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There’s no way to write about Paris without sounding cliched. The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, walks along the river… it’s all been said and done a million times. But strangely, it’s exactly these things that drew my housemates and I to Paris in the first place. The only time any of us had been to the French capital was on school trips, an environment that tries to open your mind, but in reality is kind of stifling. There are definitely good reasons for this (I can picture my old Head of Year’s horrified face at the idea of any of…

As another year comes to a close, a period of reflection begins. Be that remembering the first A you got, being put as the head of your club or society, or even just surviving the year, you all deserve a pat on the back. I can associate with the first years a lot, moving from home to somewhere completely new, not knowing anyone or what the general feeling of an area is. Those bonds forged through circumstance that grow and flourish into some of the best friendships you’ve had, coupled with those crazy stories that could only happen at university,…

Getting there: Edinburgh Direct train lines from Manchester Piccadilly, Crewe and London King’s X. All train lines will call at both Edinburgh Haymarket and Edinburgh Waverly stations. Edinburgh Waverly is the further of the two by a matter of minutes. It is far more central and will exits onto the main area of Princes Street. The physiognomy of the Scottish capital is not only very beautiful but also highly atmospheric; the décor of the main street, Prince’s Street, is extremely ornate and baroque. The town clock, the gilded tops of buildings and statues would fit in perfectly in Vienna or…

The Austrian capital, Vienna -“Wien” in its target German language- has a City Airport Train (‘CAT’) service to take passengers from the airport and directly into central Vienna. A ‘CAT’ return ticket is cheap at €18 and valid for one month. Vienna is a city that changes in character as you traverse through it; some quarters are Florentine in ambience and architecture, others look extremely Eastern European, others remind tourists of Edinburgh or York and some, more modern, Viennese areas heavy in Victorian decor resemble London. Most of Vienna’s buildings are so beautiful they can be appreciated externally, such as…

by Emma & Micha At 17:30 on Friday 22rd March 2013, Micha and I set off from Bangor Students Union building on Jailbreak, with the hope of travelling the country for free. We had 30 hours to travel as far as possible away from Bangor with one catch, we weren’t allowed to spend any money. So, looking truly ridiculous dressed as two penguins, we hitched a lift with a friend in the direction of Manchester and set off on our journey. After a long and treacherous car journey through the snow, wind and rain, we were dropped off at Manchester…

Imagine arriving in a country with no money, nowhere to stay, no knowledge of the area or contacts and absolutely no knowledge of the language. That’s the position we found ourselves in a few weeks ago stood in Sofia Airport, Bulgaria. We decided to take on the Jailbreak Challenge organised by RAG where we had 30 hours to get as far away from Bangor as possible without spending any of our own money. This was in order to raise money for KidsCan; a charity that researches cures and treatments for cancer in children. We spent weeks fundraising in our Superwoman…

19th December 2009 and I’m stood in my bedroom digging out t-shirts and shorts from the bottom of the wardrobe to pack. Meanwhile outside, Christmas lights are twinkling on the front of the neighbour’s houses. Fast forward 48 hours and we’d arrived, warm air hitting my face as we stepped off the plane. Orlando International Airport, Florida. It was a world away from the freezing winter of the UK. The first few days were spent touring around the local theme parks and towns – Universal Studios, Epcot, and Seaworld. Although it was busy with other jetsetters, it was wicked. Particularly…

In the pre-Christian Nordic countries there was a custom to celebrate ‘the return of light’ around the winter solstice in December, which marked the beginning of longer days. Believe me, it’s truly something to celebrate about! In Finnish Christmas celebrations the Eve is significant. After proclaim- ing the Christmas peace around 1PM in the city of Turku the whole country literally quietens. The Christmas peace tradition began in the 13th century and it’s asking people to respect the Christmas spirit. The ceremony is televised and a follow-up to the children’s programmes enjoyed through the morning. My fondest Christmas tradition was the annual…

Most of us here at Seren can’t wait for Christmas, and I suspect it’s the same for most of our readers…but what does Christmas celebrations look like on the other side of the world? Join us for a peek into five different countries’ celebrations. Sweden Christmas in Sweden is celebrated on the 24th of December, not the 25th. On a typical Christmas day people would wake up, have a long breakfast together and give each other their stocking gifts, for children in particular – to occupy them while the adults are cooking and preparing. Most of the day is then…

At this time of year there is nothing better to get you into the festive spirit than a trip to the Christmas markets! Naturally not many of us can just jet off to Germany for a day out so the next best thing are the markets here in Britain. Read on to see what we thought of the Christmas markets… Birmingham Markets by Jordaine Hulse This year was the first time that I had ever been to visit a Christmas market here in England and I have to say that I was definitely not disappointed with what I saw!…

by Harriet WellerA city which frequents the television with images of glowing lights, ‘friends’ drinking endless cups of coffee and bright yellow cabs finally became a reality for me at the age of 16. An unexpected but marvellous reality when my sister surprised me with the trip for Christmas! If you are looking for spectacular gift ideas New York is a sure winner.Our 3 day trip was a whirlwind from start to finish as we were keen to cram everything in. We were instantly thrust into the city life, as we emerged off the subway and were met with the…

There are many sights to see and attractions that North Wales has to offer. Whether you prefer to relax in the great outdoors or try your hand at go-karting there is something here that will interest everyone and help to make your time living here a great experience. Snowdonia Home to the highest mountain in Wales and not forgetting Electric Mountain too. Snowdonia like many other places in North Wales is one of the exquisite sites not to be missed. Mount Snowdon has several different paths up to the summit which each vary in difficulty and length according to preference.…

It’s not often that a design student’s university work gets put straight into market, but 23 year-old student Kieron-Scott Woodhouse from Middlesex University has managed it. He originally designing a concept phone out of steel and bronze which was picked up by a website that specialised in concept phones. After spreading from blog to blog, Woodhouse was approached by a technology entrepreneur who liked the idea and together they formed a company to develop the concept further. The phone was named ADzero and after working on the design for a while, it was modified to have a uni-body bamboo case.…

August 1999. You’d always know a bank holiday weekend getaway had begun, when the first few raindrops had started streaking across the car windscreen. Twenty minutes later, and we’d grind to a halt behind an eight mile tailback of cars, caravans, and trailers on the M6. My brother would barely be visible on the seat to my left, buried beneath an avalanche of camping equipment we couldn’t fit in the boot. It was obvious he was still alive though – we’d hear him screaming ‘Dad I need a wee!’ every five minutes. My Mum meanwhile would be staring out of…

I premise this by saying that whilst of course I had an opinion on the situation before I travelled there, the main opinion I had was that I didn’t know enough about the situation for my opinion to be worth squat. After a week there, that hasn’t really changed, but it has certainly refined my thoughts. But still, I am just an outsider, and certainly no expert. Anyway, the week was never supposed to be a trip in ‘solidarity’ with anyone or a fact finding mission – it was a holiday with my friend. So we start at the airport…Why…

This issue of Seren has made it to Lille, North France. Patrick, yep my dad, took Seren with him on a pre Christmas market shopping trip, and loved it there. He was able to practice his French, very rusty I’m sure, but still at least he was giving it go. Lille can be reached by travelling on the Eurostar, from £65 return a cheap way of travelling. But make sure to book in advance as it can get pricey. You can also drive or fly, however these can become very long and pricey journeys. When you are in Lille, if…