I am a proud alumnae of Concordia University Nebraska (Go Bulldogs!) and although it has been years since I’ve been back to the campus I still feel a strong connection to my college experience. (My parents are also alumni so I’ve got that legacy thing too.) I even faithfully read the alumni newsletter so when I saw that two different student groups would be taking trips to Europe this summer I was pretty excited! Fueled by a touch of homesickness and a heavy dose of nostalgia, I made plans to meet up with the Concordians while they were on the continent.
First up: Amsterdam. A group of 20 students were on a study tour of Europe, lead by Dr. Bruce Creed and Prof. Lynn Soloway. I first experienced Europe on a similar trip lead by Prof. Soloway a few (!) years ago so it seemed like I was coming full circle meeting up with them.
Although I’d really hoped to spend time in either the Rijksmuseum or the Van Gogh museum with the group so that I could have a tour of the fabulous art narrated by Prof. Soloway, my schedule didn’t work out for that to happen. Instead a friend and fellow Concordia alum hopped on the train with me and we met up with the group outside the Anne Frank House. After lunch we wandered through Amsterdam, chatting with the students and soaking up the atmosphere (and the rain!) until we arrived at the Flower Market. It was great to play catch up!
Next stop: Frankfurt. The A Capella choir was on tour in Europe, and their closest stop was 2 1/2 hours south of us. This time I dragged my family along and when all was said and done they admitted that they kind of enjoyed it.
This picture doesn’t do the choir justice – for that check out this youtube video – but I loved every minute of the concert! I was truly wowed by their talent – from the first note they sang to the last. I tried to take a video myself but I wasn’t terribly successful. Besides, I know I looked ridiculous holding up an ipad to film it.
Okay, college whippersnappers. Carry on and enjoy your time in Europe. This crazy alum will stop bothering you now.