The idea: in each new country or notable city I visit, take a 10 to 20 second video that starts with me walking and then pans around to take in my surroundings.
The intention: bring together a six-month span of travel in a fun way
The timing: Paris, France in December 2011 to Blue Bell, Pennsylvania in May 2012
The locations: Paris, Cologne, Aarhus… just watch it.
A big fat THANK YOU to all those who were involved, especially Aunt Margaret, Uncle Eric, Nina & Sarah, Malin, Laurie, Caitlin, Claire, Ciera, Lauren, Nina, Gracie, Phoebe, Maia, Katie, my Mom, Moutaz (for the music), Sander, and Jorge.
Sorry for the lag there, guys and gals! Exhausted from travel, I took the week off, especially as that itch that makes good writing wasn’t quite there for me … And who would want to read the halfhearted drivel I’d have sloshed out for y’all had I tried to put something together? Exactly. Me neither.
While I was out:
- this blog got its 5,000th view and it’s 30th subscriber (heck yeah!).
- I visited dear old friends in Holland.
- I moved in to my new housing in Menton, France.
This semester I will be studying in Menton, the last city along the French Riviera before you hit Italy. It is assez charmant as a small tourist city with palm trees, warm-toned buildings intercut with winding alleyways, breathtaking views… The abundance of senior citizens and their impossibly minute dogs will take some getting used to, but I am up for it. Within the past week I have made it to Nice and Monaco, though there is an Italy trip in the works sometime soon and trips further afield are taking shape as well.
If timing permits I’ll catch up on a few of my posts from winter break, notably the rest of the Danish trip and my visit to Holland, and a few left over from Egypt. (If not, look forward to some class-A photos of exactly what you’d picture when I’d say “French Riviera”)
I hope you’re ready for a whole new experience for these next four months. As ever, and I will say it many times before my time here is through, thank you for being along for the ride. You guys make it all worthwhile.
When the Eiffel Tower was constructed for the World’s Fair in 1889, it was poo-pood by many Parisians, especially those in the arts community. Some simply suggested it be taken down at the end of the Fair, some wrote scathing letters for publishing in newspapers and periodicals:
“And during twenty years we shall see, stretching over the entire city, still thrilling with the genius of so many centuries, we shall see stretching out like a black blot the odious shadow of the odious column built up of riveted iron plates.”-William Watson, 1892 Paris Universal Exposition: Civil Engineering, Public Works, and Architecture
Welp… It’s still here and attracting millions to the city of light every year. Even the view up is impressive.
As are the lines.
Haters gonna hate.
The view from the second level straight down
Despite the gorgeous views, I ended up fascinated with the pigeons.
The Quay of the Seine
As I said in the Goals page, my intention for this blog is not only to document my time abroad and to improve my writing, but to synthesize and reflect on what happens. Writing here has become a daily feature of my life, a touchstone when things are difficult… and an easy mode of procrastination. The last function is a considerable problem right now, I am in the midst of midterm exams. As much as this is a treat for me, I need to take a break to get my hand unstuck from the editorial cookie jar.
I will allow myself to post once a day in less than 300 words or whatever I can compose, edit, and arrange within half an hour. This will continue until the cerebrum-crunching is completed. Wish me luck!
(a little personal inspiration)