Monthly Archives: November 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you are filling your houses with drool-causing smells and are about to embark on an epic adventure of taste bud fulfillment and dangerously full stomachs. This is my second year celebrating Thanksgiving in Spain (you can read a bit about my first one, here and here). The traditional turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, apple sauce, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie have been carefully prepared by yours truly with the help/overseeing of my male roommates. Due to conflicting schedules we decided to hold this delicious holiday in my household on Wednesday (hence the premature pictures). But no worries I am lucky enough to be celebrating this twice, both Wednesday and Thursday. So enjoy your company, watch some football, and EAT some incredible food. Cheers!

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Funding Your Dreams

A lot of you have asked me, how am I able to pay for all the traveling that I do. Well, that is a multi-part answer. I do have to admit that I have been very lucky to have parents that are very supportive of my travels (for example: my August Eurotrip this past year). However, I have funded a good portion of my travels and my education. What does it take: work+work+work (lots of hours), understanding/maneuvering of the system (in terms of finding great travel deals), and taking advantage of scholarships that are available to you. So with that in mind, I am writing this post to ask for your help.

Please click on either the picture above or the link below and “like” + “tweet” my painting. I have entered the Make Art. Save Art. Scholarship by the non-profit organization Do Something. The winner will receive a scholarship and a donation to their respective university to support art education. The link is below:

http://www.dosomething.org/make-art-save-art/gallery/only-your-soul-can-secede

Thank you for all your support and help!

Cheers.

-Samantha

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David

If you have ever studied art history, Michelangelo’s David probably came up in a discussion or two.  Its true, it is an absolutely incredible piece to see. 15 feet of pure marble carved into man form without the computerized sandblasting technology that we have today. Only be advised, Florence decided to be tricky when it comes to seeing the real David. There are multiple Davids in Florence. The real David can be found in Accademia di Belle Arti where they forbid taking photos (though you can probably get one or two if you are sneaky enough). If you do not want to stand in line to see the original, there is a copy of the statue in the original location in front of the Palazzo Vecchio.

 

(Unfortunately these were the only photos I took, which means you need to visit Florence and see it for yourself.)

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Leaning Tower of Pisa

When I was little I remember joking around about the Leaning Tower of Pizza. I think I got that from the show Rugrats or something, however since then, I figured I couldn’t go to Italy and NOT see the Leaning tower of Pisa or just the Torre di Pisa as the locals call it. If you haven’t heard yet, I will tell you now…in my opinion (and the opinion of many others) Pisa is a city worth doing a day trip to (more like a couple hours to). Do not stay there over night or for more than a day if you value your precious time in Italy. When I visited, I took a train from Florence to Luca where I explored the city for 5 or 6 hours and then took another train to Pisa for an addition 2 hours. By nightfall we were back in Florence and relaxing with a bottle of wine.  Granted I only had a couple days however, there wasn’t much else going on in Pisa that I was aware of (though if you have recommendations, please let me know). But do go and see the tower, at least for the epic picture.

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Mykonos Windmills

As your boat cruises into the harbor and bounces along the choppy waters of Mykonos, large white windmills come into view as your eyes graze the coastline. The windmill is a renowned landmark of Mykonos, a beautiful island off the coast of Greece. Initially built in the 16th century by the Venetians, these windmills’ primary function was to mill wheat, which was used as a source of trade and income for the inhabitants of the island.  Nowadays the windmills are no longer in use (they ceased production in the 20th century) however they are continually restored as a symbol of the island and some have even been converted into museums.

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Lennon Wall

Wander down a back street by Grand Priory Square in Prague, pass by a bridge full of locks, and you’ll find yourself in front of the Lennon Wall (for more simple instructions you can use GPS on a phone like I did). The Lennon Wall, a cement wall covered with Lennon-inpired graffiti and Beatles quotes, is layered with paint symbolizing youth ideals of love and hope. Individuals have been painting this wall since the 1980s when Czechs used to write about injustices that later caused a clash between the outspoken youth and security police. The wall is constantly changing, but the message still remains the same. If you have a bit of spare time when in Prague, check out this collaborative artwork.

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