Saturday, July 9, 2011

A First Blog, and a Second Visit

This being my first blog, and my first blog post, I don’t really know how to start. How does one start a typical blog post? With a thought-provoking question? A catchy quote? A joke? God, I hope it’s not the latter- the only joke I know by heart is, of course, the most vulgar one I’ve ever heard.

Introducing... Pigeon!
Either way, I have become unbearably excited about my upcoming trip to Londontown (yes, I’ve already established a pet name for the city). Of course my excitement has only been building with every new revision to my “Great List,” detailing everything I need to bring/ do while in Europe. And I’ve already chosen my special mascot for the trip- Pigeon, made famous by Mo Willems and his beloved Pigeon series (of which are included Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!, and my personal fav, The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!). I figured that a staple of American children’s literature should have a great time learning about children’s literature across the pond, in ye old Brittania (look, another pet name, this time for the entire country!).

Pigeon looking through my old London scrapbook.
He thinks I did a good job on it.
And yes, he told me so himself.
As a warning, I should say this isn’t the first time I’ve been to London; this isn’t even the first time I’ve studied abroad in London. Back when I was in high school (not that long ago), I spent a month taking “college-level” courses in the greater London area (the beautiful suburban town of Richmond, to be precise), while traipsing about through Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, York, and the like. I collected a ridiculous amount of photos, guide maps, and other random paraphernalia to put together one of my most artistic creations- a scrapbook J That trip was by far one of the best experiences of my life, and it helped me realize my love of travel. Perhaps I should reiterate- I LOVE to travel. And the little traveling I’ve done in my life has taught me that a second visit will always show a different side to a city, revealing a lot more than you expected. So with this in mind, I look to forward to my second visit tot eh great city of London, to learning more about multimedia and libraries, and to experiencing more in general.

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