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… Continue reading February Digest

Around the US, College

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… Continue reading The Midnight Train Back to School

Europe, France

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… Continue reading Prehistory to Picasso

Europe, France

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… Continue reading Provence, Marseille, and IAU

Europe, France

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.… Continue reading Bienvenue! Week One in Aix

Europe, Italy

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… Continue reading Benvenuto a Orvieto!


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… Continue reading Iced Coffees and Sunburns