The Airport

Sitting at a computer in terminal 3 of Heathrow airport, listening to the sound of people walking past me chatting and laughing and sometimes screaming (if they’re young children, that is), I am ready to go home. About a week ago, I had a going away party with British party games, American S’mores, and a ceremonial closing of  … Continue reading

Worth 1,200,000 words

Worth 1,200,000 words

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, I thought Spain was worth 1,200,000 words. Lucky for you, I’m not going to make you read that many words, nor am I going to make you look at that many pictures (even if I felt like making you do so, I’m not sure this blog post has … Continue reading

Hallo!

Guten Tag and hello from Germany! It’s been an eventful six days since my dad arrived from the States to visit, and there’s still more to come, but I must say that my time here has been amazing. We started our trip in Vienna, Austria (exciting for a music fan like me), then spent a day … Continue reading

What rain in Spain?

What rain in Spain?

I loved Spain. I loved Spain; I love it now; I think there’s a good chance I may always love it. From the moment I first stepped off the plane and felt the warm weather (high 80s) greet me, I knew this was going to be a good trip. And it in no way let me … Continue reading

American Literature

Alright, so I am now officially finished with classes here and I think that it’s time that I paused to do a little reflecting on the experience–particularly that of American literature. I will admit that I was initially pretty irritated to discover that I’d come to England expecting to study canonical British literature, and instead … Continue reading

The Lookout Point

If you’ve never been hiking in the mountains, you should. If you have, then you’ll understand the beauty of the lookout point. Last summer I took a backpacking trip in the Sierras with some friends from school. The trail started at the Florence Lake at the end of Kaiser Pass, and wound steeply upward until … Continue reading

Glasgow

Glasgow

Days 8-10: Glasgow After being cut off from the rest of the world for a few days, coming back to people was kind of nice. My first day there didn’t consist of much, as it had taken most of the day to hike out from Rowardennan to Balloch, and from there I still had to … Continue reading

Loch Lomond–A Picture Post

Loch Lomond–A Picture Post

The beauty of Loch Lomond is not the kind which uplifts and inspires the soul. Rather, it is the kind which quiets and soothes it. It does not lend itself to careless daydreaming but instead gives opportunity for reflection on its water’s glassy surface and provokes hunger for contemplation deep as the water’s rocky bottom. Although it is not … Continue reading

Spring Chronicles, Part 4

Days 5-8: Loch Lomond, Scotland First of all, I must apologize. I’ve been having a difficult time uploading photos on my laptop, so I’m going to have to try to work something different out for those. My days spent at Loch Lomond were peaceful, beautiful, and pretty much indistinguishable from one another. I stayed at … Continue reading