Wednesday, June 20, 2012

First Week Pre-Trip

Hello family and friends of the Cambridge 2012 program--

Sorry it's taken so long to get going on this I'm sure many of you are anxious to hear about our experiences thus far. For a brief introduction my name is Max Timm ('13) and I am a senior economics major at Carleton College. I will primarily be doing most of the blogging although I may enlist some other Carls that are better writers than me. 

Right now its 11:30 at night (seven hours ahead of time) and we are procrastinating repacking our luggage for the 9am train to Paris. So I thought this would be a good time to talk about what's been going on so far. 

Some students decided to forgo the week in between the end of spring term finals and the start of the program on June 13th and travel around Europe. Although we had a shorter time to say goodbye to friends and family, and leaving early meant that we were especially busy during finals week (planning hotels, planes, etc.) it was a nice built-in excuse to our parents when our grades came out last week.

Michael Elder ('13) bounced around Eastern Europe via trains and lived like a king while Michael 'Miami' Austin ('13), Andy Zweber ('13), Jens Lillehei ('13) and Max Timm ('13) lived off of street hot dogs and complimentary breakfasts in Northern Europe, visiting Reykjavik (Iceland) and Stockholm (Sweden). It was a great way to start the trip and a good introduction to the European lifestyle (note Miami's placement of his sweatshirt in the pic below). 

Lillehei, Austin and Zweber in Stockholm
Elder in Budapest

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