Road Trippin’: Delaware to South Carolina to Philidelphia
A Spring Break Crammed with Friends, Art, and Road Trips: Perfect.
By Leslie Grignon, University of Delaware
Last Friday, I packed up my bags and drove 9.5 hours from Delaware to South Carolina to visit my three best friends from high school. It was amazing to finally see my oldest friends from my hometown of St. Charles, Illinois in their new home at the University of South Carolina. I also brought along one of my roommates for the trip, which made it that much more fun. It was awesome to walk around and explore the USC campus and the town of Columbia with some friends that I unfortunately don’t see too often.
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I couldn’t help but compare the environment down in South Carolina to the one I am accustomed to here in Delaware. As we passed “South of the Border,” I began to realize how culture changes when you drive 500 miles south. The narrow roads, green vegetation, winding hills, and palm trees all made me feel very far away from home, and I enjoyed it. I took some pictures, one of a beautiful spot on campus and another of me catching the sunrise driving back up north at 6 o’clock in the morning.
Hey! Spring Break isn’t over yet! Yesterday, I decided to take a trip up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to visit two exhibitions for a couple of papers I need to complete before the semester ends. Firstly, I visited the “Great and Mighty Things”: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection for my American art class, which focuses in on modern art made after 1865 in America. This exhibition was really amazing. For those unfamiliar, “outsider art” is a category given to self-trained artists who often used homemade or unusual materials to create their works. Secondly, I saw the Journeys to New Worlds: Spanish and Portuguese Colonial Art from the Roberta and Richard Huber Collection. This was a totally different but equally interesting exhibition, focusing on art made in the 17th and 18th centuries by the Spanish and Portuguese. The art reflects the relationship between these empires and their colonies in Asia and the Americas. I take pictures pretty much wherever I go, so naturally I took many outside of the museum because it was such a beautiful day!
As for the rest of my spring break, I am working, trying to get ahead in my classes, and am sleeping at least 9 hours a night. Today, I gave two tours and got the opportunity to meet four families from Illinois! I love when this happens, it makes me feel like I can really relate to these students and help them make their college decision. Also, I am looking forward to seeing my Mom this upcoming Saturday, who is coming down from Manhattan for a mini visit! We’re planning to have brunch at one of the nicest places on Main Street, so I am looking forward to that.
I’m so happy to be able to share my life through this wonderful blogging community. Stay tuned for updates!