“Let’s pretend we’re dancing in the street, in Barcelona”

22-3-17 Yes, the title of this entry is a lyric from Ed Sheeran’s new album that conveniently features a song about Barcelona, which rings true in my opinion. Midterms week has finally reared its ugly head. I believe I have done well so far despite the fact I flew to Barcelona this past weekend. I…

Venice: The Sinking City

14-3-17 After two incredible visits to Venice, I can confirm it is as charming as they say it is. There’s something about being surrounded by water and gondolas that hits a more pleasant chord than bustling streets full of Vespas. Interesting History Venice was formerly a powerful sort of empire, built on trade and petrified…

The Summits: Il Duomo & the Alps

10/3/17 I ascended to the summit of both my favorite cathedral and the Italian Alps. This is my account of climbing to the top of an incredible man-made structure, then climbing to the top of nature’s structure. Santa Maria del Fiore “Saint Mary of the Flowers” is more commonly known as Il Duomo. This cathedral…

2 Countries: Found in Translation

6-3-17 Can you have a conversation without words? “Certainly”, you say. With those you feel close to, most of your interaction is silent. However, I’m talking about entire conversations with a total stranger. Now imagine this stranger’s mother tongue is nothing like yours. The answer is still yes. I was surrounded by a language far different…