Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Saturday, June 14, 2014
I got a lot of research done which included receiving a 3 year pass to the British Library. I don't know about you, but that sets my little geeky heart all a'flutter. I found what I needed and then some.
One day I want to return (I only have a day in London after the voyage because the Fall 2014 semester starts almost immediately after the voyage) and actually tour around London for an extended period of time.*
Now I'm in Southampton at a very lovely hotel going through orientation for our voyage. It's been great seeing lots of familiar faces and meeting new people too. The ship comes to port tomorrow and we'll actually embark on the ship in the afternoon!
*Okay, what I really mean is I want to come back and see everything related to Harry Potter.
Monday, June 9, 2014
I'm drafting this post on my flight from Boston to London. It's about a 6 hour flight which is just short enough to make sure that we'll all be horribly jetlagged & cranky when we arrive in London at 6:10am.
Despite my impending crankiness, I am very excited to see London again. I've only been to London once before on my backpacking trip 7 years ago. I have nothing but good memories of my time there (cool shop! Delicious tea! Free museums! Pubs!) so I'm excited to sneak away from my research for a few hours each day to really see the city.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
I leave for London in just a few days, which is both exciting and overwhelming. I have some dissertation research to do before the voyage so I'll be working in London for a couple days before heading to meet the ship in Southampton.
Summer voyages mean that the program focuses on a smaller area whereas the full semester voyages go around the world. As you can see from the map above we're going to some pretty spectacular places this summer! I'm excited to visit some new places (Portugal, Scotland, Norway, Sweden & Poland), and of course I'm always excited to return to Saint Petersburg.
The voyage is also going to be a little bittersweet since it's the last summer voyage for the MV Explorer.