2013

Semester Abroad Recap Video

Well, it took me almost a month and a half to find the time to finish this video.  It’s an extended version of the “Italy Edition” I posted a little over a month ago, and it includes all of my travels throughout Europe. I have begun printing a few of my photos.  If you are […]

June 15, 2013-PuertoRico_Lizard-7087

Puerto Rico

  The El Yunque National Forest is the only tropical rainforest in the United States Park System.  The area is roughly 30,000 acres and is the largest publicly owned area of land in Puerto Rico.  This lizard is one of eight lizard species in the forest. _____________________________ Wednesday night – roughly 10:00PM | Calling jetBlue […]

June 02, 2013-PhillyClassic_Women-6922

Philly Cycling Classic

After the Manayunk Wall (a 500m climb that tops out at 16% grade), the last 50 meters you’re grasping for whatever you can get!  Evelyn Stevens (Specialized-lululemon, on the right), was able to dig a little bit deeper and pass Joelle Numainville (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies, on the left) to become the first American to […]

June 03, 2013-AubreyAve_Outside-7031

Nuova Casa

The house for the summer and next school year! _____________________________ This week (yet again) flew by..  Before I knew it, I was running around trying to make sure I finished all my last minute errands before heading south.  This included putting together a new bike!  I finally decided I should try riding in the woods […]

May 27, 2013-Watatic_Landscape-6870

Mt. Watatic

Mt. Watatic used to be a ski area, now turned into a well-maintained place to hike several different trails varying in difficulty in the towns of Ashby and Ashburnham, Massachusetts. _____________________________ Things have been relatively busy this week between training, work, and prepping to head back down to Pennsylvania next week. Zakk and my dad […]

May 18, 2013-Sunapee-6846

Una Settimana Dopo

The shores of Little Sunapee Lake. _____________________________ Here I am, one week after returning home from Rome.  Oddly enough, I’m not even at my home.  I’m instead up in New Hampshire, sitting at my teammate/friend’s grandparent’s home that sits on the shore of Little Sunapee. This week (in the short bits of free time that […]

May 09, 2013-RomaStPaulsInside-6785

San Paolo

Basilica Papale di San Paolo fuori le Mura, or St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, is located south of the historic part of Rome.  With construction beginning in the fourth century and continuing till the 19th, this Basilica is one of the largest and most famous in Rome.  As noted in my post a few days ago, […]

May 02, 2013-VaticanRome-5972

Addii | Goodbyes

_____________________________ Forewarning – This post could be really short, or a long, rambling/incoherent one.  We’ll see how things go when I start talking about this experience.  A completely random generation of images that I have taken this semester I’ll transition into the post by having you watch the Italy Edition of my study abroad experience: […]

May 10, 2013-RomaGazoKeys-6841

L’Ultimo Giorno

The keys to the Gazo.. tough to let go of. _____________________________  L’ultimo giorno – the last day. A day that I was in denial about for the last month or so.  A day that I had hoped would remain ‘a few weeks away.’  But, it had to happen eventually, and there was nothing I could […]

May 09, 2013-RomaPalatineStadium-6654

Palatine Hill

Palatine Hill contains some of the most ancient ruins, compared to the other six hills of Rome.  The Hill is said to have been the location of the cave that Remus and Romulus had been found by the she-wolf that mothered them. The Hill was home to many of the Falvian Dynasty’s palaces (hence the […]

May 08, 2013-RomaColosseo-6568

Colosseum Arena

The Colosseum was initially constructed starting 70AD by Vespasain.  The structure is also called Flavian Amphitheater, due to the Flavian dynasty of three emperors that aided in building it. The area itself was 83 by 48 meters.  The floor was initially made of wood so gladiators and ‘wild beasts’ could be raised into the area […]

May 07, 2013-RomaCapitalLineHillEntrance-6516

Capitoline Hill

Capitoline Hill is probably one of the most important of the seven hills of Rome.  It was initially the Citadel of the city, but has since transformed into the Capitoline Museums, surrounding Piazza del Campidoglio. _____________________________ After a rainy morning, I headed out towards the historic center to check off a few more things on […]

May 07, 2013-RomaSpanishStepsTop1-6447

Spanish Steps

The 121 steps of la Scalinata della Tinità dei Monti connect Piazza di Spagna with Piazza dei Monti.  The steps were completed in 1717.  In the beginning of the summer, the Steps are covered in rhododendrons until May 12th. _____________________________ I went on a bit of a journey today to collect my Permesso di Soggiorno, […]

May 02, 2013-VaticanTiber-6031

Tiber River

The Tiber River is the main reason why the Roman Empire was able to thrive in Rome.  The river, which is the third longest river in Italy, flows 406km into the Mediterranean Sea.  The name comes from numerous myths and legends – from Kings relieving themselves into the river to the story of Remus and […]

May 04, 2013-GiroCavSprint-6348

Giro d’Italia

The Giro d’Italia is an annual multi-stage cycling race that takes place in Italy.  Similar to the Tour de France, the race is comprised of 21 stages that take place over 23 days, making it one of the Grand Tours.  This year’s Giro will travel around Italy in a counter clockwise fashion, going south, traveling […]