27 March 2011

Confession: As much as I love traveling, I am often scared sh**less by the thought of doing it by myself. Traveling alone within the UK and US is one thing. Going it alone whilst abroad is another entirely. Which is the main reason why I have wavered in buying my tickets to go places for April and May. (Lucky that I didn't though since May is going to be packed anyway: Stratford-upon-Avon and the marathon from the 6th-8th; exams on the 12th and 16th, and home to DC on the 17th!)

However, I was inspired today to overcome my fears and 'just do it'. So I gave up reading about Hardt & Negri's 'Empire' (which my next essay - due Friday - is on and is terribly convoluted) and popped open my browser to EasyJet and RyanAir. A few hours later, and I currently possess plane (and bus) tickets to Oslo, Norway and Seville, Spain!!!



Which means that my next few weeks will look like this:
Tuesday, April 5th: Trip to Portsmouth, England for the Royal Naval Museum (Ok...yes, I am 'considering' (in which I mean, my mind is basically made up pending other job offers) joining the Navy (through the Officer Program). The 'not-so-secret-since-my-entire-extended-family-seems-to-know' is out.)
Thursday, April 7th-Sunday, 10th: Edinburgh, Scotland for the Edinburgh Half Marathon!!!
Tuesday, April 12th-Saturday, 16th: Oslo, Norway
Sunday, April 17th: Volunteering at London Marathon
Monday, April 18th: 2nd (and last) 20-miler for marathon prep
Monday, April 25th-Saturday, 30th: Seville, Spain
Friday, May 6th-Sunday, 8th: Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare Marathon!
Thursday, May 12th: Theories of International Relations Final Exam
Monday, May 16th: Concepts & Methods of International Relations Final Exam
Tuesday, May 17th: Stateside

In the next few days I will post some of the sites I plan to visit in each location, some history about Norway and Spain, and some 'key phrases' in Spanish and Viking (sorry...Norwegian). I am occasionally very politically incorrect, if you've not noticed. :)


  1. Sounds like an awesome trip!

  2. What sort of work do you expect to do in the Navy? Do you know what your designator will be?

  3. Good for you! I am jealous of all of your traveling. ;) Hope you are having a great time!

  4. Becky: I'll be sure to send postcards!

    Stu: I am very excited about it. It will be nice to get a last bit of traveling in before I head to the US. As for the Navy, I hope to get into intelligence, as this is the area in which I have focused my master's degree. However, I've not had a chance to talk to a recruiter since last September when I was in the US, so I don't know the exact options available to me at this point.

  5. There are plenty of good opportunities in the Navy. I look forward to hearing how it all works out.