Earlier in the semester, I learned about two academic opportunities, both of which would lead to more first-time travel experiences. A trip to Los Angeles was for the purpose of attending this year’s AWP event, an Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference. The other possible journey, a 10-day global studies program in England, also piqued my interest. When I first wrote about these a couple of posts back, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to take on both and if not, which place would I visit? I loved the idea of going to L.A. and during leisure time, touring movie sites and spotting the names of favorite classic and present-day celebrities on the Walk of Fame. England would bring chances of visiting literary and film locations, as well as excursions to its neighboring countries.
The writer’s conference is coming up soon, yet I won’t be going out to the City of Angels for this year’s AWP. Attending one of these events was a goal I’d hoped to accomplish prior to my graduation, but I still have another chance within my region. As for L.A., I can set that aside for whenever I’m ready for a vacation along the west coast. Until then, I guess I’ll be dreaming of California!
What about England? Well, I paid my deposit a few days ago, setting in motion a first-time visit to the home of favorites in British literature. I’ll make it a point to stop at Shakespeare and Jane Austen sites along the way. In terms of on-screen adaptations of the latter, I’d love to see the places featured in “Pride and Prejudice” as well. The group I’ll be traveling with will be staying in Oxford, not too far from Highclere Castle of “Downton Abbey” fame; can’t miss that! Of course, there is a lot more on my must-see England list, since I’ve been wanting to go there for quite a long time.
Our leisure time abroad consists of two days and a handout for the trip inspired several ideas for sightseeing. We can visit Scotland, Wales and / or head on over to mainland Europe for a tour of Paris. I sure would love to make this trip abroad a 4-country experience! I’ll have to coordinate with some others as our departure date gets closer. But first I have to book my flights soon and then comes focusing on details of what places to explore.
I also have to purchase a new DSLR camera, which I’ve been planning to do anyway after repeat shutter problems. Just before my trip to Ireland, I almost decided to leave my camera at home and at the last minute was in favor of bringing it along. It was a good thing, too. Taking photos often with my phone, the battery drained quickly and opportunities to recharge weren’t always long enough to reach 100%. Depending on sales, maybe I could get a wi-fi ready model this time. Whatever one I get, I just know that I’d certainly need a backup means of capturing images of my travels. That goes for local day trips as well, after months of only using my phone for photography.
Now that I’m in the early stages of going to England, I’ll be updating more between now and then, as I did fore Ireland. I did so partly due to having a journaling assignment for that global studies trip.
If you’ve been to England, what were your favorite places? If not, what sites are on your must-see list?