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.
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
- 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.