This visit was really fun. I enjoyed being at the University. When I think of colleges or universities in general Oxford is usually one of the first I think about. Actually getting to visit and see parts of the school was just really cool.
I truly wish I could have taken pictures of the inside of the Durham Cathedral. I have never been in a structure that had a feeling, the place seemed to loom and the vastness of the place was amazing. I did get to take a few photos outside and will include those. This particular group of photos is similar to the actual Durham Cathedral, but even these do not come close to the grandness of that structure.
I had a great time on the trip. Honestly I was really ready to come home after the whole trip. This has really taught me a lot and given me a look into the world of Harry Potter that I thought I would never had before. Several days stood out to me in relationship to social justice. One happened during our days in London. We had the attack at the concert occur while we were on our trip. For me this was really interesting because the police were visibly out and armed. While this made us uncomfortable to some degree, the actual citizens seemed far more uneasy about seeing this than I was. I think this has to do largely with our experience with violence and these types of attacks.
I really want to say that this trip helped me see the value of making new friends as well. Since starting college I really have not had that experience so this was nice to enjoy and experience with other people. Tim and Matt were both great and we really had a great time together I felt. I am looking forward to hopefully having more of trips and exploring the world even more than what I have done already.
Though not necasailly related to anything specifc, I did want to mention the drinks that I had while on the trip. I had a really great time out and the drinks were quite good. We had fun and though do not regret having the absinth I will be happy never to try it again.
I really didn't care for Paris. I feel like I should, I don't know if I was just tired from our trip or if I just didn't like the city. I don't think I would ever go back. I did enjoy the catacombs and seeing some of the monuments and the Eiffel Tower. Outside of that Paris was my least favorite part of the whole trip.
Our time in Edinburgh was wonderful. This was by far my favorite city on our trip. The old city and the hidden corners of the city made for a very nice time. Some highlights I am really glad we got to do were The National Museum of Scotland, climbing Arthur's Seat, and getting to have the Harry Potter tour around the town. Another great part was simply hanging out with Matt and Tim just wandering around the city.
These pictures were taken before the flight from O'Hare, during the trip(after I finished sleeping) and our wait and flight from Dublin to Edinburgh.
I almost never went on this trip. I feel it is important to address this fact. I could only go because of my wonderful wife. She pressured and bullied me into not passing this opportunity up. Saving for this trip was very hard and I owe her more than she will knows. The two weeks away from her was very difficult, but one day I want to share this a trip like this with her because she is the magic in my life.
Before I start my trip I should state this is largely going to be photo based for those viewing. I may have a tongue use to using spells, but a picture captures far more than words can describe.
The days in York went well. I especially enjoyed the walk around the old city walls and getting to see York Minster up close and personal. The size and scope of the place were not exaggerated by any means. The Shambles Market was also really cool I was very happy we got to go. Not only the amazing shops, but the open markets as well.
This was a wonderful random event that we found. I have been to other comic con's but this was on a whole other scale. This was just a great surprise that happened. The bad news was I was really hungover. Image that I felt similar to how Ron did when he cursed himself to eat slugs. Regardless this was still a really great time.