Taylor McElhaney

Taylor Mac

Taylor McElhaney

My name is Taylor, I am a senior majoring in Broadcasting and Photography at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Several of us from the Broadcasting department are traveling to Swansea, Wales to work with 2 different non profit organizations to create an informational video.

North America » United States » Oklahoma » Mustang March 20th 2011

We are home. In Oklahoma. 3,000 miles away from Swansea and Wales. Sadly. I miss it so much already. We barely had time for breakfast before we were on the plane and in the air. I’m so over flying. I took 4 sleeping pills and . . nothing. Everyone else fell asleep but I could not. I slept better in Wales. I sat next to a guy on the flight from Indiana University, He was wearing a Manchester United jersey so we were immediately friends. He told me he saw Fernando Torres in on of the night clubs in London. So jealous! I wish he had not slept the majority of the flight we could have talked more. We made it to D.C. and after a 2 hour layover a delay finally boarded the plane, only ... read more
Our Fearless Leaders

Europe » United Kingdom » England » London March 20th 2011

Posting from London England around 9:30 So London surprisingly smells like the Oklahoma State Fair, Im craving a corn dog like crazy right now. We had our last full day in London and the U.K. today. Friday morning we had one last lunch and a walk around Mumbels before we loaded up and headed to London. We went to the pier and saw the light house, unfortunitly we didn't have enough time to walk all the way to it. Im really going to miss Wales, It was so peaceful and beautiful. We could not have had better weather. Rachel from SYSHP told us Swansea has 2 weeks of sunshine a year so it was really suprising that we made it for one! Im going to have to find some way to come back. As we were ... read more
Streets of Swansea
Mumbles Pier
Mumbles Pier

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Swansea » Gower Peninsula March 17th 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day! at least in the U.S. here not so much. . The Welsh celebrate St. Davids Day which is celebrated on the first of March. Today our group went back to the City Central to shoot b-roll for our video and met Eliot, our Swansea U student ambasador, for lunch. Finally got some fish and chips and they were GREAT! Long John Silver's has got nothing on Wales! After lunch Eliot showed us how to get back to our clients headquarters and we shot our last interviews. We walked allll the way back to the City Central and did a little window shopping at the mall there. We grabbed a cab once we were done and went back to the hotel where we met up with our other group to go get ice ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Swansea » Gower Peninsula March 16th 2011

Swansea - pronounced "Swonz-ee" - is a coastal city and county in Wales. Swansea is in the historic county boundaries of Glamorgan. Situated on the sandy South West Wales coast, the county area includes the Gower Peninsula and the Lliw uplands. . . And today we got to see much more than we expected. The day started well, we met more of the SYSHP kids and got to see the hostel that they are staying in. We shot the first 4 interviews, which were really good. The kids are very nice and respectful. Afterwards we went to the City Central to eat lunch. Several of us had McDonalds. . Yes we flew all the way here to eat McDonalds and I’m pretty sure it was worse than the McDonalds in the U.S. The City Central was ... read more
Swansea Castle
City Centre

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Swansea » Gower Peninsula March 15th 2011

Hello loves! Greetings from Swansea Wales where the sun has been shining for 3 days in a row (there may have been some cloud cover but not to much). Today our group split up ( :( ) to meet with and start filming our clients. The Discovery group left shortly after breakfast but our group didn't have anything planned until 3. So we made great use of our time and headed farther into Mumbles to exchange some currency and do some shopping. (we are actually not staying in Swansea we are staying in Mumbles which is essentially like a district of Swansea). Me, Megan, Nicole and our fearless leader Mark Scott walked around, looking through stores and such while the guys in our group went to Joe's and bought the last of the "good" premade sandwiches. ... read more
Market place
English and Welsh

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Swansea » Gower Peninsula March 14th 2011

Posting from the now freezing U.K. at about 11:55pm here. One word. WOW! This country is beyond beautiful! I have never seen anything like it. I still can't believe I'm actually here and looking at this place with my own eyes. We got a grand tour of our part of the Gower Peninsula where we are staying. Our day started bright and early with a nice Welsh breakfast. I had scrambled eggs and toast with raspberry jam (they say jam here, you ask for jelly and your getting a dish of jello gelatin) they toast and jam was delicious, the eggs were kind of mushy but nothing pepper couldn't fix. Yes, Taylor ate Welsh food and LIKED IT! After breakfast we attempted to catch our first bus and head to Swansea University to meet with the ... read more
Swansea Uni

Europe » United Kingdom » Wales » Swansea March 13th 2011

Posting from the U.K. at about 2:00 pm here. . After 2 endless plane rides and a "2 hour" more like 4 hour bus ride we are here at our hotel in Swansea! I cannot believe I have been up for over 24 hours and most of it, if not all of it, was travel time. England was beautiful, even though it was raining. I can't wait till we go back to London at the end of the week. Wales is twice as pretty as England. The little towns look they came straight out of a movie! Somehow we were early to our hotel so my room was not ready, it still had to be cleaned. So instead of showering and changing like I really need to, me and my friend Michael took a walk down ... read more
Streets of Swansea
Welsh Beauty
Thomas travels to Wales

North America » United States » Oklahoma » Oklahoma City March 12th 2011

Hello all! This is my first post of our "Media Production Tour" of Wales! I, and several other students from the University of Central Oklahoma are heading overseas to the UK to produce an informational video as well as create a facebook page and brochures for two nonprofit organizations in Swansea! For me this is the trip of a life time! I have never been out of the country before, and when my professor mentioned this trip to me back in the fall I knew I had to go! I have always wanted to visit England, Scotland, Ireland & Wales and now I actually am GOING! I still can't believe it. . My father's side of the family is Scots Irish, so getting to be this close to my ancestor's homeland is pretty amazing. I would ... read more

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