Monday, February 20, 2017

Diary of a World Traveler

Madrid Day 1: "You need to be an organized country to have a mafia."

Today, I left for my final trip abroad with the Augustana Symphonic Band. Although bittersweet, I absolutely cannot wait for the rest of this trip to happen. Upon landing in Madrid at 8AM, we toured the city in our bus to see sights like the bull fighting ring, the Prado Museum, Puerto del Sol, and the Salamanca district. The next morning, we traveled outside the city and performed our first concert. Based on my experiences so far, I can tell I am going to love Spain! 

Friday, July 1, 2016

Diary of a World Traveler

England Day 6: A South Bank Adventure

We woke to a bright and sunny morning in London—a welcome surprise after the past day of clouds. Plus, it was perfect weather for our most walking yet! A full day of exploring the South Bank treasures ended with a fabulous ride on the Eye, just as the sun was setting hazily over the city. I could not have asked for better weather or a better day traversing yet another part of this beautiful city.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

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England Day 5: The Nerdiest London Exploration

My inner nerd was satisfied today, as we walked around London to see some of the most iconic pieces of the city’s storied literary and film history. We started the day early and did more exploring of different parts of the city that we had not yet been to. Once again, I was happy to walk instead of take the tube, because who wants to look at a dark hole in the ground when we could be looking at some amazing pieces of London?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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England Day 4: Arrival in London!

I’m in London. After years of waiting to see this amazing city, I am finally here to stay for a few days. We decided to spring for a very central hotel that is walkable basically everywhere, and it has not let us down. We spent our day touring the basic landmarks of the city, found London quite navigable, and then settled down for a dinner of a complimentary wine, cheese, bread, and olive spread. We are living a posh London lifestyle—if only for a few days!

Monday, June 20, 2016

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England Day 2: Bath 

Today, I walked into a Jane Austen novel, and I could not be happier to say that I did. Bath is a stunning city with beautiful town houses, quaint streets filled with boutique shops, and amazing architecture. Whether walking around the posh Royal Crescent and surrounding area, contemplating buying a bottle full of Roman bath water, or lighting candles in the Bath Cathedral, we were always happy to be walking around in the sunshine and enjoying this historic city.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

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England Day 1: Oxford University

Today, I crossed off one of the top five cities on my list of places to see before I die. Oxford and Oxford University are now done for the first time, but I know I will want to be going back many times in the future. Not only is the school an incredible part of history—both architecturally and academically—but the city of Oxford itself has such a great variety of iconic museums and cute little places to shop. I had so much fun seeing everything it has to offer, even if it did rain on us a little bit toward the end of the day!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

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Dublin ➝ Southampton: Stonehenge

What a day! We rose early at 5AM to get ready for the bus at 6, boarded our flight at 8:30, and then landed in England around 10AM. We then drove to Wiltshire, our home for the next ten days. Then, after a nice lunch on the patio, we drove about five miles to see Stonehenge. I can tell just by the short amount of time we’ve been here that I am going to fall deeply and madly in love with England.