Just more photos of flowers and then some giant mushrooms that Molly and I discovered.

The photos don’t convey the full story behind the ten minutes that we spent trying to get a good photo of us two on those mushrooms. We piled our bags on top of each other and then propped my camera on the bags. I set the timer on my camera, but I couldn’t get on my mushroom (and stay on it without sliding off again) before the camera flashed. Finally we got an okay shot and decided to call it quits.

Love, Elizabeth

Spring in Birmingham

It was incredibly warm and sunny today, so I made sure to take my camera with me when Molly and I went into the city centre. I was really obsessed with all of the beautiful flowers we passed (I think my grandma’s passion for gardening might have rubbed off on me a little), so I took a ton of photos of them.

Love, Elizabeth

Sunshine and Politics

Today I got to wear a skimpy sundress. No sweater or coat or scarf or anything! It was incredibly sunny and it got up to about 65 degrees. And when I got out of my class at 5:30, it wasn’t completely dark. We’ve barely had a winter here, but I’m already feeling so excited for summer right now!

Also, I just got my latest fix of American politics by watching the Republican debate from last night. I’m missing a very interesting time for American right now with the election coming up in November, but I do like hearing the opinions of everyone over here who pays attention to America’s politics (which a lot of people do, as British politics can be pretty boring, but American’s politics can be pretty amusing).

Most people Everyone that I’ve talked to over here disagrees wholehearted with all of the Republican candidates. Issues in the States that are controversial, such as gun control, universal healthcare, birth control, and gay rights are complete non-issues over here. There are about three parties here in England (and four in Scotland, I think), and they all are pretty close to the American Democratic Party. So that is why a lot of British people (and I think a lot of other Europeans) can be so skeptical of America when it has a Republican leader. 

So there’s your daily dose of politics. I hope I haven’t offended anyone too severely; none of these opinions are my own. Well, okay, maybe I agree with some of the opinions, but I’m just passing on what has been said to me about our political system. Do with that what you will!

Love, Elizabeth

Brighton Beach


Dear England,

This shorts-and-tshirt kind of sunny weather has been nice, but it’s really not what I signed up for when I came over here. I’d like to be able to wear my raincoat every once in a while, and I haven’t touched my umbrella since unpacking it when I moved in a month ago. If you’re not going to rain, at least give me some cloud cover! I mean, what was up with those clear blue skies today?

Love, Sun-burnt Elizabeth