Halfway point

I'm halfway through my time in Europe, when the real fun begins. After a weekend in Amsterdam, I finished my studies at Cambridge last week, and I've spent the last few days in London, seeing the sights, watching the Olympics, meeting other travelers, and taking pictures. Here are a couple teaser shots from the trip so far. The first is from my time in Holland. I rented a bike and traveled from town to town through the farm roads. I saw a lot of the Dutch countryside, including lots of cows, and sometimes had to carry my bike over canals. I had lunch in a old schoolhouse converted into a restaurant. Below, the waterside town of Durgerdam.

The second is from today's Olympic events at St. Paul's Cathedral.

Over the next month I'll be making my way through the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Turkey. I fly from Istanbul back to Los Angeles the night before fall semester begins. I'll be traveling by bus and staying in hostels pretty much the whole way, and the plan is to travel with a single pack: camera gear, laptop, and 4 changes of clothes. Making it fit into a 45-liter bag is an Olympic sport every time, but traveling light is worth the trouble.

Lastly, I've gotten a lot of questions about what I'm shooting with on the trip. I'm shooting everything with a Canon 5D Mk II, a 16-35mm 2.8, and a 70-200mm 2.8. Cheers from Europe!