From Luther to Europe - An Adventure Awaits

Hi there, readers! One week from today, our group of 23 students will be flying from Chicago to Berlin. The following three weeks will be spent learning about the sustainable initiatives of Europe. We invite you to follow our overseas adventures through this blog.

Meet your bloggers

My name is Peter Kephart and I will be one of your bloggers for the journey across Europe. I am a senior physics major and math minor at Luther. I am on the Golf team here at Luther and I am an avid outdoorsman in my free time.

I have always been interested in energy and would like to go into the energy field someday. I think it is very important to not only understand how we get energy but to understand how it is implemented. In this course, we will see how different energy systems are carried out in different areas. Along the way, we will be experiencing lots of culture and making memories for a lifetime.

Luther has everything planned out for our travels but leaves room for our own little adventures. At the end of the trip, me and three other gentlemen, also on the golf team, will take a train to Scotland. We have a tee time booked for 9:50 AM, January 26th, for the home of golf, St. Andrews Old Course.

My name is Liam Fraser, and I will be the other blogger for this exciting trip. I am a junior environmental studies major with a policy concentration and a minor in psychology. Outside of academics, I play the trumpet in the Concert Band and work as a Zero Waste Educator for the Center for Sustainable Communities. I have traveled all across the United States, but this will be my first time outside the country.

Like Peter said, we will be learning about and discussing the environmental goals and policies of Germany and the United Kingdom. I am very excited to learn first hand about how these countries are leading the way toward a more sustainable future. One day I would like to work in a major city improving urban sustainability. I’m looking forward to all of that lies ahead as we travel through Germany and England.

Our Sincere Thanks

We would like to thank all of the people who have helped us, and the rest of the students, and made our travels possible. It truly will be the trip of a lifetime, and we are very grateful for your support. As the bloggers for this trip, we will do our best to keep you up to date on our travels. The countdown has begun, and we are ready to cross the pond!

Brown trout caught from South Bear Creek in Highlandville.
Liam Fraser at Will Baker Park, a short hike from Luther College