"Around the world in 80 years" jbel2879's Profile
I'm a doctoral student in American history and I am fascinated by my country. I'm fiercely loyal to the northeast but love seeing new places and meeting other Americans - places and people that are so different, yet connected by something, some feeling that I have not yet been able to nail down in my 28 years of living so far.
I love visiting Europe because I'm American and I study my country's history for a living basically, and old to me most days is 1610. So when I go to places in Europe it doesn't even feel like history anymore. It feels like myth.
My husband and I got married in June. After all those months of anticipation, the great celebrations, the wonderful family and friends, and of course, the detailed minutae of planning a wedding, we've been doing our best to enjoy New York City. It's not too hard, since we live there!
Ph.D. students in American history don't make massive sums of money, so in my spare time, I also lead historical walking tours of the most fabulous city on earth. It's one of the highlights of my life, I have to say. No matter where you visit, walking tours are a great way for anyone to learn about the layers upon layers of a city's fascinating, little-known, and sometimes bizarre history.
A few things about my travel pages: I am terrible with names, so forgive me. I will describe to you in detail how to get to some places without ever looking at the sign at the destination. Isn't that part of the fun of it? You know what, I'm editing to say, no, Julie, that's not fun. So I just apologize. Bad with names. No excuses.
More often than not I will recommend a historical book to go along with my suggestions. I swear to you that I would not send you off reading something boring, or something about the Market Revolution, for example. The books I suggest are ones that have changed my life and really made a difference in my understanding of history, especially American history. They've also affected my views on the present, and the way that we can never really let go of our historical baggage. Most importantly, I think they really enhance the experience of traveling someplace new.
Top Travel Pages
Share your travels with the world!Join Now!
Badges & Stats
- 55 Reviews
- 23 Photos
- 3 Countries
- 14 Cities
- See All Stats
- See All Badges (2)
- jbel2879 and acrijk are now friends.
- Wrote a Review How to do the Brooklyn Bridge and Promenade about Brooklyn Bridge in New York City Things to Do
updated their Profile Page "Around the world in 80 years"
- Uploaded a Photo to "Around the world in 80 years"
- Posted in Travel Philadelphia Forum "carbo-loading!"
- Commented on one of zChris's New Haven travel pages
- updated a Haute-Normandie Travel Page "The Normandy of Medieval times"
PhotosSee All Photos (23)
Top 10 Pages
- New York City Intro, 12 reviews, 2 photos
- Boston Intro, 13 reviews, 1 photo
- New Haven Intro, 8 reviews
- Paris Intro, 2 reviews, 4 photos
- Charleston Intro, 3 reviews, 2 photos
- Sonoma Intro, 2 reviews, 3 photos
- Florence Intro, 1 review, 3 photos
- Key West Intro, 3 reviews, 1 photo
- Los Angeles Intro, 3 reviews
- Haute-Normandie Intro, 3 photos
- Paris Hotels
- 22200 Reviews - 54008 Photos
- New York City Hotels
- 15557 Reviews - 30993 Photos
- Orlando Hotels
- 3082 Reviews - 5778 Photos
- London Hotels
- 23039 Reviews - 47275 Photos
- Myrtle Beach Hotels
- 319 Reviews - 425 Photos
- Rome Hotels
- 11942 Reviews - 26476 Photos
- Manila Hotels
- 1912 Reviews - 4527 Photos
- Cancún Hotels
- 1930 Reviews - 3719 Photos
- Las Vegas Hotels
- 8369 Reviews - 17097 Photos
- Toronto Hotels
- 4277 Reviews - 8800 Photos
- Baguio Hotels
- 325 Reviews - 885 Photos
- Panama City Beach Hotels
- 193 Reviews - 288 Photos
- Istanbul Hotels
- 7699 Reviews - 19779 Photos
- Melbourne Hotels
- 3342 Reviews - 7500 Photos
- Dubai Hotels
- 2421 Reviews - 6530 Photos