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North America » United States » Washington » Mukilteo August 5th 2009

It is officially the day that I will be leaving for Zurich to meet a family I have not met in person. What the hell am I doing?! This past 24 hours have been hectic, with my going away party and trying to see all my closest friends before I fly away. The one thing that I hate most about leaving is calling the bank. No matter how many times I call, something seems to happen when it comes to using my cards overseas. Always, it is the one reliable thing about Bank of America. Not only was I on hold for half an hour but I also had the call dropped from their end. I try to pride myself on not getting upset about small things like this however when it occurs several times in ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Mukilteo August 3rd 2009

Current Location: Sitting on my deck overlooking Puget Sound I am leaving the States in less than 48 hours and have not placed one single item into my bags. Period. As my current location suggests I am not in a hurry to do so at the moment. Life this summer in Seattle has been a crazy hectic time frame. With graduation from college to working full time at Nordstrom, not having any clue as to what I would be doing after said graduation occurred. For me I enjoy not knowing what is going to be happening next in life. There is certain spontaneity to that and I fully expect to stay like that for the rest of my youth. It is hard for me to think about leaving for Switzerland, crossing the Atlantic Ocean for the ... read more

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence December 18th 2008

A reflection on Italy: I am currently sitting in my apartment in Florence wishing that I did not have to leave Europe. Everything that I have done upon entering this Continent has been an eye opening, learning experience. In order to prepare for my trip I read other travel blogs, watched movies, and read up on current events, not that any of it readied me for the four months in Italy. Here is a list of things that I will and will not miss about the country I have called home. Will: 1. I will miss the shopping. Okay I realize that this is probably the most superfisal thing that I could put first, but it is the truth, no point lying. Most of the worlds top fashion houses produce at least some part of their ... read more
Just don't look down.
On closer inspection.

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam December 5th 2008

I can't believe how long it has taken me to finally write this blog, one month after I was actually in Holland to be exact. The only excuse I have is that I have been experiencing a mixture of embarrassment and foolishness. A combination that has postponed me from putting this on the Internet, but I know has to be a part of my travel blog that would include almost everything that I have done while living abroad. Although I am no longer living in Italy and currently am writing this from the comfort of my home watching the snowfall outside, it hasn't stopped me from thinking about the weekend I spent in the most liberal country I have ever traveled to. A country that takes such a relaxed view about life that it allows its ... read more
Copper reflections
Working out

Europe » Italy » Lazio » Rome November 29th 2008

This was a weekend that I had been looking forward to for some time. I have always wanted to travel to Rome and see the famous city that Hollywood has filmed many times over. A place that I have read about in my history books but had yet to actually visit even though Florence is such a short distance away. Originally I was supposed to be going to Milan with my fashion class but instead I ended up passing on the trip in order to spend time with my Mom and her friend Liz in Rome. Although I had very much wanted to go to Milan with my friends from school, I knew that this would be one of the last trips I would be able to go on with my mother. After spending a week ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Midlothian » Edinburgh November 22nd 2008

Another weekend, another trip, this time to the north where wild beasts control the waters and stone circles dot the landscape. It could only be one country, Scotland. Land to some distant relatives I will never meet but share a common name, McCollum my other middle name. Although I found out that it is actually spelled differently there, Macullum. This was a completely unplanned vacation, buying my tickets on Ryan-air two weeks before going since they cost nothing, literally nothing. Originally my plan was to go alone but I soon found myself a willing partner in crime, Caroline. She and I had yet to travel anywhere together so it was an unexpected pleasure to have her with me. The actual trip was short, only Thursday to Saturday since my mom was going to be arriving in ... read more
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Europe » Italy » Veneto » Verona November 16th 2008

What can I say about being in Verona for two days with only a few people that I actually like and a few more that I cannot really be around for longer than 10 minutes without wanting to cut of my own ears, other than awkward. A weekend spent pondering why people say the things they do and how I could possibly survive the weekend without going crazy. I couldn’t not go to Verona partly because I had already paid for it through my study abroad program and I am not a terribly wasteful person when it comes to money, also due to the fact that I had never been to Verona before and will probably not go back for some time. Overall it was a beautiful place to see, I still like Florence more however. ... read more
Roman Arches
Gladiators 2

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence November 6th 2008

Football Probably the only word that once spoken evokes emotions in most people of the western world, whether good or bad connections with this sport, it has a great impact on the European countries. Coming from the states where American football is more popular than soccer, it is still hard for me to grasp how a sport can affect people so much. From the bars men watch each game religiously, where should their team win they will proceed to shout in the streets with happiness. However should they be the losers, it is blamed on everything and typically the men that follow the team are generally in poor moods for a few days. The thing that probably bothers me the most here in Italy, is that sports are considered Masculine, and therefore are only for men, ... read more
Purple power

Europe » Italy » Tuscany » Florence November 4th 2008

So the night of the election, Molly, Daisy, Zoe, Emma, and I all went to the party that was being thrown just outside the city center in a large convention arena. We took the free shuttle since it was way too far to walk. At first I had heard that it was going to be at a small bar, so we all bought a beer for the road, knowing that it was going to be a long night. It turned out to be a huge (by Florence standards) building, which did include a bar, but also had free food and wine as well as booths showcasing different groups around Florence. One of the groups was actually promoting the Florence American Football league, still american football is still not considered a sport here in Europe it was ... read more
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Headbands and Obama
American pride.

Europe » France » Brittany » Saint-Malo October 27th 2008

It was difficult to ever imagining leaving Paris, the city that had just begun to feel like home. However I had wanted to visit Mont Saint Michele, after seeing it in a travel book many years ago I knew that if I had the chance I should see it. So on our last full day in Paris, Katherine and I found a travel agency and booked tickets to Saint-Malo and our return ticket to Florence. Unfortunately there is no other direct train to Florence from France, except through Paris. We had originally wanted to go to Nice and get back to Italy that way, but of course there was yet another strike going on in Italy, possibly the only thing you can always count on to happen on time. So our dreams of seeing the South ... read more
St. Malo coastline
Sailing Sailing
Sail boats

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