Friday, July 31, 2009

Amo Italia


One of my most favorite life experiences is my study abroad to Italy. I went through UVSC and we studied the marvelous art and architecture that Italy is so famous for.

We began our adventure in R O M A
I met and became fast friends with Shelley who would be my roommate for the month that we were abroad. This video clip is just a glimpse into what it was like for us exploring the streets and shops of Rome and getting to know the friendly local Italians. Below is the view outside of our top level hotel/apartment room that had a lovely wrap around balcony which was perfect for late night get togethers with our group.

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We took a day trip to Asisi which is an amazing little medieval town.

Im pretty sure we sampled every gelataria there was to be found in Rome and this place was the absolute best! oh my goodness sooooo good and so cheap!

We would go to the beach every weekend it was a beautitul beach and so fun







I realize that not everyone shares my zeal for art but I had to include some of my favorite sculptures they are just so stunning!

FIRENZE



Don't be fooled it looks absolutley amazing, A+ on presentation but its better in Rome and half the price ...

One weekend we took a bus to Greve, the tiniest little town in the middle of the gorgeous tuscan vinyards. Here we rented bikes and motor scooters and spent the day admiring the stunning country side.

Several nights when we were in town we would go to the movies and on our way home we would pass this charming carousel, after passing it a couple of nights we broke down and went on a ride I love pretending to be a little kid. However going to Gilli's after dinner for desert crepes was a nightly tradition, they were cheaper and much tastier then the local gelato and you get to watch them make it plus you get to pick from variety of things to make your crepe different every night! We also met some very friendly locals there which made for an entertaining evening.





One Friday evening me and my adventurous roommate decided to sign up for a cooking lesson just over the pont de vecchio. It was simply delighful, at least the preparation part, most of our fellow cookers were also students from the US or Canada. We made chicken liver patte, beef stew and yummy custard filled mini pies for dessert. Our expert teacher became my new best friend, goodness he was hilarious. While walking back to our cozy apartment we got to see all the monuments, streets and bridges all lit up it was quite magical.









Our last weekend in Florence was an absolute blast. We began with a day trip to Pisa which was beautiful and very fun, then we all got matching tee shirts and went to support firenze in their last home futbol game of the season and they won! European soccer games are by far the most fun to attend, they are better then any American crowd for sure. Then our teacher bid us farwell and sent us all on a weekend vacation to Cinque Terre while he stayed in the city. This was by far, no competition, my favorite place in all of Italy and most of Europe its gorgeous. Its five little towns (cinque means five in italian) that are right up against the coast and you can hike to each one its amazing. We stayed at the most awesome hostle, camp Sfinge, it was jus rows of these nice tents, oh it was so fun!

















VENEZIA

By the time we reached scenic Venice we had already taken the final and finished all the classes that we had signed up for so it was pretty much just a bonus vacation with a close friend as a tour guide instead of a study abroad with a professor. I loved my time in Italy and am desparate to go back, I was lucky enough to go with my family the following year. I have also been studying Italian for my major for the past 4 semesters which was also deepend my appreciation for this wonderful culture (but don't ask me to say anything in Italian perche non lo so!)



















Thursday, July 30, 2009

ANTM


Having a photographer sister results in a lot of fashion shoots, and I'm not even mad they are so fun! Some of the things she makes me do in order to get these simply amazing shots are pretty hilarious! The first picture is from our trip to Rome and sadly I can't find the rest of the shots! As you can tell it was a rad photo shot maybe I can convince the photographer to give me copies again.



This photo shoot was taken on the rolling hills of New Zealand .... when I traveled there and hung out with Brett, Jemain and Murry in my dreams! This was actually a spontaneous shoot on a random hill across from Cabela's in Utah's one and only Lehi! Haha the one of Bethy was taken by me, I liked it, thought it was cool, thus it is here.







Mona = awesomeness. They have these gorgeous lavander feilds that are at their prime in the summer, they even have lavender a festival, I love festivals. I'm wearing my grandma Christensen's dress which is this awesome lace with this cool beading and my grandma Johns' necklace. Go grandmas they were definitely hip and fashionable.

Thanks to bethy for all the fun and creative photo shoots she comes up with! She is amazing, honestly a SWEET photographer. If you like these photos and would want rocking engagment photos or something or are just in to photography or like to look at cool photos, take a little gander at her website bethanymadisonsutdios.com.