Hello! Bonjour! ¡Hola! Welcome to The GLOB blog!
“What’s a ‘GLOB’?” I hear you muttering to yourself.
Well, it’s an abbreviation of ‘globetrotting bibliophile’. This encapsulates two of my great loves – travelling and books – and it’s shortened because typing theglobetrottingbibliophile just takes too long and there are better things to do!
My name is Lauren and I’m going into my third year of a Bilingual Honours BA in International Studies at Glendon College – York U’s stunning second campus. This means I’m taking courses in French and English (I also took Latin in first year, and I’m learning Spanish as well)! I had no idea what I wanted to do, so when I discovered this degree I thought it was perfect – it’s a little bit of everything and could theoretically get me an interesting job in a couple of different fields. It’s also perfect for me because I’m slightly obsessed with travel and learning about the world from all angles, so needing courses in geography, culture, history, economics, and society among others is a dream!
When I’m not doing school work you can find me gazing longingly at one of my world maps, curled up with a book or two, drinking copious amounts of tea, or listening to 20th-century music. I have been compared to both a cat and an 80 year-old woman, and I can’t say I disagree! I also like to think of myself as a book-wyrm – as in book-dragon – because of my book collecting (okay, hoarding) tendencies. I’ve probably tried almost all kinds of crafting and art, but have stuck mostly with drawing/painting, knitting, photography, and guitar-playing.
I wanted to dive into the world of blogging as a way of documenting my third year of university spent at Oxford Brookes University in England next year, as well as just a way to share my love of all things travel and bookish. So prepare for updates on the academic adventure, book-related and travel-related posts, and writings on anything else that catches my fancy!