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The magic of the Northern Quarter

Filed in Blog, United Kingdom by on December 13, 2018
by Selma Z.

For any college student, getting up at 7 a.m. to board a train on a rainy day doesn’t always sound like a great idea, but yesterday I did just that. About two hours north of Manchester, England there is this amazing place called the Lake District. With its rolling green hills and misty skies, it feels like stepping into a Harry Potter novel. Little country towns are called villages and like in America, these small towns are filled with the friendliest people. Family-run pubs line the streets, and its a short hike away from some of the oldest and most beautiful castles. I think what amazed me the most was the history of the land. Our tour guide explained that the structures and homes date all the way back to the 1700s. Stepping out of the city and breathing the fresh northern air was the most refreshing and humbling thing. Seeing the world from a mountaintop makes the world seem so much bigger and reminds you there is still so much to see.

Student stands on a rock at the the bottom of a green hill on a cloudy day.

After a hike.


The corner of a grey-stone castle with multiple towers and windows.

Beatrice Potter’s castle

About the blogger

Selma Z. is studying abroad on the University of Manchester program in Manchester, United Kingdom.

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