Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Roma pictures

A street near my apartment

Inside the Colosseum

Outside the Colosseum. Notice the couple behind me getting their wedding pictures taken.

Inside the Sistine Chapel. I snuck this picture.

Villa Borghese, a large park in Rome.

I feel like I'm back in Phoenix when I see palm trees

Piazza del Popolo, the largest Piazza in Roma

Outside the Il Messagio building, Rome's major newspaper.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

More spring break

OK, so I resized my pics so hopefully this will help. On to the pics.

Cartwheeling in Stockholm

A comparison using Swedish Krone and the euro. On the left, coins adding up to 10 krone, in the middle a 10 krone piece, and on the right a euro (10 swedish krone equals a euro)

The hostel in Oslo was really nice, but out in the middle of nowhere. Here's the view from the hostel

Before spring break I hadn't eaten McDonald's in about a year. I ate it three times in the eight days I was in Scandinavia. My first taste of European McDonald's with the 15 krone Chicken sandwich

Some pretty Oslo scenery pics:

Tara and me in Oslo's City Hall

The Nobel Peace Prize Center where they announce the winners every year.

University of Oslo

The Mini Bottle Gallery. You guessed it-everything is made out of mini bottles.

Downtown Copenhagen. Copenhagen was freaking cold. And its biggest attraction-Tivoli, a giant amusement part/night life area- was closed until April. Sarah and I got in to Copenhagen on Wednesday. Thursday was Maudry Thursday, a national holiday having something to do with Easter. So the city basically shuts down Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday for Easter.

Carlsberg Brewery. Of course it was closed, altghough we did get to walk through it. It was basically a small city.

Some more Naples and Capri pictures from a few weeks ago:

A minute after landing on the island of Capri, about an hour boat ride from Naples

For 50 euros this guy made sandals of your choosing right in front of you. Sarah bought a pair.

We took a chair lift across the island. Here is the view from the lift.

The Tyrrhenian Sea in the background

Capri Sun.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

who says the beach has to be warm?

I got back from Scandinavia on Saturday. I was so happy to return home to Roma (and be able to say Rome was home).

Here are some pictures

After Tara and I got off our flight in Stockholm we were both dying for a Coke. As we were going to pay for it I realized I had no money (this is the first side trip I've taken where I had to get new currency. I love the euro!) So I had to get some money out of the ATM. The Coca-Cola Light cost 17 Swedish Krone! (1.7 in euro).

Here's me being a big spender with my Swedish Krone. (equivalent to 50 euro, about $75)

The Baltic Sea!

I just loved the toaletter sign. By the way, everyone in Scandinavia speaks English. They speak their respective languages (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, etc.) but they also speak English. You don't even have to ask if they speak English, they all do. Signs are usually in English as well. Sometimes I forgot I was in a country that spoke a different language.

Again, the Internet here at school is bad so these few pictures are all I can post. I'll try to post more, or I might try to set up a photo album account.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Southern Italia

Last weekend my school took us all to Naples, Pompei and the island of Capri off the coast. The internet is really slow at school and blogger isn't working that well so I cna only post a few from Pompei. I will try to post more later. Here are some of the highlights.

A body at Pompei

Sarah, Tara and I at the Forum in Pompei

At the Pompei auditorium

Mt. Vesuvius in the background.

Tomorrow I leave for Sweden and Norway with Tara. On Wednesday I head to Denmark where I will meet Sarah.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008


I don't have a lot of time to talk about my trip to Paris, but here are some pics from the weekend.

Notre Dame

Arc de Triomphe. This was not my idea, but I like it anyway.

Sign in the Paris subway

Jim Morrison's grave

Mona Lisa

Louve Friday night

View of Paris at night from the top of the Eiffel Tower

I finally finished my plans for spring break. I'm spending four days in Stockholm/Oslo and four days in Copenhagen! This weekend I head to Naples with the school group.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Sprechen Sie Englisch? Adventures in Deutschland

Tara and I left the apartment at 5:15 a.m. Friday. Three bus rides and a two-hour plane ride later we were in Frankfurt, and a little unsure of what to do.

So I got my upper ear cartilage pierced.

With my ear newly pierced and my first German Coca-Cola Light quenching my thirst, Tara and I decided to set some goals for our weekend:
1. Eat bratwurst
2. Drink Apple Wine (Frankfurt's speciality)
3. Find David Hasselhoff (or a life-size poster, CD, cassette, etc.)

We were immediately successful

We then checked into our youth hostel where one of the girls working at the desk heard us speaking English and asked if we wanted her to show us around (she wanted to practice her English with us). We saw all of Frankfurt's major sites with her.

Eighty percent of Frankfurt was destroyed during WWII. This is old town Frankfurt.

And this is some of the modern part

As of Friday night we were unable to find The Hoff. We woke up bright and early Saturday and headed to Mainz, a little town outside of Frankfurt.

We were still unsuccessful in finding David.

Saturday night we went to a local tavern to drink some Apple Wine and eat some local cuisine.

My face is really red, but if you look at the empty Apple Wine glass in front of me you'll understand why.

Sunday we got lost and spent several hours on Frankfurt's train system.

Here are some more random Frankfurt pictures: