S: Studying Abroad: Bangor, Wales
BC: Created for you with love, by Jen | Chester | Snowdonia | Dolywddelan | Anglesey | Conwy | Llandudno | Harlech | Portmeirion | Cardiff | Liverpool | London | Dublin | Amsterdam | Prague | Paris | Normandy | Barcelona | Scotland
FC: Studying Abroad: Bangor, Wales
2: At the Airport in Des Moines with Amy, Jaron, and Jenni before flying to Chicago, then Manchester | After taking a bus ride to Bangor, Wales, Korey could finally set things up in his room and start taking classes and living abroad!
3: A R O U N D | B A N G O R | Classroom | Rugby Team | Yellow Pub | Cathedral
4: Caernarfon Castle | On Korey's first field trip, he went to Caernarfon Castle and Snowdonia Slate Mines. Caernarfon Castle was the biggest castle they saw. While there, they learned that it was the place where Prince Charles was originally crowned as the Prince of Wales.
5: Snowdonia Slate Mines
6: C h e s t e r S n o w d o n i a | Devil's Kitchen The peak of Y Garn, a mountain in Snowdonia The Chester Cathedral They began building the Chester Cathedral in 1093. It's found in England and is the center of worship for the diocese. | Llandudno Rock
7: & D o l y w d d e l a n | St. Winefride's Well Found in Holywell, it was created in the early 1500's. The legend says that if you bathe in the well you will be cured of diseases. The crutches are those left behind from such people in the 1800/1900's who were cured. Dolywddelan Castle was built in the 13th century and is found in Northern Wales. | Downtown Llandudno | Dolywddelan Ruins | Downtown Chester | Ty Hull
8: Beaumaris Castle | Beaumaris Castle was built for military use in 1295. With almost geometric symmetry, it had impenetrable walls with an 18 foot wide moat around it. If an attacker got in to the castle, they would have had to pass through 12 obstacles to get to the heart of the castle. This was the only castle Korey saw that had a moat.
9: Anglesey | Anglesey is an island on the north tip of Wales that is separated by the Menai Strait.
10: Conwy & Llandudno | Conwy is a town that still has walls standing around it. These walls were built in the 1280's.
11: This was the last castle that Korey visited. | Harlech
12: While on this field trip, Portmeirion was one of the only true "Welsh" days Korey had. | The rest of the field trip was pretty rainy and windy. | The Central Plaza | P o r t m e i r i o n | Portmeirion was designed to look like an Italian village.
13: Cardiff Castle The Hereford Cathedral is found in Hereford, England. It was built in 1079. One unique feature is that the alter has a crown around it. | C a r d i f f
14: M i l l e n i u m S t a d i u m | The Millennium Stadium, in Cardiff, is used for many things from dirt bike racing to concerts. It is well known for its retractable roof, as it was the first place with one in the UK. While Korey was here, he got to see it set up for rugby. It can fit 74,500 people, and has hosted matches from 2 Rugby World Cups.
15: Rugby Locker Room
16: L i v e r p o o l | C a t h e d r a l | The Liverpool Cathedral is the biggest cathedral in the UK.
17: T i n t e r n A b b e y | Korey thought this was one of the coolest places they visited. It was one of the abbeys that stood through a time the King of England put an end to monastic life.
18: London | Westminster Abbey | London Bridge | London Tower | Eye of London | Buckingham Palace
19: Korey went to London right before Spring Break and flew out of the city. They didn't get to spend a ton of time there. | It rained while they were in London, so they saw that London Bridge looked different before and after the rain. | Big Ben
20: Korey's Spring Break Itinerary Ireland Amsterdam Prague France Barcelona
21: Ireland was the first stop on the Spring Break trip, which happened to be right around St. Patty's Day. Everyone went to Galway for three days, then took a bus on the third day to Dublin to spend two days there. While in Ireland, Korey saw the St. Patty's Day parade. That night, they hung out in an Irish Pub and Dave Cain got his ID checked even though he was the oldest one there. At the end of the night, Korey had to hunt down people who didn't want to leave. On the third day, they took a bus to Dublin and stayed there for two days. They went to Hard Rock Cafe and saw Glitterbug, a classic rock cover band, that dressed up like Kiss.
22: Aran Island (to the left) is found off the west coast of Ireland. Korey thought the ancient walls were interesting. While here, he biked around the island. Then he and Julie biked up a steep hill without stopping. They were the only group to do that. Everywhere they went was covered with stones because properties kept getting divided. Eventually some were only 10 feet by 10 feet. | I R E L A N D | Aran Island land plots, cliffs, and monuments | Korey eating a "goat's eye"
23: St. Patrick's Cathedral and Parade | Galway Cathedral (pictured below and to the left) | Glitterbug | The Dublin River
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26: After Ireland, the boys went to Amsterdam, which was the first place they went on their own. They flew from London, but didn't get to Amsterdam until 11:00 p.m. on Easter weekend. They didn't have any hostel chosen, so everything was full. After wandering around for a long time looking for a hostel that had 2 available rooms, they got a tip from a bum on the street. He told them about Hans Brinker Budget Hotel. After finding the hostel, they went to the Red Light District and walked around. Korey thought it was pretty disgusting, and felt like he was constantly watching for pick pocketers. Over the next 3 days, they walked around while it was snowing and went into a Torture Museum and on a canal tour. The last day that they were there, they met up with other students from Central and visited some of the sights of Amsterdam. | Welcome to Amsterdam
27: Korey's first day in Prague was spent in the airport because the airline canceled his flight from Prague to Bratislava. Because of this, they had to get a refund and switch their flight to Paris., which caused them to miss out on Bratislava and Vienna. Due to the travel changes, the boys slept until 3:00 p.m. the first day and then explored the city. It didn't take long for Korey to decide this was his favorite place so far. After finding food, they met Swedish people in their hostel, along with many other interesting people on the street. The second day, they walked around the city and hung out at a festival where the Astronomical clock was. Every hour, the apostles came out of the clock. Then the boys went to a Castle that overlooked the city. On the way, they stopped at a church that had lots of marble and gold. That night, they went to a 7 story club (the biggest club in Central Europe). The third day, they left for France. | Prague
29: Astronomical Clock | Around Prague
30: P A R I S
32: From Prague, the boys flew to Versailles. They stayed with one of Swaff's friends who was studying abroad there. The next day they went to Paris and saw Notre Dame, the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Arc de Triumph. While in the Louvre they saw the Mona Lisa and many artifacts from Egypt and Persia. After spending four hours in the Louvre, they found the Eiffel Tower. They watched it light up a few times and went back to Versailles. The next day, they stayed around Versailles and went to the Palace. It was very rainy that day, and there were no flowers that day in the gardens. Five minutes after they got there, the fountains were turned off, so the boys were kind of disappointed. Their last day in France, they went to Normandy. They saw the German cemetery first, then moved onto the American cemetery. Pointe Du Hac came next, where they saw bomb craters, bunker remains, and the cliffs the Americans had to climb. They climbed down into the bunker remains. Finally, they went down to Omaha Beach and then to a museum. | Welcome to France
33: The boys flew out of France and into Gerona, Spain. They spent the day and night there by walking around the town and eating at a local restaurant. The next day, they took a train to Barcelona. After walking around the town, they decided to take bikes around the city. They spent some time on the beach even though it wasn't that warm. They also saw the Olympic grounds. At the end of their Spring Break trip, they flew back to London and took a train back to Wales. | Welcome to Barcelona
34: Barcelona | The last stop during Spring Break was Barcelona. The boys were there for three days. They took bikes around the city for a day, sat on the beach, and went to a night club.
36: Scotland | Toward the end of Korey's semester, he went to Edinburgh. They walked around the city during the day and went on a ghost tour at night. This tour went a few places around the city, and eventually took them underground. The next day, they went on a 3 day tour of the Highlands. During this tour, they went to the WIlliam Wallace Monument and Eliandonan Castle that was featured in the movie The Highlander.
37: They also went to Fort William, which is the town off of Loch Ness. Here, Korey tried haggis. Then they spent some time at the Isle of Skye, which is an island in the northern part of Scotland.
38: Outdoor Pursuits Outdoor pursuits was something that Korey really enjoyed while he was abroad. Every Tuesday from 9:00-5:00, his O.P. crew went out to do something different in Wales. Whether it was Canoeing, Mountain Climbing, Surfing, or Rock Climbing, Korey enjoyed the challenge of something new. He was lucky enough to have wonderful sunny weather almost every time they went out (which was unusual for Wales). Outdoor Pursuits allowed Korey to participate in things he wouldn't normally try, and it got him out of his comfort zone. He felt challenged on many levels, but enjoyed the crew he was with (Jenni Hufford, Kyle Erickson, Jaron Byrum, Elizabeth Drewlowe, and Janet Manthey). Some of the activities that he did were: Canoeing, Gorge Scrambling, Kayaking, Mountain Climbing, Mountain Walking, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Sea-Level Traversing, and Surfing.
39: Canoeing | Kayaking | While Kayaking, Korey was the only one who capsized.
40: Gorge Scrambling | Gorge Scrambling was the group's first outdoor excursion. There was a challenge that every group went through. At a point along the journey, there was a round, massive rock that | they had to try to jump on and climb to the top. No one had been able to do it. Korey was the only one in his group who came close to completing this challenge.
41: Rock Climbing | Korey thought that rock climbing was somewhat difficult because unlike a climbing wall, there weren't | specific places to step or grab to reach the top. They climbed on a rock called Holyhead Mountain.
42: M O U N T A I N C L I M B I N G
44: Mountain Walking
46: Korey's crew spent most of the day sailing. They had races to certain places. Korey rode with Elizabeth D. | Sailing
47: While surfing, many of them found that it was difficult to stand up. The waves weren't very big, but they still enjoyed it. | Surfing
48: Korey's group went to a coastline at sea level. They made their way along the bottom of the cliffs, right above the ocean. They all took turns leading the group. | The coolest thing of the day was going into the slot. They were suspended over the water. | Sea Level Traversing
49: At the end, they each did a jump into the ocean. This was one of Korey's favorite Outdoor Pursuits days.