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Sunday, 5 March: No Pasa Granada

¿Qué tal, amigos? That is, how’s it going, everyone? I hope this next post on my adventures abroad finds you doing well and making your own discoveries of the fantastic world in which we live. After a weekend at home in Toledo and the Carnaval festivities held there (and throughout Spain), the past week was pretty relaxed. It ended with the Fund’s big trip for the semester: a journey to the cities of Córdoba and Granada in Andalucía, the southern region of Spain that, due to its strong traditions of […]

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Round 2

Hej, hello, and welcome back. I see that people do still look at this blog from time to time (wow, thank you!) and that warms my heart. So a little bit of a semester 2 update. Classes (a quick, quick overview) Watercolor: taught by one of the best teachers I have ever had. He is so on point with his critiques and his advice and he pays such close attention to each and every student. He puts so much time and conscious effort into his remarks and I really admire […]

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Weekend Trip with Friends #2: Conquering Barcelona in only 2 days

Barcelona is unlike any city I have ever seen and simply massive – conquering Barcelona in two days was quite the challenge, but I think we conquered it, and more importantly, we had a lot of fun exploring this city together! It has a vibrant, city-like atmosphere, as well as the peacefulness of both the sea and the mountains. Barcelona from Toledo is quite the trek. Thursday night, we left from Madrid at 11:30 p.m. on an overnight bus and arrived in Barcelona at 7:30 a.m. Friday morning and started […]

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Week 2: Cooking and Florence

This has been a fantastic week of glorious sun, wonderful food, and travels. Before our Neighborhoods class on Monday, Nicole and I did a brief site visit to one of the neighborhoods we are supposed to investigate on our own. It’s called Trionfale, which is conveniently located right on the edge of the Prati neighborhood, where our apartment is located. This is an interesting neighborhood very similar to Prati in that it is very residential and there seems to be a large focus on automobile traffic. It was cold, so […]

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Rock the Kasbah

Shortly after driving through the scenic, hillside town of Moulay Iddriss and watching pink walls and turquoise window frames blur past through the van window, we arrived in Meknes. I accredit Meknes to my finally understanding what “rock the casbah” means; therefore, I dedicate this post to my parents and our classic rock-filled road trips. Meknes, a town 45 minutes away from Fez by the toll-road, hosts many historically significant buildings, including the mausoleum of King Moulay Ismail Ibn Sharif. The “Warrior King” reigned from the 1670s to 1720s and […]

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The Last of Paris

This will be the last two and a half days in Paris, starting where I left of, at Notre Dame. Well I get to Notre Dame at about 5:30, so just as the sun begins to set over the gorgeous structure. I go inside just in time to sit and listen to some evening vespers, which left pretty awestruck for a few minutes in that chair. I leave and try to get a tour up to the bell tower to hang out with Quasimodo, but go figure the last tour […]

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An Example of a “Field Trip” While Studying Abroad

A few weeks ago, all of the students in our program had the privilege to go to Bahia together for one weekend (which was already included in our general program fee). Similar to our trip to Ilha Grande (which I posted about a while ago), we were all very excited to travel and explore a new part of Brazil! Both from what we were told beforehand and from what we saw, the culture of Salvador and Bahia is very different form Rio. There is a rich African history there, which […]

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Melbourne!

Hey everyone! Like I said before, I went to Melbourne this weekend and absolutely LOVED the city! It is much different than Sydney. It is very artsy and feels a lot smaller. The architecture in the city is very unique but definitely beautiful! Two of my friends and I flew to Melbourne late Friday night, so we did not end up doing anything that night since we arrived at midnight. Saturday morning we woke up and went to get a late breakfast. The lady working at the front desk of […]

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I Am About to Travel… Again!

Tomorrow morning (and I really do mean morning. I have to get up at 5ish. Nej tak!) I am leaving to go on my long study tour with my interior architecture core course. My tour group is going to Germany and the Netherlands. More specifically, I think, Cologne and Amsterdam and perhaps a few places in between. It seems like I just returned from traveling. Which I did! Only two weeks have passed since I got back from Switzerland. In these two weeks, in groups of 3 or 4, our […]

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Here is Where I Am

Last week our studio projects were due. I stayed up long hours to finish (not to scare any potential DISers away) and I presented my work on Friday. The critique was nice…different and less brutal than what I am used to receiving which was a nice change. Crits took place over two days with most students coming in to studio two separate times – once to present their own work and once to listen and critique others’ work. There was also a Danish guest crit who gave some good advice […]

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Life As Usual

I have done so many things in the past week. I’ll give you a very quick rundown. I met my host mother’s family last weekend for a birthday (fødselsdag) lunch buffet. I went to a small fishing village with my Danish class called Drogør to learn about Danish Jews during WWII. I had two site visits on two separate days with my architecture history class to look at examples of cohousing and new-meets-old design in Copenhagen. (Left) My Danish class went to see the Royal Royal Ballet. My studio held […]

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Trippin’ Across Jutland

Hej hej everybody! I have returned from Western Denmark. Copenhageners sometimes make jokes about Jutland because some consider it to be the equivalent of the American boonies. Like…Montana. Or Wyoming. But I have been there and back again and I had a great time. It didn’t feel a whole lot like Montana or Wyoming, though. As I mentioned last time, I was in Kolding & Århus. (In case you are curious, “Å” is the vowel that takes the place of “AA.” So one could say Århus or Aarhus. The Danish […]

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A Rainbow Over Tuscany

This weekend had its fair share of sight seeing and eating. Yesterday afternoon two friends and I toured the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore (a.k.a. Florence’s Duomo). When I say we “toured” the Duomo, I mean we explored the inside of the cathedral, wandered the basement museum, climbed the bell tower, and hiked to the top of the dome. I will be completely honest and say I was not very impressed by the inside of the cathedral. Compared to other churches that I’ve seen here, the inside of the […]

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Unknown and Undiscovered

This past week I discovered my second favorite historic site in Rome. My favorite would have to be St. Peter’s Basilica, but coming in very close behind is the Basilica of San Clemente. My advice? Visit them and drink in every second you have while being in their presence. Easier said than done, but can you blame me for trying? We visited San Clemente on Wednesday for my art history class. And the best part? It is only a few short blocks away from the Colosseum! And let me tell […]

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