Sunday, May 30, 2010

Cinque Terre

We traveled to this amazing place this weekend. I had a very exhilarating experience there. I was scolded for it but I don't regret it for a second. I loved climbing up the cliff. I felt so adventurous and free. And I felt like it's one of the reasons I came here. To do things that I am afraid of. To be alone. To be myself. Jumping and falling. I've never felt so scared and insane (in a good way) in my life. I felt like I was dying. And then when I hit the water I was alive. I was wide awake.

more images from cinque terre to come....

Friday, May 28, 2010

Fear less, hope more;
Whine less, breathe more;
Talk less, say more;
Hate less, Love more;
And all good things are yours

More of Nervi. I love the ocean and the sounds the waves make. It washes away my stress and anxiety. I wish I could go there everyday just so I could calm down for once

Thursday, May 27, 2010

We went to Nervi today. This place was so beautiful. Then I drank some wine. Va bene.

Our feets

I like to see where they take us.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Today we had Italian again like we will every morning for four hours. I really like my professor, Stefano. He makes us understand without speaking english. After that we went to lunch. Molto bene for now but I know I am going to get tired of all the bread. I miss salads and hummus.

We also had photo class. I know I need to be thinking about my projects and my intent but I am just so exhausted every night my brain does not want to.

I miss people already of course. I wish I had a way to reach America. I wish I had my music, I need to here Jim Morrison's voice.

Ian took us to Bar Mario where this girl from RIT works. Her name is Kristy and she came on this program 4 years ago. She fell in love, moved here and had a baby. It's so crazy. I don't think I could live here..
But she was really cool. She made me my first italian cappucino.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

First Impressions of Genova

So far, it has been incredibly different since the last time I was in Italy four years ago. Probably because I visited Rome, Florence.. all the tourist areas. I didn't actually live anywhere. Genova smells... bad. But I'll get over it maybe? The first thing I noticed after that were the roads. I really like the winding and narrowness they have as well as the stone their made of. I like that it's crooked and uneven and not perfect pavement. I imagine someone placing each stone one by one into the ground with their hands. It is satisfying to think that the space I walk on is not made by a machine. I don't know how I feel about the people yet. I don't remember much of the language either. They stare at us like were the rats in new york city. I can still feel their eyes burning through my "ugly american" skin. I can't wait to start photographing this city and especially the port.
Although there is a lot of work ahead and many things to get used to I think it's going to be amazing and it will be worth it.
Patti told me today that I must give up something in order to gain. I hope for me that it is true.

Monday, May 24, 2010

You are here and then you're gone.

Leaving was the hardest part.

I had all these crazy feelings overtaking me and I could not control them. It was like lightning bolts in my chest.



SAD anxious


I definitely left my heart in new york. As lame as that sounds.

Here's some of what happened pre departure.

BBQ at mendon ponds. Era una bella notte e ultimo notte..

I photographed part of the wall in my room before i took everything down. I wanted to remember.

This is Kat. She's giving homemade tattoos to unite us all before we separate.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Today I flew to Italy. I took videos of the clouds and the sky while I was the plane. I plan to film a lot of nature so I can create my own KOYAANISQATSI.

For those of you who don't know what that is, it can all be explained here:

It's all about life out of balance, something I feel often. I work hard to try to level out the scale but mostly it seems impossible to me. I hope to find some way of doing this here on this trip.

So far, everything is enchanting. I love the apartment I live in although there are many things I did not expect..

I can't wait for something to happen.