Scattered throughout the Catalyst calendar are days marked “Sojourn.” These are days for you to use to explore the city you’re in or the surrounding countryside on your own.
There are several ways to find out what you might like to do on these days. First, you might follow your own interests to help you decide what to see and do. For instance, if you are interested in antiques or souvenirs that you are not going to find anywhere else, you might go to one of the street markets which are held in various cities. Both Paris and Berlin have major markets on Saturday, filled with everything from military buttons and badges to large armoires. If you are interested in Impressionism and have enjoyed your visit to the Musee D’Orsay, you might also enjoy a day at the Orangerie with its wonderful room of Monet’s Waterlilies.
Another idea is to ask your friends what they have been doing in their classes. Perhaps they have gone to the Imperial War Museum in London and your class is not going there–Sojourn would be perfect for you to explore that museum. Or ask the faculty members for ideas–this group of people has traveled extensively; some have lived in Europe for months. They can suggest places that you might visit, especially if you are thinking about a brief trip out of the city. European train service is good, and it’s easy to go to Oxford or Cambridge from London or to Versailles or Chartres from Paris or Potsdam from Berlin.
Last but not least, Sojourn days are good days to catch a breath, do some laundry, read up on some of the texts which have been mentioned in class–in other words, those domestic living things we all have to do when we travel.
Written by Dr. Andy Woolley