That Flighty Temptress, Adventure.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts”.

This quote belongs to Mark Twain, and unlike many of the misquotations attributed to the man, I can confirm its authenticity in his travel book, The Innocents Abroad. When the book was published in 1869, Twain probably was not predicting the current state of affairs in the world. Perhaps it is a bit of an overstatement to say the world has been besieged by spreading populism, it is also remiss to wave away the growing divide in politics – largely drawn along nationalist, racial and immigrant fault lines.

As a British citizen studying abroad in Iowa in the U.S., I have witnessed tolerance and exclusion, but mostly curiosity. Questions like have you met the Queen, and do you really drink tea and eat crumpets, abound. And whilst it can sometimes be annoying when I’m asked, it has been an endlessly fabulous experience sharing different cultures with the diverse students that make up Mount Mercy University.

I have never written a travel blog before, but I should end this post with a little about myself. I am a senior student on a soccer scholarship, majoring in History and Political Science and minoring in English. I support Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, and other sporting interests include tennis and cricket. This blog will however be focused on my passion in art and architecture, and sharing the art galleries, street art, and building designs I have discovered on my travels

Cally Salter


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