First of all, a little about the trip as we have planned it:
This trip is run through the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh, College of Business (more specifically, it is run through the Department of Economics). The itinerary has been planned to intertwine the learning goals of the courses and the locations we visit. The two courses we teach are "Economic and Social Development of Great Britain" and "The History of Economic Thought." The first course analyzed the economic and historic perspectives of development of all of Great Britain and how those processes are still affect the current day economic life in the region. Our study begins with the ancient peoples of the area, from earliest times including a visit to Stonehenge to see firsthand the economic surplus obvious from the massive undertaking involved in its construction) through the Roman occupation, the middle ages, the industrial revolution, and onward to the modern day.
The trip's itinerary begins with a flight out of Chicago to land us in London in time for a half day walking tour that should include the changing of the guard at Buckingham palace, the tower of London and many of the classic landmarks around London and even a visit to see Jeremy Bentham himself - though long dead, he was the father of 'marginalist thinking' from whom we get the idea that every marginal benefit comes at a marginal cost.
It seems, even after a dozen visits to London, that there is ever enough time to see everything. So - to paraphrase from another writer about another city - To be tired of London is to be tired of life! However, after a mere three days, we will move on to Cambridge, the classic 'college town' if there ever was one.
We will be using this location as our 'launching pad' for many trips into the surrounding area, including Edinburgh, Stirling and other such places before returning to the US on July 13.