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Vikings at the British Museum; World War I portraits; and, Ruin Lust…

If you visited the exhibit, what did you think?

Exploring London

RoskildeThe Vikings come to the British Museum from today with the first major exhibition in more than 30 years. Vikings: life and legend , the first exhibition to be held in the new Sainsbury Exhibition Gallery, was developed with the National Museum of Denmark and the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin) and looks at the Viking period from the late 8th century to the early 11th century. Featuring many new archaeological discoveries and objects never seen before in the UK alongside items from the British Museum’s own collection, the exhibition is centred on the surviving timbers of a 37 metre long Viking warship excavated from the banks of the Roskilde fjord in Denmark (pictured). Other items include skeletons recently excavated from a mass grave of executed Vikings in Dorset, the Vale of York Hoard (discovered in 2007) and a stunning hoard of silver from Gnezdovo in…

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A Trippin’ We Will Go

England is known for many things: stone circles, tea, rolling hills, funny accents…

I’ve done my fair bit of traveling in England, mostly to the Midlands and the northwestern parts. I found a couple of articles from the Guardian about places that would be awesome to visit. Wiltshire is home to the largest stone circle in England (yes, Stonehenge is not the largest or possibly even the oldest…in fact, England has numerous stone circles), and the Lakes District is simply gorgeous. I will post pictures at another time, but in the meantime, feel free to swoon away with me!

Flashback, Lancaster 2010, Part One: Just Another Day Trip

I began this blog two years ago, and I realized two things: I was terrible in keeping up with posts and I was terrible with chronicling my study abroad experience in England. How typical. I was feeling nostalgic today and began perusing my extensive photo collection on Facebook when I stumbled across a folder entitled “Random English Travels”. In it are miscellaneous photos from weekend and day trips I made over the course of my ten-week stay in Lancaster.

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On the Rail Again, Part Deux: Chicago

As promised, here are some pictures from my excursion to Chicago yesterday. It was a wonderful day, full of walking, walking, walking, walking, did I mention walking? My friend Melanie and I were extremely sore after walking all day, to the point where I almost limped back to the train station.BUT, the entire day was worth it. Given that a significant portion of the Midwest has seen hardly any snow this “winter”, the weather was splendid.

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On the Rail Again

Chicago skyline

You know, there’s something to be said for public transportation, especially trains. Here I am, on my first American train, bound for Chicago. Almost immediately I’ve lapsed into the giddy feelings that come with traveling someplace new. I’m not traveling to Rome or Lancaster, however, but rather to a near neighbor. As I stepped onto the train planform this morning, I recognized the familiar yellow lines painted with the words “Stand behind this line”. But I’m not traveling through a new country but just my own backyard. Though I’m sure most Wisconsinites would contend that Illinois is its own country…

That being said, make sure to come back later today for photos and stories from today’s excursion!

My Date With the Giant Orange Moose

A similar (and considerably smaller) orange moose

It all started with one of those freak roadside attractions businesses place as a ploy to lure in unsuspecting customers like myself. The Director of Collections from the Waukesha County Museum-yep, I’ll use her fancy title-and myself made a five+ hour journey to Minneapolis this past week from Waukesha to pick up some paintings from Anne Marie Gromme, the daughter of the renowned naturalist painter Owen Gromme.

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