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Goodbye August 15, 2011

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Goodbyes are hard, and this one was probably one of the hardest I’ve ever had to do. This summer has been so good to me, and I have grown so much from it. Here’s what I wanted to say to my friends at the end of the trip:

This summer has been an amazing experience for me. I mean, how often is it you get to have a trip like this? We have seen some of the most incredible sights in the world: the Eiffel Tower, the Coliseum, the David (I’m sure the girls appreciate…), THE GHENT ALTARPIECE….These are experiences most people go their whole lives without having. But that’s not what made this trip special. More than anything else, spending the summer with you people has been more important to me than anything I’ve done in this continent, more than any priceless painting or age old monument I’ve seen. I just want to thank every one of you for making this summer better than any I’ve ever had, and for sharing with me memories that I will never forget. We’ve had our good times and our bad, from goofing off at national monuments, to crazy parties, to long talks late at night. I love you all so very much, and I couldn’t imagine this trip being anything without you. You’ve become more than my friends, you’ve become (wait for the cheesiness) my Euro family. Thanks so much you guys, and please please: this feeling that we all feel now, how we’re all missing this summer, and the wonderful times we’ve had? Promise me that you wont forget it, that we’ll all remember how much we mean to one another, and that we will continue the friendships we’ve started in this amazing continent back at Tech. If I don’t see you, have a safe flight home, and I hope to see you all soon.



The Luck of the Irish August 15, 2011

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Dublin, Ireland. A really cool city, and a great weekend.

The journey there was one of our more complicated ones: we had to take a train to the Bristol train station, then a bus to the Bristol airport, and finally a Ryan Air flight to Dublin. For those who have never had the joy of flying Ryan Air, it is a unique experience. It’s intended for people wanting cheap flights around Europe, and the cheap part of that definitely shows. From a shaky takeoff, advertisements on every flat surface of the cabin, to the victorious tune played congratulating everyone on a safe flight, Ryan Air wins in the sketch plane department. That being said, I would probably use it again because of the cost….

However, once we got to Dublin, it was amazing. We got to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and eat an actual Irish home cooked meal (One of the friends I was sharing a hotel with, Sean, had family in Dublin who set us up with a great hotel, and had us over for dinner). The next day, we took a train to a nearby city called Howth, which had some beautiful scenery, with cliffs dropping straight into the ocean.

Formal Dinner August 15, 2011

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One of the age-old traditions of Worchester College is Formal dinner. All of the students and faculty dress up in their college robes, and have a fancy dinner, filled with numerous toasts. Although we didn’t exactly have formal robes, Formal Dinner was a chance to get together and reflect on all of the amazing friendships we had made and the great times we had shared. It was also great to be able to participate in a tradition that was hundreds of years old, and one that really made us feel like a part of Worchester College, and a part of Oxford University.

Haggis, Neeps, and Tatties. Delicious August 15, 2011

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Scotland, land of the slightly dubious meats. Haggis was actually surprisingly good, almost like the inside of a very peppery sausage. But luckily, our visit to Edinburgh, Scotland was much more than that.

We went to Edinburgh during their month long art festival called Fringe. The city was PACKED: the main street in the city, the Royal Mile (a mile long stretch between Edinburgh Castle and the Queen’s residence), was almost impossible to walk through. Everywhere we turned there were street performers,  people handing out flyers, and souvenir shops. That night, we went to a comedy performance, in a venue called “The Udderbelly.” Completely serious here….and they had a giant upside down blow up purple cow, that actually may have been a tent with a stage inside.

The next day, we took the free walking tour. This tour had 2 major topics: Edinburgh history, and Harry Potter. See, Edinburgh is where J. K. Rowling wrote all of the Harry Potter books, and our tour guide pointed out where she wrote the first and the last, and her inspirations for names, castles, and much more. I personally appreciated this quite a bit, although everyone else on the tour may not have…

My favorite part of Edinburgh however was Arthur’s Seat. This is a huge hill/mountain fabled to be where Arthur sat and looked out upon his kingdom.

London!! July 18, 2011

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So this last weekend I got to go to the amazing city of London! We got there Friday morning, and got to do this cool free walking tour of the whole city, with our hilarious tour guide. At the end, as he was describing the death of Guy Fawkes, he used me as an example:

Obviously I have a career in acting

We also got to see and go inside Westminster Abbey, which was really interesting. I saw so many famous people’s tombs, from Edward the Confessor to Isaac Newton!

Oh, did I mention Harry Potter?

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