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As a girl that spends a quarter of her time in Rome, I need to share with you five beautiful, magical and less known places that you can visit next time you plan your trip in the ancient capital of Bella Italia. That is not to say you should ignore the rest of thousands of iconic places and buildings of Rome, but the Colosseum is kind of hard to not come across VERY easily.       Giardino degli Aranci (Orange Trees Garden) This is my number one favourite place, and not because I shared a stunning kiss right here,…

Natural sculpture in Romanian mountains, photo from personal archive As we approach the end of the year, we might begin to think of places we want to visit in 2021. There are so many options, so many places to see, but let me tell you why you should consider this small unpopular country your first destination for 2021: Romania. Romania is a country filled with well-preserved history. The culture, iconic landmarks and beautiful landscapes make it a unique destination, you are promised to enjoy. Here are some must-see attractions.       Danube Delta The Danube Delta is one of…

We are all tired, sick, and scared of Coronavirus already, and with Christmas knocking on the door and all shops full of decorations we might start feeling uneasy about our plans for this internationally celebrated holiday. Thousands of cancelled flights, rules that at times become confusing and the anxiety created by the unknown are all ingredients for a perfect disaster. But if Christmas is to teach us something, is that there is still hope! No matter if you’re an international that just can’t get back home, or a home student that has decided to spend the holidays in Bangor, this…

My mother and I in Kiev, photo from personal archive As I was thinking of my next preferred destination to write about for this section of Seren, I stumbled upon a photograph that I took 2 years ago, when I was living the dream in Tokyo, Japan. And this photo really made me feel that it’s my time to speak about how traveling changed MY life. Then I thought further… Is traveling just a hobby that became largely accessible, or is it rather a mindset, a way of living and being? Because for me, it is the very core of…

This year, Seren’s Travel section might need more imagination than before. Locked in our houses, with very little possibility to actually go to wonderful places, we must turn to the realm of online traveling. And because of all the restrictions and anxiety, I really want to approach traveling differently. The last article was all about how traveling has changed my friend’s life; this article will reveal one of the places that defines her identity: Berlin. So, I encourage you to think of all the ways traveling has shaped you as a person, and if you feel as if you might…

It’s a rather miserable time isn’t it? Whilst as travel editor I cannot recommend any travel abroad, I can tell you about where you can escape to during our current health crisis. Unless you are self-isolating, social distancing can still involve going out into nature, so long as you keep two meters between you and anyone else. Cafes, restaurants, and concert venues may be shut, but if you’re feeling restless staying inside and avoiding the outside world, nature is never off limits. The National Trust have certainly confirmed this with their latest statement regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. As places…

It’s the beginning of a new decade, and with the world slowly falling into apocalyptic territory, we’re all fancying an escape from everyday life into somewhere new. The discovery of a new oasis might sound idyllic, but Brexit combined with a student budget makes travelling financially difficult at the best of times. As prices rise, we’re all looking for ways to save money beyond 10% off at Peacocks, and to make our money go further when we explore the wider world, so here are a few tips to get your student loan to last a little longer and find your…

Let’s be serious, the majority of you have probably been to Chester at some point in your degree. And if not, then you may be solely familiar with the train station and its passing point of connecting to the Holyhead line. But this is a city that beckons for more. Shakespeare’s phrase “and though she be but little, she is fierce ” perhaps best epitomises Chester; small in scale, yet containing immense depth in its layered history. ` Getting There: Great news! Although Chester is over the border into England, it’s incredibly cheap to get there for the day! With…

For the bookworms among us, nothing sounds as joyful as the thought of escaping into the worlds of our favourite books. Whilst we have Hogwarts right on our doorstep with Main Arts, the urge to visit the worlds we love is palpable, and sometimes requires more than thumbing through dog-eared pages of our well-read tomes. In many cases, though often further afield, some universally favourite books are rooted in our own world and, in their heritage and fame, have reconstructed the landscapes around them into perfect places to visit. In the post-Christmas blues, we’re all craving some distraction from the…

It is a fine art that is mastered by many few: packing to go home for  the Christmas holidays. The textbooks to be lugged across the country, the clothing supply list to make sure you’ve got enough socks when you return, and those pesky forgettable objects that you’ll kick yourself for if they’re forgotten. The thought of arriving home and being reunited with our families is always thrilling, especially at this time of year when everything grows festive, but the preparation to even set off itself can be daunting. Travel, packing, work, deadlines, making sure your flat or house is…

Maybe I’m rather biased, but as a Mancunian, I believe that Manchester is an unmissable spot in the UK. You’ll probably discover during your time at Bangor that a lot of us are from Manchester (hello there, fellow Mancunians!) – because for us, Bangor is in the perfect location only a direct train from home! The nearest big city to Bangor, whether you’re British or international, it’s certainly somewhere worth making a journey to, especially at this time of year! By the age of twenty, my feet are molded to the shape of Mancunian stone and concrete walkways. Of…

Though there’s a common association of summer holidays with jetting off abroad, there is also great joy in staying put on home turf. If you’re here for a semester, a year, or your entire degree, a country is opening up before you, and now is the time to take a look around (after submitting assignments, of course!). Between sleeping, reading, and spending time with family and friends, I spent my summer covering uncharted territory in Eastern England, concluding with a family mini-break to the North East. Though further afield from Bangor, the North East is an alternative to visiting the bustling cities of Britain, largely untouched…

Moving Stories of Anglesey and Gwynedd is a student-led project intended to inspire curiosity about different languages and cultures, and to encourage people to get involved in learning languages. CALL FOR YOUR STORIES, ANECDOTES AND THOUGHTS Topics can range from anything related to language and culture – what being bilingual or multilingual means to you, how this affects your identity, how languages influence the way we see the world, and how this perspective might change when you learn another language. How do the languages you know differ from each other? How are cultures reflected in languages? Or, do you have…

There are seven different routes that you can take up Snowdon: Llanberis, Miner’s, Pyg, Watkin, Rhyd Ddu, Snowdon Ranger and (only for the experienced mountain walker!) Crib Goch. As we live in Bangor, the easiest one to access would be the Llanberis path – you can take the 85 bus outside Ffridd (or from the bus station) and it’ll take you directly into Llanberis – past Pete’s Eats (a favourite haunt of walkers and climbers) and right opposite the train station that can take you up to the summit if you don’t fancy the walk! The bus ride takes about…

We’re always told that we have so much on our doorstep here at Bangor, but sometimes it all seems so far away! So I’ve taken some time to research the different bus routes to get you out and about when you’ve got some free time. There is so much you can do – you just need to know how to get there! To visit the town with the longest name (you know the one I’m on about), you can take the ‘4’ buses from Bangor. When you’re there you can visit the train station, get a picture with the super-long…

October 22nd saw the celebration of Oktoberfest hosted by the Bangor University German Society and Bangor Langsoc. People donned their Lederhosen and Dirndl, got their Bratwurst, drank their beer and headed over to The Belle Vue Pub to celebrate the night. With the grill cooking the Bratwurst and traditional German music playing over the speakers, the atmosphere screamed Bavaria. We had many people show up including German natives, German speakers and people who just like German culture making it a great place to celebrate in style. Our food and cakes were free to eat, with a donation bucket on the…

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