I realize it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything but that’s because this week/these past few days have been, well, a little lackluster. I’ve had two midterms, a quiz, and several assignments occupying my time lately. I’ve been a little burnt out over this whole “school” thing so this upcoming week could not have come at a better time.
This weekend started the first of three, yes three, travel breaks that we get here at DIS. This week, I’ll be traveling with my core course, European Sustainable Development, to England. I’m absolutely bursting at the seams with excitement! As The Parent Trap is my favorite movie, I would love nothing more than running to the studio then spending the rest of the day getting lost in Harrod’s with Elizabeth James… unfortunately, recreating scenes from The Parent Trap is not on the docket for this trip. However, as disappointed as I am that I won’t be able to spend the day in Hattie Parker’s shoes, there are still several things in store that are worthy of being excited about.
We leave Tuesday for foggy London town where we’ll spend three days. We have most of the afternoons/nights off so we are free to explore. Not sure how I’m going to prioritize what all to do but I’m looking forward to it regardless.
We then leave London and head two hours south to a small town called Totnes in the Devon region of Great Britain. We’re staying on an estate/vineyard for the rest of the week. From what I’ve google searched, it’s GORGEOUS. Like a scene from Pride and Prejudice (another one of my favorite movies).
Of course because this trip is educational, we’re focusing on how towns and cities are doing their part to contribute to sustainable development. Totnes is a transition town, which are communities that are working to build resilience in response to peak oil, climate destruction, and economic instability. According to their website, Transition Town Totnes (TTT) is a dynamic, community-led and run charity that exists to strengthen the local economy, reduce the cost of living and build our resilience for a future with less cheap energy and a changing climate. [ http://www.transitiontowntotnes.org/ ] (The website has more information) It’s a very interesting concept, hopefully I’ll be able to gain some more perspective on the concept and seeing how it’s actually applied in the “real world.”
For now, it’s time to pack, convert some Danish kroner to British pounds, watch both The Parent Trap and (the critically acclaimed Mary Kate and Ashley film) Winning London, and brush up on my British accent/slang.