Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Amherst, MA

Friday, July 24, 2015

Life Lately | July

I spent the first 9 days of July at home, spending my spare time alternating between family and friends. I went to the cinema as many times as I could to catch up on all the movies I missed while in Germany and I read a book a day, working through my stack of novels borrowed from the library. The remainder of the month was spent in Amherst, MA in a position working with international students. It was an exhausting two weeks but I was alongside some great people - including my Mannheim buddy Shannon - and it was a rewarding (if hot and sweaty) time in New England.

After spending all but 3-4 weeks of 2015 constantly surrounded by international students, I can honestly say it's strange thinking about returning to university and being once more surrounded predominantly by Americans. I've enjoyed learning about new cultures and I'm not ready to say goodbye to the continuous learning and go back to the old familiar. My time in Europe has changed the way I think about daily life and I know my adjustment of focus will carry on. But with the summer coming to an end, it's time to finally put the last 7 months behind me and look on to the next great thing.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

2015 | Book Challenge No.1

As mentioned in this post, I hope to read my way through a book challenge by the end of 2015. I've decided to break the list up by groups of five, and the books listed below are the first of ten sets.

1. A memoir - It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario
After reading an interview with Addario in the New York Times a few months ago and learning that she published a memoir of her career, I was instantly intrigued. It's What I Do briefly covers her childhood before exploring her beginnings as a photographer and the burden her career places on her personal life. Equal parts exhilarating and heartbreaking, Addario's firsthand account of her experiences as a conflict photojournalist is a must read for anyone interested in photography, journalism, or modern wars.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Hozier Tour

Friday, July 3, 2015

2015 | June Favourites

Between finishing my last semester of sophomore year and moving back home to the US from Germany, June has been a crazy ride of a month. Despite the busyness I still had plenty of time to find various forms of entertainment to enjoy.
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