November 30, 2010

Just a few pictures that I have taken over the past 3 months. Such an amazing city…


Many Thanks

November 21, 2010

Exactly one month from today I will be on a plane heading back to the good old USA to celebrate Christmas, eat way too much of my grandmother’s italian food and to be initiated back into “real life”. These last 3 months have been absolutely amazing and an eye opening experience. Since I wont be celebrating Thanksgiving with my family on Thursday, I just wanted to let them to know (and whoever else is even remotely interested in looking at my blog) that I am so grateful for having such a supportive family to encourage me to explore new horizons, to push myself to be the best I can be in all aspects of my life, and to be so understanding when I make mistakes. “Learn from it this time and know better next time”… Thank you Dad. Thank you for not cutting me off when I have had to buy multiple tickets to multiple cities due to missed flights. Thank you for those “Just checking in, miss you!” emails that mean more then you could ever know. Mom, thank you for this one little piece of advice that you wrote at the end of one of our many facebook chats, “Sketch, read, love, study and PLAY!”. I look at it on my wall everyday and am reminded that in order to truly experience all that is to be experienced in this beautiful place, I need to approach life from all angles. Ali and Kris, thank you for the plethora of love notes and just being what you are, the best sisters and friends I could have ever been blessed with.

Thank you to my extended family and friends for all of the wonderful advice and encouragement you have given me while being abroad (and in life, of course). I could go on for hours but I think we all know that pictures are more fun to look at than a 10,000 word essay. Here are some pictures from my trip to Copenhagen, Denmark where I stayed with my sensational friend, Louise, toured her breathtaking city and went to SENSATION WHITE! Gracias Louie… and Happy Thanksgiving everybody! Life is so good.

city stroll

November 5, 2010

I was given the assignment to document Passeig de Gracia and Ramblas de Cataluña, two major streets in Barcelona for my Urban Interventions class. Instead of snapping pictures of the streets themselves, I decided to focus on the small details along the “calles” that people may not notice at first… enjoy!


Jet Settas

November 5, 2010

This past month has been an amazing whirlwind of traveling, family and friends. My sister and I met up in Dublin, where we spent a few nights at a lovely B&B and traveled along the coast to a small town called Malahide. After a few too many ciders and a missed flight, we made our way over to London to visit gorgeous Borges and family friend, Jeremy. We had an adorable tour guide who we swore could feel the connection that we felt toward him and would ultimately stop tour-guiding for the day and hang out with us… no such luck. The tea and scones 3 times a day (plus some pretty amazing art at the Tate and few good nights out)  finally mended our broken hearts and we made our way back to Spain to meet up with our parents.

While my parents were in town, we made a trip by train over to Monsurrat; a jagged mountain range that houses one of the most elaborate basilicas I have ever seen, as well as some amazing views of Cataluña. We managed to eat our way through Barcelona during the week that they were in town and by Thursday Ali and I decided it was time to head to Paris to see Peyton!

If I knew how to speak french, you would need to google translate this entire post. Luckily I don’t know french but I came to love the language during my few days in the city. Pan au Chocolat managed to become the entirety of our diet besides a few pieces of cheese and many, many bottles of wine. It was an all too short of a weekend in Paris and I hated to say bye to Ali and Peyton but I will be going back shortly!

This past weekend was Halloween and I was a little nervous that Barcelona hadn’t fully grasped the concept of dressing up just to get crazier than usual… but I was pleasantly surprised that I could bring some of my best friends from college to an amazing Halloween party at a beach club. How could I have doubted this city?