Professor Polack
Professor Polack, a distinguished computer science professor at the University of Mary Washington, possesses a deep curiosity for global exploration. Driven by a desire to broaden her understanding of different cultures and technological landscapes, she aspires to study abroad in countries across the world. Professor Polack's ambition to study abroad exemplifies her commitment to enriching both his own academic perspectives and the field of computer science as a whole.
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Iceland, where we spent weeks exploring the stunning landscapes of this Nordic island. One of the highlights of the trip was driving around the famous ring road, a 1,332-kilometer highway that circles the entire country. Along the way, we marveled at cascading waterfalls, rugged coastlines, and towering glaciers. We had the chance to immerse yourself in Icelandic culture, sampling traditional cuisine and learning about the country's history and geology. This unforgettable journey through Iceland's dramatic beauty left a lasting impression all of us.
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After leading a study abroad trip to Brazil and Argentina, where the students explored the wonders of the Amazon Rainforest, embarked on a captivating river cruise along the Amazon, and marveled at the breathtaking Iguazu Falls from both sides of the border, Professor Polack decided to create a photo book. With meticulous attention to detail, he curated a collection of photographs capturing the vibrant landscapes, fascinating wildlife, and joyous moments of the trip. I aimed to provide a visual narrative that would forever remind the students of their remarkable journey.

Four Seasons

When people think of Iceland, they think of the northern lights and the cold winters. Yes, Iceland has cold winters, but they also have spring, summer, and fall. So on that note, CJ started her journey to Iceland. She flew from Chicago to Reykjavik. The flight took a little over six hours. She was very comfortable lounging in Iceland Air Saga Premium (their first class). It was in the morning when she landed in Reykjavik. That day, the weather was nice and sunny, with a high of sixty-six degrees Fahrenheit and a low of fifty-two degrees Fahrenheit.

after checking in at her hotel, CJ decided to go check out the farmer and flea market downtown. She saw a lot of homemade crafts and delicious Icelandic food. What really caught her attention was the chocolate. CJ really loves chocolate and enjoys trying out chocolate from different countries. So she bought a couple for herself and some to bring back home for her family. Even though it’s summer in Iceland, she bought nature condoms. She thought it would be a good gag souvenir. Plus, she also found that Iceland is pretty open when it comes to talking about sex. Lastly, she bought a lopapeysa. It’s an Icelandic wool sweater. She heard about it from the Top 11 Souvenirs from Iceland.

CJ, being a big history nerd and loving architecture, walked around the city center. She took a bunch of pictures of the oldest house in downtown Reykjavik, Aoalstraeti 10, which was built in 1752. Although Iceland may be younger than other European countries, it still has some interesting history.

After walking for some time, CJ stopped by Cafe Babylo. She heard from the locals that their coffee and food is really good. The natives weren’t wrong about the recommendation. She got herself a chai latte, tomato soup and grilled cheese and a nice slice of chocolate cake. She found the bathroom theme decorations interesting and unusual, but it’s something different from your typical cafe decorations. There was also this cat that love to meow at CJ. Satisfied, CH continued on her journey and explored of the city.

CJ loves going to museums and Iceland has some interesting museums. On top of her list is the Saga Museum. Unlike the museums in Washington DC, you have to pay to go in the museum. Fortunately for CJ, before she came to Iceland, she bought a city card. The city card allowed her to get a 10% discount for the admissions. CJ took advantage of the city card because, she was able to go to some museums for free and get discounts for others. She even got free admissions to some geothermal pools. CJ didn’t want to go back home, let alone the thermal pool she was relaxing in. Unfortunately, after a few days of exploring Iceland it was time to go home. The next time she is back in Iceland, it will be cold and snowing.