iPhone Photos from Life Lately

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I spent five days in London over fall break, visiting a dear friend from college who is killing it in her masters program at University College London. I spent one month in London after my freshman year of college, so I had already done most of the typical “touristy” things. This trip was all about immersing myself in life as a local. I tried to envision what my daily routine might look like if I lived there. It wasn’t hard to picture- I’ve always been drawn to the city and could easily imagine moving there one day. Who knows?! That seems to be a big theme in my life these days: who knows? 

It was so wonderful to have deep, meaningful conversations with an old friend. I miss close friendships with peers. I know it takes time to develop these in a new place, and I just have to be patient, but it’s hard to wait. I want to have best friends here right now…and yet, I’m okay. Day by day, moment by moment. Trips like this sustain me until those new relationships take root and begin to grow. Can you relate?

Below are a few photos from my iPhone because I was too lazy to lug my nice camera around in the rain on that trip. There are also a few other photos from the past few days. Enjoy!fullsizeoutput_4e1dLook at this smart lady! She could defend me and my human rights anywhere, anytime.IMG_5345Sometimes you just have to geek out and play tourist.Processed with VSCO with b1 presetIf I look cold, it’s because I was.IMG_5383The Wheel of Fortune, otherwise known as the London Eye.Processed with VSCO with m5 presetIMG_5401IMG_5409IMG_5423Knotting Hill!fullsizeoutput_4e1eIMG_5447Dr. Who fans, where you at? This is the location of the original Tartus in the show.IMG_5452My new university ID. Never mind that I look like a Chinese boy…

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My new friend Ian, with whom I take classes at Uni. We are always struggling with Wifi connections but it makes for a funny time.IMG_5557My colleagues and I at a dinner during our trip to Flossenbürg, the concentration camp in Bavaria where Dietrich Bonhoeffer was killed.IMG_5558Famous Nurnberger sausagesIMG_5568Processed with VSCO with c1 presetIMG_5588I’m always on some train or other. This one was bound for Frankfurt, where I went out with a few friends for Halloween.IMG_5590Processed with VSCO with x1 presetIMG_5595This photo pretty much sums up how Halloween ended…yes, I do know this person. It was fun 🙂

Have a good week, friends!

Salzburg & Bavaria

fullsizeoutput_4dc7This week and next week I have Fall break, so two other Fulbright ETAs and I hoped a bus down to Salzburg, Austria for a few days of fun. The trip didn’t start out so fun, however, as our train was late, which meant we had to SPRINT to catch our bus at the station. It was pulling out as I reached the door and pounded on it with big puppy eyes begging please let us on! Luckily, the driver was a really nice Jordanian who laughed and said “We arabs aren’t very punctual either” and opened the door. My heart was racing for the next twenty minutes but it was worth the work out. We made it down to Salzburg that afternoon and began exploring. It is such a pristine city filled with elegant facades and castles perched on hills. I think my favorite part of the city was the cathedral in the Altstadt.

We stayed in a hostel that showed The Sound of Music movie every night at 8pm. Every. Single. Night. I asked the receptionist if he stilled liked the movie and he just rolled his eyes no– ha! Below are a few photos if you’d like to see 😉fullsizeoutput_4dbffullsizeoutput_4dc0fullsizeoutput_4dc1fullsizeoutput_4dc2fullsizeoutput_4dc3fullsizeoutput_4dc4fullsizeoutput_4dc5fullsizeoutput_4dc6That domed building is the cathedral!fullsizeoutput_4dc8fullsizeoutput_4dc9Casual castle on a hill.fullsizeoutput_4dcafullsizeoutput_4dcbfullsizeoutput_4dccfullsizeoutput_4dcdfullsizeoutput_4dcefullsizeoutput_4dcffullsizeoutput_4dd2It’s always IceZeit (ice cream time). fullsizeoutput_4dd0fullsizeoutput_4dd3Love Lock bridge, like in Paris!fullsizeoutput_4dd4fullsizeoutput_4dd5fullsizeoutput_4dd8fullsizeoutput_4dd9fullsizeoutput_4dddfullsizeoutput_4ddefullsizeoutput_4ddffullsizeoutput_4de0One day we went to Berchtesgaden, a town in Bavaria where Hitler held his summer residence. The actual residence is called Berghof/Eagle’s Nest, and you can take a bus up the side of a HUGE Alp to the tippy top. The view is other-worldly. fullsizeoutput_4de1fullsizeoutput_4de2fullsizeoutput_4de3fullsizeoutput_4de4fullsizeoutput_4de5fullsizeoutput_4de6fullsizeoutput_4de8fullsizeoutput_4de9fullsizeoutput_4deafullsizeoutput_4debThis is at the Königsee, a lake in the national park just below Berghof/Eaglesnest.fullsizeoutput_4decThe next day we went to Fuschlsee, a dreamy alpine lake near Salzburg. It almost looks like a green screen or some sort of party photo booth backdrop! I was speechless.fullsizeoutput_4dedfullsizeoutput_4deefullsizeoutput_4deffullsizeoutput_4df0fullsizeoutput_4df1fullsizeoutput_4df2fullsizeoutput_4df3fullsizeoutput_4df4Smolderfullsizeoutput_4df6fullsizeoutput_4df8fullsizeoutput_4dfcfullsizeoutput_4dfdfullsizeoutput_4dfefullsizeoutput_4dffWHAAAATTTTTTfullsizeoutput_4e01fullsizeoutput_4e02fullsizeoutput_4e03fullsizeoutput_4e04fullsizeoutput_4e05fullsizeoutput_4e07fullsizeoutput_4e08fullsizeoutput_4e09fullsizeoutput_4e0afullsizeoutput_4e0cfullsizeoutput_4e0dfullsizeoutput_4e0efullsizeoutput_4e0ffullsizeoutput_4e11fullsizeoutput_4e12fullsizeoutput_4e13fullsizeoutput_4e14fullsizeoutput_4e15fullsizeoutput_4e16fullsizeoutput_4e17fullsizeoutput_4e18We were color coordinated for these photos apparently!

This trip did the soul some good. Now I’m headed to London for a few days to visit my dear friend who is getting her Masters in Human Rights there because she is a boss who will change the world.

Have a good one, friends!

Old Photos from Rome, March 2015

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“I just love Rome. It really does cast a spell on you.” -Alec Baldwin

“Italy has changed. But Rome is Rome.” -Robert De Nero

“Italy will never be a normal country. Because Italy is Italy. If we were a normal country, we wouldn’t have Rome. We wouldn’t have Florence. We wouldn’t have the marvel that is Venice.” -Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister of Italy

“Men did not love Rome because she was great. She was great because they had loved her.” -Gilbert K. Chesterton

“Rome was a poem pressed into service as a city.” -Anotole Broyard, American writer