S: Study Abroad - Summer 2011
1: London | May 17-August 13, 2011
3: "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life" - Samuel Johnson
4: Edinburgh, Scotland
5: Julie, Rachel, Kirsten and I traveled to Edinburgh for our first free weekend. While the weather was almost as gloomy as it had been in London, we did enjoy discovering Harry Potter sites throughoug the city such as the castle, the elephant house cafe, and a gravestone for McGonagall. The men dressed in kilts playing the bag pipes added a little something special as well.
6: Queen Elizabeth's birthday
7: Regent's Park
8: Geneva, Switzerland
9: The initial fear of traveling into the unknown quickly disappears into the excitement of exploring a new city. No, Geneva was not quite the Swiss Alps full of cows and snow topped mountains I was expecting, but it offered beauty I had not anticipated. I was more than satisfied eating chocolate fondue and trying out my new Swiss army knife. Rachel and I explored the inexpensive way. We were content walking and taking photos. The botanical gardens were a hidden surprise. Initially, we were over excited when we saw snails and frogs. Imagine the elation when we found peacocks! “Raww” Rachel called, as she learned to communicate with a new species. As we walked along the water I found my soul filled with joy, energy, and warmth. “This is happiness,” I thought to myself.
13: Kew Gardens
14: I was lucky enough to have the company of my wonderful boyfriend, Joey, for 2 weeks. First, we made our way to Amsterdam and conquered every corner of the city on foot, bike, and canal boat. We even enjoyed a local brewery under a windmill - just like the locals.
15: Paris | Paris with the man I love...what more could a girl ask for? Joey and I strolled along the Seine, explored cathedrals, had picnics in front o the Eiffel Tower and ate pastries every day after every meal.
17: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Red Carpet Premier
21: None of us knew quite what to expect from our adventure weekend in Wales but I think we all agreed that our expectations were blown out of the water. Our days were filled with kayacking, hiking, coasteering (a combination of spelunking & swimming), and phenominal home cooked food. We even saw a seal in the water! Kirsten and I bonded every night in our bunk beds. It was an incredible weekend. I'm just sad I didn't have a waterproof camera! | Wales Adventure Weekend
23: The sun almost always came out for us on the weekends in London. We were well fed at Borough Market and enjoyed desserts at Ben's Cookies, Harrods, and Hummingbird Bakery.We spent mornings along the Thames enjoying the sight of Big Ben followed by double decker bus rides and afternoons in Hyde Park.
24: My 22nd Birthday...week