Jerome Summer 18 History Trip

Ms. Jerome Summer Travels with Focus on History
Photo of Ms. Leah Jerome in BerlinPhoto Credits: Ms. Jerome

As her @PVTravelBug Twitter handle notes, Ms. Jerome loves to travel.  This summer was no exception, with her spending time overseas to continue learning about history.

Ms. Jerome was kind enough to share the below story:

This summer I had the opportunity to travel around parts of Central Europe and the Balkans.  The focus of my trip was history.  I wanted to broaden my understanding of the regions in which I was visiting.  Some highlights of my trip include a 6-hour walking tour of Berlin. From the Berlin Wall to the Brandenburg Gate to countless memorials to the victims of the Holocaust, Berlin was by far my favorite historical city that I visited. With stories of WWII and the Cold War, everywhere I looked I was surrounded by stories of the past. 

Another historical learning experience for me was a visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina. After spending a day in the capital of Sarajevo, I took a 10 hour personal driving tour around the countryside with a local history professor. The focus of my historical interests in my visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina was the start of WWI and the Bosnian genocide from the 1990s. Incidentally, it was also pretty cool to be in the Balkans when Croatia was playing in the World Cup final! After driving around the countryside and learning about the history of Bosnia and Herzegovina from the Ottomans through today, I was blown away by this country and its people. It has endured tragedy and hardship and perseveres in the aftermath of a genocide, with the blemishes of war ever present and in plain sight. 

Other highlights of my European tour include visiting the birthplace of Marco Polo in Venice, the Adriatic Coast beaches of Slovenia, and touring Salzburg, Austria by bike. I am excited to bring the knowledge and stories I gained from this trip into my classroom! 

Photo of Ms. Jerome at the Berlin Wall
Photo of Ms. Jerome at the Berlin Wall

Photo of Ms. Jerome in Berlin
Photo of Ms. Jerome in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

Photo of Ms. Jerome in front of the Mostar Bridge
Photo of Ms. Jerome in front of the Mostar Bridge in Bosnia (Historic from the Ottoman period through today)
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