FC: Stephanie O'Day's Travelogue
1: Europe | England | ARRIVED 25 Jan. 2012 | During my semester abroad in York, England and my Easter Break spent traveling around Europe, I came across sport in many situations, some expected, some not so expected. This is a photo book recording these happenings!
2: I encountered sport almost immediately here in York through the Sports and Societies offered at York St. John University. At first, I was planning on staying in my comfort zone and only join dance society. But, after talking to a few students who were on the cricket team, I decided I should have a go at that too. I mean, it's the English pastime right? So, I went to the first few practices before realizing that dance society would be a pretty big time commitment. I'm so glad that I tried something new though! It was totally different from any sport I had ever played, but I feel like my England experience would not have been complete without my short (but successful!) cricket career!
3: Cricket Club | Jan.-Feb. 2012 | Cricket practices including building basic skills such as bowling (pitching), batting, and being the umpire. Most importantly, we learned the rules of the game!
4: Cambridge: Trinity College Trinity College was featured in the film Chariots of Fire. In the movie, it is where Harold Abraham's becomes the first to complete the Great Court Run. Trinity's Great Court is actually the largest enclosed courtyard in all of Europe. The goal of the Run is to run the 341 meter long perimeter around the court in the 43 seconds that it takes to strike 12 o'clock. This race would be nearly impossible for most people to accomplish! There are only a few people who are believed to have completed the Run, including the Olympic runner Sebastian Coe. Many students still make the attempt each year before Trinity College's Matriculation Dinner.
5: Trinity's Great Court | Trinity College Entrance
7: BONDI BEACH | York City Knights Rugby Match! Our entire Calvin College group had the opportunity to attend a York City Knights Rugby match, and after playing some rugby and having talked and read about it in class, I was excited to see what a real game would actually look like. I had a lot of fun watching the game (even though it was chilly out!). Watching the game really did help me understand rugby better. It was interesting to see how even the basic things that we learned in our hands-on rugby tutorial are used in a rugby league game. Lateral passing of course is essential. But, even the way we were taught to hold the ball was set in play: "clean palms, dirty fingertips!". I learned a little bit about the playing style of a rugby league team, versus union. One main difference between the two is in the scrums. In league, the scums we saw were not as violent as they would be in union. They were more of a gesture, or so the man I was sitting next to explained to me. Still, rugby league seemed plenty violent and rough to me! There is also the aspect of amateurism and professionalism to consider between the two.
8: Manchester United | A Day Trip to Newcastle Kyle and I took a day trip to Durham and Newcastle on one of our first free weekends in England. While walking through Newcastle, we explored the tourist spots like Castle Keep and Millennium Bridge. On the bridge, we found a sign that said "Proud to be European City of Sport 2010" Previous to this, I had no idea that Newcastle was a center for sport. When I returned to York, I did some research and found out that Newcastle is known for strong sports tradition, being home to two football teams, a rugby team, and surprisingly an ice hockey team.
9: Manchester United! | Continued... | Old Trafford
10: The Manchester United game was such a fun outing with the Calvin Group. It was a great opportunity to experience British sports culture.There was not any rowdiness that I witnessed; our class discussion made me a little nervous! The biggest commotion at the game was the massive crowd chants for Rooney! Everyone in Old Trafford seemed to be there to cheer for the star player. I was really interesting to be in the thick of it and y the end of the game, I felt pretty at home cheering with the other fans!
11: "Glory, Glory Man. United!"
13: St. Andrews | St. Andrews is considered the home of golf, and after visiting for a day, I understand why.We had the opportunity to walk the massive old course and to visit the nearby golf museum. The gold museum was interesting to see even though I am not such an avid golfer. I learned a lot about how the games and competitions work and I thought it was really cool to see some of the metals and sups that have been awarded to world-famous golfers after some of their greatest wins. Walking around the course and town was also a great opportunity to see some of what we have discussed in class on a personal level. I enjoyed seeing the actual place Mary Queen of Scots would golf in the 1550's and the site of the first women' golf club. Another highlight was the Chariots of Fire Run at the beach.
14: St. Andrews | Scotland
15: The Old Course!
16: Arthur's Seat While in Scotland, the Calvin Crew made the climb up to Arthur's Seat, filming location for Chariots of Fire. The climb was tough at time, but the view from the top made it well worth it. | I guess just hiking up to Arthur's Seat isn't intense enough for everyone!
17: Dance Society Show | Dance Society put on a end of season show called "Spotlight". I'm so glad I had the opportunity to dance while studying abroad. It was not the most technique enriching experience, but it was fun to be a part of something with other University students. I was part of a hip-hop dance is the show and had a blast.The stage was a bit on the small side, but everyone worked together and made it work. It was great to be able to be active and get out there and dance! | That's me!
18: London 2012 Olympic Site | While in London, we had the opportunity to visit the London 2012 Olympic Site and to learn about how London became the site for the 2012Summer Olympics. London won the bid based off of three promises: 1) Sustainability, 2) Regeneration, and 3) Legacy. 1. Sustainability would be achieved by bringing in the necessary materials via the canals to reduce road pollution. The "green" Olympic site also include temporary facilities and the most sustainable and lightweight stadium in history. Olympic events will also take place in existing structures like Wembley, Lord’s Cricket Ground, and Wimbledon. East London has been chosen as a perfect location in need of regeneration. Most of the facilities will be modified and reusable after the games. This brings us to the legacy of the games. There is hope that the buildings left behind after the Olympics will inspire younger generations to be more physically active. Affordable housing will become available in the area where the athlete apartments have been built. Overall, there is hope that the London 2012 games will improve like for those who live in East London and create inspiration for physical activity in the UK as a whole.
19: Olympic Countdown | Olympic Park
20: Wimbledon Tennis! Wimbledon is home to the world's oldest and arguable the most prestigious tennis tournaments. Founded in 1886, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club is an exclusive members only club. Most members are previous tennis champions; only the best play at Wimbledon. On our visit, we leaned about all of the care that goes into each tennis match. The lawns are perfectly manicured and surveyed to ensure the perfect playing surface. There is even a grass counter who counts each blade of grass on the court to make sure the right ratio of grass is growing in. The grass has been cut to 8 mm since 1995, and is 100% perennial rye grass. | The world's longest game of tennis was played on the court below. It lasted for days! | Center Court!
21: The Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is the largest tennis museum in the world.Here, we saw a lot of historical tennis rackets and clothing from Victorian times. We also saw much more contemporary pieces like Serina William's tennis whites. Before visiting Wimbledon, I really did not know much about tennis other than the basic rules of the game, but I found this museum helpful in explaining some of the history. I also thought some of the trophies from the Championships were awesome to see! | The Wimbledon Museum
22: There was a temporary exhibit with the 2008 Olympic Tennis metals. I had never seen an Olympic metal up close before! | To the left, the Championship Trophy! To the Right, Serina Williams' tennis whites!
23: Royal Opera House!
24: The Royal Opera House is home to the Royal Ballet, one of the premier ballet companies in the world. I did not have the chance to actually see a show because tickets were completely sold out for the weekend, but I loved getting to walk into the Opera House and the surrounding areas. The whole block is dedicated to music and dance. These gorgeous cases in the lobby of the Royal Opera House hold actual costumes that can cost up to a couple thousand dollars. Across the street from the building was a statue of a ballerina and a restaurant called the Ballerina. Being surrounded by dance, my sport, was one of my favorite parts of my visit to London.
25: The Royal Ballet was founded in 1931 and became the resident ballet company of the Royal Opera House in 1946. Of the four major ballet companies in Great Britain, it is the largest employing about 100 dancers. The most notable dancer from the Royal Ballet Company was Dame Margot Fonteyn who was awarded the title Prima Ballerina Assoluta by Queen Elizabeth II herself.
27: Rome | THE COLOSSEUM I was lucky to get to visit the Colosseum while in Rome this Spring Break. It is as grand as it looks in all of the pictures. This ancient amphitheater was built between 70-80 A.D. and was used for many kinds of entertainment such as gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. Originally, the Colosseum could seat about 50,000 audience members as they watched whatever sport or performance was set in front of them. In its active years, the Colosseum was a center for sport. Today, stories of the gladiators and competitors still live on with this tourist attraction.
29: The Colosseum was one of my favorite stops along my Spring Break journey. The first night in Rome, we ate dinner right next to it! Also, on Good Friday, we got to see the Pope for a quick second at his "Way of the Cross" procession.
30: BONDI BEACH is one of Australia's most famous beaches and among the world's most well-known beaches. The beach is roughly a kilometer long and is located on the east coast of Australia and is a suburb of the city of Sydney.
31: The Vatican Museum When walking through the Vatican Museum in Rome, we were greeted by a massive hallway of statues called the "Museo Pio-Clementino". We were even able to walk through the New Wing called "Braccio Nuovo" which was built by Raphael Stern and see the whole new collection of both Greek and Roman statues. One statue we were ble to see was a state of Apollo. I noticed that many statues contained athletic themes that I recognized from class. The statue below of Augustus of Prima Porta is said to be the ideal human and Athenian athlete. Anther character I recognized include Mercury (left).
32: Also in the Vatican Museum, we saw a copy of the Disc Thrower statue, also known as Discobolus. It was not the original; there have been over 30 copies made! The original was made between 460-450 B.C. out of bronze. The original is said to be lost. It was created by Myron, who focused on capturing the athletic energy of the body. He was said to be the first to master this style of art. This was the kind of art inspired by the ancient Olympic games.
33: One of the statues that reminded me most of class was the statue on the right of the page. The label on this statue stated that this is a sculpture of an early female athlete. I remember reading in Miller about the specific clothes female athletes would wear to compete. This is a typical outfit worn at the games with the right side of the chest exposed. It doesn't seem very practical to me, but it was interesting to see what the book was talking about in person.
34: Michelangelo's David is a Renaissance interpretation of a common ancient Greek sculptures of the standing male nude. David stands with one leg holding his full weight and the other leg as support. This classic pose causes David's hips and shoulders to rest at opposite angles, giving a slight curve to the entire torso. I know this is not an original piece of Greek art, but it reminds me of the ones we studied. The motion and muscular aspects of his body are captured in extreme, beautiful detail just like the sculptures brought about by the ancient Olympic games. | The Accademia Florence, Italy
35: AUSTRIA | When in comes to sport, Austria was one of my favorite stops. Pictured below is the Opera House in Vienna, where the best ballet dancers in the nation perform.
37: The public adores the ballet. Each performance is shown publicly on a screen outside of the Opera House. Personally, I think the US should look into adding some of these to the major dance venues in America! | Kyle, Jordan, and I were able to buy standing room balcony tickets to see the "Ballett: Juwelen Der Neuen Welt II"' for only 3 euros! I had no idea what the name of the ballet translated to in English, but I was so excited to not only be seeing a ballet, but to also be seeing it in one of the world's most famous venues. The Opera House is called the Weiner Staatsoper and was built between 1863 and 1869. The Wiener Staatsoper is one of the busiest opera houses in the world producing 50 to 60 operas per year in approximately 200 performances. Starting with the 2010-2011 season, a new company has been formed called Wiener Staatsballet under the direction of former Paris Opera Ballet star dancer Manuel Legris. Seeing such a famous ballet was so exciting for me. And, even though they might deny it, I think the boys ended up enjoying it as well.
38: BONDI BEACH is one of Australia's most famous beaches and among the world's most well-known beaches. The beach is roughly a kilometer long and is located on the east coast of Australia and is a suburb of the city of Sydney. | While in Munich, Germany during Spring Break, we ran into this sign, a memorial for the 1972 summer Olympic games. These games we were known for being plagued with terrorist with the attack on the Jewish wrestlers. This memorial remains in their honor and as reminder of the terrible injustice that happened at those games.
39: York City Cricket | A Chilly, English Outing
40: As a Calvin group, our last big sports outing was to the York Cricket Club where we got to have a picnic out in the grass and watch a cricket game. Again, I saw some of the basic cricket skills that I picked up from Cricket Club. In the picture about you can see the bowler keeping his arm straight through the pitch. It was really cool to see the game and skills played out on more of a profession level than I saw at Cricket Club. I also felt good about the fact that I could explain the game to the people around me who hadn't had any cricket experience. It was such a fun day trip and it felt good to understand some thing purely English and not feel like a tourist anymore!
41: DEPARTED | EUROPE | 26 JAN 2012 | I am so thankful for every experience I have had while studying abroad in England. I ended up encountering quite a bit of sport along the way and as a result, I have learned a lot.