No Hate, Do Something.

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So inspired by my peers, alumni and friends and family who have been contributing towards the counter-protest. We have raised four times more than the goal, and its just going to grow from here.

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Dorm Design

I would not necessarily call myself too savvy when it comes to decorating. My bedroom at home has been practically the same since I moved into it. But I get a bit more creative when I get to move into a new space. Upon returning back to campus I have a single bedroom all to myself, and I have to say I love it so far. I have these two giant windows that let in light during the day and the view looks out onto beautiful trees. The floors are a worn, dark wood, my closet is huge, and the ceilings are tall compared to last years attic room.

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Well first of all, you know my last post? Above is all you need to add some design interest to your room. Just a bunch of pictures and some blue painters tape. You’ll see how I used the images in the pictures below!

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Well, first look at my bed! With fluffy padding and tons of blankets its the most comfortable twin bed I have ever slept on. Plus it’s right by the window which I have always wanted, but with a roommate or the radiator being in the wrong place have never had.IMG_3319

 

And then, the desk area. This time around I think I am going to be utilizing my desk way more than I have in the past. (read: my desk in the past was more storage than desk) The right side the space functions as a vanity. The drawers contain toiletries, and everyday stuff like my hairbrush and blowdryer (sorry neighbors, yikes!) can chill on the side. I have no idea where the mirror came from, but I have used it every year, so I just propped it against the wall. Hanging off of the mirror is a cool wooden pipe I got while in Ecuador a couple years ago.

The lamp is in the middle with pencils and pens and my two little plastic busts of Debussy and Mozart I got from music school.

And then the left side of the desk is all serious business. Kept clear most of the time except for books and my computer–and the occasional coffee cup.

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And more of the pictures, but here on the back of the door to my room. Just geometric, and slightly crooked.

So that was just a bit of my room, and examples of the images put into use in the space. I hope to blog more about college while I am here, since I have more semesters behind me than I have left. It would be great to look back at this in the future.

6×4 Artwork Inspiration

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In a few days I return to school, which means time to live in the dorms again. While not entirely thrilling, it’s my last semester living the dorms so I want to make the best out of this last semester.

Making prints of your favorite images can really liven up a dorm room and can be a source for creative inspiration. I did this last semester, and I recommend doing something similar for all students that go abroad. But you don’t need to be traveling to another country to give your room some uniqueness and style.

I like to create a folder of images using a mixture of my own images combined with some collected throughout the internet. Tumblr, Pinterest and all of your favorite websites and blogs can be perfect places to find images that you love. You can print them out at home or go to your local photography store or drugstore which will be able to have prints made for you for a small price. I had 50 6x4s printed in an hour for only $10. Small price to pay for some art to liven the space.

 

Homeland

Although I cannot get over Claire Danes and her crazy eyes, I think I might be hooked on this show. Stories are only compelling as long as you want to stick around.

I was talking to a friend today on the train who said that the mark of a good show is one that you would watch over and over again and never be bored. For her, that show was Friends.

I have watched a good deal of Friends, and I agree, it’s a great show.

But so is Homeland. Not because there is some sort of romantic thread that keeps you strung along, but because there is romance, but so much more.

Updated Flickr and Brainstorming

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I just added over 100 new pictures to my Flickr account which you can view by clicking through the tab above labeled, you guessed it, Flickr. The other day I realized I have not updated my profile there in quite some time so it was time for an update. It was actually quite nice looking through all my old pictures from the summer and this past semester, so many memories that could easily get lost are instead memorialized in a way through images.

This past year I was able to travel and grow–and I want my blog to be similar. As I approach another new semester I hope to bring something different to the blog. I hope my studies inspire more personal content, that questions and considers as much as I post about films I want to see or desserts I am currently making. So if content here is less often, remember it does not mean I am not brainstorming away.

 

Best Sights and Tastes from Spain

After spending three months abroad I am looking forward to relaxing a bit before I head back to school. I have some ideas for the blog in 2013, but for now here are some picture highlights from the last leg of my travels this semester in Spain. Included are some of my favorite sites from the trip as well as my favorite dishes. Can’t explain why, but somehow foie gras will always be more exiting for me on vacation than a cathedral, unless it’s La Sagrada Familia that is. Have a great New Year wherever you are celebrating this year and see you next year!

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Cheers London, Hola España

Yesterday was sadly my last night in London.

It was perhaps the quickest semester yet, I felt like it had only just begun to be honest. While I have been to London before this trip, living in south east London was a completely different experience. I feel like I really traveled around the city, taking in the food, theater, markets and I even went to my first football match. I traveled to Dubai and Italy this semester and though I learned often outside of the classroom, my classes have made me think in different ways from Vassar. It was kind of sad leaving campus this past Friday. Who knows when I will be in New Cross once again, but when I am hopefully I can raise a pint at the Hobgoblin once more.

Now I am all packed up to travel to Spain until Christmas. It will definitely be different from London, and much warmer! My time in London dispelled the stereotype that food in London is drab and boring, but I am looking forward to tapas in Spain. Pan rubbed with tomato, cuttlefish, and perhaps paella too. But for now, I am going to post below a few last memories from London I never got the chance to write about, between packing up and writing essays for the end of the semester. Warning, tons of food pictures below! Hasta luego.

IMG_2885Our last class trip (if you can call them that, they were better than trips, adventures really) was to the Barbican to visit the Rain Room. It is a temporary exhibition that is completely free to enter, though the wait in line can be a deterrent. As a class we arrived early and were able to gain quick access to the space. Gallons upon gallons of water pours down, but as you walk through the path clears. If you were to run through you would get soaked, but with a slow walk you can manipulate the elements. How much do you wish you could actually control the rain around you, right?

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In what appears to be an industrial space under a bridge near the Shard is actually the space for some great, unexpected food. Maltby and Druid streets offer a great range in eats, but we came for St John Bakery, and specifically the doughnuts.IMG_2927 IMG_2926You can only pick up a treat from the bakery on Saturdays, and we were glad we went. The space is large, with tables in the front with goodies, and an expansive kitchen behind. They offer fresh bread, which local restauranteurs snatch up by the dozen, but for me it was the vanilla bean custard doughnut that was the must try. I cannot do this doughnut justice, but to say it was the best I have ever had. Coming to London and not stopping by here would be a mistake.

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Also be sure to check out the market on the other side of the bakery. Lots of options there as well, including some impressive pastries and incredibly rich smoked salmon.IMG_2929 IMG_2932As it was our last Saturday in London, it was almost necessary to make a last stop at Broadway market. This was one of my first memories in London, and I do not think I could get tired of it. The street itself is rather gentrified, but the food and shopping available makes this market my favorite in London by far.

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Besides having another tuna sandwich like I tried earlier in the semester, I also dug into a pumpkin whoopie pie from Violet Cakes. While I did not try it, the rose and pistachio whoopie pie I spotted inspired me to tackle making chocolate lavender whoopie pies once I get back to the states. If that works out, I will post the results.IMG_2936If that was enough for one day, we also went to Ottolenghi for dessert after dinner. I have Ottolenghi’s first cookbook, and hopefully will be purchasing his second, Jerusalem, once I get back to the states. Plates full of treats like the ones below are displayed in the window of the shop, and you can pick and choose directly from the display. I chose a lemon and pistachio polenta cake and what I assume was a plum cake of sorts. Even though the polenta cake is prettier, I think I preferred the plum cake. Simple is sometimes best.

IMG_2938 IMG_2939And to finish off the last two nights in London, we had two incredible meals. One was at an incredible tapas restaurant called Fino in Fitzrovia. Along with a pitcher of sangria we shared dishes such as black squid ink risotto, cod fritters, papas bravas, and chipirones. We finished with doughnuts, but were experiencing extreme food comas because we ate so much.

 

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For our last night in London we ate at Asia de Cuba in Covent Garden. I have eaten here with my family before, and alike the tapas from the night before, the concept is to share large dishes. The food is inspired by both Cuban and Asian cuisine, and it was another incredible meal. We shared Thai beef salad, calamari, pork belly, scallops, seared tuna with wasabi mash, steak marinated in coffee, crispy tofu, and miso black cod. And of course, finished the meal with what else, doughnuts. This place is perfect for the adventurous eater who can never decide on just one dish to order (like me!), but less adventurous eaters will be content as well. I saw my sister attacking her noodle boxes like a champ.

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And that was it. The semester went by too fast, but I realize how lucky I was to have the time I did in London. London is definitely a city in which each person can find their bit of enjoyment. There is a roaring music, theater, shopping, and food scene–and even more. It is not possible to experience London in one trip, but I think I got sure close. IMG_3003

Chelsea, Chelsea!

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Last Wednesday I was able to go to a Chelsea match against Nordsjaelland, which was very exciting! We wrapped up in tons of layers and drank hot chocolate to warm up in the cold. We had amazing seats (lower west 7th row!) and everyone around us was incredibly nice which is kind of funny because I think us Americans view football fans as crazy and rowdy, but our crowd was quite the opposite for this game. Chelsea ended up winning the match 6-1, but it was not enough to keep them in the Champions League. So it was a great game to watch, but kind of bittersweet for the fans.

Sorry all of the pictures are literally the same thing, and the lights for the field completely distort each of them, boo!

But like any sports game, it is the coolest to see the players you watch on TV from time to time playing right there in front of you. It was my first live football match and it will probably be a bit until my next, but if you are planning on studying abroad in London in the future you have to get football tickets!

 

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