Danielle Iwata ’15; Jessica Muttitt ’15 and Caitlin Sackrison ’15
While studying abroad, it’s been exciting to travel away from our host city and see some of the other exciting places in Europe!
Danielle: Over the weekend, I traveled to Croatia with two other friends in the history group. We went to Dubrovnik, an old coastal fortress/town best known for playing King’s Landing in HBO’s Game of Thrones (that’s not why we went there though!). It was an incredible and gorgeous city that’s filled with so much history– both ancient and recent. It’s strange to think that only 20 years ago it was a war zone. The Palace had a photography exhibit showing Dubrovnik’s Old Town during the war, with explosions, rubble and weaponry in the streets.
Jessica: Caitlin and I took a trip to Krakow, Poland! We were able to see a tremendous amount in only two days, including taking a tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps, walking around the Old Town, seeing Wawel Castle, and eating some delicious Polish food. Krakow was used as a Nazi headquarters during WWII and , as a result, was not heavily bombed. We were therefore able to see the various add-ons to Wawel castle, and the city itself, over time and get a sense of what Poland was like before the war. It was an amazing trip and we were very glad to be able to go and have the experiences we did!
Caitlin: During spring break, I was able to spend a week and a half traveling all around France from Toulon to Lyon, and Dijon to Paris. With the help of funding from the History Department Stickles Fund, I was able to conduct research on my senior thesis from the location where it took place in 1793. The following week, I returned to Paris with Danielle and Jessica and we had an amazing time seeing countless monuments, historical landmarks, and museums. After taking every French history course offered by Professor Harsin, it was amazing to be in the exact places I had read about and understand the significance of so many aspects of the city.