I’m at the University of Cambridge today with my TV crew. We’re visiting Corpus Christi College’s Parker Library, a temple of high-mindedness. As we filmed this venerable study hall, we listened to the oldest two-part harmony ever written. And I got to thumb through a collection of letters written by towering historic figures — kings of England, Holy Roman Emperors, and great reformers. Holding in my fingers letters actually written by Martin Luther and Charles V, for the first time in my life I wished I could read Latin.
One thing I love about travel: It inspires us to be thoughtful. I’ve long believed the best investment our world could make for peace and prosperity would be to collectively establish a fund that would give every American high school graduate money for a one-month trip overseas. It would cost peanuts relative to the expense to our world of Americans being so untraveled.
This is Day 84 of my “100 Days in Europe” series. As I travel with Rick Steves’ Europe Tours, research my guidebooks, and make new TV shows, I’m reporting on my experiences across Europe. Still to come: England, Scotland, Germany, Switzerland, and more. Thanks for joining me here on my blog and via Facebook.