Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein: How I Caught the Travel Bug (a.k.a the AwayBug)

Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein: How I Caught the Travel Bug (a.k.a the AwayBug)

Ms. Walker's last lecture

Ms. Walker’s last lecture

I just found out that my all time favorite teacher is retiring. Ms. Kelley Walker was my high school Advanced Placement European History teacher my senior year and she truly inspired me and shaped my future in ways she probably doesn’t even realize. If you’ve read my “About Us” section then you already know this. She was so incredibly passionate about European History that she took a subject that I previous considered boring and made it fascinating. I even (briefly) considered majoring in history after I took her class but decided on a much more useful degree…Theater. To this day my favorite genre of novels to read are historical fictions. On a side note if you haven’t read Katherine by Anya Seton go out and buy it now! A recommendation of Ms. Walker’s that is still my all time favorite book.


Ms. Walker with her students in Germany (I am in the back row 2nd from the left)

Ms. Walker with her students in Germany (I am in the back row 2nd from the left and Ms. Walker is the 4th from the right)

Every year in June Ms. Walker took her AP European History students to Europe. When I was a senior the trip was to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. This would be my first time ever leaving the United States and I really didn’t know what to expect. We flew into Frankfurt and visited Heidelberg, Wuerzburg, Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Salzburg, Munich (and Dachau), Neuschwanstein, Liechtenstein, Lucerne, Freiburg, & Worms. Whew, that was a lot in 10 days! It was on this trip that I was officially bitten by the travel bug. One thing that Ms. Walker said to our class that always stuck with me was that her biggest regret of college was that she didn’t study abroad. She encouraged all of us to study abroad and I really took this advice to heart. I ended up spending a semester in London my junior year and if it weren’t for Ms. Walker I don’t think I would have had the courage to do this. At the time it was a really hard thing to do. When you are 19 it is difficult to leave all of your friends, your activities, your apartment, your family…you feel like you are going to miss out on something but I always had Ms. Walker’s voice in the back of my head pushing me to take that leap of faith. Studying abroad in London was hands down the most profound experience of my college career and gave me the confidence I needed to go volunteer in South Africa and all of the other travel I did after college. And without all of these experiences AwayBug Travel would not have been born! So you see she really did shape my future and I wouldn’t be where I am today without her. Have you had someone in your life that encouraged you to take a leap of faith? Who was your most inspiring teacher?


Me at Nymphenburg Palace

Me at Nymphenburg Palace (I think I’m wearing a fanny pack – Ha!)

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle (This looks like a postcard but I actually took this photo!)

Ms. Walker with Liz and Mike on the Rhine River in Germany

Ms. Walker with Liz and Mike on the Rhine River in Germany



  • Carey/ 12.09.2013Reply

    That trip was great! And it’s what ultimately led to me learning German and studying abroad in Vienna. I now travel all over the world for work, but it all started with that trip and the LC Crew!

  • mike willis/ 12.09.2013Reply

    Very cool Angie! Congrats Ms Walker! I also took to heart the study abroad thing and studied in Spain for a summer in 2001. Also a hugely profound experience, broadening and deepening personal resolve and understanding of people and the world. It was in Spain that God called me to be a Pastor which is what I’m doing now. That class, trip and study abroad helped me break away from some things and clarify a lot of other things. I still remember that Napoleon was exiled in Elba because Ms Walker would gesture with her elbow. She also taught me how to study, get to the point and enjoy the process. Thanks Angie and Ms Walker!

  • Angie/ 12.09.2013Reply

    Hi Mike & Carey! Thanks for sharing – It’s so fun to hear your stories of how Ms. Walker and that trip also changed the course of your lives.

  • 07.11.2016Reply

    “A maior enganação do futebol brasileiro atualmente, o mais mascarado e com mais hype injustificado da mídia (faz 80% dos gols no gauchão mas é chamado de craque) chama-se DAMIÃO.” #19 – Então é por isso que o Damião tem esse ótimo retrospecto de gols em Gre-Nais! Como o Gauchão é o torneio em que o Grêmio foi mais assíduo nos últimos anos, ele aproveitou a oportunidade.Ps: desculpa a flauta, o Impedimento não é lugar para isso (felizmente), mas tu deixaste a bola picando.

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