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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…

It’s common knowledge that in the cosy student community we have here in Bangor, you are likely to be 2-4 mutual friends away from any other student. The same can be said for knowing a student who has participated in the Erasmus exchange programme – and not just because we bang on about that one time when we drunkenly hiked up the Austrian Alps with nothing but a jar of aged sauerkraut and our well-disputed sense of direction. Rather, you will likely know us because Erasmus is the number one, and most popular, student exchange scheme in Europe. It is…

Railcard I did remember to use this the first time, but I thought I’d mention it for the sake of it. I purchased a railcard and it’s honestly such a good deal! I hadn’t thought that I would even use it, but I made the money back within the first two trips. I bought a 1 year one, and had discount on it thanks to my NUS card (another staple I’d recommend!) and instead of paying around £40 per ticket I’ve been paying £20-25!  Food Normally I’m pretty good with planning snacks and meals, but I hadn’t planned my food…

When people book their holidays, they tend to look at chain hotels such as the Premier Inn. Whilst they might suit Lenny Henry perfectly after a long day of being Lenny Henry, there are more creative forms of accommodation which could create the perfect setting for any traveller. The treehouse, although traditionally something associated with childhood or Cartoon Network’s Codename: Kid’s Next Door (remember that?), is a form of accommodation which can provide travellers with an alternative experience to travel than a hotel. Treehouse hotels can be found just about anywhere in the world, although the existence of a tree…

Everyone knows someone who’s been to Amsterdam, if they’ve not been themselves. It’s one of the most popular city break destinations in Europe and has the whole ‘drugs, sex and booze’ reputation down to a tee. Though this might be the perfect combination for some, there’s a whole other side of Amsterdam hidden beneath this stereotype. It was around the time of mid-terms when my friend and I booked our trip. With the pressures of second year swooping in on us, it only took the Black Friday sales and a couple of hours before everything was sorted. After January exams…

With Varsity underway once again, this is it, the article everyone has been anxiously anticipating: A relatively comprehensive travel guide, unrivalled and undoubtedly, universally unbiased in Bangor’s English language student newspaper, written by somebody who has had the misfortune of visiting both, Aberystwyth and Bangor. It couldn’t be fairer. In terms of transport, Bangor is a clear winner. Direct trains to anywhere in the world you could possibly imagine travelling to (as long as your imagination is limited to somewhere in between Holyhead and Birmingham or Holyhead and London). On balance, there are direct trains from Aberystwyth to Birmingham too, but…

Choosing to study abroad is like standing at the foot of a diving board for the first time. First, there is apprehension, there’s a combination of fear and adrenaline which is followed by an overall uncertainty of what you’re about to do. You have two options, you can dive head first or walk away and regret it tomorrow. As for me, I stumbled clumsily head first and I never looked back. Choosing to study abroad in Canada was one of the best decisions I have made in my life. Now, prior to my adventure, I had never even heard of…

With Valentine’s day upon us, here’s a sickening look at some of the top romantic getaways around the world. In no particular order, let’s begin. PARIS: Paris is a destination synonymous with romance. A city with plenty to do and a public transport system so simple to figure out that any language barrier is knocked down with the ease of a large bulldozer crashing through it. The City of Love offers boundless opportunities for romance with its candlelit wine bars, perfect gardens and wonderful architecture in the form of Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and of course, the…

If you’re looking for the perfect time to go skiing, February is probably your best bet. This is one of the best months as it is nowhere near as cold as January,  yet still chilly enough to enjoy a hot chocolate. If you don’t take to the cold too well however, wait until March and you can actually sunbathe whilst skiing. Flying into Innsbruck, Austria is quite spectacular, weaving through huge, stunning mountains, the glistening snow, and rocky peaks look close enough to touch. The Tirol region is known for Austrian folk traditions, historic sites, such as the Imperial…

Despite the long-held scepticism regarding Valentine’s Day and commercialism, I believe that as long as we are devoting a day each year to our mothers, our fathers and our anniversary of birth, we are also entitled to devote one day a year – if not the other 364 – to our significant others, be that romantic partners or best friends… And what better way to celebrate that than by travelling the world. Although a cliché, the Lovelock Bridge in Paris is a classic, as long as you’re not too superstitious: with concerns over the bridge collapsing, your lock may be…

Reykjavik was recently ranked as the number one city destination by Trip Advisor and I can now confirm this to be a very reasonable decision. On arriving at Reykjavik – Keflavik airport, a forty minute bus ride from the city, I was immediately struck by the snow, having missed out on a Yorkshire White Christmas. There was a lot, and what struck me the most was the sheer normality of it. Whilst England would have been halted still, this country seemed to thrive off it, with hunks of snow indicating lanes of traffic and thus forth. This was evident…

What could be more romantic than Rome? Bursting with the idea of love, from the heart-fluttering views of the skyline at Janiculum Hill, to the renaissance architecture and luscious gardens in Villa d’Este. If, like me, you haven’t found a love worth taking there, you can fake it and accept a rose from a true Italian salesman. Visit the 18th Century Trevi Fountain at night and wish for love. Take charge and follow your wish by indulging yourself with an extra scoop of peach ice-cream. Perch on the Spanish Steps and watch love go by: family, friends, food in the…

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