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Josh Ambrose, Director, Writing Center. Ext 2420

Josh Ambrose

Travel Writing Across Europe

January 4 - 14, 2014

Led by Professor Ambrose of the Writing Center, stops of the trip will include Normandy, Paris, Vienna, and Budapest, as we consider what it means to be "on the road," encountering sights and sounds both utterly foreign and completely familiar. Accompanying readings will range from Bill Bryson to Paul Theroux, from Omar Pamuk to Mary Lee Settle.

The Itinerary

Subject to change; Vienna and Budapest sites for illustration. Class readings + discussion times will happen on the go.

  • January 4: Arrival and then visit to Bayeux (visit the Tapestry, partake in a 3 course meal, etc).
  • 5: Normandy and Mont St. Michel (below), including visit to local farm and cider tasting

Mont St. Michel

  • 6: Travel back to Paris. Panoramic tour of the city.
  • 7: Day in Paris: class trip the Louvre, café eating, etc.
  • 8: Paris to Vienna. Meet up with Professor Gabriella Szigethy, from our Budapest campus. Cathedrals, modern district, etc.
  • 9: Tour Vienna: Imperial palaces, art museums, etc.
  • 10: Vienna: Possible visit outside the city.
  • 11: Travel to Budapest: Rest + writing day
  • 12: Budapest: Connect with Dr. Adamson, Director of the Budapest campus. Attend arts conference with local author, etc.
  • 13: Budapest: visit Buda Castle, etc.
  • 14: Budapest: travel outside the city. River Danube, etc.
  • 15: Fly home

Is this class for you? If you're looking for a leisurely vacation, or consider yourself a picky traveler, this probably isn't a good fit! It's going to be fast paced, with a lot of walking (and planes, trains, cars, and maybe even boats.) We'll travel light and have many varied experiences. We're going to get a lot of bang for our buck! Of course, there's also going to be a lot of reading and lot of writing—it'll be a time of discovery and adventure.


Estimated cost: $3,800. The class will be working together this semester to try and fundraise to defray this still further.

Fall undergraduate registration
April 18, 2014, 12:00 am
"EVIL DEAD: The Musical"
April 18, 2014, 7:30 pm
Junior Visit Day
April 21, 2014, 9:30 am
Student Solo Recital
April 21, 2014, 7:00 pm
The Ridington Lecture
April 22, 2014, 7:30 pm
Musician Brandon Stiles
April 22, 2014, 8:00 pm
Larry Hogan: What I’ve Learned
April 23, 2014, 4:30 pm
Quazy in the Quad
April 23, 2014, 5:00 pm
Graduate Open House
April 24, 2014, 5:30 pm
Student Chamber Music Ensembles
April 24, 2014, 7:00 pm
McDaniel Dance Company Recital
April 25, 2014, 7:00 pm
Animal House - Decker Auditorium
April 25, 2014, 9:00 pm
Spring Undergraduate Awards Ceremony
April 27, 2014, 12:00 am
Junior Open House
April 27, 2014, 1:00 pm
Children's Chorus of Carroll County
April 27, 2014, 2:00 pm