Amidst a conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, I found myself in a country I knew next to nothing about. Aside from being near Vietnam and once housing one of the darkest genocides in human history, you don’t hear a lot about it. But during a short afternoon I had free, I set out to explore… Read More Shall We Gather at the River?
Part III It’s been over a month since I bounced back to real life in the U.S. It feels good, but I do miss the place I grew to love—a mansion that’s still shining over the fields of Grantham, England. My final days there were a blur—their minutes ticking away until my life at Harlaxton… Read More Missing the Manor
A rare snowstorm blew in from the east as Europe became white, but the castle I currently get to call home became Narnia. … Read More The Chronicles of Narnia: The Beast From the East
As beautiful as a 19th century British manor house is, it can be eerie at night… especially if you’re there completely alone. And I was. Completely alone. I moved in two days before the cooking, cleaning, maintenance, and office staff arrived back from Christmas break. The professors and students were long from arriving. My boss… Read More The Haunted Mansion
OK, so it’s actually not a castle. In fact, people sometimes get a little offended if you call it a castle. It’s a manor house. Manor, castle, palace, mansion, dream, house. Whatever you want to call it… it is the most magnificent place I’ve ever seen, and for the next six months, I get to… Read More King of the Castle
October 17, 2014 Day three of my Italian adventure included a different country to add to my list! Well, sort of. We went to Rome and spent the entire day exploring The Vatican City, which is technically its own country because The Pope rules it. It was a perfect day filled with indescribable paintings, statues,… Read More Vat City… Vat Vat City
October 16, 2014 After leaving the magnificent island of Capri this morning, we took a ferry to Sorrento and then a train ride – the most crowded train ride of my life where people were shoulder-to-shoulder and a lap dog took up residence on my feet – to do a little time traveling. Well, not… Read More Time Travel
October 5, 2014 ¡Hola! ¡Estoy en España! Here’s a slight change of pace… thanks to my high school Spanish class I can halfway understand a word or two when I hear people talking in this country! Although, it’s a bit limited, and people in Spain DO NOT speak as slowly as the people in those… Read More Quiero Más España
September 16, 2014 One of my days in Belgium was spent in Brugge. Quaint little city. I went on a canal cruise, which was fantastic. The canals were filled with ducks and swans, which made for some great pictures. Here is one. The ducks possessed two problems through. 1 They pay no mind to the… Read More Duck!
September 1, 2014 Today was our last day in St. Petersburg. I spent it doing a field lab for one of my classes. First, we had a brief stop at the St. Nicholas Church. I couldn’t take pictures inside, but it was like made of gold, laced with gold, and painted with gold. Did I… Read More Squirting Poultry