that are quick and easy. They drag you in and don’t let go until you’ve finished, preferably just in time for landing, so that’s what we’re gonna narrow down this list of recomendations.


Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

I could sit here and recommend you every single one all Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ books because they all fit the criteria of “quick and easy” but I’m going with her Debutantes duology.

I feel like most people travel for their summer holidays and this definitely has the better summer vibe. It follows a girl who’s convinced to take part in the Debutant season by her grandmother in exchange for college tuiton, but along the way she uncovers so many family secretes.

It honestly blends the best parts of a soap opera with the best parts of a YA mystery, elevated even more by Barnes’ talent for writing thriller style novels. Cannot recommend this one enough.


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My impromptu trip to Barcelona // Reading + Travel Blog (?)

Hey, so you know last week when I said “I’m really anxious right now so I’m going to ignore my problems and give you some book recommendations”? I’m not gonna go into too much detail but basically there was a mix-up/lack of communication between me and the Uni I’m hoping (🤞) to go to in September and that’s what started off my anxiety spiral.

Even though I’m English, was born in the UK and lived there for the first 10 years of my life, I have to take an exam to prove my English speaking abilities because I have Spanish school qualifications. I, personally, think it’s ridiculous but either way I’m doing the exam. The problem is that they’re not doing this exam in my town for a while and I need the results ASAP so … I’m going to Barcelona.

I’m going for 2 nights/3 days so while most of my time will be spent doing an exam and on trains, I am still hoping to squeeze in some touristy stuff. This is all very stressful so I wish I didn’t have to go, but I’m gonna make the most of it and try and hit up the Picasso Museum and see some of the famous monuments while I’m there.

Malaga (where I live now) to Barcelona is about a 6 hour train journey so I’m gonna have a lot of reading time. Also I’ve always been open to talking about travel and things on this blog but have never had the opportunity (because Covid and being a college student lol) so I figured why not document the experience.


Thursday

I’m gonna give some Travelling-Tips throughout this post which are probably useless but the first one is: don’t get your 2nd Covid jab the day before a day of travelling. The night before I was a shivering and teeth-chattering mess even though it was 30*C and was awake every couple hours in the night so I woke up at 7 feeling like crap with a sleep-deprivation headache. Not fun. Either way I was out the door by 8:30 and on the train by 10 with only one minor confusion regarding my tickets.

My first train ride was from Malaga to Madrid took around 2h 40 mins and was pretty uneventful. I spent most of it reading the first 100 pages of As Many Nows as I Can Get by Shana Youngdahl. My second train ride also went off without a hitch. I did start feeling the lack of sleep at this point so I read a couple of novellas from Fools in Love instead.

I cannot/will not fall asleep on public transport so to keep myself awake I listened to Mongolian throat singer band called The Hu which me and my co-worker enjoy and like to scare the customers with.

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