This year has the potential to be the most amazing year of my life so far. How is that for anticipation?

inside Capernwray main hall, a photo by ruth.lovin on Flickr.

I have been accepted by Capernwray Bible School for their April semester, there are awesome friends all over Europe who are willing to take me in (or at least give me a pallet in the woodshed), so I am busy making plans for finally seeing this land that I have written about for so long.

Will Great Britain live up to my expectations?

Who knows. I think that when we grab hold of something with a real passion—whether it be music or writing or acting or paragliding—we tend to romanticize it. We buy the bumper stickers, talk it up to our friends, and sometimes forget that there is some real work involved, or maybe it’s not all that we’re cracking it up to be.

As a fellow Britophile, you’ve no doubt noticed that there is a tendency for us to, ehem, overlook the parts of the Britain that we’d rather not see and focus on the charming, exciting, and fascinating elements.

Does that mean that we stop loving Britain? Of course not!

I know the UK isn’t all red telephone boxes and tea sandwiches—it’s a real place with real people and real problems. Nevertheless, it’s my favorite place on the planet, and I am itching to hop a plane and finally set foot on British ground. It looks like that might happen next year, which will mean big changes, but amazing ones.

What does 2013 look like for you? What are you looking forward to? 

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Written by Abigail Young

I've had a passion for everything British my entire life, despite being raised as a small-town girl in the American Midwest, After years of dreaming, I got the chance to live and work in England for an entire year. Now I write about my favorite country, and hopefully inspire my fellow Britophiles to get over there and experience it for themselves.

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