In a world dominated by sound bites, media blitzes, and digital instruments with the latest app, the sensory-inundated person loses sight of the beauty of nature and the shared common heritage of a good walk through a beautiful landscape. For this trip, we slow down and observe, breathe, and savor the scents and sights of a region that both nourishes the senses and inspires the imagination. Students explore the changing urban environment of modern London and juxtapose the sensory-numbing experience of an ancient and modern city with the immense stillness and pristine vistas of walking along some of the most dramatic sea cliffs in the world. In the words of Harvard Professor of Landscape History John Stilgoe, “Get out now. Go outside, move deliberately, then relax, slow down, look around. Pay attention to everything. Walk. Stroll. Saunter. Go outside and walk a bit, long enough to forget programming, long enough to take in and record new surroundings. Flex the mind, a little at first, then a lot. Savor something special. All of it is free for the taking, for the taking in. Take it, take it in, take in more every weekend, every day, and quickly it becomes the theater that intrigues, relaxes, fascinates, seduces, and above all expands any mind focused on it. Outside lies utterly ordinary space open to any casual explorer willing to find the extraordinary. Outside lies unprogrammed awareness that at times becomes directed serendipity. Outside lies magic” (Outside Lies Magic, 1998).

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