A Very British Christmas and NYE


In the weeks leading up to the designated Christmas break there wasn’t too much for me to do study wise so I spent a lot of the time in the house or at the pub keeping warm and dry. It was early December and the Christmas spirit was definitely around Swansea, with a lot of decorations throughout the town and the university. Students were buzzing with the idea of heading home to see their families for three weeks. Before the housemates broke up for Christmas we decided to have a pub crawl dressed in Christmas jumpers. We kicked off at midday and started at the local carvery to line the stomachs with a tradtional British pub feed.

At the carvery with House 35

From that we continued on to a variety of local pubs stopping for a couple of pints at each. After 6 solid hours of drinking we had made it half way to Wind St. and decided to call it a day and head back to the house for more drinking games!

the house
The Squad


Christmas isn’t a huge deal for my family back home but the small amount of homesickness set in once people in the house and village left to go home. The village turned into a ghost town like it was in the first day. Adding to this the weather was pretty miserable, single digit degree days along with the constant drizzle really dampened the morale. Luckily enough for me my friend offered to have me at her family’s house over the Christmas period. I spent a couple more nights around London experiencing some of the famous London Christmas things. After that it was to the area of south east England known as Kent which was about 30mins by train. This was truly the English countryside with green hills for as long as the eyes could see. Trips to Knole Park and Canterbury truly highlighted the beauty of the smaller English areas and definitely had the Christmas spirit about it.

An ancient burial site in Kent
Knole Park
Feeding the wildlife in Knole Park
Canterbury Cathedral

PART I: Starting Life in Swansea
PART II: Life in Swanse

PART III: During Semester in Swansea
PART IV: A Very British Christmas & NYE

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