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Moving to the UK as a student.

Moving to a new country for school can be a bit daunting. Not only are you leaving home and settling into a new place with a different culture and possibly language, but going to school in a different country can also be a logistical nightmare. The school system is different, the application and requirements can differ, and oftentimes you need to get a visa just to move there. Well, I've gone through this process and made it out the other side, so I thought I would share some of the things I learned along the way.

P.S. This is pretty specific to UK master's programs, but some of my tips may apply to other countries. I've also applied for many South African visas, so if you need tips on that just ask in the comments!

Get into a school This may seem obvious but the process is a bit different here in the UK. Unlike American universities, most British schools accept applications on a rolling basis. That means schools start accepting applications in October(ish) and accept/den…

How to spend 12 hours in Paris

I love living in Europe where so many countries and different cultures are just a short flight or train ride away.

While Alex was visiting me in London we decided to take advantage of that opportunity to hop over to Paris for the day.

Here's everything we did with 12 hours in Paris.

1. Louvre Museum
We started our day at the Louvre. I bought tickets online ahead of time, which is a must so you can wait in the shorter line and get into the museum faster. The Louvre is massive and it's impossible to see the whole museum in one day. If you plan ahead of time and prioritize what you want to see, you can maximize your visit. Alex and I sought out the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, Liberty Leading the People, and the Marly Horses. Check out my Instagram stories from France! 

2. Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is a fixture of Parisian architecture. For €13 you can go to the top of the Arc but my favorite thing about the Arc de Triomphe is its location. It's placed right in the mi…

Eat your way through Brussels

Brussels is a food lover's paradise. Known for its gastronomy and signature dishes, Brussels is the ideal place to visit if you want to indulge in good food while taking in historical and beautiful architecture.

Here are the four dishes that Brussels is most famous for and the dishes you MUST try when you visit.

1. Chocolate 
Belgian chocolate, need I say more? Belgium is famous for its chocolate, and especially its truffles. Alex and I went on a chocolate tour of the town and learned so much about the history of chocolate making in Brussels (and indulged in plenty of chocolate, of course).

We learned that the truffle was invented in Brussels when a pharmacist started coating his pills in chocolate and his son subsequently replaced the pills with cream. We got to tour the very shop where this happened! We learned that dark chocolate is not supposed to be bitter. It is only bitter if the chocolate is made from beans from different places and then over-roasted. Good chocolate is si…

Skiing at Alpe d'Huez in the French Alps

Skiing in the Alps is truly a bucket list item. The Alps have amazing skiing, incredible ski resorts, and the views are absolutely stunning!

I had the opportunity to go in December with the UCL Snow Sports club through NUCO travel. Luckily, that meant everything was discounted and arranged for me. However, I still learned a thing or two about skiing at Alpe d'Huez and I am here to pass on my knowledge.

Where to go
The Alps are the highest and most intense mountain range that lies entirely in Europe. They expand across eight countries: France, Italy, Monaco, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, and Slovenia. Arguably the most famous sections of the Alps are the Swiss Alps, Austrian Alps (thanks, Sound of Music), and French Alps. We went skiing in the French Alps at Alpe d'Huez.

Tip: If you are looking for cheaper options in the Alps, I've heard Slovenia is great!

When to go
The ski season starts in December, but the best skiing is usually in February and March onc…