As a history student, you would expect me to have a passion for the past that goes past my studies – and you would be right. While I enjoy writing essays and assignments, I find it refreshing to visit historical sites and read up on past events without the pressure of coursework added to it.
This month I went on holiday to the historic island of Rhodes with my boyfriend, while a lot of the holiday was spent by the pool catching the sun (of course), we were also able to see some of the amazing sights and learn a little bit about the history of the island.
We went on an off-road excursion, enabling us to experience views that even the locals hadn’t seen – like this one!
Our diver, who was born in Rhodes, was able to tell us about the history of a number of its villages and castles. For example, we saw the castle of Monolithos, which was built upon a 236 metre rock! Unsurprisingly it was never conquered.
We had a great holiday, despite slight worries about Greece crashing out of the Euro and even got a little bit tanned – although it was only a week so not too much. It was interesting talking to the Greek people about the economic crisis – particularly for me as I have been studying an economic history module – and hearing different opinions and how it should be solved. I’m glad I don’t have to make that decision!
Not only did I visit some historic places in Rhodes, but I also did so in Leicester this month. Finally, after a long time of wanting to go, I went to the King Richard III Visitor Centre. I’m primarily interested in modern history, so before going I didn’t know much about Richard and his story.
I found out both about the King and how the team of historians, archeologists and genetics discovered and identified him! A lot of knowledge was gained that day, and I also felt an immense amount of pride that the University of Leicester was involved in such a momentous discovery.
I would advise anyone and everyone to go to the Visitor’s Centre, it’s a great day out, the food is lovely and you get to see the exact spot where the King was found!
Here’s a photo to get you interested… Hopefully!