FC: Summer 2010 June 26-August 24 A Grand European Adventure
1: After starting my long day of traveling at 10:00 am in San Diego, I finally arrived in Cambridge after a red-eye flight, a broken down bus, and at best five hours of sleep. When the taxi pulled up to King's College around 5:00 pm, that was all irrelevant and I was completely awestruck by the amazing golden light that caressed the entire city. I couldn't help but stare in awe, feeling so incredibly lucky that I would be spending the next two months here. I made a mental note to never let this site grow old or any less beautiful
2: When the bus broke down in Hemel Hempstead, I went into a pub and watched some of the World Cup game--what a thrill! | I finally reached Cambridge, met up with Meg and Caitlin, ate my first dinner with the other students, and ventured around the campus.
3: I lived on 23 Fitzwilliam Street, right across from the Fitzwilliam Museum and about five minutes from Pembroke College, seven from King's. I lived in a single (pictured below) on the same floor as Meg. | It felt so good to sleep that I almost didn't wake up! On the first day, Meg and I tried to get acquainted with our new home. Turns out our 'flat' was right next to where Charles Darwin lived for a year! Meg, (the History of Science major), was super excited.
4: On the first real day, all of the students in the program went to the first of five Formal Halls. This one took place in King's Hall and we were served a delicious 3 course meal. I sat with Ken, Duc, Ben, Meg and Caitlin and we had so much fun playing '10 fingers' while drinking wine and enjoying the food.
5: Classes had begun.
6: Edinburgh, Scotland | After settling in with a great buffet dinner, the crew ventured into downtown Edinburgh to experience the night life first hand. Highlights of the night: head banging music at 'Auld Hoose' and Pimms at Biblos. | On the 8 hour bus ride, we stopped for lunch at Fountains Abbey. The phenomenal ruins were absolutely breath-taking. Other stops along the trip consisted of trying the many different types of chocolate Europe has to offer.
7: July 2nd-July 5th | We woke up early to go hiking in the Trossachs. It was a lot harder than expected, and extremely rainy and windy, but there was an amazing view at the top. That night, we had a 3rd of July party with Scottish dancing and we hit the town with the rest of the students from our program at the club, Espionage.
8: We walked into downtown Edinburgh to walk along the Royal Mile. We saw the Edinburgh Castle, and th whole city was just so gothically beautiful. | The Royal Mile
9: Richmond Castle
10: Around Cambridge
12: Brighton Beach: July 10, 2010 Meg and I spontaneously planned a day trip to Brighton Beach. We got some lunch, wandered around and explored what we later found out to be the gay capitol of Britain.
13: We toured the Royal Palace and learned so many interesting facts about George ??.
14: English Teas: Wonderful excuses to eat delicious foods while relaxing and taking a break from the day.
15: Field Trip to Rugby School
17: British Bop: End of Finals Celebration in King's Pub
18: LO ND ON | Day 1 London Itinerary: V&A Museum Serpentine Harrod's Mall Trafalgar Square Old Globe Theater: Anne Boleyn Walk along the river Night out with the crew
23: Dinner menu: Fresh Tuna Ceviche with Avocado and Crisp Tortilla Supreme of Honey Roasted Chicken, Pont Neuf Potatoes, Peas, Broad Beans, and Baby Gem Lettuce Marinated Strawberries and Peaches with Sweet Basil Sorbet
24: Dublin Day 1 (Clockwise) Early morning flight Figure out how to get to the hostel Walk for a long time to Kilmanem Gaol (Ken wasn't too happy) Kilmanem Gaol Guinness Factory Lunch at the Patriot Back to the hostel for a nap Walk around the city Dinner at Brazen Head
30: Formal Dinner
39: Final Days
41: Final Formal Dinner Dinner menu Ken's Birthday