Sunday, July 20, 2014

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Italy ~ Roma


 In temperatures reaching easily over 85°F (29°C), it’d be easy for one to hide in the air-conditioned hotel room and eat chocolate. The temperature causes the body to sweat as if one had ran a 5K with a sweatshirt on.

Yet, the beauty of the city lies between the narrow,  vendor lined streets. For one day, I was immersed into the culture and tourist lifestyle of Roma, Italy. I loved exploring the stone monuments. 


Etched into the curves and edges of each sculptures are stories and tales of Italian history. There are sculptures of Angels looking over the city — their wings powerfully spread open, their countenance serious. If colored and repaired from weather damaged, each statue could be confused for a live human. Their expressions bear resemblance to the male runway models, serious lips, eyes rich with expression. Their muscles are carefully chiseled — aimed to engender fantasy and imagination, yet proportioned enough to be existing. 

Yes, sculptures are beautiful. And yes, the cathedrals are rich with history. But, the most exciting part of any exploration is not sights of the old artifacts. The most exciting part of any vacation is walking the streets, exploring the culture. The native women walk with beautiful brown hair and golden skin, their heads held high with the knowledge that they are a beautiful girl in a beautiful city. The men have alluring smiles, enough to melt a woman’s heart. The illuminating, bright colors of the buildings are one distinction of Italy, letting me know that even though the sun may be going down — the streets will always be bright with color. In my short one day in Roma, I’ve learned so much and am still greedy for so much more. It’s a city filled with history, yes. But also one filled with possibilities. 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

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London Adventure


Rock it, girlfriend. You're awesome. 







London --
A city filled with motion and business. As I walked down the street, I was surrounded by buildings hundreds of years old. The weathered stones constructing the buildings are filled with history and stories. The people, the citizens, had an air of professionalism and elegance. If only I had longer than a day to explore the city, I would dive deeper into the culture of London.

Oh, and the men. The men.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

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Cheung Fun





In the midst of a busy street filled with people, bartering, and outdoor market booths is a little golden hideaway. The restaurant is comparable to a food truck -- supplying fast food, surrounded by hungry people, and constantly moving. The people standing in line, and there is always a line, are there for only one thing: Cheung Fun. The Cheung Fun there is sweet, hot, with a pinch of peanut flavoring. The noodles are undoubtedly the best part, they slide around your mouth like an ice cube does -- but warm. It's the perfect snack following a day of shopping in the electronic district right adjacent to the restaurant. I once heard a saying that if someone was to starve in Hong Kong, they'd be the dumbest person in the city. At a large plate of noodles consisting of 10 HKG (1.30 USD), I'd definitely have to agree. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

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Orientation

Living Room in the Dormitories 


The dormitories are nicer than my room at home..


In these last few days, my days and nights have been filled with lots of small talk and walking. University orientation was this past Thursday to Saturday. It was a shock to meet people from all over the world, some students from China, Taiwan, Brazil, and London! It's such a culture change living from small suburbia to the city. The people here have travelled all over the world, I truly feel small surrounded by all the different experiences.