The Surprise at the Hans Christian Anderson Museum

The Surprise at the Hans Christian Anderson Museum

The Surprise at the Hans Christian Anderson Museum

I had heard of the name Hans Christian Anderson before I arrived in the small town of Solvang, but I didn’t quite realized all that he had accomplished. He is the author of Princess and the Pea, as well as the original Little Mermaid. He wrote books that appealed to his nieces, and was unable to find anyone willing to marry him. Perhaps because of his pointy nose. All joking aside, visiting the museum was inspirational to me as a writer. When I first saw the Museum, I was a little confused. It was behind a lighthouse and part of

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The Chapel at Santa Barbara’s Mission

I’ve never been in a place I considered holy even though I’ve attended church since I was small. But church for me has always been a place of warmth and comfort, not of awe and reflection. If we define holy by this condition, as well as the words set apart, then that is exactly how I felt when I walked into the chapel at Santa Barbara’s Mission. The chapel created this “aura” of holiness before I even stepped inside. The chapel had an arch lined with clay skulls, marked as a place of the dead. I suppressed a gothic shudder

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My Trip to Chicago

My Trip to Chicago

My first impression of Chicago was not as favorable as one would hope. I ended up getting lost with my mother on the way to our hotel so that we had to take a taxi back to the hotel. I was tired, having been up since 4 am and I still had not eaten any dinner. I felt like the wind was sailing through my clothing and chilling my cheeks so that I could barely feel them. When I stepped into the hotel, I immediately felt the relief that warmth could bring and began to notice the defining characteristic of

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