As a student at the University of Maryland (UMD), I didn’t get the chance to do everything that I had hoped to do before graduating. Attending a Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) meeting was never on my list, but on Tuesday, March 10, I decided to go as an alumna.
Visiting tourist attractions like the Statue of Liberty, the Golden Gate bridge or the Washington Monument is lame. Those are for amateurs. Everyone travels there. They are also upbeat and happy destinations. Why would you go mainstream and travel there too? For your reading pleasure, I have compiled a list of some off-the-beaten track tourist destinations that are sure to be fantastic conversation starters and probably won’t be overly cheerful.
After I’d turned in my application to study in Seville, Spain during the spring of my sophomore year, I became less and less sure that I wanted to go. I lived in the Language House that fall and coming home to my roommates at the end of a long day almost felt like coming home to family. I wondered how I’d gotten so lucky with the rooming assignment. Our neighbors would drop by our apartment unannounced sometimes and we could do the same and it was never weird. I’d also finally gotten used to working at my school's newspaper and had started to make friends on staff.