Singapore, you remind me of an old friend. #england #mindthegap (at MRT)

Singapore, you remind me of an old friend. #england #mindthegap (at MRT)

Yellow flowers to match the awnings! This is just one of the beautiful things I saw in London.

Yellow flowers to match the awnings! This is just one of the beautiful things I saw in London.

i miss england

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I just found something that I wrote back in September, and it makes me miss England so much, but it also makes me so very happy that I had a chance to go back to England this spring.

miss england. miss birmingham. i miss flat 5. i miss working at my desk with tea biscuits and a cup of Twining’s fruit tea in my striped mug with the window wide open and the cool english air bathing me in fresh thoughts. i miss knowing that if i needed distraction, i lived with wonderful people that i could go to for serious, thoughtful, or hilarious conversations. 

miss the walk to Tesco. i miss going to Costcutter with Molly so that we could buy junk food we really didn’t need (Cadbury caramel eggs!). i miss those nights where we both were up until the wee hours of the morning. i miss planning adventures with her and Will and my other friends and flatmates. i miss the adventures that we had and even the ones we never got around to. i miss missing them—when they weren’t at the flat but i could hardly wait to see them again, knowing they’d be back soon. i miss our pizza nights and our curry nights. i miss going to the library for group revision sessions.

miss those crowded evenings where we all attempted to cook our own dinners at the same time and the kitchen was full of references to Rachel’s crowded little corner. i miss making the quote wall, and quoting the quote wall, and trying to explain the quote wall to others as they gave us blank stares. 

miss walking along the canal. miss discovering more things about our lovely city.miss the accents and the different spellings. i miss the british attitude, the british weather, the british food. 

miss my life in england. miss the colours, the smells, the sights, the moods. i miss the rivers and lakes, the hills and forests, the cozy villages and the sophisticated cities.

when i left england, i said it would never feel the same because i would never be able to call it home even when i came back for visits. well, england will never be the same, but i’ll never stop calling it home. when i return, it will be a new england, full of new colours, new smells, new sights, new moods. and i can’t wait to become a part of it.

love, elizabeth

My favorite picture I took in #london

My favorite picture I took in #london

Swimming lessons. #birmingham #england  (at Worcester & Birmingham Canal)

Swimming lessons. #birmingham #england (at Worcester & Birmingham Canal)

Hello again. #uob #birmingham #england  (at University of Birmingham)

Hello again. #uob #birmingham #england (at University of Birmingham)

It still feels like winter here, so I’m savoring every bit of green that I can find. #england #uk #spring #springhasnotsprung #green

It still feels like winter here, so I’m savoring every bit of green that I can find. #england #uk #spring #springhasnotsprung #green

Oh how I have missed living in a country where chocolate caramel shortbread is readily available! #england

Oh how I have missed living in a country where chocolate caramel shortbread is readily available! #england

"If the tea’s shit, feel free to make more. Unfortunately, you’ve been made breakfast by the only Englishman who doesn’t drink tea." Gotta love the service at the Etheridge Resort. #breakfastinbed #england #tea

"If the tea’s shit, feel free to make more. Unfortunately, you’ve been made breakfast by the only Englishman who doesn’t drink tea." Gotta love the service at the Etheridge Resort. #breakfastinbed #england #tea

Things That I Shall Do While I Am in England

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  • Drink all of their tea.
  • Walk along Birmingham’s canals.
  • Watch Doctor Who.
  • Get caught in the rain.
  • Try my hardest not to fake my friends’ accents.
  • Drink more tea.
  • Wander through the city centre.
  • Go shopping at the markets.
  • Use as much British slang as my heart desires.
  • Watch a sunset.
  • Watch a sunrise.
  • Have a picnic in the countryside.
  • Go on adventures.
  • Stay up all night with my friends, just catching up on each others’ lives.
  • Smile all the time.
  • Call cookies “biscuits” and use the letter u to spell words like favourite and colour.
  • Eat English chocoloate and millionaire shortbread and treacle tart and scones and crumpets.
  • Spend every possible moment with my friends.
  • Have a nice (vegetarian) English breakfast.
  • Savour every second, every raindrop, every breath of fresh English air.

It’s going to be amazing! My flight takes off tonight at 7:45 Eastern time, and I already am sick with excitement! #flygraine

Oh my goodness golly, I’m leaving for England today!!!!! #england #uk #birmingham

Oh my goodness golly, I’m leaving for England today!!!!! #england #uk #birmingham

I leave for England tomorrow, and oh my golly, I’m so excited to get back there!!!!! #london #england #uk

I leave for England tomorrow, and oh my golly, I’m so excited to get back there!!!!! #london #england #uk

TWO DAYS!!!!! #london #england #uk

TWO DAYS!!!!! #london #england #uk

3 days! I’m so excited to get back to Birmingham! #uk #england #birmingham

3 days! I’m so excited to get back to Birmingham! #uk #england #birmingham

4 days. Still haven’t unpacked from my last trip but maybe it’s time so I can start packing for England! #london #england #uk

4 days. Still haven’t unpacked from my last trip but maybe it’s time so I can start packing for England! #london #england #uk