"Our Big Year"...
refers to the academic year 2012-2013 when we spent the fall semester living in Perth, Scotland, teaching courses at Perth College, University of the Islands and Highlands, and the spring semester living in Florence, Italy with the Associated Colleges of the Midwest London & Florence: Arts in Context program through Monmouth College.
I did not write these posts during that year, nor did I keep much of a journal. But I did write a simplified list of each day's activities in a calendar. In these blog posts, I will relay what some of our days were like and expand the stories of each day with more writing and photographs.
Here are a couple of pages of the calendar. The block for each day is only 1.75" wide and 1.5" tall. Some days I really had to cram to get it all in; somedays were pretty simple, and I could hardly fill the block.
There were many "red letter" days, like walking to the top of Kinnoull Hill in Perth for the first time, visiting the Isle of Iona and the Isle of Staffa on the west coast of Scotland, climbing the scaffolding around the main altar of Santa Croce in Florence to see the newly restored frescos, or running into Alain de Botton in the streets of Venice. I look forward to reflecting on those days and sharing these stories with you.
I'm not sure where to start... We were gone for 304 days.We were in three countries, and we visited approximately 25 cities. I haven't tried to count the number of photos I took, But I will include some of the best ones here.
A note to bird watchers (and movie goers):
While our "Big Year" had nothing to do with bird sightings, our referring to it as a "big year" comes from the name of the birding competition that we learned about through the 2011 film, The Big Year.