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A visit to Norwich University

October 19, 2010

My boyfriend’s brother attends Norwich University, a military college in Northfield, Vermont. This past weekend we visited him. Here are some pics:

This is a picture of a competition between juniors and seniors over who could disassemble a cannon, bring its parts across a field, and reassemble it first. The winning team got to fire its cannon. It was pretty fun to watch. By the end everyone was quite tired from running back and forth. It also seemed like a challenge for them to put the parts back together. I mean, they pretty much knew what to do but at one point the juniors (who actually won) got held up by a misplaced part.

Here’s a picture of the juniors about to win:

We visited the Sullivan Museum and History Center on campus. They had an impressive collection of new and old war artifacts. Here’s a large highway sign depicting Saddam Hussein that was taken from Baghdad in 2000. The text beneath the image reads “Saddam Hussein, Great Leader, Great People.”

Other artifacts included a piece of Adolph Hitler’s desk, Benito Mussolini’s phone, and a swastika armband. I learned that M&Ms were invented in 1941 for American soldiers. They needed a shell-covered chocolate snack that wouldn’t melt in their pockets.

I also learned that Norwich’s founder, Alden Partridge, would travel around the region, speaking about the importance of higher education and a well trained military. He would charge men to see him speak, but women would get in for free. That’s pretty sweet, huh? I guess it’s the old version of women getting into bars and dance clubs for free. Maybe Partridge was trying to meet a wife this way.

Speaking of women and the military, we saw an awesome photo exhibit in the Sullivan Center depicting different aspects of World War II. One of the photos showed a YMCA dance (in the New York City area) that had been held for soldiers on temporary war leave. The caption stated that girl “volunteers” attended the event to guarantee the soldiers had a good time. Organizers made sure that there were two of them for every soldier. Not a bad deal for the soldiers, huh?

We also watched the Norwich vs. Husson University (in Bangor, Maine) football game. Norwich crushed Husson, 52-7. Here’s a picture of Norwich freshmen soldiers-in-training (they’re called rooks) doing leg lifts during the game:

It was pretty funny seeing the rooks do various exercises (including push-ups) whenever Norwich did something good.

Right next to the football field is a giant anchor dedicated to the Navy and Marines. I’m not sure if it was actually used on a ship.

Vacation is over

August 21, 2010

Just got back from an awesome wedding in Cavendish, Vermont; a drive through northern New York state including stops at Fort Ticonderoga, the Ausable Chasm, and Plattsburgh; and four days in Montreal. What a great time I had!

I will post some of my pics (the ones here are borrowed) once I get a new transfer cable for my camera. Here were some highlights from my time away:

  • I learned what Fall webworm is from seeing the moth’s larval-stage nests in northern New York. They are disgusting-looking! Imagine having them in a tree right next to your home!

Fall webworm webs

  • I saw that Montreal is undergoing a TON of construction. It’s like everywhere you walk there’s a crane, orange cones, and pits in the ground. One big project is a new arts center along Rue St. Urbain. I understand they’re trying to get work done before the weather worsens and college starts, but wow! If you’re unemployed in Montreal, consider becoming a construction worker!

At St. Catherine and St. Urbain streets

  • I saw how happy my friends Lindy and Steve were to get married. Their lovely wedding in the garden of a rustic castle in Vermont and handmade vows made me tear up majorly.

They're married now!

I’ll be back with more insights from my trip!

Images from www.flickr.com/photos/8008443@N07/4910915557, www.flickr.com/photos/urbexplo/4658704560/lightbox/#/photos/urbexplo/4658704560, and Johanna Howland