Itinerary

Here is a (tentative) itinerary of events and excursions. I can't guarantee that all the dates are correct. Occasionally they are changed or switched around. Plus, I will often doing other things on my own or with other small groups that are not on the Calvin group itinerary.
  • Wednesday, January 27 - Departure: I leave Wednesday, January 27, 2010, from Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I'll be flying to O'Hare Airport in Chicago, Illinois, and from there my group will travel to Manchester, England. We will arrive in England early on Thursday, January 28, U.K. time. England is 5 hours ahead of my home time zone (Eastern Standard Time).
  • Sunday, January 31 - Whitby: Whitby is a small coastal town to the northeast of York. This is a York St John University sponsored trip and will be our orientation trip. Whitby is famous for being a site in Bram Stoker's Dracula, which I read freshman year of college, making this excursion extra exciting.
  • Saturday, February 6 - York Castle Museum: This is a visit to the York Castle Museum. (On this excursion we will explore the ancient Roman ruins in and around York. The Romans founded the city in AD 71 In the Roman days, York was called Eboracum.)
  • Sunday, February 7 - York Churches: We are going to have "tea and toast" at St Thomas with St Maurice Church and attend its worship services.
  • Saturday, February 13: OPEN (Local)
  • Wednesday, February 17 - Viking Festival: This week in York is the annual Viking Festival, which should be fun to watch.
  • Saturday & Sunday, February 20 & 21 - Lake District: This is Wordsworth country. We will visit places such as Hogshead, Grasmere, Dove Cottage, and the Wordsworth Museum. We'll stay overnight at a hostel in Keswick and take a long hike over the mountains.
  • Wednesday, February 24: OPEN (Local)
  • Sunday, February 28 - Haworth: This is the town where the Brontë sisters grew up. We'll go to a church service here and visit the Brontë's home and museum. Then we'll take a hike across the moors to the site of Wuthering Heights.
  • Saturday, March 6 - Lincoln: This is Tennyson territory. We'll visit this very pretty town, which is situated on a big hill, and its Gothic church.
  • Wednesday, March 10: OPEN (Local)
  • Saturday, March 13: OPEN
  • Wednesday, March 17: OPEN (Local)
  • Saturday, March 20 - Helmsley Castle, Rievaulx Abbey and Terrace
  • Wednesday, March 24 - Castle Howard: This is the site of Brideshead Revisited.
  • Friday - Monday, March 26 - 29 - London & Rochester: This will be our longest group trip to the great city of London. We'll take the tube into King's Cross and take the same tour that Mrs. Dalloway takes in the course of one day as in the eponymous novel. We'll also see all the famous sites along the way, of course, such as Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the British Museum--which includes "all the stuff the British stole from the world and the world is trying to get back"--the British Library, St. Paul's Cathedral, and so on. Our trip to nearby Rochester will be Dickens-themed. We'll see Rochester Cathedral and the Dickens Museum. (The two extra days in London are optional, but I'm thinking I'll take them.)
  • Thursday, April 1 - Sunday, April 18 - Easter/Spring Break: 3 WEEKS OF OPEN TRAVEL - Who knows where I'll go. Probably to as many European cities as I can, with friends.
  • Wednesday, April 21: OPEN
  • Saturday, April 24 - Durham
  • Saturday, May 1 - Yorkshire Dales: This is a trip to the Yorkshire Dales.
  • Monday, May 3 - BANK HOLIDAY: No class
  • Wednesday, May 5: OPEN
  • Friday - Sunday, May 7 - 9 - Edinburgh, Scotland: A longer trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. All I can think of is J.K. Rowling as of now, but I am sure there is much more to Edinburgh, Scotland, than her.
  • Saturday, May 15 - Hadrian's Wall: This a trip to the famed border wall between England and Scotland.
  • Monday - Friday, May 17 - 28: EXAMS & OPEN TRAVEL - Once exams are done, there will still be a couple of days for me to make a few last minute trips to wherever I want to go before we leave.
  • Friday, May 28 - Return: I return May 28, 2010. I leave Friday, January 28, 2010, from Manchester, England. I'll be flying to O'Hare Airport in Chicago, Illinois, and then back to Grand Rapids. We will arrive home, God willing, around 5 pm (Eastern Standard Time).