September 29, 2008
and im in some serious need of chocolate.
September 22, 2008
i have actually gotten accustomed to cleaning my room and making this very bed everyday. living in a single keeps me organized? i think the aesthetic organization keeps my mind uncluttered or at least less than it already is. on that note, i’ve also taken to listening to a few albums i have excluded in the last few weeks. some of the mountain goats. some lucero. the verdict? i’m somewhat pathetic, just not totally.
in other news, new pictures should be up soon on flickr. it should be to the left of this blog. if all the kinks of interwebworld are worked out.
September 16, 2008
not only did i VIP it up with chingy last night, but after the performance/show- whatnot, when irena and i made our way out of the vip room and to the dance floor, chingy came and danced with us. you know, as other people were held back by his boys.
check him outt. i definitely have bragging rights! :]
September 15, 2008
minus the hate. substitute 08. i just felt like being trendy. anyways i just booked my fall break. i did it. there’s no turning back now. here’s whats up:
16 oct 08: leave for paris from pisa.
16 oct 08- 19 oct 08: stay 3 nights in Paris au the peace and love hostel. (names lame, but the place seems homey, safe, and fun. )
19 oct 08: fly from paris to cork, ireland.
19 oct 08- 21 oct 08: stay 2 nights in cork at the kinlay house at cork.
21 oct 08: bus eireann ride to galway
21 oct 08- 24 oct 08: 3 nights stay in galway at the galway city hostel right in eyre square.
24 oct 08: travel eireann bus to dublin; stay a night in dublin to pay a lot less a flight back to pisa. staying at paddy’s palace dublin. (also a corny name. eh oh well. right on the train line. )
25 oct 08: flying back to pisa! then to florence!
26 oct 08: days rest before classes start again.
i didnt mention that im already planning on visiting ireland, and staying in dublin, the weekend of 03 oct. its just not one to fit in tons of outside of dublin exploring. and a lady from northern ireland told me the other day that nothern ireland is “shite” in her cute irish brogue. ill be traveling solo. but i figure ill look well at home amongst the native there. also, the language barrier wont be as much a problem. a lot of people are trying to fit in so many different parts of europe for break, but theres time for that later in life perhaps. right now, this is what seems to fit. berlin, prague, amsterdam, will be later conquered in life. who knows, maybe ill want to move back to europe for a while.
this was basically just to document. theres no deep thoughts here. maybe later.
September 14, 2008
two weeks into my stay at florence. its been a range of feelings. what i expected differs largely from what i first encountered and now, what i am trying to establish/experience. whatnot. in coming to italy, i thought how great of an opportunity this would be to open my eyes. and i mean, they did open.. just in a different lense than i had hoped for? i wanted to be submerged in a culture that was foreign to me, that was challenging and would make me diverse my view on things and establish connections that bond me with a place that i dont at all call my home. and there is a sort of culture here that i have to accustom myself to. there are foreign things to me. there are certainly challenges. just all in different ways that i had imagined.
florence is so far from what true italian culture could be. the amount of tourists, travelers, study abroad students, anyone not being an authentic italian.. is pretty sad. so much is targeted towards the tourist, the traveler, the study abroad student. it drives me insane. how can i fully integrate myself with whats foreign when the consumerism and whatnot is aimed towards people who speak inglese. there is a very heavy stereotype of the american student here. that of noisy drunken disrespectful and intrusive. and i dont blame them. i see my peers getting sloshed at bars and acting oh so rude and not even caring that hey, this is someones home.
ive been in loner drive since i got here. i mean, i do group activity at night and when we go out. but i seem to stay by myself throughout the days here. its not a bad thing. its definitely something i need right now. its perfect for me. but the whole group mentality thing i havent been so good at. going out in huge groups just screams tourist and i really want to break that mold. i want to be submerged. even if its overwhelming. and im trying.
gosh. its not all negative though. i sound like such a fucking negative nancy. its beautiful here. i cant even fathom some of the things that i am seeing. theres so much richness here that new places like the united states lacks. theres so much to savor. breathing this all in helps with all the above mentioned challenges. a lot. i love the time im getting to do the things i want to do. even if its as simple as walking around and exploring places that seem interesting and new and foreign and NOT touristy to me. even if its reading just reading a book outside with the duormo in the background. even if its nothing significant at all. i love the classes that im taking. i love art history and the idea that im so close to where it all went down just makes it that much more interesting. so doesnt the fact that my professors are all so eager to teach us abt it. theyre so involved and want to get us involved. it makes the learning process that much better. ive also recently found some spots that are fun and what id call authentic, out side of mainstream downtown florence.
things are working out. im missing some people back home. but im so lucky to get to be here. this is so incredible.
September 13, 2008
first post of the new blog. i just used my finger as my toothbrush. goodnight.