Strasbourg was a lovely, old-and-new, homey kind of place to stay for a month. I was able to speak French, have an apartment, and become friends with 34 classmates from all over the world. We studied and watched football and took weekend trips and ate and drank and lived, together.
Although I stayed home for most of spring break this year, I was able to take two day trips. It was quite nice to get out of town for awhile, see friends, take in athletics and arts, and enjoy a bit of that ‘road trip’ feel for a couple of days.
Early in the week, my sister and I headed east to Cedarville, Ohio to watch a friend and high school teammate of mine play softball. The car-ride views of rural Indiana and Ohio were peaceful and quiet. The breeze was chilly, but the skies were sunny and blue – the perfect afternoon for a doubleheader.
During the fall of my freshman year at IUPUI, my instructor for Honors Intro to Business Administration offered an optional field trip to New York City covering “The Capital Raising Process.” It was a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime experience I’m thankful to have had: among other things, we were able to participate in the opening bell ceremony at NASDAQ and talk with stock traders on the floor (!) of the New York Stock Exchange.
Some of my friends and I flew out early to do the New York thing (Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty, MoMA, 9/11 Memorial, Times Square, etc.) for a few days. There’s nothing quite like being an unchaperoned teenager in New York City to make you feel grown up and adventurous.
My favorite photographs from the trip are of the city’s architecture. Although there’s so much modernity happening in New York, it’s also one of our country’s eldest cities, and I think its architecture reflects this juxtaposition so beautifully.