February Digest

So it’s been a while since I’ve written a blog, but here’s a quick digest of the last few weeks.  First, I went to Saguaro National Park and Tumacácori National Historical Park with Parks in Focus.  And, of course, there was the dance showcase on Valentine’s Day, the Tucson Rodeo, and the freak snow this…

The Midnight Train Back to School

Last Thursday, I arrived at the Pittsburgh train station at about 10:30 p.m., and at a few minutes past midnight, my train left the station.  I had the excited feeling I always get on trains when they start that light rocking that means you’re on your way.  Although I had a sleeper cabin and knew…

Prehistory to Picasso

With a little more than a month left in the semester, everything is happening all at once without much time to slow down. This week, besides two field trips, I also attended a cooking class and wine tasting. The cooking class was wonderful, and I learned how to prepare salmon on a cauliflower puree. In…

Provence, Marseille, and IAU

I’ve now been in France for a little over two weeks, and I’m loving having my windows open to hear the musicians on the street play every evening – often accordions, which gives my home-cooked meals a bit more of a French flair.  It’s been a busy week with classes kicking into gear and taking…

Bienvenue! Week One in Aix

Well,  here I am!   I’ve  just finished my first full  week in Aix-en-Provence,  France (Aix pronounced  X).   I arrived here last Thursday afternoon and met my roommate for the semester as I was shown to my apartment – a small but chic place on the main street with a loft bedroom overlooking the main floor….

Benvenuto a Orvieto!

It’s hard to believe I’ve already been in Italy for a week!  Between adjusting to the time difference, starting classes, and exploring this little town, the time is already  going by quickly!  I landed last Friday morning completely sleep-deprived, and by the time I reached my apartment for the month, I just sort of fell…

Iced Coffees and Sunburns

April is halfway over, so of course the weather is in the mid 90s (except for Friday on which the temperature inexplicably hovered around 65).  It feels like a lot more than two weeks have passed since I last posted because I’ve done a lot of stuff.  Last week, for example, I attended a screening…

Orange Blossom Spring

I knew spring was here when I walked out of my dorm and found myself enveloped in the scent of the orange blossoms on the trees around the buildings.  Every where you walk on campus now, there are flowers blooming.  Although the greenery never really left for the winter, now everything is in bloom, and…

Chilly in Tucson

The weather the last two weeks has not been the Tucson weather I signed up for.   With highs in the sixties, and A LOT of rain last week, it’s been a little cold and dismal.  Fortunately, however, the weather was bright and warm last Saturday for the Tucson Rodeo (a.k.a La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros).  The…

Stars and Things

Wow, a lot has been going on the last two weeks!  I started going to Lezginka classes for one thing.  Lezginka is a style of dance from the Caucasus region, and though the style varies from place to place, it basically mimics the flight of eagles.  It’s a lot of fun and a really good…