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Trip to Sicily

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

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I went to Sicily and it snowed!  A lot too.  I was not exactly prepared for that so I was without a jacket and quite cold.  Night trains are also not cool.  But the way they got the train to the island was quite odd.  There was a train ferry.  Yes they put the train on a boat and took it across the sea.  You never even had to get out of the train cars (but trust me it is nice to get out and get some fresh air).  6 people in a 7′ x 5′ room is very cramped.  During the day it has 2 bench seats facing each other (three people per side).  At night 3 beds fold down on each side (6 beds total).  Between the loudness of the train, the cramped beds and the need to keep the window open while going 60 mph because of the heat you really don’t get much sleep.

We went to Corleone, Palermo, and a few other sites. I presented on the palace of Zisa.

The week after spring break

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

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Some miscellaneous pictures from florence and some things I have been making in my jewelry class.

Spring break

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Paris Barcelona 

So spring break was about 3 weeks ago, but I have been very busy with other school trips and classes and I have not had much time to update my blog.  I went to Barcelona and Paris with my friend Melissa.  We had a great time relaxing despite some exhausting traveling.  The museums were amazing but very large and quite overwhelming (I got lost in the louvre for about an hour, totally lost).  The picture on the left takes you to the album from Paris.  The picture on the right takes you to the album from Barcelona.

My room

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

My room

Here is an album showing my current room.  I started with a blank (empty) canvas, and this is what I have come up with (so far).

London, Metronomy in Milan, and another ring.

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

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Wow, that is about all I can say about this weekend.  I am so exhausted, but I cant believe how much I traveled and did.  

Spent the night outside the pisa airport, walked 6 miles across london, saw some of the big sights in London, visited the design museum in london, ate fish and chips, made it back to the london airport (despite a closed underground station and a bus to the airport that never showed up), made it to milan on a standing room only train (I stood for half of it), drank grappa,  saw Metronomy in milan, took a train from Milan monday morning and still made it to class at 9 am (I was only 5 min late!).

New Rings

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

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Here are a few practice rings I made.


Monday, February 23rd, 2009

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The most amazing thing ever!!!!!!  I am serious I can not begin to say how fun it was.  But if you look through the whole album and watch the videos you might get a glimpse.

Ahem, and again (To pisa and Lucca, what can I say I like Lucca)

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

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Pisa and then to Lucca for the night (yes that makes it the third time I have been to lucca since I have been here).

Pisa and Lucca (second time there) pics

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009


I got to go up the tower this time!

More trip and jewelry pics

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

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Class trip to ___.

More Pics from Italy

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

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Some earrings I made .

We also got a backstage pass to the Baptistry near the Duomo.


Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

Italy 9 

So last weekend I went to Bologna.  We saw some very impressive old artifacts (egyptian, etruscan, roman and european).  Melissa and I ascended the tallest tower in bologna for an amazing view of the city.

So many pictures, so little time!

Sunday, February 8th, 2009


These are from my trip to Rome the weekend of Jan 30th.  We did so much in such a short amount of time. I took so many pictures these last two weekends I have not really had time to go through and label all of them.  I’m sure I missed a lot bt I did go by the Ferrari store!

Sr design pictures

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Everything together

Well, here are some pictures of my sr. design project. I will post documentation later.

More Metal Work

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009


In this album; more metal work, more LEDs, and SUN!!!

Weekend trip to Lucca

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Italy 6

This weekend Melissa and I went to Lucca, a walled city about 1.5 hours from Florence.  Getting there turned into quite the adventure.  We got to the train station and bought our tickets.  Then upon realizing our train left in 5 min we rushed to the platform only to be told the train was stopped.  So we went back inside to try to ask someone what was going on.  while standing in line the person in front of us asked us where we were from.  She was from the States and backpacking across Europe.  She was with a friend from Italy who told us that the train workers were on strike that day.  They were headed to Pisa and since Lucca was on the way they helped us find the bus station and buy the right ticket to get to Lucca.  We rode with them on the bus to lucca where we stopped and they changed busses.  We probably would not have gotten to Lucca that day if it was not for them.  Thanks!  

Once in Lucca Melissa and I found a hotel and then did quite a bit of window shopping.  A couple of notable places;

The Pizzeria on the plaza near where we stayed.  One of the ladies that worked there was from brazil and spoke english (not to mention being absolutely gorgeous).  We ate a whole pizza one night, straight out of their wood fired oven.

ReWine << .  A Wine bar that was pretty cool.  We had some nice wines and probably the best gin and tonic on earth (butterfly gin, try it if you can find it, then tell me where to get it)

Thats about all, there was lots of window shopping to be had.

My first metal smithing project.

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

My first project I think I will have some fun with this…

The latest pictures featuring the old and the modern

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

On the way from Fuji studio to school

LEDs and cathedrals. I also started my metal smithing/ jewelry making class today.  It looks like it will be tons of fun!


Monday, January 19th, 2009

An Italian car

A ferrari! What kind is it? It did not have a badge (430?).  I also saw a hummer today (H2) It looked SO huge compared to all the little cars (and of course it was obnoxiously parked).

Firenze and Siena

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Castle walls

My host mother took me to an outlook above Florence and a castle near Siena.