Copenhagen: Second week

Astor and Edel drove me to Ane and Torben’s house in a suburban area west of Copenhagen. Ane and Torben have two kids just a bit younger than me, Karl and Carolina. While staying with them, I got to see what it might have been like if I grew up in suburban Denmark. I got…

Copenhagen: First week

Arriving in Copenhagen I arrived in Copenhagen after a quick flight from London and met with Astor and Edel and their driver in the airport. I had met A + E before in Santa Cruz when they were visiting Grandma and Grandpa. They had a small Danish flag with them with my name on the…

London, Days 2 & 3

(I’m adding more written detail and rearranging the pictures tho they’re in order later.) Design galore on both days. I visited a number of design exhibits and events all over the city. The neighborhoods I visited on these two days are Covent Garden, West Kensington, Shoreditch, Whitechapel, and Clerkenwell. Every neighborhood is so different. It…

London, Days 0 & 1

I arrived in London yesterday in the afternoon. My 10-hour flight was surprisingly really comfortable and enjoyable, with a huge movie selection (I watched Aliens: Covenant and Beauty and the Beast, but saw so many other movies I wanted to see as well). Plus, getting to my Airbnb from the airport via the underground was…

3 Days in Nice

After our time in Barcelona, the three of us headed off for Nice, France. After my first time in Spain, I had my first time in France. As our plane descended, we got a beautiful view of the bright blue Mediterranean. Day 1 After landing, we had some time to kill before checking into our Airbnb,…

3 days in Barcelona

Day One We (Alexis, Katy, and I) checked into our hostel right off Plaça de Catalunya and walked around La Ramblas, stopping at a colorful market with tons of fruit and yummy goodies. Afterwards we continued to explore on foot and stumbled upon the cathedral of Barcelona and some other amazing spots, pictured below. One…

Saying Goodbye to Amsterdam

I’m sitting on a plane right now leaving Amsterdam. Leaving Amsterdam has been emotional for me– I’ve always felt strong emotional connections to places. Like saying goodbye to a friend, I want to know that I’ll see them again soon. For me, the saddest part of my program being over is the fact that I…

A Day at the Windmills

Last weekend on July 31, a few of us went to Zaanse Schans to visit the Dutch windmills. They’re a little north of Amsterdam, but not too far (maybe a 15 minute train ride). This little neighborhood is a collection of well-preserved Dutch houses, stores, and windmills from the 17th and 18th centuries. Walking through reminds…

Beach Day at Zandvoort aan Zee

On Saturday, July 23, a few of us took the train to Zandvoort aan Zee (translates to sand fort on the sea), a beach town on the west coast of the Netherlands. Being in the city has been great, but I’ve been itching for the vacation feeling, and that’s what I got. Before getting there,…

Drift Project Process

Note: This post is meant for class, and doesn’t quite make sense without the assignment description and explanation. But feel free to look at it without context! The Place 89 Bellamystraat The Process We decided to take recordings of the sound of the space, the blacksmiths talking, and welding/iron working sounds, and draw while listening….

Day Trip in Rotterdam

On Wednesday, July 13, our class took a day trip to Rotterdam to visit a bunch of studios and meet artists. It was a long day, but really enjoyable. I woke up at 6 am and took the tram to Amsterdam’s Centraal Station at 6:45 to meet up with the class and make our train….