This trip is entirely work related and I will have the opportunity to travel to Italy, Ireland, and England. However, that doesn't mean their won't be any fun involved.
Most of the trip will be work related and some of what we are going to do is not going to be fun (at least that is what I think for now). But, I do get to do several things that I am actually looking forward to.
I will get to visit my first study abroad program at Edge Hill University. This will be my first time back there since I studied abroad almost 12 years ago. I will be staying right on campus (not in my same dorm) and we will have to see how much things have changed. I really can't wait. I think every study abroad student should have the opportunity to go back to their first study abroad location years after they return.
For me, this is the program that changed everything. After studying abroad here I changed my major and began the path that I am currently on in international education. I am definitely looking forward to the experience and hoping I can get some of my old roommates to meet me there.
I will also get the chance to meet up with various study abroad friends I have made throughout the years. I will be meeting with new friends in Dublin, maybe old friends in Italy, and others in between. It is amazing how close you can be with people that live thousands of miles away. I think I am closer to some of my study abroad friends than I am to some of my American friends. Anyone else experience this?
In addition, I will be visiting places I have never been to before, Siena and Alba, Italy as well as Oxford, England. If you know of any great places to visit in those locations please let me know. I am always looking for great sites to visit and good places to eat.
Finally, I will get to try out my new Global Entry card. I just joined the Global Entry program that allows me to skip the lines at the major airports. I will be writing a post entirely on this program so more on that later.
For me, it will also be interesting to contrast visiting Westernized Europe vs. my recent visit to the developing world. One thing I know will be different is that things are going to be so much more expensive. I also want to compare and contrast the food as well as the people. I may also examine the Art of Honking. :)
If you have any suggestions for travel topics please let me know.
Enjoy my upcoming adventures! They may be a little tamer than elephants though! :)