Florida may only be a two hour flight from my home but it is almost like visiting another world. While planning my trip I had an overwhelming need to photograph Florida’s natural beauty. I have roots — excuse the plant pun — in nature photography so it always refreshing to spend afternoons photographing how light changes as it passes through palm leaves. I’m not going to fill this post, or the next few posts, with words but rather allow the photographs and the video above to speak for themself.
May was such a busy month! Between moving, visiting my dad, and work it’s no surprise that the final installment of my trip to New York City was delayed. But here it is in all it’s glory!
During my sophomore year of college I took a course titled Medieval Monasticism. The class explored how sacred texts influenced religious buildings, such as cloisters, during the medieval period. If you’re thinking that it sounds like a strange choice for a Communications major, then you are not wrong.
If you follow me on Instagram then you’ll know I was in New York City for four days two weeks ago. I got in just in time to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom and to see tiny green leaves attempting to poke through the winter haze. I spent the weekend roaming the chilly streets with my lovely songbird, Paola Bennet, touring the Cloisters, and meeting up with friends from high school.
What a month! I realized I hadn’t posted anything and thought sharing these photos from my most recent trip to D.C. might make up for that. I’m leaving for NYC tomorrow morning and I wait to share all the photos I absolutely know I’ll be taking!
This time last year I was in “less-than-12-hours-until-I-fly-to-Denmark-for-my-final-semester” mode. This time last year I was preparing for a whole new alphabet; short, cold days; and making new friends.
I’ve been visiting Copenhagen since I was really young and I’ve sort of created a mental list of favorite places to visit. Today I’m sharing that list with you so that you know exactly where to go when you visit my favorite cold city!
I hadn’t felt homesick when I was abroad in London so when it hit me like a brick in Copenhagen, I struggled with figuring out how to deal with it. The strangest part was that Copenhagen had always felt more like a home than London so I wasn’t expecting to get hit at all. And not having previously dealt with it left me scrambling to figure out how to make the FOMO go away. Here are 8 tips that helped me and I hope that they help you!
I took Italian for two semesters but I am in no way fluent. Not even close. However, I’ve always had an adoration for the country, its culture, and especially its art. Taking the DIS Venice class, therefore, was an absolute no brainer. The chance to study Venice and Venetian art? And travel to Venice? Absolutely sold.
Before this semester began I signed up for a little trip called ‘Czech Trek‘. It promised three days of hiking, rock climbing, rappelling, and cave experiences in the beautiful Český ráj. Besides hiking, I had never done any of the activities listed so I decided to be brave and take the plunge. This might be the right time to mention that I have a fear of falling and small dark places, which I would be experiencing a lot of.
I arrived back in Copenhagen yesterday afternoon after spending five busy days in Dublin for my core course. It was so incredible that we were able to visit a range of companies from Facebook to Google to Fizzy Thinking. I have to admit, however, that my favorite part of the trip were the cultural trips. We spent an entire morning exploring a castle and then stopping on the side of the road to take photos of islands in mist.
Whenever I tell people that I’m in my final semester of college their first reaction is one of startled confusion. Then follows routine questions: “Don’t you miss your friends? Will they even let you graduate?” Yes and yes. When I began to plan my semester abroad I knew that at some point I would feel homesick. But studying abroad would provide me with opportunities I would never have back home.
One of the most unique things about DIS is the fact that travel is built right into the program. Every two weeks students are either given a week off to travel or travel with their core course. This is only possible because of Denmark’s location and how much easier/cheaper it is to travel around Europe.
Having family in Denmark is such a blessing. I’m not gonna lie: I was feeling very homesick these past few days. DIS recommends that you only speak with loved ones maybe once a month. I obviously did not follow this rule as I message my mom every single day.
Rosenborg Castle was built in 1606 as a country summerhouse. Built in the Danish Renaissance style, the castle has expanded several times and now houses the the Royal Collections and the Crown Jewels!
One of the wonderful things about living in Copenhagen is the accessibility of public transportation. Denmark is best known for its cycling culture and its sustainability efforts. And while plenty of Danes do drive – there’s never an open parking spot whenever my uncle takes me out to dinner – it’s much easier to either bike, walk, or take the bus.