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Being a Dirty Street Creature – A memoir by Jonathan Tvedt

Now that I’ve finished looking through all the South Padre snap stories, I figured I would write this quick post before I took a shower and deleted all of my social media forever (kidding, mostly). I got back last week from a trip to Italy. I flew in on Sunday to stay in Florence with Lana (longtime friend from the U) and her roommates in Florence, and their flat with 20 foot ceilings and a view of a nice (slightly noisy) club across the narrow Florence street. It’s interesting to […]

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Lovely London

One of my favorite things about this semester is how much I have been able to travel around Europe (ten countries and counting!). During March, though, I took a nice break from trying to fit an unreasonable amount of things into a backpack and decided to spend some quality time with my main squeeze: London. Lucky for me, spring decided to come out of hiding (who am I kidding, winter has been a breeze compared to home) fully equipped with lots of sunshine, an adequate amount of rain and that […]

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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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Short trip to Piriapolis

Spring is finally (sort of) here! In between some rainy and particularly windy days (I thought I was going to be thrown into the ocean on at least one run), we’ve had some gorgeous sunny ones. I took advantage of a sunny Sunday to go to Piriapolis, about an hour and a half up the coast. It only took me 10 tries to stop inserting an “n” into the name by calling it Pirianapolis. I used to think it was funny when people said Minninapolis, but now I understand that […]

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I’m Still Doing Things!

As I write this, I am rubbing my itchy eyes, sniffling, and remembering that I am not immortal. Spring has finally sprung here in Viking territory. And, as if to answer a question that I had forgotten to ask… yes, apparently Norwegian pollen treats me the same way as the stuff in America. Yet my window is still wide open. Why you wonder? Because the weather has been amazing these past few days! We hit nearly 20 degrees celsius (over 60 fahrenheit) which is a big deal here in the […]

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First Day of Classes

Today we had our first day of classes, and I rode the bus for the first time. I had a hard time understanding my first professor because he spoke very quickly. My second class of the day was canceled, so I was able to siesta (nap). I was able to meet the woman I will be working for these next few months at las cortes de castilla – la mancha. The walk is pretty easy and had a breathtaking view that i will have to take pictures of later, but […]

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Spring Break Pompeii Day 4

The fourth and final day of our vacation was another full day: from a private lunch at a vineyard, to a tour of Pompeii, to our train ride back to Florence. On our way to Pompeii we stopped for lunch and a wine tasting at the closest vineyard to Mount Vesuvius. The wine at this vineyard had a very unique salty taste to it, which is cause by the volcanic ashes in the soil. Our wine guide told us that during high season the vineyard will serve lunch to around […]

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Spring Break Positano Day 3

Our third day in Positano was a free day to do what ever we pleased. Graced by the warm sunshine again, we decided to use the beautiful day hiking the famous Footpath of the Gods. But before our hike I had to take a moment to enjoy the beach… To get to the Footpath of the Gods we had to take the Citta Bus up the mountain to a very quaint coast town which holds the entrance to the Footpath. At the entrance to the village we came across a […]

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Spring Break Positano Day 2

Our second day in Positano started bright and early. Gerry, our driver, and Stephanie, one of his co-workers, picked us up from our apartment at 9:00 am to take us on a full day tour of the Amalfi Coast. The first stop on our tour was Sorrento, a beautiful coast town in the bay of Naples. When the weather is clear it is easy to see across the bay to Naples and Pompeii. We were blessed to have been graced by a sunny morning, allowing us to see Mount Vesuvius, […]

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Spring Break Positano Day 1

I guess I’ve been a little busy seeing that the last time I posted was almost three weeks ago. I apologize if some of these posts are out of chronological order because I am going to start by writing about what is fresh in my memory. This week is spring break at Accademia Italiana, so a couple friends and I proceeded to spend a long weekend exploring the Amalfi Coast. We stayed in the romantic town of Positano. The name Positano derives from a story in which a voice was […]

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Spring Break Planning

So here’s the view from the balcony in my flat. Obviously there’s a lot of snow on the ground, but I didn’t realize how nice the view actually is from up on this hill. Also that brick building there is the local grocery store, and needless to say living 10 feet away from it is very convenient. I started looking into spring break and what exactly I would do for it. I started looking at cities I’d be interested in seeing, and decided to see as many as I could. […]

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Brittany: Spring fever

This weekend has been full of exciting events and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect it. Spring is starting to make it’s way through the rain clouds and overcast. It’s time to ditch the wool coats and put on a light trench and flats. Pat came for the weekend and stayed until early this morning. I swear the British Border patrol are even worse than America. They ask me why I’m here, what I’m doing, where I’m interning, what school I go to, what books I read (just kidding […]

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Connie: Full-swing spring

The weather suddenly took a climb toward the pleasant-to-hot range. Coats and sweatshirts are no longer needed, except for at night. The entire town is about as green as I’ve ever seen anything. It’s lovely, and lately there have been events and whatnot abounds. Also, stray cats. So what’s been going on? Jazz circle welcome party. Intended to convince freshmen to join the circle, I enjoyed it: a jazz live with my favorite vocalist in the circle, Kaluha, getting hit on by freshmen, late-night karaoke, and coming to realizations at […]

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Miles: Olso defrost

I blinked and now it’s spring. How did that happen? When I settled into the idea of a semester in Norway, in the back of my mind, I think I figured that it’d be winter forever. Maybe it was self-preservation, maybe it was just ridiculousness—either way, I was ready. I was fully prepared to spend all semester wearing infinite layers and avoiding cold beverages. As a result, I felt incredibly calm about winter in Oslo. I didn’t freak out when it started snowing, I adjusted my walking speeds as needed, […]

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