Monthly Archives: June 2013

The Last of London

Over the weekend the Spaldings wanted to show me a bit of the English countryside, so the four of us drove south to Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn (King Henry VIII’s second wife). The castle had been transformed into a fascinating museum and was surrounded by beautiful gardens, forests, mazes, and moats…. Read more »

London Snapshots

During my unforgettable week in London I managed to take 883 photos. Below are a few of my favorites!   Buckingham Palace       The Changing of the Guard                                        Westminster Abbey      The Gardens… Read more »

A Cathedral to Science

A few days after touring the British Museum, I rode a red double-decker bus west to the Natural History Museum (of course choosing to sit on the top deck). Like almost all museums in London, the British Museum and the Natural History Museum are free to the public. This fact stands in stark contrast with… Read more »

God Save the Queen!

It’s official: I love London. (I have a feeling I will be saying that with each location I visit, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there). Throughout the initial hours of my arrival in the UK I found myself smiling every time I heard someone speak in an English accent. As you can… Read more »

Smooth Travels

Hello from London! I’ve had a wonderful past few days abroad – there’s been time to settle in, see the sights, and start my research. I’m less than a week in and already discovering that this whole adventure is passing by too quickly for my tastes. Monday evening I departed the Madison airport on a… Read more »

Let the Adventure Begin!

Today is the day. Though this trip has been eight months in the making, it still doesn’t feel real. I never thought June 17th would actually come; my itinerary always seemed more like a hypothetical string of events than reality. When deciding to apply for the Circumnavigators Travel-Study Grant, my reasoning was undoubtedly: Why not?… Read more »