So yes, I seem to have a thing for old universities! One of my favorite places to wander around here in Dublin is Trinity College and when I went to Boston last year a visit to Harvard was an absolute must for me. I just really enjoy wandering around the university grounds, taking in the architecture and listening to students discussing science, politics and history... I guess the nerdy atmosphere gets me every time!
So when I put together the itinerary for my most recent trip to the US I was lucky enough to squeeze in two days in New Haven, Connecticut, and was super excited to be able to check out another Ivy League University: Yale.
The private college was first established in 1701 under the name Collegiate School and later renamed Yale University. The main campus with the historic buildings is right downtown in New Haven, although now a great number of newer Yale buildings are scattered all around the city.
Today Yale is mainly known for three things: their mascot "Handsome Dan" the bulldog (and their various athletic teams also known as the Yale Bulldogs), the (in)famous secret societies like "Skull and Bones" and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History (check it out if you're into dinosaurs!).
What's also interesting to note is that quite a few famous people in the fields of politics, art and
entertainment have attended & graduated from Yale - Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush and Meryl Streep are just a few of them.
But I won't bore you with any more details and will let some pictures speak for themselves instead! ;)