After the first cicchetti stop, we lost ourselves in the canals of Venice to find another. If you’re ever in Venice, lose yourself. I know a lot of people (most people) that think they’re going to hate Venice because it is so touristy, muggy, and hot- yet every single one of them leave in love with … Continue reading A Bumper-Boats-Meets-Lazy-River-Carnival-Ride
Walking through Doge’s Palace, you feel like you’re in a music box. Each room successively gets more ornate, more golden, and contains more artwork. I tried to remember the function of all the rooms we passed through, but after about 25 rooms I gave up trying to remember. If there aren’t golden moldings or oil … Continue reading Through the Dungeons
After waiting in line for almost 30 minutes, we headed into the atrium of the Clocktower, where we paid a certain number of euros to get into an elevator with 15 of our closest friends and ride to the top. How an elevator was installed into St. Mark’s Clocktower, built in the last decade of … Continue reading Golden Gates of Christianity
Two weeks ago I headed to the airport on a Friday morning and jetted off to see Justin in Venice. We’d planned this trip before we left, determined to see each other at least once while we were both in Europe, and since Venice is supposed to be sinking, it seemed like the perfect destination. … Continue reading Hello, Venezia!
Sorry for the lack of posts recently- between the 20th anniversary of Srebrenica and the 50+ pages of writing I have to do before the program ends, I’ve been rather swamped. While the others ate their lunches, Carli, Jon, and I traipsed behind the line of restaurants to the other side of the river, where … Continue reading Home From the Dervish Monastery
After our lunch and my dessert of cantaloupe gelato, we headed back to the bus to travel to the Blagaj Tekke, or the Dervish Monastery near Mostar. This was an Islamic Sufi monastery built first before 1664 and rebuilt in 1851. We bused through the winefields of Mostar and over a river (this time its … Continue reading Blagaj Tekke: Dervish Monastery
Mostar was a special place to me during my research for Bosnia previous to coming here, and I plan to go back if possible when one of my friends arrives from DC for a week there (if my schedule allows, of course). The segments below about Mostar are from previous research, and it helped a … Continue reading Mostar