Tag - Travel

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Spontaneous Road trip
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Day Trip to York
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Shred The Gnar
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A Week at KCACTF
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New Vlog Resolutions
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Oxford and Stonehenge
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Northern Ireland
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Squad trip to Spain
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Road trip to Newcastle
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Going to College Ten Minutes from Home

Spontaneous Road trip

So last weekend, my only plans were to work on my essay that was due on Monday. However, on Thursday night we were all sitting around playing card games and board games and wanted to play more but had already played all of the ones that we had. On Friday at like 4:30 Harriet told me that they were all going to her house in Swindon (about three hours away) to get some more board games and asked if I wanted to go. Of course, if there is anything that I am always down for at any time it is 1. Breakfast 2. Coffee 3. Naps 4. Good music and 5. ROAD TRIPS. So two hours later we were hitting the road. It was a great trip filled with jamming out in the car and deep heartfelt convos. I did end up getting my essay done in case you were wondering. Basically this vlog is a bunch of random clips from our road trip and us being our crazy selves. Enjoy!

Day Trip to York

This last weekend we decided to take a day trip down to York. Karl and Anna had a conference down there so we just decided to make a trip out of it. They dropped us off at a bus station in town and we caught the first bus into the city center. The town had some really cool city walls, castles, and shops. There is also a cathedral there called the York Minster which was absolutely gorgeous. We were going to go inside, but we didn’t end up having enough time. There was also this tour called York’s Chocolate Story because apparently KitKat was made/invented in York. We had lunch at a local fish and chips shop (aka a proper chippie). We also went into a classic British sweets shop and got some really sour candy which we tried, and at the end made Karl and Anna try as well. There were also some interesting street performers that we saw. All in all, it was a good day!

Shred The Gnar

Week 16 Vlog. This video highlights Logan, Landen, and I’s adventure in Colorado. Check out all of the sights and sounds of us running around, and shredding that Gnar. Songs: Nothing, Kai Engel  & Roufianos, Pithikos.

A Week at KCACTF

In between workshops group selfie

This week 12 students including myself spend the entire week in Des Moines, Iowa participating and competing at the Kennedy Center America College Theatre Festival Region 5.  This festival invites college students from all over the mid-west. Here are 3 things I took away from my week at KCACTF:

MNU students in the kitchen preparing dinner

1. MNU Theatre is high quality. 

Throughout the week the festival had different shows from colleges all over. Just about every night we got to go see a different play. Some were okay but others were truly disappointing. Many of the shows had poor acting. I was reminded of the the high standard that Heather Tinker (Professor/Director at MNU) holds her students to.

Othello before the acting began

2. Dancing is Fun!

This week many of the MNU students had the opportunity to take dance classes such as Broadway Boot Camp and Musical Theatre. I probably had the most fun in these classes. We learned dances from Big Fish and Hairspray as well as basic Ballet and Jazz techniques. We definitely are not the best dancers out there but we giggled our way though!

3. Zombie Burger is Delicous. 

If you havent been to Zombie Burger in Des Moines I would highly recommend it. We ate dinner there one night and I regret nothing. Not only was the food epic but the zombie decor was top notch.

Zombie Breakfast at Tiffany's poster

The Zombie Toy Story Poster

The Zombie Lord of the Rings Poster

A final thought: This week the festival challenged all the students to really branch out and meet people. They even made it a selfie swap competition. I won said competition. (Go look on my Instagram elisasfinsta). But even more than that I got to meet so many people that are so different from me. People that believe very differently than I do and people who were very kind and loving. It made my week even more fun! Blake Holden and I made a bet to see who would obtain the most selfies throughout the week and I won said bet. To see the ending result of this bet you are gonna have to be present at MNU’s next Improv Show on February 23 @ 9:30pm in Smith 200. 

Elisa holding her award

This is a picture of me taking a selfie on stage whilst receiving an award for most selfies

Stay Classy,

Elisa

Ericka, Elisa, Quinn, and Amanda at the theatre

 

Oxford and Stonehenge

Last weekend I went to Oxford and Stonehenge with Harriet. I was not aware of this, but Oxford is made up of 38 different colleges. We got to see a couple of them and just wondered around the town a little bit. We also got to have tea in this cute little coffee shop. The next day we got to travel down to see Stonehenge. My expectations were at first high, but then when I told all my English friends that I was going to see it they were all just like, “It’s literally a bunch of stones. Why do you want to see it?” However, It was really cool to see. They were also a lot bigger in person. I think it is definitely something everyone should see at least once in their lifetime!

Northern Ireland

This vlog is from when we went to Northern Ireland. We visited the first church in Ireland, Down Cathedral, Dundrum Castle, Mourne Mountains, Slieve Croob, The Dark Hedges, Giant’s Causeway, and a rugby match! We were visiting Northern Ireland because this is where Tristan is from. He was showing us around all of these places which was nice to have a free tour guide. Basically we traveled all over the country Thursday and Friday; Saturday we tried traditional Irish stew and saw a rugby match; and Sunday was Tristan’s birthday so we got to have a small party with his friends and family. It was a really great weekend!

Squad trip to Spain

Reading and research week is where you get a week off of school to (surprise, surprise) read and research. However, we decided to use this week in a more interactive educational way, instead of simply hitting up the library. We decided to visit my best friend in Spain! She is studying abroad there for the year and her and I had been planning this since summer. We went to the beach a LOT and had many different adventures. Can’t wait to see ya again Em <3

Road trip to Newcastle

This week’s vlog is from a few weeks ago when me and two of my British friends (Tristan and Karl) decided to visit Karl’s hometown. He is from the north of England and they have their own accent called “jordy”. Sometimes even Karl couldn’t understand what people were saying. Let me tell you man, it was insane. We got to go to the beach, saw a castle, and even saw where one of the scenes of Harry Potter was filmed!

Going to College Ten Minutes from Home

This week has been very busy and hectic so I’ve decided that instead of making a video blog, I would write a blog! Also, I was going through my camera and found the picture featured above, and thought it was pretty cool. Anyway, I’m going to share a little bit about how my college experience has been, living just ten minutes from home! For me, deciding where to go to college was one of the toughest and most extensive decisions I had ever made in my life. There were so many factors I had think about. What was the campus[…]

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