Furman University

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    Furman

    So I've done two parts of my travels to Greenville, South Carolina so far and covered a part of Downtown Greenville and published a story in the Mountain Bridge Wilderness. Today I'll be taking you to a small university located in Greenville as well, Furman University here we come!




    © 2011 - @ruben-cress


    Furman University

    This is South Carolina's oldest private university. It has been founded in the early 1800s and has been named to Richard Furman, who was considered to be the most important Baptist leader before the Civil war. The campus of the university was a nice and cozy place. However, it wasn't big like I expected it to be. Whenever I hear University or College, I get this idea that it should be a big place where a lot of students gather. Since it was August, the campus was quiet and peaceful, all the students were away on a holiday, so it was more or less a nice "walk in the park".




    © 2011 - @ruben-cress

    Lets cool off under the trees and sit for a while


    Time to relax and feed the ducks

    Yeah, as if we don't have any ducks here in Holland... It was still nice to just go into relaxing mode and enjoy the view. Some goose made some noise that sounded like if they were saying: "Feed me human, students are gone", I decided to share some of my lunch we prepared earlier. I mean, c'mon look at the fellas. You don't wanna piss them off, I might get killed or lose my eye-sights. Just kidding... I Still have the adrenaline flowing strongly through my blood veins from seeing that fucking bear.




    © 2011 - @ruben-cress

    Lets cool off under the trees and sit for a while


    Now that's a weak shot. Why would I take some photographs of a goose? Well.. tbh, there wasn't much to see since it was a graveyard. No people, everything closed, only nature. So yeah, it might be a post about Furman University, but hey, it was just nice nature. And at least I can say I went to school with silly goose.

    The Bell Tower

    One of the landmarks of Furman University is the belltower. The bell tower has been built in 1854 and is designed by Edward C. Jones of Jones and Lee. When the bell tower rang, it was a sign that the class has started, or it was used to make noise for every victory achieved by the athletic team during competitions.




    © 2011 - @ruben-cress

    The Bell Tower of Furman University


    One of the landmarks of Furman University is the belltower. The bell tower has been built in 1854 and is designed by Edward C. Jones of Jones and Lee. When the bell tower rang, it was a sign that the class has started, or it was used to make noise for every victory achieved by the athletic team during competitions.

    The Place of Peace

    "Hey Ruben, they transported this temple by plane from Japan in parts and let the monks of that temple re-build it here." What? Damn. Now that's a story. This small temple, called the Place of Peace was actually donated to the university by a Japanese family, the Tsuzuki family. It has been dismantled in Japan and fully reconstructed here in Greenville. How awesome is that? How much time did they take to rebuild it, to get it in their original state? I have no idea, but I do know that the Japanese are very secure with anything that they are doing.




    © 2011 - @ruben-cress

    The Place of Peace


    Apparently, while the temple was still in Japan, it has not been assigned to a Buddhist priest. If this had been the case, the temple would still be in Japan and never got the chance to be reconstructed in Greenville. Pretty nice. I was quite surprised to see this and at first, I thought it was just a temple made by US citizens. My aunt told me that that was def. not the case, and that it had to be reconstructed by Buddhist priests. Can you imagine? Donating a temple is one, flying over Buddhist priests who could only reconstruct it was another. The generosity of the Japanese showcased in Greenville.




    © 2011 - @ruben-cress

    Me getting roasted by the sun, at some wooden cabin.


    Cheers,

    Ruben

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      I have some pictures of ducks that look just like that, lol. Looks like a cool place.

      A very amazing collection of photos. I enjoyed it.