what i learned in 2017 - may

One of my favorite childhood memories with my grandma is looking through her photo album from her trip to London. 

I can still picture the little pink and green flower book sitting under the living room table.

I must have flipped through that thing a hundred times. The pictures almost didn't seem real. London is like a whole other world.

Ever since then, I had dreamed of one day going to London myself.

That day finally came through an opportunity at Simpson College (see, this school has its perks).


Simpson has a third semester in the academic year. It's called "May Term" and is only three weeks long instead of the traditional 3 1/2 month semester and only focuses on one course.

At Simpson, this short semester also allows students to study abroad without having to spend tens of thousands of dollars.

I was able to study abroad to London for a Media, Culture, and Sport course.

Typical Cliche London Tourist Pic in a Stinky Telephone Booth

The trip was incredible and I could write I whole book about it.

I learned so much about traveling with others in a small and large group.

I traveled the countryside and ended up lost in a field with sheep.

I toured Wembley and Twikenham stadiums.


And so much more.

I think everyone should experience travel. 

Don't pull the whole, "Traveling is too expensive!" line on me, because I've used it and it is just an excuse.

Seriously. Do some research and make it work! Check out this link to start.

You don't have to travel across the world to still have incredible travel experiences. There is so much you can do right here in the United States. Check out this link for places to visit in the US.

I also learned that taking pictures of people in another country is harder than it seems and that sometimes you will get chased down Camden shops by a little Vietnamese woman demanding you give her your camera so she can delete your pictures.

Yeah that happened.

I got some pretty neat photos though, that you can check out below and on my IG account



Dear Reader,

When photographing people, especially in another country, I highly recommend following these three tips:

Tip #1: When photographing other people, ask before taking the picture if you can, or if you want them candidly, ask after the picture, but it's probably best to ask...

Tip #2: NEVER give your camera to a stranger! Especially a mad one. Thank god, I was sensible enough to tell the lady chasing me that she could not have my camera, but that she could watch me delete the picture. I apologized for taking the picture and then booked it out of there. 

Tip #3: Get a lens wider than 50mm. Just trust me on this one. I bought this lens right before the trip (mistake #1) and struggled with it the whole trip because it cut out SO MUCH STUFF! (I also have a crop sensor, so it was like shooting with an 85mm.)

Traveling is not only fun and exciting, but you learn about the world and the different people in it.

I grew up hearing, "The United States is the country of freedom." "It is the melting pot of the world."

Considering recent elections and the unbelievable sexism and racism that is STILL HAPPENING today... maybe the U.S. isn't so progressive and welcoming. 

Okay, okay that is a different subject for a different post. 

Where I meant to go with that is that London really is a melting pot and you can learn so much about the whole world in one city. 

If you don't know where to start your travels, I highly recommend London!


Daryl Batt

Wannabe Londoner, Travel Junkie

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