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Exchange Diaries: Birmingham, England

Exchange Diaries: Birmingham, England

Blitz chatted to Albert Lin, who recently got back from exchange in the land of, Big Ben, big Shakespeare plays, and big cities.

What university did you attend?

I went to the University of Birmingham, in England.

What’s your favourite thing about England?

The weather, honestly. I mean, as much as I love the sun, there’s something nice about being able to wear long pants and not sweat through them.

How is England different to Australia?

The accents. The money. They are much more sarcastic and yet also reserved over there. Also, the fruit isn’t as nice and there’s hardly any good asian food. However, their chocolate is so much better.

What did you find interesting about England?

I’d casually walk past pubs older than Shakespeare.

Is university quite different there?

Besides the structured degree style, not really.

Highlight of your trip?

Seeing Michelangelo’s David in Italy. It’s beautiful in person, and I found myself staring at it for about 20 minutes straight.

What was your favourite tourist activity?

While I was travelling around Europe, I actually made a half-effort to learn the language, and then reverted to English after a sentence was spoken. Definitely something a lot of other tourists also do!

Any tips for students going on exchange?

Free up your time, don’t book things too far ahead. There’s gonna be a lot of awesome things you can do that you wouldn’t have even thought could happen.

Exchange Diaries: Birmingham, England


Most English thing you did overseas?
Complain about the weather while drinking tea with a biscuit.

England in three words.
Tea, football, culture.

Favourite English celeb?
Toss-up between John Oliver, the entirety of Monty Python, and Balderdash Cataracts (you know exactly who I’m talking about).



About Casey D’Souza

Casey D’Souza

Casey (pronounced Cas-see) likes many things but mainly words, the oxford comma, and long romantic late night walks to her fridge. When she’s not instagramming her food or dreaming of her next globe trotting adventure, she can be found untangling the web of words inside her head, and making it seem like she is going places.

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