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Old 03-04-2009, 12:40 PM   #1
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College Campuses as Affordable Travel Destinations?

From the New York Times:

Journeys - College Campuses as Affordable Travel Destinations - NYTimes.com

Sounds interesting. I always get a kick out of going back to my alma maters and seeing the campus. One of them is over 200 years old, so there are a fair number of historical buildings to see, and all the architecture is amazing. Well, as long as it is 80+ years old. Long, expansive courtyards full of green grass and 200 yr old oak trees. Statues. Students walking to class discussing monism and dualism.

I go back at least a few times a year to guest lecture, and it is always a treat. Seeing all the protesters and activists in the main gathering area - always excitement. The youthful feeling. Young folks whose spirits have not yet been dashed by the monotony of work and "life". Heads filled with dreams and ideas instead of stark realities.

I'll usually check out the local universities if I'm hanging out in a place for long. Always something happening.
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The youthful feeling. Young folks whose spirits have not yet been dashed by the monotony of work and "life". Heads filled with dreams and ideas instead of stark realities.
Maybe we should organize a local group of FIRE'ds from this forum to go meet up with them and squash their spirit, dreams and ideas like a bug

We're usually down at the campuses for an "event", it would be fun to just drop in for guest lectures, performances, etc. It makes me feel young, and old at the same time.

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Maybe we should organize a local group of FIRE'ds from this forum to go meet up with them and squash their spirit, dreams and ideas like a bug
When I'm teaching I go all out to do my fair share of dream-smashing.
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When I'm teaching I go all out to do my fair share of dream-smashing.
It's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it.
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Isn't Poderro camping out at U of South Florida? He seems to enjoy the view.
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Sounds interesting. I always get a kick out of going back to my alma maters and seeing the campus.
Too many bad memories and a lingering concern over the statute of limitations.

But didn't ElderHostel get started on college campuses during summer vacancies?
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Sort of an elderhostile?

Sounds fun. Count me in.
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I attended a 4-day seminar with a charity/educational group at UCLA. Very inexpensive with lots of good “free” banquets. Got to escape to The Getty one afternoon and did really enjoy the campus during the limited free time. Took me a while to realize they were recruiting for serious volunteer work. It was their first such seminar; they’ve made changes so that you can no longer bring your family along, all the better to concentrate on funneling people into full-time commitment to volunteering. I’m sure it’s not as bad as looking at time-share condos and in retrospect I’m relieved with the fact that I didn’t fit their program.

UCLA has very nice dorms compared to the ones I remember from the ‘60s. I visited campuses quite a bit in the early ’70s taking all of my vacations crashing with student and post-doc friends. Really cheap, you have only food, transportation and entertainment expenses, entertainment being very cheap among the students. All the campuses I’ve visited have good exhibits and museums where the curators will jump at a chance to give a private tour (because they have so few visitors). I highly recommend the Zoology museum at UW-Madison and some kind of natural history museum at Champaign, art galleries everywhere. I always spend time and at a nearby campus on the route of one of my one-hour walks. As ER50ed said, it makes me feel young, old and I’ll add free. That reminds me, today is music in the quad day at noon. I’ll have to dig out my most goth attire which is near impossible but then there’s no hiding the fact I’m from the ‘60s.
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