FC: EUROPE | 2010 | ENGLAND WALES SCOTLAND IRELAND SPAIN
1: Departure, May 12th 2010 This was the day I said goodbye to friends and family and said hello to Europe! My flight was rather interesting.. My flight to Chicago was delayed over 2 1/2 hours, making me miss my flight to the U.K. Fortunately, I got on a plane going to London and even got to fly business class! I loved it. Eventually I arrived in Ormskirk, England. I stayed at Edgehill University. It's really nice and has that old feeling as if it's been there forever. It was rather rainy when I arrived, which is something that I quickly got used to as it tends to rain a lot in England!
2: Ormskirk looks exactly like you would think a small English town would look.. old streets, brick buildings, complete with a little clock tower. | Ormskirk, England
3: Life in a small English town
4: Chester | Excursions!
5: Haworth is a quaint town and home to the Bronte Parsonage. I loved reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte so I liked seeing where they grew up. I also tried Yorkshire Pudding, which tastes a lot better than it looks | Haworth
8: Beatles! | Liverpool was the birthplace of one of the most famous bands of all time
9: "We all live in a yellow submarine"
11: I loved the lake district. Of all the places in England, this is where I could picture myself living. I loved the splendor of the hills, the beautiful houses, the clear blue lake. I could have spent days there just soaking up the view. Lake district to me was classic England- it has all this great history and all the beauty has remained untouched. Everything was so gorgeous and my camera couldn't capture what I was seeing with my eyes. This is definitely somewhere I would want to go back!
12: Manchester is a sprawling metropolitan city and home to Old Trafford Stadium and the Manchester United Football team! The world cup had just begun so it was an exciting time to be in Europe!. | Manchester
13: Conway, wales
14: Cardiff, Wales | Cardiff Castle
15: We hiked over 2 miles to get here
16: Rufford Old Hall was home to many of Shakespeare's plays. This place, like so much of England, is immersed in history. I think that's part of the appeal of England. That and the accents :)
17: London! | Above: Changing of the guard Upper right: Tower Bridge Lower Right: Big Ben
18: Tower of London | The tower of London has a fascinating, though somewhat gruesome history. In fact, one of the towers is now called "The bloody tower." Pictured here you can see some of the torture devices they used and the armor they wore. Also pictured is the Norman chapel in the White tower.
19: These were taken in Oxford, which would have been a great place to go to if it wasn't raining the whole time. It was still cool though because we got to see where some of the scenes from Harry Potter were filmed. The middle pictures are where the great hall was filmed.
20: June 10th, 2010 | This day started with a trip to St. Paul's Cathedral, pictured in the upper right corner. Then I went to the British Museum, which was fantastic and had famous things like the Rosetta Stone. I finished the day by going to see "The Lion King" on Broadway. This day was pretty awesome :)
21: Buckingham Palace, London Eye, and the Globe Theatre.
22: Edinburgh, Scotland | June 12th, 2010 Upon our arrival in Edinburgh, we met Micheal, our tour guide, who was wearing a kilt. Nothing says "Welcome to Scotland" like a kilt. We got a tour of the beautiful city, which a nice mix of historical and modern. I ate lunch in the Elephant House which is where J.K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter book. We also went to Mary King's Close, which is said to be haunted. During the time of the plague, many people lived there and disease spread quickly, causing people to think it was cursed. Our first evening in Scotland was very exciting because of the England- USA match. Scots always cheer against England, so the whole pub was rooting for America. England scored right away, making me think that the USA was doomed, but we managed to score a goal. The goal was kind of a fluke, but that's okay as long as we score. The world cup is very exciting to watch in Europe!
23: Calton Hill | Calton Hill had a lot of interesting monuments and was beautiful to walk around. The only bad part was that it was raining the whole time!
24: This is the Forth bridge. It was built extra strong because people were afraid to trust bridges. | The bus we rode in for a week
26: Nobody is really sure how these great big rocks that are thousands of years old got here or what their purpose was. | Micheal ninja- rolled into this picture!
27: Skara Brae is an ancient village that dates back before the Egyptian pyramids! | This is the house of the man who discovered the village.
28: We hiked in through the eerie fog and saw the ruins where the Highlanders were forced from their homes by high taxes.
29: And this is when I fell in love with Scotland..
30: And THIS is why I think Scotland is the most beautiful place that I went. I loved Scotland with its lochs and mountains. This was a really fun day on the trip- especially because I got to see Loch Ness!
31: Scottish Dancing! | I loved going to the Céilidh. I even learned some Gaelic dances!
32: Duart Castle
33: I loved these Highland cows- they're called hairy coos. The hillsides of Scotland were full of them. And sheep. LOTS of sheep.
34: Inverary Castle | This is the last castle I saw before heading off to Ireland
36: Giants Causeway
37: Ireland.. Home of cliffs
38: Bloody Sunday, 1972 | On this tragic day, 23 unarmed civil rights protesters were shot by the British Army. 14 people died and 6 of these people were only 17 years old. England did not admit their fault in the matter until this year. Murals around Derry depict the sad happenings of that day. The large picture in the center is a monument to those that died.
39: This is the famous "Apparition." In 1879 multiple people had an apparition of the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, St. John and the Lamb of God. | Ireland was full of rocks!
40: Cliffs on the Aran Islands.
41: Cliffs of Moher
42: Above are pictures from the medieval dinner, where I ate the most delicious ribs! To the right are pictures of the Guinness factory in Dublin,Ireland.
43: Tarragona, Spain | Roman Ruins
45: People were playing music in a plaza in Barcelona and a group of people were doing a Spanish dance.
46: Chocolate Museum!
47: Magic Fountain!
48: We went to Monjuic, where they show movies on the mountain side. Sitting next to me are Michelle and Liern.
49: We went to this Mexican restaurant to watch the game and it was really exciting! They projected it on this big screen for everyone to watch. There were so many intense emotions in the room; every time Spain came even a little close the whole place would get tense. When Spain scored, the place erupted! It was an amazing night!
51: Madrid was full of street performers, just like a lot of big cities. However, I must admit these were pretty original. On the left one of those two is a real person and one is a fake.. it's hard to tell the difference! Below is the entrance to my favorite museum that I went to during the entire trip. I just wish I could have taken pictures inside!
52: Frolicking in Retiro Park! | Frolicking in Retiro Park!
54: Toledo, Spain | Like Tarragona, only not as much fun.. and no beach..
55: Madrid, Spain Top: Eagle eye view of Spain Middle: Oldest Restaurant in the world (or so they say..) Bottom: Plaza Mayor, very famous in Spain
56: 2010 World Cup
57: Madness in Madrid | BUT our flight was delayed until 10:35 and we got to watch the entire match in the airport. There was a huge crowd of people surrounding the only T.V. in the airport. Anyways, we got to watch the game, but nobody scored and we had to leave during overtime. During the flight, they announced that Spain had scored and five minutes later they announced that Spain won :D The whole airplane erupted in cheers except for a few of my American friends sitting in front of me who turned around and asked me what happened. I told them we won and they cheered with everyone else, just a little delayed :) | Unfortunately for us, our flight was scheduled to leave at 9:45, right in the middle of the game. So here we are in Spain during the world cup match that Spain is playing in, and we are in the airport.
58: The Beaches in Barcelona
59: Barcelona night life
60: Cooking class | We got to take a cooking class in Barcelona. It was just as much fun to make the food as it was to eat it!
61: I have a torch- watch out!
62: Parc Guell
63: This park was designed by Antoni Gaudi
64: My route home.. | Walk down the street.. | From the Subway.. | Turn the corner at the KFC.. | Cross here..
65: Walk past Sagrada Familia.. | Around the corner.. | Down the street.. | And I"m home :)
66: My host family was super nice! My "sister" Vivian is from Brazil and has invited me to come stay with her family there.. so I might be off to Brazil next!
67: Saying Goodbye.. I'm definitely going to be traveling some more. After this trip, I feel kind of addicted to it. There are so many other places that I want to go. This trip has been amazing. I've discovered so much about other cultures, and myself as well. I really hope I see some of these people again. I now have friends all of the world and in lots of different states, so I have places to crash when I want to travel again. This summer has gone by so fast, I really can't believe it!